Apple’s WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8 through 12

9:03 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to run from June 8 through June 12, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event brings together Apple's own engineers with third-party developers to preview upcoming OS X and iOS releases, and to work together on designing and improving apps.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

With the Apple Watch finally coming out, this year's WWDC event should be filled with all kinds of interesting news for developers.

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

7:50 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.

Aluminum 4-Port USB Hub Clamps to iMac or Display: $19.99

5:22 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Aluminum 4-Port USB Hub Clamps to iMac or Display: $19.99

We have a deal today on a nifty product—it's a 4-port USB hub that clamps to your iMac, Cinema Display or Thunderbolt Display, and some other displays, too. Premium Aluminum 4-Port USB Clamp Hub from Satechi is made of aluminum, and it's a USB 3.0 hub that is backwards-compatible to USB 2.0, too. Through our deal, you can get this hub for $19.99. Check it out.

USPTO Hands Podcasters a Win, Invalidates Personal Audio’s Patent

2:30 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Personal Audio's hopes of squeezing money out of podcasters has fallen apart because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated key claims in the patent the company was using to target online shows. PA claimed it invented podcasting and thanks to its patent, everyone hosting an online show owed it licensing payments.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

When a company's stated mission is to target Apple and other businesses over patent infringement claims, and then starts targeting specific podcasters, something is very wrong.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-13: Apple Watch Try-ons, MacBook First Impressions

1:29 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

We visited our local Apple Stores over the weekend to get the full Apple Watch try-on experience. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share how their try-ons went, offer their thoughts on the Apple Watch after finally getting to try one on, and say whether or not they made the right decision when they placed their pre-orders. John also shares his first impressions on the new super-thin MacBook.

Space Black Apple Watch Pre-orders Slip into July

10:39 AM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're space black Apple Watch with link bracelet ship time is four to six weeks, it's time to stop complaining because orders placed now won't see theirs until July. Apple's website showed a July ship window for the 42mm model Monday morning.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

If you really want an Apple Watch right away and didn't get yours ordered during the first couple minutes after pre-orders launched, your best bet may be Ebay—but expect to pay a hefty premium if you go that route.

U.S. Apple Watch Pre-orders hit 975K on First Day

9:32 AM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple sold about 975,000 Apple Watches during the first day of pre-order availability in the U.S., according to data from Slice Intelligence. Silver proved to be the most popular color with Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport making up more than half total sales, although the space gay Apple Watch Sport accounted for 40 percent of overall sales by itself.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

If Apple sold 975,000 pre-orders in one day just in the United States, then it likely sold more than a million worldwide. That doesn't include any pre-orders made over the weekend, so that number is still likely climbing. That's a lot of smartwatches.

MGG 548: One Geek On The Road

11:57 AM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave's in Las Vegas for NMX/NAB this week, but he and John brave the hotel WiFi to get your Geek on. Terminal Tips are Threefold (or more) in this episode, made easy by your two favorite geeks. That plus some solutions for slow Safari issues and more. Download and enjoy!

My Apple Watch Try-on Experience: Welcome to the New Apple Store

5:40 PM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When Apple opened its doors for Apple Watch pre-orders early Friday morning it also let us start scheduling appointments to try on their brand new smartwatch. I was lucky enough to get an appointment right away—a fact that made me very happy since it would let me try on the watch I just bought sight unseen—and the experience was very much Apple, but also totally new.

Raymond James Downgrades AAPL Because Apple Watch isn’t Insanely Great

11:42 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded Apple from "Outperform" to "Market Perform" on Friday over concerns that Apple Watch won't live up to investor expectations. His concern is that, following early product reviews, Apple Watch won't hit the "insanely great benchmark."

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Apple seems to have sold through its Apple Watch inventory fairly quickly. Either Apple made almost none and the few people who wanted the company's new smartwatch snapped one up right away, or there's more interest than Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt thinks.

TMO’s Apple Watch FAQ

11:06 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ready to buy an Apple Watch, but have a few questions before pulling out your credit card? We have answers. TMO rounded up the questions we're hearing most often in a handy list, and if there's more you need to know, we'll add that, too. Read on to get your Apple Watch questions answered.

Apple Watch AppleCare Priced at $49, $69, $1,500

9:33 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AppleCare for the Apple Watch you stayed up late to order—or are planning to order soon—will cost you US$49 for the Apple Watch Sport, $69 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $1,500 for the Apple Watch Edition. Turns out the prices leaked several days ago was wrong across the board.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

The cost for AppleCare for the Apple Watch is probably where it should be, but it does seem kind of crazy that you can buy two 128GB iPad Airs for the price of AppleCare on the Apple Watch Edition.

OS X: Getting the Size of Mailboxes

8:55 AM EDT, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Ever wondered how you could see which of your mailboxes take up the most space and clean them out accordingly? That's the purpose of today's Quick Tip! Melissa Holt will go over the ins and outs of this feature, so if you've got a very bloated Mail program, now's your chance to…let some air out of it? We're not sure where we were going with that analogy.