Apple Just Made Selecting an iPad Really Hard

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

iPad Air 4

Apple seems to enjoy doing this to us. That is, making the process of selecting an iPad really hard. A lower level product leapfrogs a pro product in some technical respects. Deciding which to buy then involves a very careful analysis and comparison of the specs. And user needs.

Swift Playgrounds: Not Just for Kids Anymore…

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Swift Playgrounds and Apple

Dr. Mac has gotten over his fear of coding with Swift Playgrounds on his Mac and iPad, and his biggest takeaway is that it’s not longer just for kids.

How to Max Out a Mac mini

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Image of Mac mini 2020

Apple’s Mac mini invokes strong reactions from most users. It sits in a twilight zone of performance and price. But, properly configured, it can make for a formidable Mac.

Improve Your Streaming Videos (for Free)

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Now that everyone is doing it, Dr. Mac has some tips for making your streaming videos look better and more professional.

Sleuthed: Apple Silicon Release Dates

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple Silicon and Tim Cook.

Apple Insider looks at the history of the PowerPC to Intel transition, what Tim Cook has said to date, practical constraints, and product timing logic to lay out a thoughtful roadmap for Apple Silicon release dates.

Apple Profiting From The Pandemic. But That's Not a Bad Thing.

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Tim Cook on stage

Apple is profiting from the pandemic, and some might, at first blush, (wrongly) assume that’s bad. Akin to profiteering. But, actually, it’s an outward sign that Apple is doing things right for its customers.

macOS Troubleshooting Checklist Part I

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After more than three decades as a Mac user, trainer, and troubleshooter, Dr. Mac has seen and resolved more Mac snafus than most. Here are some things he recommends you try when a good Mac goes bad…

Apple's Strategy For Igniting Apple TV+ Subscriptions

· John Martellaro · Editorial

The first wave of Apple TV+ subscriptions come up for renewal in early November. Apple is taking steps to make sure those subscriptions get converted from free to paid. John makes a list.

The Inside Scoop on Developers vs. Apple

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Developers have been paid more than $70 billion since Apple's App Store launched in 2008

Apple developers have complained for years about various App Store practices and policies. Now, a major work of technical journalism exposes the inconsistencies that allow Apple to justify getting its way.

Apple's Art of Mysterious Convenience

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Park building.

Automation and increasing abstraction are what computers are all about. But when does it get creepy and out of control?