Editorial

Never mind Retina Displays: Get ready for 4K on the new Mac Pro

Last year Apple introduced MacBook Pros with Retina Displays, and many folks watching the Mac market have assumed that it's only a matter of time before the rest of the line has them too. That may be true, but the newly redesigned Mac Pro is going to leapfrog that by offering something that so far, no other Mac can handle - 4K video. And not just 4K video, but 4K video on three screens.

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Why is Apple the only one capable of making iPhone-class devices?

I've said numerous times over the last year or so that only Apple could have made the iPhone 5 (from which both the current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are derived). That's earned me my fair share of raised eyebrows and heckles, largely because I've never taken the time to explain what I mean by that. Here's the explanation: No other company on earth right now could, nor likely would if they could, make a device that packs as much technology into as relatively small a frame, at such high a quality, as Apple did with the iPhone 5. And that statement can be true whether you think positioning themselves to be able to make an iPhone 5 was brilliant, or stupid. Here's why:

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The case of the missing iPhone 5s hardware accents

Apple has always prided themselves on the little things. The final touches and accents that really give the iPhone the amazing build quality and aesthetic we have come to love. Interestingly enough, Apple seems to have skimped on some of that polish in regards to the iPhone 5s.

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One place where Android and Windows Phones have the iPhone beat: Wi-Fi Calling

In most respects, I've been really happy with T-Mobile since I switched in April. I pay much less for service through T-Mobile than I did through either AT&T or Verizon, and on the odd occasion I've had to contact their customer service (only twice so far), I've been left feeling better than I did any time I ever had to contact their competitors. However, T-Mobile shares one flaw with those other services: their coverage sucks inside my house. That's why I want Wi-Fi Calling. It's a feature that T-Mobile has on several of its Android and Windows Phone handsets, but it isn't available on the iPhone. At least not yet.

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Martha Stewart breaks iPad, is disappointed that Apple fails to kiss her butt

Media mogul/domestic goddess/convicted felon Martha Stewart recently dropped her iPad, breaking the screen. For a stinking peasant like you or me, that would have necessitated a trip to the Apple Store or somewhere else to have it fixed or replaced preferably with AppleCare +. Now Ms. Stewart - whose estimated net worth is around $300 million - certainly could have sent one of her minions to take care of it, but that wasn't good enough - she expected on site service from Apple, then took to Twitter to complain when it didn't happen.

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iOS 7 upgrades cause some trouble for casual users

It's easy to forget, if you spend your day reading online info about Apple products, that not everyone who uses an iPhone or an iPad is a hardcore user. Many of Apple's customers don't check tech blogs, so iOS 7 - and its many changes - came as a big surprise. And at least in some cases, as an unwelcome one.

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iOS 7.1 wants: Faster transitional animations

I don't know why iOS 7 transitional animations feel slower than those in previous versions of iOS. But they do. The zoom ins, the carousels, the spin-around, these were never instant things. Yet I never felt like I was waiting of iOS to catch up to me as often as I do now. Maybe the leaps forward in iOS 7 make it feel like a more physical place, and make me think I should be able to run, not just walk, through it. It makes me think I should be able to fly.

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Is Touch ID secure enough to keep your iPhone 5s safe?

Touch ID - Apple's new biometric fingerprint and other anatomy ID sensor - has reportedly been spoofed by a team using well known fingerprint reproduction techniques. This will no doubt get a lot of media attention, and also generate a lot of dumb media reports. Unfortunately, it'll also confuse, scare, and stress a lot of people who just want to use their phones and live their lives. So, is there anything anyone should really be concerned about?

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Touch ID is the future, so when are we getting it on the iPad and Mac?

With the iPhone 5s, Apple has introduced the first, functional, mainstream fingerprint ID sensor - Touch ID. With it, the touch of your finger activates a scanner that reads the living, sub-dermal layer for ridges, arches, and whorls, transfers the data to a secure enclave on the brand new Apple A7 processor, and then returns a simple yes/know response to unlock the phone or authorize an iTunes transaction. Once you get used to how easy and utterly transparent it is, you start to want it everywhere, and you don't stop. How about the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, rumored to be coming this October? How about the Mac?

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