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Editor's desk: In defense of iPad photography

When the iPad 2 launched in 2011 with both FaceTime and iSight cameras, it challenged a lot of prejudices and preconceptions, including my own. The image of something the size of an ancient dry plate camera with an accordion up front and a blanket draped over the back leapt to mind, as did tourists in Tommy Bahamas clicking away on iPads as they saw the sights. Part of the problem was the cameras themselves — they were dismal at first and never seemed to catch up to the great cameras shipping with the iPhones. But the rest was pure snobbery.

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NSFW: GamerGate fallout, knee-jerk Yosemite upgrades, iPad names and more

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome.

The fallout from last week's #GamerGate pillorying of Brianna Wu continues into this week. On Monday I shared my thoughts with you, and regretfully (if sadly predictably), a few folks in the comments declared that I was a "social justice warrior" for daring to suggest that we can disagree about things without resorting to threats of rape and murder. Like that's a bad thing.

If that's the case, then I wear the badge proudly.

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Thoughts on Apple's 2014 iPad and Mac event

Apple's Town Hall is small, almost intimate. A stark contrast from the cavernous Flint Center. It was a smart choice for the October 2014 iPad and Mac event. When updates are subtle and dense, it's good to see them close up. That was the case with the new iPad Air 2, and even more so with the Retina 5K iMac.

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Seven things you need to know about the 2014 Mac mini

Apple's venerable Mac mini is its least expensive Mac model, and a good entry-level system that's an attractive option for PC users making the switch to the Macintosh. It's long overdue for a refresh, but at Apple's October Mac and iPad event, it finally happened. The Mac mini has finally joined the rest of the Mac product like with Intel's "Haswell" fourth-generation Core processors. Here's what you really need to know about the new Mac mini.

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Five things you need to know about Apple's new iPads

The iPads are coming! The iPads are coming! Yes, as expected, Apple announced the newest members of its ever-growing iPad family on Thursday—the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. These two will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, October 17; here's what you need to know about them.

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Five things you need to know about the new Retina iMac

On Thursday Apple took the wraps off a new 5K iMac — the first desktop Mac to receive Apple's vaunted Retina display treatment. It's a fancy piece of kit, not necessary the best choice for every possible Mac user, but an interesting offering especially if high-end content creation is your bag. You probably have some questions, so here's what you really need to know about the Retina iMac, all in one place.

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Planning to upgrade to OS X Yosemite? Wait!

Apple releases OS X Yosemite today. By now you should recognize this as a familiar refrain from yours truly, but I'm going to say it anyway: Don't upgrade. Just don't do it. At least not yet.

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2014 iPad and Mac event preview: What we will - and won't - see tomorrow!

Apple's fall iPad and Mac event is right around the corner, and there's plenty the company could choose to show off to the world on Thursday morning. OS X Yosemite is a lock, and perhaps iOS 8.1 as well. New iPads seem certain, as do new Macs. Like always, the real stories will be in the details. So what's likely to pop up on that Town Hall stage? What doesn't have a chance? We debate and discuss below!

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A lament for the end of Macworld Expo

On Tuesday IDG World Expo (the trade show business unit of the same company that owns Macworld.com) announced that it was putting Macworld/iWorld — the show formerly known as Macworld Expo — on hiatus. Given that the printed magazine just saw its last issue distributed, I'm not surprised, but I am sad that it's come to this.

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Take the State of the Mobile Nations phones survey for a chance at $600 for a new phone!

Right now it's crazy season for new phones. Between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Android L, the BlackBerry Passport and Classic, and Windows Phone 8.1. There's never been a hotter time for new gadgets. So we want to know what you think — what phones are you looking forward to, what's important to you in a phone, and what you think of your carrier. So we have a survey, and one lucky survey-taker will win a $600 towards a brand new phone!

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