Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company’s commitment to desktop Mac computers remains strong, despite a glaring omission of the product line in a slate of recent MacBook announcements. Cook’s comments on the manner were posted to Apple’s internal employee message board, which were then obtained and verified by TechCrunch today.
Here’s what Cook had to say in response to a question about whether Mac desktops were strategic for Apple:
The desktop is very strategic for us. It’s unique compared to the notebook because you can pack a lot more performance in a desktop — the largest screens, the most memory and storage, a greater variety of I/O, and fastest performance. So there are many different reasons why desktops are really important, and in some cases critical, to people.
The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.
Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops. If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.
It’s unclear if Cook is referencing just the company’s iMac all-in-one line, or if he also intended his statement to include the Mac mini and the Mac Pro. But the lack of updates to all three is a genuine concern for fans of Apple’s desktop computers.
Apple’s AirPods are up for pre-order and arriving in Apple Stores next week. I’ve got a set in hand, and rather than jumping straight to the review, I thought I’d answer some of the most common questions I’m seeing about Apple’s new wireless earbuds.
Khoi, Subtraction.com, on switching from the iPhone to the Pixel:
To be sure, it’s a terrific phone. It has a world class still camera that just about lives up to its hype, and to me the operating system has never felt as united with its hardware as it does in this phone.
As much as I tried though, after living with this device for several weeks I still felt that there were several stumbling blocks to jumping entirely to Android. Whether you consider it lock-in or value-add, Apple’s ecosystem is a powerful argument for sticking with the iPhone.
This is the standard argument I end up making almost every time I try to stick to Android.
I wasn’t sure I needed a 12.9-inch iPad when Apple announced the iPad Pro in September 2015.
And yet, over a year later, the iPad Pro is, by far, the best computer I’ve ever owned.
I’ve never felt so satisfied with any other Apple device before – but the transition wasn’t easy.
Apple today announced AirPods are available to order online now from Apple.com and will start delivering to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers next week.
I’m a parent, and I like to look at how to keep my daughter safer online, as well as being able to set schedules for when she’s allow to use the Internet, homework (or chore mode), etc.
I spent some time looking at various kids routers before deciding to go with the KoalaSafe and I’m happy with the result.
Once the router arrived, I plugged it into our existing router and used the iOS to pair it. Then I configured family members (in this case, my daughter), first by forgetting our main router from her eletronic devices and then by adding them under her name in the app as she connected. This part took about 10 minutes total if that since it also needed to download a new firmware update to the router.
Once that was done, I played with the settings, and they are nice, simple but nice.
There are various filters you can set for content, such as youtube, facebook, instagram, netflix, etc, and you can also create a schedule. The schedule has two modes:
- Primary mode: This is the mode for the rest of the day, and you can schedule when primary mode is active or not.
- Homework mode: This mode is used for what is set aside as homework (or even chore) time, during these scheduled blocks of time, the kids can only access certain websites, or even none at all.
You can also set filters for each mode, so if the schedule says homework time, then you can close out access to most websites, and have them open when it is
primary time. You can also restrict the Internet ac
All schedules and filters are handled for each family member, or you can choose to use a universal schedule.
It’s also handy being able to hit a button and restrict Internet altogether, and it also lets you choose how often to restrict it for. To the opposite side, there is a parent mode which lets you enable Internet access for a fixed period of time.
What’s most handy though, is you can use the mobile app from anywhere you have Internet, and it will talk back to the KoalaSafe router at your home. So you can change the schedule, block Internet, add new filters from anywhere and it changes the router settings at home for you.
I highly reccommend checking out the KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router for yourself.
Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand. You helped start something fantastic when you backed our first Kickstarter project (and shout-out to the first inPulse users). Since then, we’ve shipped over 2 million Pebbles around the world!
However—due to various factors—Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices. This news has several major implications, and we hope to answer as many questions as possible here
What you need to know
- Pebble is no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices.
- Pebble devices will continue to work as normal. No immediate changes to the Pebble user experience will happen at this time.
- Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future.
I owned one of the first Pebbles, and loved it, and I later bought a Pebble Time when it came out and loved that too, but as time went on, I moved to an Apple Watch and the Pebbles went elsewhere.
I had no problems with the Pebble watches I owned, I just like the look and feel of the Apple Watch better, which is a common thing for most people I’ve know who owned Pebbles.
Michael S. Fischer:
If you, like me, would like to convince Apple to help us, please copy and paste this letter into Apple’s iPhone feedback form. Apple does listen!
I love that you care about our privacy. You fight hard for us when you refuse to hand governments the keys to our phones. You say that enforcing privacy is a civic duty. It’s important to me and to millions of other users. Your stance on privacy protections is one of the many reasons your customers choose Apple products over those of your competitors.
Today, we need your help in a small but important way.
It’s come to light that Uber and other companies have begun tracking our locations in more circumstances than ever. We’ve always relied on their apps to use our location — to do helpful things like find us a fast and convenient way to get where we want to go.
But this time, they’ve gone too far. They’re now insisting that they provide us our location, when we don’t need them to, or don’t want them to, to use their services.
Specifically, anyone who installed or upgraded the Uber app in the past few weeks and enabled them to view their location is now giving their location to Uber all the time (unless they subsequently manually disabled their access to their location). Uber can now track us after whenever they like — even if we have no intent to use their service anytime soon, or haven’t used their app in months.
And most users don’t even know Uber and others have this ability. It’s creepy and it’s unnecessary, and makes us unsafe.
There’s a word for software that insists they know where you are all the time: Stalkerware.
How have Uber and others developed such stalkerware? Through one small loophole, and one that can easily be remedied by Apple.
As you know, iOS allows users to control how apps can access the user’s location. There are three choices: “Always,” “When using the app,” or “Never.” These are reasonable options. Some users might never want an app to have access to their location. Others might have a strong trust relationship with the app and its authors and allow the app always to track them.
Most of us, though, fall into the middle camp: We want to allow apps to use our location for the purpose of providing a service, but want to control our privacy when the app or its authors cease doing business with us. So what we’re asking is simple:
Don’t allow app developers to disable the “when using the app” Location privacy option.
It’s simply unnecessary for Uber or others to track us when the app isn’t in use. How do we know this? Because these apps worked adequately before they disabled this option. We were able to meet our drivers by opening the app, finding our location, and hailing a driver. We gave them enough information to get the job done, and we were satisfied with the results.
Uber argues that they want to use more location data to improve the user experience — for example, to track a rider’s location between the time the driver was summoned and the time the rider was picked up, even if the rider closed the app. That may be so. But that doesn’t mean I or anyone else should be forced to give up my location to them, at their whim.
So, Apple, we ask you: Help us keep our privacy and safety. If app developers want to know our location, they can ask us. But we should have the right to give Uber and others our location only when they truly need it — and the mechanism for doing so already exists. We shouldn’t have to flip a switch to enable our location so we can use it, then flip the switch back to get our privacy back.
Thank you for your help.
I’ve quoted Michael’s entire letter to Apple so you have better context. Generally if apps Always require my location, rather than simple when I am using the app, I delete the app entirely if it’s not an app I need to have installed. Take the advice at the start of Michael’s post and submit it to Apple’s feedback, maybe with enough complaints, Apple will actually look at fixing this.
Netflix members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost.
While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.
About time this feature was added, on trips it was the one thing that made iTunes more useful that Netflix for me.
You love technology, but not everyone does. For many people computers are confusing, even scary. Malevolent actors know this, and try to deliberately trick people online. From ads that look like download buttons to ransomware pop-ups, the web is full of deception-based design, intended to take advantage of the less technically inclined.
In theory, this is part of why app stores are useful. Users afraid of being scammed on the open web can browse the Mac App Store with confidence, knowing that Apple’s walled garden will protect them.
Except it won’t.