Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

OS X Security is a Lot Better Than You Thought

4:30 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Pondering OS X Security

Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react? John Martellaro offers a calming counter perspective.

Dr. Mac’s First Look at the iPhone 6s

1:25 PM, Sep. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Dr. Mac got an iPhone 6s last Friday; his initial impressions are in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 143, a delightful little ditty he likes to call, "Dr. Mac's First Look at the iPhone 6s." It wasn't all wine and roses (Spoiler alert: He thinks the Rose Gold looks too pink). But after a rocky start, the Doc is pretty happy with his newest gadget.  

What Shall Apple Do with All That Money? Rethink the Car

2:30 PM, Sep. 25th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple & 21st Century cars

When a modern company has some extra money, creative executives have refined the art of rolling that money upwards towards themselves often starving other efforts. Even so, while car company R&D budgets are generally healthy, they may not be enough to make a major breakthrough in 21st century car technology. What if that's what Apple is planning to do?

This Is How You Know It’s Time for Apple Car

8:12 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Bob Lutz on CNBC

Hey look, it's another auto executive explaining to the world how absurd it is for Apple to make a car. It's hard, he said. It will be a money pit, he said. Apple doesn't know anything about cars, he said. And most of all, he said that the auto industry is a low margin business, making it a terrible market to enter. This is how you know it's time for Apple Car.

So, What About Apple TV and iPad Pro?

2:35 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Last week Dr. Mac had so much to say about the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and how cool he thought 3D Touch was going to be that he ran out of space without mentioning Apple TV or iPad Pro. He rectifies that in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves.  

A Theory: Why the New Apple TV Will Ship Without 4K UHD

5:00 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple TV 4th gen and 4K

We now know that the new 4th generation Apple TV announced for this fall won't ship with 4K UHD capability. But we don't know why Apple omitted that feature and thereby opened itself up to opportunistic competition, such as Amazon's Fire TV. John Martellaro has a theory.