April 20

Early reviews of Apple’s MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) have framed it as an expensive prototype from the future — a notebook that will someday be the standard, but one most people aren’t ready for yet. Despite that classification, the new MacBook is extremely tempting if you’re in the market for a new computer: it’s more portable than even the MacBook Air, it’s the first Mac available in gold and space gray finishes, and it has a trackpad with a new feature called Force Touch.

But can you actually do work on the 12-inch MacBook? That’s the $1300 question everyone is asking. I’ll unpack my experience below …

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March 24

Ten One Design has released an updated version of its drawing plug-in, Inklet, adding pressure-sensitive drawing on the new Force Touch trackpad in all Mac drawing apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Illustrator. The new trackpad was introduced by Apple on the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

This means MacBook owners with the new trackpad will enjoy enhanced, highly-accurate pressure sensitivity when drawing on the trackpad whether drawing with a stylus or with a finger.

Inklet for Mac adds an icon to your menubar that you click when you want to draw on your trackpad in your chosen app …  expand full story

The first wish has to be a reworked Finder app. Although Finder was just rewritten in Snow Leopard for Cocoa and 64-bit support, it has slowly became more and more problematic and performs poorer version by version (maybe beside Mavericks) within the previous 5 years.

It now has awkwardly-laggy scrolling, half-baked CoverFlow appearance and a bunch of performance issues.

It would be really nice to see a revamp of Finder app, maybe taking cues from iOS but still offers the advanced features we now know and love. Maybe like Logic Pro X where certain functionalities can be enabled on demand? Just enabling syncing in Finder is not enough, adding more extension points to Finder would also be really nice. Imagine being able to QuickLook non-standard videos with 3rd party codecs, quickly view thumbnails of non-standard image formats, or do a fast file comparison right within Finder. If this happens, sandboxing will be a issue though and Apple needs to sort that out.

From what we already know, every image processing feature in Photos app is actually integrated with the mechanism of extensions. So it would also really make more sense to bring extensibility to Photos for OS X. This would bring feature parity to Photos app for iOS and help professional photographers better organize and enhance their shots.

In current versions of OS X, filesystem shown in Finder differs from ones shown in dialog boxes, (from Mail app, for example). It would be nice to be able to see all photos within Photos library, music within iTunes library and videos created by iMovie right in Finder.

Maybe Apple should also tweak UI elements a bit. The disjointed arrows should be jointed. Maybe San Francisco can be tweaked and brought to OS X. It would also be nice to improve UI font choice for Asian languages. Many HongKong and Taiwan users have been long complaining about STHeiTi TC, which is designed by mainland Chinese designers who knows little about traditional Chinese typography.

Oh, and please fix the Finder full-screen background black-out glitch. The Image Capture and performance monitor scrolling issue. Various memory leaks. Interference caused by poorly implemented Wi-Fi direct drivers.

And a new filesystem.. Maybe in OS X 10.12 or 10.13 or OS XI?


February 25

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s role in the film, Apple has launched a microsite detailing the production. expand full story

February 22

On the day of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, Apple has begun airing a new iPad Air advertisement highlighting how the tablet is used in the filmmaking industry. The new video advertisement is narrated with excerpts from notable movie director Martin Scorsese’s 2014 commencement speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The video, embedded below, is accompanied by a website highlighting specific stories of the iPad being used to make movies. These video stories were actually filmed and edited on iPads. The new website also discusses key video planning, filming, and editing applications for the iPad such as Final Draft, Garageband (but not the consumer-focused iMovie), and VideoGrade. This film-focused advertisement follows a music-oriented one that aired on the day of the Grammy Awards.

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January 9

One week into the new year, and with that post-holiday diet we promised ourselves still hanging in there, I thought it might be interesting to suggest a few tech-related New Year’s resolutions you might like to consider.

Don’t worry, though – it’s not all work and no play. Me being me, I’ve found a way to make a solid case for the new year being the perfect time to treat yourself to a gadget or two …  expand full story


December 25, 2014

Let’s assume you unwrapped a brand new Mac this year (awesome!) or scored a ton of iTunes/iBooks/App Store credit (still awesome!) and you need ideas for awesome apps to buy and check out for your new MacBook or iMac. Tons of new apps have launched on the Mac this year and even more have added new features and remain essential. Below are some of my favorite Mac apps that I’ve used needed from time to time or even use daily and should give you a solid place to start whether your a brand new Mac user or Mac veteran looking to do more with your machine. expand full story

December 12, 2014

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Former NYTimes reporter David Pogue did a Reddit AMA to hype one of his company books this week and answered a question related to Steve Jobs phone calls:

Do you have any Steve Jobs stories you would like to share? (Or Woz stories?) (Or, dare I hope, Steve Ballmer stories?)


Oh, I have some great Steve Jobs stories!

He was famous for calling up tech writers to scream at them, or praise them, for stuff they wrote–and I wasn’t exempt!

I gave iMovie ’08 an “F,” said it was unusable. He called me at home to rant. “You don’t have any fking idea what we DO here at Apple, do you!?!?” You just held the receiver away from your head and waited it out.

Then another time, I did a music video called “I Want an iPhone” that kind of made fun of all the hype, the people standing in line, etc.

Jobs called me on my cellphone. “I wanted to talk to you about this song you made,” he said. I winced, preparing to be screamed at.

“It’s the funniest goddam thing I’ve seen in ages. Can you send me the QuickTime file?”


November 1, 2014

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iFileiPhone, iPad and iPod touch users that have taken advantage of the iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu will be happy to hear that popular Cydia package iFile has been updated with support for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iFile offers multipurpose functionality as both a file manager and viewer for navigating the filesystem of jailbroken iOS devices. expand full story


October 21, 2014

Reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have gone live across the web tonight and, as you may have expected, reviewers and pundits love Apple’s newest tablets. As usual, we’ve rounded up links to the reviews along with some choice quotes. You can find them all below the break:

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October 16, 2014

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Apple has just announced an update to it’s Mac mini desktop PC that features all-new internals and a lower starting price. The CPU has been bumped to the current fourth-generation of Intel’s Core processors paired with Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 graphics processors. It now sports PCIe-based flash storage, though the exact amount of storage wasn’t mentioned.

The computer’s connectivity has also gotten a bump with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the addition of two Thunderbolt 2 i/o ports. The tweaked internals have also afforded the new Mac mini the title of “world’s most energy efficient desktop.”

The upgraded machine will be available today at a reduced starting price of only $499.

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Apple today announced the first Retina desktop computer with the Retina 5K iMac. The new Retina 5K iMac will start at $2499 for the all-in-one desktop computer and begin shipping today. The base model Retina 5K iMac will include a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMX Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Apple will continue to sell the non-Retina 27-inch iMac which starts at $1799 as well as the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac starting at $1099. expand full story

Apple has just announced a brand-new Retina 27-inch iMac. Apple is spreading Retina displays across the lineup, with the iMac leading that charge. This is the highest resolution screen in the world, according to Apple, with 14.7 million pixels. This is a 5K display — more than seven times the pixels of a HDTV. The screen builds on the technology Apple built on the iPhone and iPad, but to a whole new scale.

The iMac is just 5mm at its thinnest point, maintaining the same thinness as the previous generation, despite the massive leap in pixel density.

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October 15, 2014

It looks like Apple’s event tomorrow will focus on new iPad models as rumored, but there are bound to be a lot of announcements beyond just the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Below we’ve put together some of our expectations for other possibilities at the event, including likely announcements for new Macs, software updates and a couple of possible surprises you might not be expecting. expand full story

September 29, 2014

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer. While the machine will sport a thin profile similar to that of the current design, which was introduced in 2012, it will be packed with new internals such as faster processors and improved WiFi antennas. The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…

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September 22, 2014

iPhone 6 Camera

With the release of iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a ton of new video shooting features are now available to iPhonographers including Time-lapse mode, 240-fps Slow-mo mode, 60-fps HD capture, and Cinematic Video Stabilization. Apple demoed some of these video shooting features earlier this month at the September event, and the iPhone 6 camera microsite includes sample videos of each mode.

With Apple selling over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets from pre-sales and launch weekend, we’re likely to see a more and more incredible videos shot on Apple’s new devices, and below we’ve put together a collection of some of the best videos shot in each mode from early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus adopters. expand full story


September 15, 2014

Besides the news about iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order numbers, Apple’s press release this morning introduced Apple’s new company description/mission statement. Apple tweaks this from time-to-time based on new product introductions. With Apple Pay and Apple Watch incoming, Apple has edited this company description. Here’s the new one:

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.

Here’s the previous one for comparison:

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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August 31, 2014


July 29, 2014

As expected, Apple has pushed out an upgrade to the Retina MacBook Pro lineup. Both the 15-inch and 13-inch models were updated, and two models received price drops.

Each 15-inch model received a modest processor speed bump, starting with a new 2.2 GHz chip in the base model, followed by 2.5 GHz in the upgraded version. The Turbo Boost speeds of each model are now up to 3.4 and 3.7 GHz, respectively. Both of the new models include 16 GB of RAM standard. The graphics processor in the upgraded model is still an NVIDIA GeForce 750M with 2 GB of VRAM.

A built-to-order option for a 2.8 GHz processor is also now available for the 15-inch model, which features Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.0 GHz.

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