Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep Your Money!

3:21 PM, Oct. 26th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.

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This totally makes sense because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.

Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

5:02 PM, Oct. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.

How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by Jony Ive

6:50 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

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This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.

Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column

2:24 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

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This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, don’t install either until you read what I have to say.

How Apple’s Tim Cook Explained Away Poor iPad Sales

7:33 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

During Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Steve Milunovich with UBS about his views on the iPad sales of 12.31 million, the second (non-holiday) quarter of declining sales. Here's how Mr. Cook responded.

Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

5:50 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis:  How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

Sales Prospects for Apple’s iPad Air 2 Look Good

4:15 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

Almost a third of the installed base of iPads consists of iPad 2s without a Retina display. As a result, a casual look at the numbers suggests that the iPad Air 2 should do very well in sales. John Martellaro pulls out his calculator.

Sizing Up Apple’s October 16 Event: More Than Meets the Eye

4:15 PM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

We pretty much knew what to expect for Apple's October media event. So then, how does having good hunches about what to expect affect our judgment about the products and technologies presented? It's an important question, and John Martellaro weighs in.

Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/iWorld

2:07 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Bob

I’ve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and it’s been part of my life for as long as I’ve been a geek. I’ll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words I’ve written about Macworld Expo over the years.