Editorial

Don't want retailers shutting down NFC? Tell them with your Apple Pay-powered wallet!

Apple Pay launched last week. In store, it's a secure way to pay for items using existing NFC technology, authorized by Touch ID fingerprint technology. It in no way precludes the use of other NFC-enabled payment systems, including credit and debit cards, or other platforms or apps. It's easy to use, lightning fast, and extremely customer friendly. It's also private, not releasing transactional information beyond what the retailer needs to process the payment. So, CVS and Rite Aid are both going so far as to disable NFC support in general just to make sure no one tries to use Apple Pay in their stores. Yes, they'd rather hobble their transactional systems entirely than let their customers use Apple Pay. They'd rather use their own system, CurrentC, which looks about as insecure, non-private, and poorly architected as you'd imagine it would.

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NSFW: Shut up about the new Mac mini, already

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.

I've seen endless bitching in blogs and social media about the new Mac mini Apple unveiled last week. So much so that I've seen some people recommending that you forget about the new Mac mini all together and get the older model if you can find it. That's incredibly stupid, because it ignores the actual needs of a lot of people who buy these things. Let me explain.

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iPhone demand and iPad potential

Earlier this week Tim Cook and the team at Apple presented the company's Q4 2014 financial results to Wall Street analysts. The results were obviously very strong, as was guidance for next quarter. This explains the market's positive reaction. Apple stock is trading a couple of points higher the day after. If you need a reminder of just how huge Apple is, revenue for the year was a whopping $183 billion. Apple is by far the largest technology company in the world.

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Mac sales keep kicking ass; how does Apple sustain the momentum?

Apple's Mac sales kicked all sorts of ass last quarter. Apple moved 5.52 million Macs last quarter, generating more than $6.6 billion in revenue. So where does Apple go from here?

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Connectedly: Here's why I implanted an NFC chip in my hand

I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

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Yosemite's Continuity features: Handoff and the price of progress

Since Apple released OS X Yosemite, I've gotten one question that's bubbled to the top above everything else: How can I get my older Mac to support Handoff features? You can't, at least not easily, and that's leading some to trumpet "forced obsolescence." Not so fast. Let's have a look at what's really going on here.

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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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