And the take-home message is… Buy Microsoft? Photo: Austen Allred
Microsoft showed off a few neat concepts at yesterday’s Windows 10 conference. But while looking at the stage showed a company secure about its place in the tech world, turning around and facing the audience revealed a very different picture: a room full to bursting with MacBook-wielding journos.
Grasswire co-founder Austen Allred tweeted the above image taken at the event, adding the pithy understatement “A couple MacBooks at the Windows 10 Unveiling…”
If one were needed, it’s yet another reminder for longtime tech followers about just who won the PC war in the long run, despite Microsoft’s dominance during the 1990s. We can’t say we’re brokenhearted about it, either.
There are tons of reasons why you might need to reformat your Mac: It’s slowing down, filling up with too many unneeded files to delete manually or suffering from major technical issues that can’t be fixed otherwise.
Or maybe you’re just selling it as you move on to a better, faster Mac and need to remove everything.
Skype’s latest ad is all about the Mac. Photo: Microsoft
Microsoft’s been doing a stellar job promoting Apple lately, securing placement of its “iPad-like tablets” on CNN and the NFL. But it looks like Redmond has decided to give up and start pushing Apple products.
Microsoft published an ad on Facebook today that highlighted Skype’s ability to keep people in sync, but the real headliner is a huge orchestra of MacBooks — and there’s not a PC in sight.
The ad features a photo of a conductor in New York City’s Bryant Park, surrounded by an array of 11 MacBooks connected to the city’s celebrated subway musicians. Microsoft’s ad comes with the tagline, “The world’s first digital orchestra stays in sync with Skype,” but it looks like the MacBooks and iPhones (as well as the musicians using them) steal the show.
Until September, 2014 was a pretty quiet year for new Apple products. But the drought is over.
After announcing new iPhones and the Apple Watch last month, another media event is being held October 16th at Apple’s Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino campus. “It’s been way too long,” joked Apple in its invitation to select members of the press. For those itching to see new iPad and Mac hardware, indeed.
While Town Hall is only a fraction of The Flint Center’s size, October 16th’s event shouldn’t be viewed as any less important. iPad sales are stagnant, and Apple’s desktop displays have been needing an upgrade for years. Apple Pay, an entirely new venture for the company, is expected to come out any day now. And then there’s always the chance that Apple still has at least one surprise up its sleeve.
Who makes the best computers around? We think you know the answer to that. Photo: ACSI
Apple has cemented its place atop the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a sort of Michelin guide for customer service, for the eleventh straight year.
In a new report released by ACSI, Apple continued its lead over big name rivals such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and the catch-all “All Others” when it comes to satisfaction with computing devices — including desktops, laptops and tablets. Scores are based on everything from pre-sale customer expectations, to perceived value and quality, customer complaint incidents and overall consumer loyalty.
The iPhone 6 invites are out, but which rumors are true…
Apple made its iPhone 6 announcement official this week by sending invitations to an event on September 9th, but that's not going to stop the rumor mill from churning out new juicy tidbits of Apple gossip.
This week we’re back behind our crystal ball trying to divine the true meaning of the Apple universe and its endless rumors. Will NFC really land on the iPhone 6? Is a gigantic 13-inch iPad coming soon? And is the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 really just a ghost toying with our appetite for more pixels?
Step up to the crystal ball and see past the rumors and into the future…
The Verdict: This rumor is so accurate, you could set your watch to it. Recode’s John Paczkowski, who reported the iWatch’s inclusion in iPhone event, has phenomenal Apple sources. He nailed the September 9th event months in advance, so you can trust that Apple’s first wearable will at least get some time in the spotlight at the Flint Center, even if the wide release doesn’t happen until a few months later.
The Verdict: This is starting to sound believable. Apple could use a tablet aimed specifically an enterprise and people who think more inches would allow them to get work done. My only problem with the 12.9-inch iPad is that it’s just not big enough. 12inches? Jony, let’s stretch that thing out to 32-inches and toss a TV antenna inside so I can throw some double sided tape on the back and mount it to my living room wall.
The Verdict: Looks promising. Apple is redesigning its USB cables to be reversible, so why not throw some design love at its tiny charger. The leaked images we’ve seen look just like the charger Apple uses in the Australia, only with US prongs.
The Rumor: The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro will retire at the end of 2014 to make way for thinner MacBooks.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. We’ve heard rumblings of new MacBooks designs on the way, and Apple still has an October event where they could introduce them, but it’s hard to believe Apple’s doing away with the 13-inched entirely, unless that 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is finally ready for primetime.
The Rumor: A barometric pressure sensor called “Phosphorus” will land on the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: Seems likely. The info comes courtesy of GeekBar which leaked a couple of wiring schematics last week. Android smartphones have used barometers since 2011, so it seems like something Apple would eventually start using too.
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will use NFC as the key piece of its mobile payments platform.
The Verdict: 2014 will the year the iPhone gets NFC. Apple prefers the battery performance of Bluetooth LE, but we’ve heard whispers that Apple needs NFC because it has better security when two devices shake hands. The NFC rumor has come and gone too many times for fans to get their hopes but, but even Gruber thinks NFC is coming to the iPhone, and also the iWatch.
The Verdict: Possibly not. There have been almost zero hardware leaks that hint at production ramping up. Countless rumors have claimed production issues have set the device back. The device will be like the iPhone and iPad’s incestuous cousin, so maybe it’d make more sense to announce it at the iPad event anyway, if the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is even a real device at all.
Digitimes gives a 15-month window for the new thinner MacBook. But hopefully it’ll be with us by the end of 2014.
Apple is planning to launch an even slimmer MacBook, possibly as soon as the end of 2014, or else the vaguer long-term date of 2015, according to a new report from Digitimes.
The rumor cites Taiwan-based supply chain makers, and claims that production of components has already begun in small volumes. The report also states that the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be retired by the end of 2014.
For decades Mac and the PC have been at each other’s throats, competing for that No. 1 spot in the computing world. Vitriolic ad campaigns and entire product launches aimed at decimating Windows or OS X have firmly established a war that somehow hasn’t ended even in the post-PC era.
With Apple’s release of OS X Yosemite sitting just around the corner, the time for Microsoft to answer with Windows 9 is nearly here. In today’s video, we go into everything we know about OS X Yosemite and what we think we know about Windows 9 so far. We break down all the new features, design elements and more to help you start forming your opinion about which OS is best.
Mac are incredibly complex machines, but thanks to Jony Ive and the rest of the creators, they’re also incredibly simple to use. Mose Mac users know to use keyboard shortcuts to make daily tasks even quicker, but not many know how to turn your Mac’s trackpad into one of the best time-saving tools you’ll ever use.
In today’s video, we’ll take a look at a little known feature called Hot Corners. We’ll teach you how to set them up and how to use them. How to Put your display to sleep, clear your desktop and do even more useful actions, now with just a few quick flicks.