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Inside Apple, the executives know they're in a manufacturing war with Samsung. Exotic materials, including sapphire, plus lasers and expensive robotic milling machines all contribute to modern electronic devices like our smartphones that make the difference between first-class consumer goods and second rate junk. That war has serious consequences, and so that's where Apple is spending the big bucks.
Protection is important for your iPad Air, but one doesn't want a case that defeats that airy feeling that it's known for. John Martellaro reviews three cases from iLuv, Newertech, and Speck that are in the 6 to 9 ounce range They're not the lightest possible cases, but the protection is good.
This holiday season, millions of young people and even young professionals will be receiving an iPad as a gift. There's just one problem. The iPad starts with a clean slate, so to speak.
John Martellaro proposes a watering hole, a place for people who want to use that iPad pursue a particular profession.
Unlike hardware, which stands on its own for inspection, there is hardly any better place for a company to be up to mischief than with its software. John Martellaro looks at Apple's latest software fumbles and foibles.
The SOEN Transit Bluetooth speaker is designed to be the very best speaker of its kind. Measuring just 32 cubic inches, it's designed to be taken anywhere, and it exudes class in packaging, accessories, design, features, convenience and sound. However, design constraints place limits on performance. John Martellaro sizes it all up.
The Speck PixelSkin HD case for the iPhone 5/5s is not designed to let the iPhone's color show through, but if you don't care about that and want superior protection, ease of use, attractive color choices and great grip, this is a superb case.
For a long time in 2013, as we waited for the presumptively labeled iPad 5, many observers bitched about Apple's tardiness and presumed inability to innovate. The iPad Air refutes all that silliness in spades. John Martellaro explains what innovation is really all about.
Microsoft's Office suite is better and more capable than Apple's iWork productivity suite. There's no doubt about that. The interesting thing, however, according to John Martellaro, is that it won't matter. Even though Microsoft would like to convince us otherwise, the better product will lose.
It's something to ponder in a sensible, not hysterical way. We know that Apple is a wealthy, successful company right now. And will remain so. But few companies survive for a hundred years or more, as IBM has. So, for some unconventional speculation, what would be the possible failure path for Apple 20 years down the road?
The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens system for the iPhone 5/5s replaces the original 3-IN-1 system. The new kit features a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15x macro. The fisheye and wide-angle optics have been improved compared to the original version.