2016 was a fairly choppy year for Apple. Three different computing platforms were fighting for attention – iPhone, iPad and Mac. Each device has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Many Mac fans were holding out for the new MacBook Pro, but its launch was mired in controversy. Battery life issues, added expense, limited ports and upgrade limits ruined what should have been an exciting moment in the history of the Mac. Is the party over? Are the heydays of macOS history? Are tablets the future of computing? Let’s take a look.
With Apple vs the FBI, Tim Cook probably has more pressing matters on his mind. But that aside, there’s another reason why 2016 is a big year for Apple. According to rumors, the iPhone 5SE and the iPad Air 3 will be out next month. Also, the iPhone 7 will be released about six months later. Can Apple maintain their dominance in this ultra-competitive market? I don’t know, but they’re not really helping themselves by being cheap with the hardware. While trying to purchase “The Peanuts Movie” on iTunes, I realized that Apple’s short-term profitability can hurt their longterm health.
There’s been some bad news in the land of iOS. Apparently, some apps were hijacked for nefarious deeds. This was accomplished via an evil copy of Xcode – Apple’s development software. Developers using “XcodeGhost” were unknowingly adding bad code to their software. Apple has removed these corrupted apps from the app store and is advising developers on how to avoid this problem from happening again.
When I read that Apple would not be unveiling their new Apple TV during the WWDC Keynote, I was disappointed. Why is Apple leaving money on the table? If the iPhone and iPad are making billions of dollars in Apps, it seems like a no-brainer to release a developers kit for the Apple TV. The news from today’s keynote felt a bit underwhelming. But tonight, I spotted something interesting. What’s this Apple? You’re looking for RSS feeds? I thought that web technology was near death. Apparently, the new Apple News App is like a defibrillator for this classic web tech – and perhaps a jumpstart for the news industry in general.
Apple’s new iMac with Retina Display is pretty impressive. With 14,745,600 pixels, the image is quite sharp. Unfortunately, it also starts at $2,499. That’s well out of my budget for a new computer. I also looked at the new MacBook Pros with Retina Displays. Starting at $1,299, I still felt that was too expensive. The problem is that HiDPI screenshots are required for my next book project. Shouldn’t there be a more affordable way to take high-quality screenshots?