This is a special, abbreviated edition of Particle Debris.

iPhone SE 2017

Outside the circles of Apple and the iPhone, the kind of induced behavior described in this article would be considered obsessive and harmful. But because it’s tech, perhaps, we celebrate it. Anderson Cooper looks at “What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care.” This is a long but fascinating report.

And so, if you thought that perhaps a modest flip-phone would be inexpensive and secure for your kids, think again. It’s never going to happen. MacRumors has the story.

The iPhone continues to be the most popular smartphone among teens, according to data gathered by investment firm Piper Jaffray in its most recent semiannual U.S. teen survey. 76 percent of teens surveyed own an iPhone, up from 69 percent in the spring of 2016…

Jean-Louis Gassée has some interesting, high-level, thoughts on the new Apple File System (APFS). The title is a bit deceptive because we all care. That’s an essential part of his essay. “Apple’s New File System: Who Cares?

Did you know that the Opera browser has a free, built-in VPN? “How to Use the Opera Browser’s Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac.” Now if only Apple had thought of this….

It may be a bit too early to imagine what Apple’s next Mac Pro will be like. But that doesn’t keep the talented Andrew Cunningham at ars technica from ponderings. And great ponderings they are. “Imagining a new Mac Pro, the “iMac Pro,” and the future of Apple’s desktops.” Even if you’re not a technical or creative professional, you’ll find this one particularly interesting.

2009 Mac Pro

The greatest Mac Ever?

Speaking of Mac Pros (hint), Mac360 takes a trip down memory lane and recalls: “The Greatest Mac That Ever Lived.” I happen to agree. For now, anyway. Do you?

Even though we’re starting to drool over Apple’s (presumed) 2018 Mac Pro, we know that we’re getting new iMacs later this year. And it looks like Apple will pour on the coals with these Macs that may include Xeon processors, 64 GB of ECC RAM and maybe even an 8K display. It seems like Apple is back on track with Macs we really, really adore and want. Not just routine updates. MacRumors has the story.

And why do these halo Macs need to exist? Sebastiaan de With explains the need for powerful Macs for the pros. “Why Pro Matters.” We know these kinds of machines matter, but the author makes a particularly strong and eloquent case.

Meanwhile, on the iPad front, many were expecting Apple to announce new iPad Pros in March or April. It looks like that won’t happen now. David Gewirtz: “I’m calling it: No spring Apple event this year.” If I had to guess, I’d surmise that Apple is going through the same process they did with the Macs: iPads that amaze us and make us drool. Bigger displays, more CPU/GPU power and more capability. Maybe we’ll see something at WWDC in June.

That’s enough for now….

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Apple should use an old physical architecture with a new set of guts for Mac Pro. It could be ready for WWDC 2017. Then design a brand new model for 2018, 2019 or year 3000.


I can’t imagine that without giving him a Monty Burns voice.

Lee Dronick

“Your Teenager is Mesmerized by the iPhone, and You’re Powerless to Stop it”

Tim Cook chortles inside of his apple shaped island fortress “Excellent, I love it when a plan comes together?”


I suspect new tricked out iPads are slated for fall. Maybe a sneak peak to WW#DC, but I’m skeptical of even that. The cheese grater Mac Pro the greatest Mac ever? It was the peak of the Mac Pro line, but I’d have to disagree it was the greatest. I’d vote for the MacIIC series. It brought colour and massive, for the time, power to the Mac line. You want to talk upgradeable? Apple offered an upgrade path to turn the IIcx into a IIci and even to a Quadra 700. It had card slots. You could put two HDD… Read more »