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By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, June 12, 2015

Apple Music Just Might Prove Skeptics Wrong

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There have been plenty of naysayers willing to condemn Apple’s new Apple Music service before it was even launched, but if this week’s presentation outlining the service was any indication, they might just have to take back their words.

It’s certainly true that Apple has fallen behind its competition when it comes to music streaming, and that Apple Radio wasn’t the resounding success that everyone anticipated. It’s also true that Beats Music, which the company paid a bundle for last year, wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire and quite possibly wouldn’t even be around today had Apple not thrown it a life preserver.

Then there’s the fact that while Apple touts 850 million credit cards on file for iTunes, more of them apply to the app side of the store than music, making the number slightly dubious when anticipating subscriber numbers.

All of that might lead you to believe that Apple Music could easily come and go after the initial wave of enthusiasm from today’s announcement died down.

If you watched today’s presentation however, it was readily apparent that there were a number of features shown that differentiate Apple Music from the competition—any one of which could make a big enough difference to help it dominate the industry in no time.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Apple Devices Together with Handoff

Use Handoff for Apple devices

When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.

You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.

Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.

For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.

It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.

By Jeff Carlson | Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple Unveils $10,000 Apple Watch and Thinner MacBook

Apple Watch

Now we know what the Apple Watch will cost—but surprisingly, that wasn’t the highlight of Monday’s media event in San Francisco. In fact, the Apple Watch occupied only a third of the event’s focus.

It started with an unexpected (and welcome) foray into health research and included the introduction of a new MacBook laptop model.

By Bill Weinman | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift 1.2 Is a Major Update—But Doesn’t Replace Objective-C

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The first beta of Xcode 6.3 was recently released with a new version of the Swift language that contains a number of significant changes.

Swift has a great deal of promise. It could make development for iOS and OS X both easier and more reliable. Unfortunately, much of its promise has yet to be realized.

Swift 1.2 is a major update that comes at the cost of backward compatibility, yet significant issues remain unresolved.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Make a Smooth Update to iOS 8

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iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.

Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: the Cameras

Hands-on area at the Apple event

Hands-on area at the Apple event

The (literally) big news about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the size and quality of the phones’ screens, but just as interesting is what Apple has done with the cameras inside them. I was at Apple’s event yesterday, and in addition to getting my hands (and wrist) on an Apple Watch, I was able to play with both phones.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: Tech You Can Use

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In its much-anticipated announcement today, Apple revealed its next chapter in consumer hardware. The one-two mobile punch of the iPhone 6 and the brand spankin’ new Apple Watch should bring a whole new era of functionality and personal productivity—not to mention healthier living—to Apple customers, and spur even more innovation in wearable computing.

The event took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, just a stone’s throw from Apple’s Cupertino campus—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced both the original Macintosh and the iMac. Today’s news was indeed monumental, with the Apple Watch heralding Apple’s entry into wearable computing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a step into the mid-sized smartphone market pioneered by Samsung and other Android vendors, introducing the next release of their mobile operating system, iOS 8.

Let’s break down today’s Apple news.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, June 13, 2014

Swift: A New Programming Language

Apple's Swift: A New Programming Language

Swift is a new programming language developed by Apple for iOS and OS X app development, which builds on the best parts of many popular languages like Objective-C, Ruby, Python, C# and more. Announced at Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference this year, Swift is the culmination of years of “skunkworks” development alongside optimizations made to Apple’s SDKs and developer tools.

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