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Apple does most things right, but here are the five things that press John Martellaro's hot buttons. He'd like Apple to fix them in 2015 once and for all. Come along for the ride. (Warning: it gets bumpy.)
Slowly, we're coming to appreciate how Apple is going to create the purchase experience for the Apple Watch. Because of the unique nature of this product, combined with supply constraints, Apple will probably have several, tweaked rollout stages.
When observers analyze a new or existing product from Apple, they tend to focus on the design, operation and features. In some cases, the conclusion is that some competitor, X, has a better product. That misses at least half the story of Apple's secret product war.
There has been some confusion here and there about which iPhones will work with the Apple Watch when the Watch is doing Apple Pay. There is also confusion about how Apple Pay itself works on the Apple Watch. John Martellaro attempts to sort out the issues.
On January 20, Samsung announced what appears to be an exceptional new storage product, a one ounce USB 3 external Flash drive, essentially a portable Flash SSD, called the T1. John Martellaro did some testing and explains why Mac owners should defer a decision on this new product until more details are sorted out.
Graphene, developed by British scientists, in an incredible material. It's one layer of Carbon atoms thick, highly conductive, and 100 times stronger than steel. It can be placed on a flexible substrate and is 97 percent transparent. While current iPhone displays are made with the rare and expensive element Indium, Graphene is pure Carbon, a very abundant element on earth. This video, from the summer of 2013 on the BBC airing of The One Show, while not recent, still takes your breath away at the prospects of Graphene for our future electronics. The concept shown in this video suggests a future smartphone about as thick as what we use today as ultra-thin screen protectors.
The NewerTech NuGuard KX case for iPhone 6 features a two layer energy absorbing shell that's still thin and light and yet meets the U.S. military drop test standard. Included is a three layer screen armor that's only 0.28 mm thick. The grip is excellent, and the Apple logo is revealed. John Martellaro thinks this is a great case.
More and more Mac experts are weighing in on the idea that OS X quality has declined and has become noticeable and annoying in Yosemite. This is a new, uncomfortable feeling that Macintosh customers are unaccustomed to. That OS X no longer "just works" is an emerging meme.
One of the ways OS X users avoid being tracked is to turn off the loading of remote content in Mail preferences. However, a German researcher has discovered that Spotlight in Yosemite bypasses this preference. What's all the fuss about and what can you do about it?
The Apple community of observers has been in a quandary. How can Apple sell a luxury Apple Watch with expectations of enduring beauty and yet continue to upgrade its capabilities with new models without annoying the purchaser? One solution would be to make the just the inside electronics replaceable.