Apr 16, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: MacBook, Products, Review

BezelApple has done a great job of picking high quality displays for its products and the new Retina displays are just another example of that. The bezel, or display frame, is an often overlooked part of the product as it sets the stage for how images on the display look.

Recently, Apple has been using a black bezel on most of their Mac products, from the MacBooks to the Cinema displays. The MacBook Air is the lone product with a silver bezel instead of black. Even the new MacBook Pro Retina has a black bezel instead of silver. On the iOS side, users are given a choice, but there is always a black version. While many will not make their MacBook choice on the color of the bezel, it should at least a choice. Which one is better?

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Apr 15, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPhone

Apple's iPhone revolution began in 2007 with Steve Jobs holding a svelte, all glass and aluminum iPhone smartphone like no other. Through the years of the iPhone's design changes, the product's nomenclature has been in decent alignment in how it reflects the hardware or its software. The forthcoming iPhone 5S appears to be no different, and while the "S" and what it stands for might have been a big mystery — that is no longer the case.

Beginning with the iPhone 3G, Apple launched the iPhone with an all new physical design every other generation. The major body changes are noted with a number only, however, the iPhone models with an S remain virtually unchanged in physical appearance, relying on software or internal chip set factors to set them apart. 

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Apr 12, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Mac Pro

Macpro_insideFrom time to time it is good to step back and assess how you look at the world. In this instance, here at T-GAAP, we needed to reassess why Apple did not launch a new Mac Pro tower at NAB. We recently discussed information swirling around the launch of the forthcoming new Mac Pro Tower, possibly at NAB, but nothing materialized.

So what happened?

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Apr 12, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iCloud, iMac, iOS Applications, iPhone, News, Products, Review, Tim Cook

Icloud_rainThe iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes, all seamlessly working in harmony with iCloud. But one main player has been left out in the cold -- the Mac. It's left users wondering whether iCloud is as useful as advertised for the heavy lifting file and folder world.

OS 10.8, Mountain Lion, promised to change the paradigm and bring the Mac into the fold of iCloud management. But outside the realm of entertainment, iCloud's power for the Mac is fuzzy math at best. Without the Mac and iOS devices having some form of built-in Finder or directory app, the methods of syncing files seamlessly between the Mac and mobile without third party solutions is dubious at best.

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Apr 11, 2013 — by: Karl Johnson
Categories: iOS Applications, iPad, iPhone, Review

Mercury-browserSafari is Apple’s default web browser for both the iOS and OS X. The Mac version of Safari is a great browser with an almost complete feature set. It continues to be my main browser, even while keeping a watchful eye on other competitors like Chrome and Firefox. While Safari on the iOS is still a good browser, its simplistic nature gets in the way at times.

Apple designed Safari for the iOS to be simple and easy to use, but sometimes a simple browser can get in the way. When one wants to save a file, view the full webpage by default or switch between tabs easily, mobile Safari becomes hard to use instead of easy. If Apple can solve these problems, it will greatly improve the browsing on the iOS. Until then, there are alternatives which can help.

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Apr 10, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iOS Applications, iPad, iPhone, News, Review

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If you've been following the AppGratis drama, you may believe that poor Simon Dawalt, CEO of AppGratis, was not only blindsided by Apple, but that Apple isn't justified in what they've done. AppGratis, is yet another victim of Apple's ruthless behavior that makes no sense. I don't revel in the idea of being the contrarian, but Apple isn't the ruthless monster it's often made to be, nor does it treat its developers like garbage.

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Apr 9, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: MacBook, Review

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As Mac users we are a unique lot. We don’t conform and we certainly don’t want to look alike. That’s why laptop covers have grown in popularity over the years — they help set us apart. Until now, I’ve found these covers to be cute but not something I would feel comfortable bringing into a meeting with a client. Class and elegance are a must with my business tools. I’d also describe myself as a 20th century guy who enjoys 21st century luxuries. I like to read books made from paper. I like the feel of a real newspaper in my hands while I down a cup of Joe. Despite my day job (online marketing), I’m a throw back to days gone by. Therefore if I were to get a cover, it would have to somehow reflect these things about me. Well my wish has come true, with the new BookBook by twelvesouth

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Apr 8, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke

Fcp_8_x_server_proAll hands are on deck at the annual NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Las Vegas this week, with many in the video market waiting to see if Apple has a new Mac Pro to showcase. Is there hope that Apple is about to launch a new Mac Pro this week? There may be.

The MacProsPlease Facebook group mentioned this past Thursday that there may be something stirring in the Cupertino waters.

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Apr 8, 2013 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iPad, Predictions, Products

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Can the Surface eventually be tweaked and nuanced into becoming as successful as the xBox in the world of tablets? According to Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Klein, that's the plan. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco earlier this year Klein stated "We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make sure we have the right set of experiences at the right price points for all customers." Klein was arching his comments to include Surface and the entire direction of the Windows platform, both hardware and software. 

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Apr 6, 2013 — by: E. Werner Reschke
Categories: Podcasts

ApologyEpisode 96, I’m sorry, Tim’s Cooked: Mark, Karl and Werner talk about Facebook's new Home app for Android, Tim Cook apologizing again, Apple developers complaining about iCloud, WWDC13 and iOS 7, Apple making gains with US smartphone market share, Google forking Webkit to form Blink, and AppleTV: to 4K or not to 4K. All this and much, much more in Episode 96: I’m Sorry, Tim’s Cooked.

Podcast Show Notes:

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