Editorial

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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Bajarin, Dediu, Thompson 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 of the industry analysts in attendance. They graciously shared their thoughts on the Apple Watch, round two, and the all-new MacBook.

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Apple presents the MacBook, reinvented

There was lots of speculation that Apple would introduce a Retina MacBook Air. Instead, Apple reinvented the MacBook.

Leading into today's Spring Forward event, oddsmakers suggested that a Retina MacBook Air was inevitable. Turns out they were wrong. Apple's gone back and reinvented the MacBook.

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NSFW: Don't throw out the Aperture baby with the bathwater

Just because Apple's pulling Aperture from the Mac App Store doesn't mean you have to pull it from your workflow.

Apple sent out an email to Aperture owners this week reminding them that as soon as Photos for OS X goes into general distribution, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. The usual gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair erupted soon afterwards. I have just one thing to ask people who are complaining about this: Why are you so anxious to get rid of Aperture?

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My (practical) Apple Watch wish-list

Truly, this is an exciting time to follow Apple.

With the company set to hold a media event on Monday — six months to the day since Tim Cook first stood on the Flint Center stage and unveiled the Apple Watch — we're about to move out of our current period of vaguely-informed speculamalation and into the era of somewhat more informed speculification. At that point, we'll be perilously close to the time when the Apple Watch really ships, and pundits can actually start complaining about the real product rather than jousting with straw men wearing extremely expensive timepieces.

My point is, are we there yet? No? Okay, then, with a very short amount of time to go before we know incrementally more about the Apple Watch, here's my wish list for the next six months of the Apple Watch. You know, when we can actually use the thing.

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Microsoft Office 2016 offers welcome changes for Windows switchers

Microsoft's Office for Mac enhancements offer welcome changes for long-time Windows users.

If you're a long-time Windows PC user considering a switch to Mac and you're heavily invested in Microsoft Office, you may be concerned about whether all the features and functions you're used to will still be there. Before now I'd say that you had to make a lot of adjustments. The change from Windows to Mac is easier than ever thanks to the new and improved Office for Mac 2016. I have important news for people worried about how they'll get this new version of Office once it's out, too. Read on for details!

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Banks, retailers 'stung', Apple Pay still secure

Earlier this week we debunked sensational headlines mislabeling bank fraud as Apple Pay fraud. Now those same headlines are being repeated, but with a new twist.

This time Apple Pay has apparently been "stung" by people using false credit card numbers obtained from last year's Target and Home Depot breaches. Sadly, these headlines are just as inaccurate. Banks and retailers may have been "stung", but Apple Pay is still as secure as ever.

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