The iPad Pro is a breakthrough device, according to John Martellaro. With its generous RAM, fast CPU and GPU, USB 3, a gigantic display, multiple stereo speakers, Apple Pencil and Bluetooth-free keyboard, all combined with iOS 9 features, it sets a new path forward for iPads. John reports on his first weekend with his iPad Pro.
Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in?
Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.
There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.
In the early 1980s, expert computer users worked (struggled) with their PCs and workstations on the command line. Back then, Steve Jobs instinctively knew that in order for ordinary people to use a computer at home and school, a revolutionary graphical user interface would be required. But now, 30 years later, vastly more powerful computers connected on the Internet have dramatically changed how we can interact with them and each other. How has the classic Mac GUI both stood up and also changed with the times?
One of the new features in OS X El Capitan is Split View.
It could come in handy at times, but John Martellaro thinks it's just a silly addition and not really necessary. It'll soon be forgotten.
Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.
There have been vociferous complaints about Apple's new MacBook thanks to its single USB-C port. However, it turns out that having only one port helps the MacBook in a very important way. How's that? John Martellaro explains.
The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.
I've been using Cocoatech's Path Finder since it was launched in the same year as [Mac] OS X. It's so good, I've rarely ever used the OS X Finder over the years. Here's what I like about Path Finder the most.
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