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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

April 09, 2014 at 9:07pm Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 1 Comment

Most of us were earlier adopters of iOS 7. I held out for two weeks, but only two weeks. Most people who own a modern iPhone or iPad are running iOS 7. It would take a conscious effort and specific reasons NOT to upgrade.

That said, iOS 7 has some serious interface drawbacks. Example one: try turning off your iPhone or iPad. It looks as if the graphics department had the week off and the engineering team made it work, but... there is a lot to be desired. It isn't the prettiest thing you've ever seen. Another way of saying it is that it isn’t something you'd expect from Apple.

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January 15, 2014 at 7:27am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 1 Comment

PdfexpertBefore iOS 7, Goodreader was the best PDF reader and document management application on the iOS. With iOS 7, Goodreader became very buggy. The developers had plenty of time to fix the bugs before iOS 7 came out. They did finally release an update and say a major upgrade is coming soon. Is it a little too late for Goodreader?

PDF Expert 5 was released soon after iOS7. It was designed for iOS 7 and looks beautiful, which was always Goodreader’s biggest weakness. PDF Expert has all the same PDF annotation features and cloud syncing features that Goodreader has, plus more. PDF Expert’s cloud sync is done in the background, similar to iCloud when the application is on. This alone is a reason to switch for users who want to sync files, as it makes syncing files seamless. Reading PDF files have several new features including a PDF crop mode, which crops the white space around the PDF and makes the PDFs much easier to read. PDF expert has a ton of great features and you can read about them here.

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January 14, 2014 at 8:34am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

Signal-rponeGame console makers released new versions of their game consoles in time for Christmas this year. Sony launched their PS4 and Microsoft launched the Xbox One. Both are selling for $499 at Amazon. Will Apple be directly competing with these consoles in the future?

Apple created a game controller API when it released iOS 7 this fall. Moga and Logitech were the first companies to use this new API by creating game controllers for the iPhone. These game controllers have not received great reviews. Yet, iOS game controllers are just getting started and developers are just starting to learn how to use them.

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January 10, 2014 at 8:44am Pacific Time
by: E. Werner Reschke 4 Comments

Iphone5-ios7I waited one full week before updating my business critical iPhone 5 from iOS 6 to iOS 7. I wanted to read some reviews and hear feedback from friends and family before making the jump “forward”. 

While there is much to say about iOS 7 — some good, some not so good — but my biggest disappointment has become the battery life indicator. Under iOS 6 I could run my iPhone 5 to about 3% before I would have any concern that it might shut down on me. Under iOS 7 that same phone will often shutdown with 15% left. This morning I was going to listen to a podcast because I had 23% battery life remaining, but it shut down as soon as I began to play the podcast...

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January 08, 2014 at 9:04am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Yreba-buena-center-iphone5-3Will Apple hold a special event within the next few weeks? When Apple produced a special event is something Apple once made an absolute science. In the past, CES would come and go, and then Apple would swoop in the following week with their own special event, sucking the media attention completely away from the varied vaporware revealed in Las Vegas.

Over the past three years, Apple has shifted to holding more events in March, June or the fall timeframe, largely ignoring CES — as if irrelevant to the industry, and certainly to Apple. Apple may be on target with ignoring CES, as it is often nothing more than a lot of hype and spec. sheets, with little for anyone to tangibly buy into for the new year.

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January 06, 2014 at 3:04pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 0 Comments

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Today Apple announced they will be releasing their financial information and holding their quarterly financial conference call on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:00 Pacific Time.

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January 03, 2014 at 3:20pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

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Apple rarely bricks on software implementation or product categories, but every now and then a few splinters crop up. With the new year gearing up, here are 10 items we hope Apple takes the tweezers to in 2014:

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December 21, 2013 at 11:54am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Apple_happy_holidays_boyIt's amazing really, how one commercial has garnered so much attention in such a short amount of time. Many consider the past few years as the desert of broadcast TV commercials, and then there's Apple, continuing (as cliché as it has become) to think different.

Apple's Happy Holiday ad, launched earlier this week, has seen a wide range of reviews. Criticism of Apple encouraging antisocial bahavior, to rave reviews from all corners of tech community have been blanketed the web, but make no mistake, the ad is amongst the boldest strikes since Apple's famed "Hello I'm a Mac" ads.

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December 19, 2013 at 8:52am Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke 1 Comment

Mac_pro_pricingWishing for Santa to deliver a new Mac Pro for Christmas? Well, at least the ability to order one started this morning, but they won't be arriving into studios and power users hands until February.

There are two configurations for the Mac Pro, starting at $2,999 for a quad-core system, and $3,999 for the six-core powerhouse. But this is just the entry point for a configuration. We started configuring the high-end model and maxed out with a price of $14,959.98. A Mac Pro or Kia Soul, take your pick. Maybe get one of each.

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December 18, 2013 at 8:32am Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson 0 Comments

XcodeApple continues to change the game for Mac and iOS developers. First, it was the move to PowerPC. Next, came the move to OS X. Soon after OS X, Apple moved to Intel for their processors. Each one of their changes force developers to either update their product or watch it disappear. The next change is not as drastic, but is just as important.

Developers are facing a new change that will leave old applications in the dust and will result in some developers rising to the front. This new change is universal for all applications. Developers will need to build and release applications on all three main Apple platforms, Mac, iPad, and iPhone (includes iPod Touch). If they don’t, they open the door for other developers to replace them. Universal Applications will be a big enough feature to cause users to upgrade and switch applications.

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