New Hardware Could Complete Apple's 4K/UHD TV Future

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple TV driving HDTV

Apple has been nibbling around the edges of the TV experience for a long time. The Apple TV has been a good start, and the recent emphasis on the 4th generation Apple TV and apps has been good. And yet, Apple hasn’t really closed the loop for a complete viewing experience and has delivered only pieces of the needed hardware. John fantasizes a bit. But with logic.

Make Your Mac Clipboard Work Smarter

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

Mac on a clipboard

If you use a Mac you’ve surely used the clipboard many times. But do you understand what the clipboard is and how it works? More importantly, do you know the simple tricks — like keyboard shortcuts utilities that offer multiple clipboards — that make it work smarter? Dr. Mac has you covered.

FBI Still Wants Encryption Compromise Where None is Possible

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

FBI Guy and iPhone

FBI Director Comey is still searching for a so-called compromise on encryption, even though no such compromise is possible. Mr. Comey wants America to discuss the issue before a terror or criminal event involving encryption makes rational discussion impossible.

Apple’s Attitude Towards the TV Industry Is Well-Founded

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple & TV

It’s a battle between two corporate giants. In one corner we have Apple. In the other corner is the networks. Neither side needs the other. Each side would like to gain, by agreement, from the other’s strengths. Neither side wants to give in much, thinking they know a lot about their own industry. How will it end? Which side is better prepared for the future?

Apple, Accustomed to Skating to the Puck, Now Also Guiding the Puck

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple CEO Tim Cook Interviewed by RTE News

When Apple was struggling to gain acceptance in the marketplace, it was profitable to surge relentlessly forward, leaving the enterprise behind and mesmerizing the consumer. Nowadays, Apple tends to nurture the markets it has while seeking new avenues for growth. This makes it harder to estimate Apple’s future prospects. Yet, investors are starting to appreciate the nuances.

Become a Maestro of Mac Macros

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

This macro remaps two keys I don't use to a key I use often.

Become a maestro of time-saving macros with Keyboard Maestro, one of Dr. Mac’s favorite all-time Mac productivity enhancers.

Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook's Commitment

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Bob Mansfield in TMO's artist rendition of Apple Car

Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.

FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing Fingers

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

A 3D printer printing a hand

The FBI has a new trick up its sleeve for getting into locked iPhones. The agency hired Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University, to 3D print the fingers of a murder victim. The idea is to use the 3D prints to unlock the device. Should it work, it will open up new avenues for law enforcement and pose new threats to everyone, everywhere.

Just Breathe. Apple's watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way.

· Dave Hamilton · Columns & Opinions

watchOS 3's new Breathe app, now in beta

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.

After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

iPad Pro & pencil

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

The Cord Cutting Fantasy Isn't Delivered With Just an Apple TV

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Curd Cutting

The 4th generation Apple TV is a very nice device. It’s designed to fit seamlessly into a modern HDTV home entertainment system. But the total solution for the cord cutter, trying to make a transition, is very complex. One needs a multitude of resources, with only one component supplied by Apple. John examines the dilemma.

T-Mobile, Pokémon GO, and Another Test for Net Neutrality

· Jim Tanous · Editorial

john legere pokemon go

T-Mobile customers will soon get one year of free unlimited data for Pokémon GO, the hit new augmented reality mobile game. While exciting for fans of the game, net neutrality advocates should be wary of this latest move from “the un-carrier.”

3 Key Takeaways about Apple TV from Eddy Cue Interview

· Bryan Chaffin · Columns & Opinions

Future Apple TV

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue added some color to Apple’s television aspirations. Key takeaways from the interview include Apple not planning to buy a studio (for now, at least); Apple having modest ambitions with original content; and Apple’s belief that voice is the killer feature for navigating television content.

Dr. Mac’s Guide to Apple Public Betas

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

Yes, you will have to ERASE your drive to reinstall El Capitan (or whatever) to get rid of Apple public betas

Apple public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 came out last week. If you’re not totally clear on what it means to install a beta operating system on your Mac or iOS devices, here’s what you need to know:

Apple Innovation Timeline - Revolutions Keep on Turning

· John Kheit · Editorial

The Apple Lightbulb

Apple continues to turn out product and service revolutions, even after the loss of Steve Jobs. This Apple innovation timeline shows the company is pumping out those revolutions at the same pace it did with Steve.

The Curse of Apple Supporting Older Hardware

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Old Telephone Equipment

A group of consumers are complaining Apple is using planned obsolescence to hobble their older devices with new operating systems. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple should instead get credit for supporting older devices better than any other company.

The Macintosh Product Line Will Soon Change Before Our Eyes

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

There are certain Macintosh products that are carry overs from the past and there are top selling Macs that suggest the future of Apple. While some suggest that the transformation of the product line means the end of the Mac, John Martellaro suspects there could also be a glorious new beginning.

How Not to Lose Your Apple Pencil

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Apple Pencil holder PencilClipz

Dr. Mac loves using his Apple Pencil, but hates misplacing it. He shares three inexpensive solutions in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves…