OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

4:40 PM, Jun. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

As with all OS X releases, Apple has added plenty of new features to Yosemite. How do these features rank in terms of usefulness and likely wide adoption? Which ones will become signature features?  John Martellaro sizes them up.

Let’s Leave Apple’s Tim Cook Alone for Awhile

7:30 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Can We Just Leave Tim Cook Alone?

The poor guy. Everyone writes about him day and night. This and that.  He's no Steve Jobs. Maybe, but he must be his own man. Lamentations: he's just an operations guy. Praise: He sat next to Steve Jobs for over a decade and had Jobs's trust. The reins of Apple were handed over to him, but (tearfully) he doesn't know anything. His hair is funny. He's saving Apple. He's destroying Apple. Can we have the madness stop?

Why the OS X Look and Feel Needs to Change

2:15 PM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The evolution of OS X look and feel

The look and feel of OS X had its origins in the Classic Mac OS, long before we had iPhones and iPads. Today, millions of customers are looking at their iPhones and iPads and wondering why OS X looks the way it does.

Google’s Purchase of Nest May Have Been a Defensive Move

9:01 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Google's Defensive Play

The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as  reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.

Beats Won’t Get $3.2 Billion From Apple

2:20 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Beats Won't Get $3.2 Billion From Apple

The Apple deal with Beats is probably going to happen. The whole affair is likely in lock-down mode until the WWDC Keynote. What's not going to happen, however, is that Beats gets US$3.2B in this deal.