Apple TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, and Apple TV+

If you’ve wondered what exactly is up with Apple TV, know that you’re not alone. I didn’t realize quite how bad the situation was until reading this post from Dustin Curtis. ‪Apple TV is a hardware device. ‪ Apple TV is an app on Apple TV that curates content you can buy from Apple and also content you can stream through other installed apps (but not all apps, and there is no way to tell which ones). Apple TV is an app on iOS/iPadOS devices that operates similarly to Apple TV on Apple TV. Apple TV on…

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Mouse or trackpad?

Marius Masalar asks the question of which input device is easier to use. His own answer? Both. My usage is by no means exclusively as described above, but in general if I’m moving a cursor and clicking, it’s with the mouse, and if I’m navigating a canvas or scrolling, it’s with the trackpad.Personally, with a trackpad on one machine (my main laptop) and Magic Mouse on another (our family laptop), there’s no comparison. I’ll take a trackpad 100% of the time. All the pain I used to experience in daily computer use went…

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macOS Mojave: back to the Mac

There used to be a time when Apple keynotes got me almost as excited as Christmas morning. I’d immediately dig into all the updates coming to OS X (nee macOS) and write about it in the weeks following. Now, I barely know the new features that come out with each new release of Apple’s macOS or iOS. That’s partly due to my stage of life (aka I’m old). But it’s also because after Lion (maybe Mountain Lion) I realized I rarely used the new stuff that became available each year. And maybe that trend will…

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Upon this wrist

Personally, I don’t believe I’ve even seen an Apple Watch with my own eyes. Partly because of where I live, but partly because I’ve had no interest in it from day one. I love my old fashioned time piece and I’ve slowly been migrating to having less devices to distract me from my family, not more. Subsequently, I haven’t read a lot of opinion pieces on the Apple Watch. But one that did cross my Instapaper was from Craig Mod. He (as usual) summed things up oh-so-nicely and confirmed some hunches I had. Once they…

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Finding iPad's future

Related to the last link, Neil Cybart gives a smart analysis on the iPad (and tablets in general). It's a good read with a lot of quote worthy statements! But here's the one that resounds most and sums up the discussion for me. A product category with a use case summed up by Netflix watching is quite problematic since it is that much harder to sell a differentiated product, leading to a rush to the bottom in terms of pricing, quality, and features.I'm not terribly interested in the economics here. But the usage patterns and trends of how humans…

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