John Martellaro Joins MacVoices to Discuss Apple’s iPad Pro

5:20 PM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · · News

MacVoices and Apple's new Mac Pro

The Mac Observer's John Martellaro joined host Chuck Joiner, Charles Edge and Don McAllister on MacVoices to talk about their first weekend with the iPad Pro. From Chuck's show notes, the group talked about "the buying experience, how big is big and how it affects the experience, audio capability, favorite updated apps and external accessories, and how to approach the iPad Pro experience for maximum benefit." The group had a lot of fun and so will you when you watch this delightful 60 minute video. 

Verizon gets FCC Green Light for Wi-Fi Calling

11:35 AM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · · News

Verizon gets Wi-Fi calling waiver from FCC

Verizon customers will finally be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling, just like T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T subscribers do. The carrier received their FCC waiver allowing them to support the feature, which means it'll be coming soon.

Apple CEO: iOS and OS X aren’t Merging into a Single OS

9:25 AM, Nov. 16th, 2015 · · News

The OS X iPad? Tim Cook says nope.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says iOS and OS X aren't converging into a single operating system even though they share many similar traits. Speaking with Ireland's The Independent, that's not what customers want, and it isn't the experience Apple wants to create.

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A unified operating system for iPhones, iPads, and Macs sounds like a bad idea. We'd end up with a single OS that best serve any device, and that is exactly what Apple wants to avoid.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Reiterates that ‘Apple Is Open’

8:01 PM, Nov. 13th, 2015 · · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

"Apple is open." It was a standalone sentence in a long email from Apple CEO Tim Cook to his employees in the wake of a racial profiling incident at an Apple Store in Australia. That email reiterated a philosophy Mr. Cook has stated many times, that Apple is a company open to everyone, "regardless of race or religion, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, income, language or point of view."

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Bryan Chaffin noted in yesterday's coverage that Silicon Valley as a whole skews left of center compared to much of the rest of the U.S., but Tim Cook is emerging as a champion of equality and inclusion.

The Mac Observer Launches a New Podcast: Background Mode

5:45 PM, Nov. 12th, 2015 · · News

Introduction to Background Mode Podcast

The Mac Observer has several legendary podcasts. And now, host John Martellaro has added a fourth, called Background Mode. In this podcast, John will interview notable developers, industry technical professionals, or even other noted authors inside (but occasionally outside) the Apple
community. These are all terrific people that both John and the listeners will be delighted to get to know better,  It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Mozilla Brings Firefox to iPhone, iPad

11:32 AM, Nov. 12th, 2015 · · News

Firefox on Apple's new iPad Pro

Mozilla finally released Firefox for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday, following through on their announcement from about a year ago. The iOS version of the Web browser supports syncing tabs, book marks, and history with other devices, and includes private browsing support, and includes iPad Pro support, too.