Apple makes bold claims about its environmental track record, but the company is renowned for making products that are fragile and hard to repair. Now that Jony Ive has stepped down as Chief Design Officer, can the Cupertino giant start to make products that are not only beautiful, but also reliable and repairable?Must read: iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer's guide: July 2019 editioniFixit's Kyle Wiens took to the company's blog to criticize way Apple builds its products."It's a shame that Ive is leaving Apple without reconciling this," wrote Wiens. "His iPod started the practice of gluing in batteries, a technique that initially brought scorn but has since become the industry norm. AirPods channel much of [Dieter] Rams' design aesthetic, except they have a built-in death clock and stop working after a couple years. The last seven years of Apple laptop designs have pushed the envelope of thinness, sacrificing upgradeability, serviceability, external ports, … [Read more...] about Can Apple be better now Jony Ive is gone?
My main work machine these days is my MacBook Pro, and that means that it needs to be ready for anything I throw at it. This means that I have kitted it out with a selection of performance, security, and productivity apps and utilities.Must read: iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer's guide: July 2019 editionCleanMyMac XWithout a doubt, CleanMyMac X is the best way to rid your Mac of the digital detritus that it accumulates, allowing you to free up storage space and even speed things up.I'm always amazed by its capacity to seek out digital junk that's otherwise buried deep within the bowels of the operating system.Price: $39.95 | More informationTechSmith SnagItMy job involves taking countless screen captures every week, and of all the tools and utilities I've tried – even the tool built into macOS – nothing comes close to the power and flexibility of SnagIt.Not only does this tool allow me to capture all sorts of screenshots – from simple captures to complex stuff like … [Read more...] about Must-have Mac apps and utilities
Apple has updated the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and both are available at a reduced price as part of Apple's Back to School promotion.Must read: iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer's guide: July 2019 editionMacBook Air starts at $1,099, or $999 for college students. MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, or $1,199 for college students. Both are available immediately.More to come...See also:How to speed up your old, tired MacHow much does 1.5TB of RAM cost?What would Steve Jobs think of the today's Apple?'Budget' MacBook Pro refresh incomingiOS 13 will actually save you moneyTop 10 iPhone privacy and security tips you should check todayApple: iPhone batteries are wearing out too quickly, and iOS 13 will offer a possible solutionBuilding a $75,000 Windows 10 workstation … [Read more...] about MacBook Air and MacBook Pro updated
New iPhone rumors point to a comeback for Touch ID, but is it needed? Apple's next iPhone needs more than Touch ID to remain competitive. Jason Perlow and Jason Cipriani talk to Karen Roby in a Face ID face-off. Read more: https://zd.net/2xqKX9T It's the beginning of iPhone speculation season!We don't know exactly when Apple plans to have its fall iPhone event, but traditionally, its happened in either late September or early October. So we have about 8 weeks, realistically speaking before we know the real details about what Apple's new smartphone flagship is all about. Also: iPhone 11 rumors: Price, specs, features and everything else we know CNET CNET Best Phones for 2019 Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews. Read More Armchair Apple watchers like myself can only speculate about what features are going to be in the new phone. However, we already have a bunch of clues based on numerous leaks that have originated from Cupertino's … [Read more...] about Why Apple’s iPhone 11 may be the most boring upgrade ever
They've been the source of more laments than the fate of Taylor Swift music catalog.They've driven some people to exhibitions of rage and rancor. (I've not been immune.)They've even been called "the worst products in Apple history." And that was by enthusiastically Apple-positive commentator John Gruber.Yes, we return once more to the Apple MacBook's wayward butterfly keyboards. They seem to have all the design finesse of a pomegranate hammer. In the case of my own MacBook Air, it was the M key that went on strike. I bashed it and bashed it until it came back to life.Others haven't been so lucky. It's one thing, though, to hear stories and quite another to see the evidence. Recently, Washington Post journalist Dave Weigel tweeted an image of his MacBook Pro with this pained message: "Today's newsletter will be brought to you by MacBook's keyboard, which I've started to dismantle because the keys simply don't stay on."It's as if these things were knockoffs, rather than the … [Read more...] about A journalist’s wrecked MacBook keyboard tells a terrible story