First Look: 'Portrait Mode' for the iPhone 7 Plus

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

Depth-of-field preview on iPhone 7 Plus screen.

Dr. Mac’s been beta testing Apple’s new depth-of-field effect—which is coming soon to the iPhone 7 Plus (only) real soon. He says it does a phenomenal job of simulating the effect most of the time — so good, in fact, he’s threatening to sell his DSLR.

Technical Professionals Are Hanging on, Hoping For The Best from Apple

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Soon, we think, there will be fall Apple event that launches new Macs. The nature of this event and the kinds of Macs that Apple updates and those that are left to quietly die will tell us a lot about where Apple is heading with technical professionals. Many of those former Apple customers have already switched to Linux. Those who remain are dismayed and are not very hopeful.  Some readers weigh in.

Yo Samsung: Give It Up, Bro

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Samsung ArtPC Pulse

Samsung…Samsung. Yo, dudes. We gotta talk, like, for reals. Listen and Ima give it to you straight. You have a problem, Samsung. And it’s time for some change.

Samsung Discontinues Galaxy Note 7 Manufacturing and Sales

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Burned Galaxy Note 7 on Tombstone

This just in: Samsung has officially discontinued manufacturing and sales of the Galaxy Note 7. With repeated incidents of the devices—and replacement devices—catching fire, the company announced on Tuesday it would cease making and selling them.

USB Kill: The $55 Gadget That Will Fry Most Devices

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

USB Kill 2.0 Insides

There’s a device out there called USB Kill 2.0 that can fry an electronic device with a USB port. While it looks like an every day USB flash drive, rather than memory, these devices have capacitors that can store up juice being transmitted over the USB bus and then discharge at once. The result is a high-voltage attack on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or other device that can fry the electronics.

Samsung Tweet Suggests Note 7 Stalling Tactics, Suspends Note 7 Sales

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Galaxy Note 7 Allegedly Caught Fire

Over the weekend, Samsung accidentally tweeted a callous message to a Note 7 victim, a message that reveals just how hated and cynical the IP-stealing, politican-bribing company can be. That was followed by reports Samsung was finally suspending sales of the Note 7.

Artificial Intelligence Research, Unintended Consequences and Sex

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

AI Agent

Research into Artificial Intelligence will evolve into many more applications than asking Amazon’s Echo how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon. Or driving an autonomous car. As the technology expands in its capabilities and applications, we’ll be confronted with massive social change. How will Apple, for example, both serve us and meet competitive challenges?

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Cyber security graphic.

When Apple launches a new version of one of its OSes, say, macOS Sierra, the first thing users think about is the features. If they’re a bit more methodical, they’ll look at their mission critical apps and monitor for updates from those developers. But, above all, a decision to not upgrade (or do it soon) must be balanced against the security updates folded into the new version.  John explains.

macOS Sierra and App Compatibility

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

macOS Sierra website

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus walks us through some of the compatibility issues some people (including him) are experiencing with Apple’s newest macOS Sierra. Keyboard wackiness, scanner issues, and other software problems are out there.

Apple TV is Too App-Focused

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

A view of the Apple TV home screen with apps

Lately I’ve found myself gravitating away from using the Apple TV to watch content, and it’s due entirely to the device’s user interface: Apps get higher billing than they deserve. An app-centric interface makes perfect sense on the iPhone where there are so many things I might do. On the Apple TV, though, it’s safe to make the assumption that I’m launching the device to consume content. I just want my home screen to be a list of that content, thank you very much.

Evidence is Mounting: Apple Will Convert the Macs to ARM CPUs

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

RIP Intel Inside

The time since most of the Macs have been updated can now be described as geologic. Is that because Apple doesn’t care about the Macs? Or, more likely, could we be in for another major architectural change? Evidence is mounting that Apple will abandon Intel and take the Mac lineup to ARM. John looks at the evidence and makes the case.

My Fantasy Wish List for Apple's October Event

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Wish list.

It’s one thing to make sober, informed predictions about what Apple may announce next. But, this time, John just wants to have fun and provide his fantasy wish list for an Apple event in October. What would have John giggling with delight?  Read on to find out.

Dr. Mac's First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

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

iPhone 7 Product Line

Dr. Mac got a new iPhone 7 Plus and shares his first impressions in this week’s thrilling episode (#194 for those keeping track) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We've Been Waiting For

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

An Apple filing with the FCC looks very much like it might be a new 4K UHD, 5th generation Apple TV just in time for the December holiday period.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the old 4th generation Apple TV from October 2015 had been delayed. And now we may be getting what we really wanted all along just one year later.

Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

Apple Music favors streaming over owning music

John Kheit is in a frothing-at-the-mouth rage about iTunes in iOS and macOS Sierra. From missing ratings to iCloud downloads for songs that should be local, he’s fighting mad.

Read This Before You Install Any Point Zero OS

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

macOS Sierra

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install iOS 10 or Sierra, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Any Point Zero OS.

My Marvelous Adventure Picking Up a Pre-ordered iPhone 7

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple Store at Park Meadows

On the morning of September 16th, John Martellaro went into his local Apple store, having pre-ordered on Sep 9th, to trade-in an iPhone 6s and pick up his new iPhone 7 (black/128). The experience wasn’t what he was expecting, but it all worked out in the end.

Things I Liked Most About watchOS 3. And a Nice Trick

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Selected watch faces.

It took two hours, but John Martellaro finally got his original Apple Watch upgraded to watchOS 3. Here are some of the things he liked most about this version. Plus, he discovered a nice trick when it comes to changing watch faces with a swipe.

My Take on Apple's iPhone 7 Event

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

Apple's media event for iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

This week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves, read Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus’ thoughts on Apple’s big event last week in San Francisco including big reveals of Super Mario, Pokémon GO, the Apple Watch Series 2, and the iPhone 7.

The Art of Smacking Apple Around as Entertainment Pays Handsomely

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Numbers and facts are boring. Entertainment is fun. That’s true whether the subject is politics or technology.  If you can entertain people who are bored with facts, light them up in fact, your publication will do well. For example, crafty editors know that there’s money to be made bad-mouthing Apple. It will never stop. And it will never cease to amaze us. Jonny Evans ponders and John Martellaro explains.