Twelve South Forté Charging Stand for Apple Watch is Beautifully Imperfect

7:15 PM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · · Reviews

Twelve South Forté

Despite the apparent simplicity of the Apple Watch charging docks, there are several factors to consider. Those include practicality, protection, stability, possible ways the charging cable can be damaged when installed and removed, adjustability of presentation angle, use for both Portrait mode and Nightstand mode, and so on. The Twelve South Forté is exceptionally beautiful, and has a good design, but it doesn't score 100 percent on all counts.

Dr. Mac’s Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

12:50 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · Reviews

Where do you store all the little bits of information that don’t fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean—all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer.  

Native Union Apple Watch Charging Dock Goes Both Ways

3:00 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · · Reviews

Native Union Dock for Apple Watch

With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.

Dr. Mac’s First Look at the iPhone 6s

1:25 PM, Sep. 29th, 2015 · · Reviews

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.  

Here Are All the iPhone 6 Cases We Tried & Fit Our New 6s [Update]

9:05 PM, Sep. 25th, 2015 · · Reviews

iPhone 6s shipped on Friday, and the first thing we did (after setting up our new devices, of course) was test out iPhone 6 cases to make sure they fit. The iPhone 6s is 0.2 mm thicker than the iPhone 6—case manufacturers have been quick to say iPhone 6 cases will fit iPhone 6s, but we wanted to test it for ourselves. [Updated with the Seidio Obex Waterproof Case.]

Home Wi-Fi Weak in Areas? Use TP-LINK’s Powerline

5:20 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 · · Reviews

TP-LINK's Powerline Adapters

Wi-Fi is great -- until it's not. TP-LINK's new Powerline adapters promise to let your home's electrical wiring do double duty as a high speed wired network. Can they really be the solution for dead spots and out-of-range areas in your home? Chuck La Tournous takes one for a spin to find out.

Review of Apple’s watchOS 2: An After Action Report

3:10 PM, Sep. 23rd, 2015 · · Reviews

watchOS 2 Review

On September 21st, Apple released its first major upgrade to the watchOS, version 2.0. Many new features have been included, but the upgrade process itself was problematic. John Martellaro sizes up this 2.0 release in his after action report.