2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple Should Get Ready

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

2019: Year of the Display

With 4K TV sets now mainstream, 8K TVs shipping in 2019, Apple preparing new displays, 4K/HDR streaming in high gear, the pressure will be on Apple to deliver in all its video technologies.

Apple's Black Friday Is Here and Mostly Ho-Hum

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Black Friday Event 2018

Apple has never been big on sales, but there’s something about making everything but the newest models eligible for gift cards extra insulting.

Apple Is A Healthy Company. But, Someday, it Could Fail

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple Park

Companies are like organisms: they’re born, they grow, adapt, and have a life cycle. But predicting Apple’s future is very hard to do at this point. We can, however, monitor life signs.

Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple's October Surprise - ACM 482

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix’s plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event.

The Secret is Out: Apple Uses This Tool to Clean iMac Screens

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a tool called Vinyl Buddy that is used to clean vinyl records. But it can also be used to clean your Mac’s screen. Mac Geek Gab listener Everett says this is what Apple uses to clean iMac screens by getting the dust off the inside of the screen when reassembling them after repair. And others have confirmed. Instead of using a microfiber cloth, try this tool. It’s a small roller that attracts dust and other small debris. Once it’s full of dust, you just rinse it under running water and use it again. I’m guessing it’s an electrostatic effect because the roller doesn’t have any sort of adhesive on it. You could also try it on your iPhone or iPad, although it might not remove fingerprints. And of course, like the name suggests, it can pick up dust from in between the grooves of vinyl records. We found the tool on Amazon for US$14.99.

macOS Mojave: Some iMacs Can't Run Bootcamp

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with Windows in Bootcamp

There’s a specific iMac configuration that can’t run Bootcamp, and can’t even have a Bootcamp partition on your iMac’s drive.

New Apple Watch Predictions, 20 Years of iMac - TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-15

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what might be coming in the next Apple Watch along with what product announcements may be coming this fall. They also look back at the iMac 20 years after it first shipped.

Check Out Steve Jobs Unveiling the First iMac 20 Years Ago

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iMac is 20 years old, and it’s the computer that started Apple down the path to become the first company with a trillion dollar market cap. Then interim CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iMac on stage in May 1998, and the all-in-one computer shipped on August 15th. That computer shipped with a 233 MHz G3 processor, Mac OS 8.1, a 4 GB hard drive, and was the first Mac with USB. Check out Steve unveiling the original Bondi Blue iMac.

Q3 Sales of Macs Take a Big Hit Thanks to Late MacBook Pro

· John Martellaro · Analysis

15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM

In Q3, 2017 Apple sold 4.3 million Macs, bolstered by WWDC 2017 rollouts. This Q3 the unit number was down to 3.7 million thanks to the out-of-June-quarter launch of the new MacBook Pros in July. Explanations are in order.

TMO Background Mode Interview with Freelance Tech Journalist Rob Pegoraro

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Rob Pegoraro is a freelance technical journalist who writes about interesting problems and possibilities in consumer technology. Previously, he was a technical columnist for the Washington Post from 1999 to 2011. Lately he has written for Yahoo Finance, USA Today and The Wirecutter. Rob graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1993 with a degree in international relations without taking a single course in journalism or computer science. But along the way he discovered his real talent: learning new things about computer tech and then explaining it to readers. Rob told me how his time with the Washington Post was both rewarding but also prepared him for a better family life as a freelancer. We chatted about Google I/O 2018, the Android platform, his writings about the FTC, the GDPR, 8KTV, and his recent DIY update of his 2009 iMac.