Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8:05 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · Editorial

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

6:00 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · Editorial

The Two Sides of Apple

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind.  This is not a bug; it's a feature.

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Award from HRC (Video)

4:08 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · Editorial

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Reward from HRC

Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."

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

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Editorial

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.

The New Apple TV Has a Contrarian Vision

6:33 PM, Sep. 9th, 2015 · · Editorial

Apple TV 4G has a contrarian vision

The TV industry is taking a traditional path towards new standards and better equipment. UHD/4KTVs and UHD/Blu-ray players and UHD Internet content will all play out as usual. Apple, on the other hand, has its own vision and can't change TV as we know it by playing along. Will the plan work?

The iPad Pro Will Be Apple’s New Guiding Star

5:32 PM, Sep. 9th, 2015 · · Editorial

iPad Pro is a winner

Apple rolled out some very nice products during its September 9 event. The new iPhones are suitably drool worthy, and the new Apple TV has a lot of design thought put into it and will be the signature device from the event. However, John Martellaro was particularly impressed with the iPad Pro and its implications for the future of the iPad line.

How to Size Up Apple’s Strategy for Each Product on September 9

4:35 PM, Sep. 8th, 2015 · · Editorial

Apple's September 9 Strategy

Sources and hints have provided a fairly good feel for the products we can expect Apple to announce on September 9. Instead of just another list, John Martellaro has some ideas about what we should be watching for as the event proceeds. Especially Apple's strategy and messaging.

Making the Case for the iPod Touch

4:40 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · Editorial

iPod touch

While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around. 

Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · Editorial

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.