It’s Time for Apple to Convert Dollars to Leadership

4:30 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple, dollars & leadership

Apple has been enormously successful in developing products that solve customer problems by elegantly merging its software to amazing hardware. And so, in 2016, it'll be about time for Apple to start converting all that revenue and cash on hand into some serious, visible leadership roles, not just me too products, incrementally upgraded.

You May Be Buying a New 5th Gen Apple TV Sooner Than You Planned

4:45 PM, Dec. 18th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Next Apple TV

The 4K UHD TV industry is a mess right now. Consumers are faced with treacherous technical decisions. Amidst the chaos, Apple is trying to improve and simplify the TV watching experience. Because the TV technology is changing so fast, it may be necessary to buy a new Apple TV every year, from now on, just to keep up.  Don't blame Apple for this.

Three Extraordinary Apps for your iDevice

10:30 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

duet display iPad monitor for Mac

Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:

Samsung Files Appeal on Apple Patent Case with U.S. Supreme Court

8:49 PM, Dec. 14th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Samsung Copier

Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.

Apple’s Grand Unified Theory of Products Has a Beautiful Explanation

3:30 PM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's Grand Unified Product Line

Apple's product line has greatly expanded in the last five years to be, as one might say, grand. In fact, the explanation for Apple's Grand Unified Theory of Products has now been analyzed with the clarity of a physics presentation and in a way that's not been approached before. John Martellaro explores a remarkable analysis article that sheds great light in how Apple executives view their present and future products.

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Projects

4:40 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts by Lesa Snider

Dr. Mac's friend Lesa Snider is a talented photographer and author, and he says her Missing Manual books (on Photoshop and Photos for iOS and OS X) make terrific gifts, but her new ebook, The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts, is chock full of gift ideas you can make yourself. 

How I’d Like to See the Apple TV Evolve

3:45 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Evolution of the Apple TV

There is the Apple ecosphere and there is the 4K UHD ecosphere. That creates tension. Right now, for technical reasons, it was fairly reasonable for the 4th generation Apple TV to dispense with 4K UHD support, but that will change in the next two years. Here are my best wishes for how Apple handles the transition.

Tips for Traveling with your Tech Toys

12:50 PM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

this 16,000mAh battery makes an excellent travel companion

Dr. Mac's trip to Florida last week for Thanksgiving reminded him that traveling with today’s technology isn’t always easy. This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves  he offers tips for making your travels more pleasant.