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For decades, Apple customers have been spending a little bit more on their Apple products because of the industrial design, and quality. Plus, there's the notion that owning the best is a good thing in terms of customer satisfaction and pride of ownership. Does the Apple Watch seek to break that mold? John Martellaro doesn't think so.
In some flavors of Unix, you feel as if you've been cast into an alternate universe when you open a terminal window and work on the command line. But with OS X and its Darwin core, there's often an elegant integration between the two. In this how-to John Martellaro shows how to launch an OS X GUI app from the command line.
New data from Digitalsmiths says that about 1.5 million households are planning to cut the cord in the next six months, citing excessive cable/satellite bills. But beware. The cumulative cost of OTT selections could equal or exceed current bills.
Several articles have been written lately about whether Apple could actually make decent money with an electric car. The matter involves some industry numbers and assumptions about how well Apple can do in the market. John Martellaro does some math and makes some predictions.
The pattern is becoming clear now. Apple knows better than to merge iOS and OS X, but there are other options for the family of products. First we saw interoperability with Yosemite and iOS. Now we're seeing similarity in connectivity options. It's back to the future. Meanwhile, some fret.
Apple has has updated its Macintosh comparison chart page to include the new MacBook announced at the Spring Forward event. Those who may be on the fence about MacBook, Air and Pro prices and specs will find this to be a helpful chart.
Apple must be working on something really big related to the Apple TV. The last major release, the 3rd generation Apple TV, was on March 7, 2012. Three years is an eternity in the tech industry. John Martellaro expresses his disappointment that no new hardware was announced.
During Apple's Spring Forward event, Tim Cook finally announced the Apple Watch pricing, and it's eminently reasonable. Those who thought Apple would gouge us for the sake of status were off the mark.
One can flop about, being a surly curmudgeon and pronounce, with arrogance, the ultimate failure of the Apple Watch. But there is one key, fundamental observation that demolishes every Apple Watch naysayer. This week, John Martellaro found it and shares it with us.
In a pair of interesting articles at Quartz, the suggestion has been made that Apple is giving the Chinese government access to its iOS devices and source code in order to preserve its business there. The facts aren't all in because Apple won't talk about it. And the implied scenario sounds doubtful. However, the situation does raise important issues.