Apple likes going small. Or, more specifically, Apple likes going smaller. The Power Mac G4 Cube crammed the power of a tower into a stunning lucite square. The iPod mini shrunk the already small iPod into an even slimmer, sleeker enclosure. The iBook carved a lightweight, attractive notebook out of the bulbous iMac. The Mac mini... well, you get the idea.
Printers are a dime a dozen these days, even all-in-ones. It wasn’t too long ago that you could get a free printer with your new Mac. Competition aside, we judged the HP Officejet 6700 Premium on a number of counts, and it passed almost all with flying colors.
We’re all Apple fans. But why? Deep thoughts like that -- and 50th issues -- call for a countdown! But don’t worry, we balanced our enthusiasm with a hard-hitting look at the dark side of Apple...
Turning 50 is certainly a milestone, and we’ve been saving something special for our 50th issue: a countdown that examines all the reasons that Apple fans are Apple fans. After all, as the Microsoft Stores so perfectly prove, no other tech titan can inspire the same level of devotion.
But there’s no single reason we love our Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods -- in fact, we thought of a lot more than 50. It took some of the most epic staff meetings we’ve had in Mac|Life history -- we haggled, we argued, and we picked on Nic and Flo because teasing them is pretty fun -- but in the end, we emerged with a thoughtful, incisive look at what makes Apple so successful.
For the media obsessed iPhone 4 owner, this Scosche case comes with interchangeable back plates that enable you to transform the case into a stand for watching movies, engaging in a FaceTime chat, or just to have the device angled for when you're playing music. Then, when you want to return back to normal, simply snap on one of the other two metallic-looking backings for the rest of the day. The idea is ingenious, as having a perpetual kick stand can tend to get annoying when the hinges become loose and don't clip back into place. However, you might want to employ a screen cover since there's no much of a barrier between your iPhone 4's frontside and the floor you could potentially drop it on.
Apple makes great computers. They run well, and look fantastic. But like all
computers, they can break down or become less useful over time, though that
doesn't mean the old gear doesn't still have some life in it.