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Recent Articles By John Kheit [RSS]

Apple Can Eat Your Privacy and Still Have Good AI, Too

9:00 AM, Jun. 1st, 2016 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Apple Artificial Intelligence

Apple can totally snoop on all it's users and still maintain everyone's privacy. If you listen to the pundits, this is not possible. But, that's wrong. It's a false dichotomy. You can have a know-more-about-you-than-your-mom-does AI agent and preserve your privacy; it is totally doable. John Kheit explains.

Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

3:58 PM, May. 25th, 2016 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Whatevs

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."

Mr. Cook, Tear Down That App

1:14 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Crude Mock-up

iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.

Apple’s Failure to Scale

8:00 AM, May. 3rd, 2016 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Steve Jobs at WWDC 1997

Apple's work force has quadrupled in the last few years, but John Kheit says we're seeing fewer product updates, rather than more. Nowhere is this more true than Apple's Mac product line, and John argues Apple needs the Mac—and Mac power users—because they're tastemakers that have an outsized impact on the way the rest of the world looks at Apple's other products.

The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

3:10 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Mac Pro Mess

John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.

iPad/iPhone Apps Should Run as ‘Desk Touch Apps’ in OS X

5:27 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · John Kheit · Editorial

Mock Up

Remember desk accessories? Before there was multitasking on the Mac way way back—30 years ago—we had desk accessories. Cute little calculators, puzzles, scrapbooks and other neat-o do-dads! They were great. So why hasn't Apple considered letting users run iPad/iPhone apps on the Mac in their own windows akin to the desk accessories of yore?

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