Apple’s iWatch might be the worst-kept secret in tech history. There haven’t been information leaks so much as geysers, and thanks to countless comments from “those in the know,” we’ve put together a pretty solid picture of what we think the final product will be. Of course, we won’t have all the details until Tim Cook flashes the first iWatch on stage at some point, but for now we can sort through the rumors to separate the probable from the preposterous.
[UPDATED!] The Mac is full of great utilities, and the Terminal is no exception. From customizing your Mac’s secret system preferences to remotely controlling another Mac to manipulating text files in a handful of sly ways, the Terminal utility is more than just a Mac geek’s home base — it’s also place where, with a few expert tricks, all Mac users can feel right at home. Keep on reading as we present to you the 25 Terminal tips and tricks that every Mac user should know how to use in their daily workflows.
iPhones can help motorists in many ways. Most of us know of apps that can point us toward the nearest gas station or greasy spoon, but maps, locators, and mileage trackers won't do any good if you’re stranded on the side of the road. But fear not — there’s an app even for that.
iOS 8 may have gotten most of the attention at Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the fun stuff isn’t limited to iPhones and iPads. Yosemite will bring the biggest update to OS X in years, combining desktop-level power with the elegance of iOS to create a stunning environment that will make even old Macs feel new again. Here are the features we’re looking forward to the most.
It's barely been a year since Jony Ive blew up iOS 6 and introduced us to a dynamic new world filled with depth and dimension, but already Apple has taken the wraps off iOS 8, and boy is it a doozy. If iOS 7 laid the foundation, then iOS 8 catapults us directly into the future, adding a ton of features and enhancements. Here are the ones we’re looking forward to most.
Some of the most exciting new ideas are built upon old concepts, and revolutionize the ways in which we utilize things that have been around for so long that we hardly give them a second thought anymore. Improvements to seemingly small and insignificant things can greatly enhance the quality of our daily lives (thank you, Sleep Number bed!), and since many of us spend a large portion of our days sitting behind a desk, it’s the perfect place for Apple to work its transformative techno-magic.
Keyboard shortcuts are the lifeblood of many productive Mac users. Not only can they cut down on the time needed to complete a task, but they're also just plain cool. Here are 10 of the coolest, including several that most people haven't heard of.
It's easy to overlook, but there's a very simple formula for Apple's success. It's the reason why you can take an iPhone or an iMac out of its box and it just works, and the reason why Samsung is secretly working on its own mobile OS: control. Steve Jobs summed it up perfectly during the 2007 Macworld keynote: "Now, you know, one of the pioneers of our industry, Alan Kay, has had a lot of great quotes throughout the years. And I ran across one of them recently that explains how we look at this. Explains why we go about doing things the way we do, because we love software. And here’s the quote: 'People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.'"
Through my tireless efforts to find new and interesting topics with which to entertain you each week, I happen across lots of patents. Some are absurd, many are dull and dense, but for the most part, the one thing they have in common is that they're nearly impossible to extrapolate.
Still, they make for fascinating reading. At the very least, it's a peek into the Cupertino development process, a rare chance to see what the company is working on between revolutions. For example, in December, Apple was granted a patent for a "Curved touch sensor" that consists of "depositing and patterning a conductive thin film on a flexible substrate to form at least one touch sensor pattern, while the flexible substrate is in a flat state and wherein the flexible substrate is a glass substrate." (Honestly, that was the clearest description I could find.)