Editorial

Enough with this USB-C brouhaha

Controversy surrounds Apple's decision to use USB-C in the new MacBook. Is it one interface to rule them all, or is it just another port we'll see on future Macs?

Apple's glitzy new MacBook is a pretty amazing piece of engineering and design that polarizes Mac users more than anything I can remember since the last colored MacBook, the black one that came out in 2008.

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Apple Pay still secure, FUD still flowing

There's been a curious stream of articles in major publications recently that go out of their way to misattribute bank fraud to Apple Pay. Curious, and continuing.

The articles all follow the same pattern: They put Apple Pay in the headline and then describe old-fashioned social engineering attacks against banks in the bodies, conflating Apple Pay as much as possible, but pointing out specific flaws with Apple Pay not at all. The articles themselves thus become attacks — they spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt about enabling, accessible technology to people who deserve far better, more accurate, more empowering reporting. And it just won't stop.

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The new MacBook is for a lot of people, even if it's not for you

"I think I might put the new MacBook on my Xmas list" — my mom during Apple's Spring forward event.

My mom has used computers before, from the Apple II to the Amiga to the Performa to the iMac. But she's never wanted one before. Since she started using the iPad in 2011, she's barely even looked at one. Now she wants the new MacBook, the same one that has some outlets denouncing it as a "betrayal" or a "bad value". What's causing the difference in reactions?

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Forget Force Touch trackpads — I want a pressure-sensitive iPad Pro

The new MacBook's trackpad is incredible. Now, imagine that technology in an iPad.

I got to spend just twenty minutes with the new MacBook trackpad on Monday, but it was enough to leave me feeling wowed, impressed, and a little bit disoriented.

Apple's long-in-the-making Force Touch trackpad uses haptic feedback to make your finger feel like it's depressing a button, even though the trackpad itself doesn't move. It's a sheet of glass. It doesn't have a button, it doesn't all depress at once — it does not move at all. But it feels like you're clicking. It feels like your finger is sinking into that immoveable glass and accessing deeper click levels than have ever existed on a trackpad.

Now, think about what Apple could do with that technology on a computer made entirely of glass.

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There's never been a better time to get an Apple TV

Now's a great time to pick up a new Apple TV, or two!

At Apple's Spring Forward event this week the Apple TV saw its specs unchanged but its price slashed from $99 to $69. If you already have one, now's a great time to grab another. That's what I'm doing. Yep, it's another episode of "first world problems," cats and kittens.

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Frakes, Morris, Ochs, Snell, Viticci on Apple Watch and new MacBook

What do some of the smartest minds in tech think of Apple's latest announcements?

As soon as Apple's Spring Forward event was over, and the demo area calmed down, I had the chance to talk to a few members of the media in attendance. They graciously shared their thoughts on the Apple Watch, the all-new MacBook, and ResearchKit.

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Keep calm and Apple Watch on

The Apple Watch isn't an iPhone any more than an iPhone is a Mac — it's something new.

It took me a few minutes to get used to using the Apple Watch. At first I came at it as though it were an iPhone that Apple had shrunk down so it could fit on my wrist. Since, intellectually, I knew what pressing the digital crown and the hardware button would do, what tapping icons and the software buttons would do, that's what I did. Then an Apple representative sent me a tap message. I saw it. I felt it. And I stopped.

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The accessible power of pinch-to-zoom

The onset of the iPhone in 2007 introduced the world to Multi-Touch, which Steve Jobs said "worked like magic".

It forever changed the way people interacted with smartphones; not only was Multi-Touch an impressive technical achievement, but it was fun and delightful to use. More importantly, Multi-Touch changed people's expectations for their devices. We've gone from seeing hardware buttons everywhere to seeing simple slabs of glass. This is especially true for young children, who expect everything electronic to be tappable; touch is all they know, as they have no prior context of olden ways.

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The new MacBook has me most excited about the next-generation MacBook Pro

The new MacBook is an intriguing machine, but despite all of its innovations it has me most excited for the next MacBook Pro.

The Spring Forward event brought us things like pricing and more details on the Apple Watch, but to me the most exciting part was the brand-new Retina MacBook. Not because of what that computer is — and it is an interesting piece of hardware — but for what it means for the future of the MacBook. In particular, the future of the MacBook Pro.

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The New MacBook: What it is and what it is not

Monday's Apple reveal of the new MacBook has some people shaking their heads no. Even if it's not right for you, Apple's gonna sell millions. Here's why.

First of all, if you haven't already read it, check out Ren and Rene's first look at the new MacBook:

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