The iPad started as a peripheral for your Mac or Windows PC. Once iCloud came along in October 2011, the iPad gained a fair amount of autonomy. But at first, it was dependent on iTunes for backups. You were also likely to hook up your tablet to a computer via USB just to get music and movies onto it. As iTunes’ reputation degraded in later years, such a prospect would have sounded horrifying to many people. But during the 2010 keynote, Apple framed the iPad’s iTunes compatibility as a selling point. Which, at the time, it was.Netbooks made for a convenient whipping boy. When Windows netbooks became a hit starting in 2007, multiple writers helpfully explained that Apple had to make a cheap mini-MacBook of its own. By the time the iPad’s release was imminent, this conventional wisdom had morphed into an assumption that an Apple tablet would compete with netbooks. In reality, the iPad—a posh-feeling gadget with a largely new user interface and no … [Read more...] about Apple’s 2010 iPad launch was the last great Steve Jobs keynote
Amazon won’t reveal how many Alexas it has sold–at least one estimate says about 10 million–but in a sense, it’s an irrelevant stat to the balance sheet. Amazon only needs to worry that, if and when people order toilet paper or Domino’s pizza with their voices, Amazon has a product ready to take the order. Likewise, the Chromebook has started eating into dwindling iPad and Mac sales for all sorts of reasons, but chiefly, that schools can buy students a fully functional laptop for less than the price of an iPad, and Macbooks are all more than $1,000. And Google gets to raise the next generation of internet users on Chrome, Search, Google Docs, and other services core to the intimacy of Google’s ultimate ad play. … [Read more...] about Why Does Apple Think It Can Get Away With Selling Overpriced Stuff?
It’s been a tough year for Apple, as the company’s flagship phone, the iPhone X, failed to live up to the world’s extraordinary expectations. So far, the media has been treating WWDC 2018 with tempered excitement, as Apple is rumored to be focusing on stability and performance rather than an onslaught of new features. That means we’re likely to see Apple making its existing assets–ranging from Animoji to Siri–richer and more ubiquitous across its devices. We may also see Apple fix a major pain point with its software: the fact that Mac OS and iOS require users to buy (and developers to update) the same app twice. It’s also possible that Apple will emphasize other aspects of its existing products–like their ability to protect your health and your privacy in the connected world. … [Read more...] about Apple’s biggest event of the year is looking unusually quiet
Among the new features is a “dark mode,” similar to the one that launched on MacOS last year. Once enabled, it uses mainly black and gray colors to reduce eyestrain and conserve battery life on devices with OLED screens, such as the iPhone X and iPhone XS. Privacy was also a big theme for iOS 13. A new “Apple Sign In” feature will let users log into third-party apps without sharing personal data or their email address–it’s an alternative to existing sign-in options from Facebook and Google–and new location permissions will protect against apps that quietly collect a history of users’ whereabouts. … [Read more...] about All the Apple iOS updates announced at WWDC, from dark mode to the Health upgrade
Other features coming to MacOS this fall include a major accessibility update that allows for system-wide voice control, the ability to use an iPad as a secondary display or drawing tablet, and a Screen Time app for monitoring and restricting app use, similar to the iOS version. … [Read more...] about MacOS Catalina will track down your lost MacBook with other people’s iPhones