Brian and I talk about Apple’s (and Starbucks’s) tendency toward a “vertical integration” philosophy and how it creates great products and great profits; we discuss the debate about whether all this technology makes us smarter or dumber; and muse about the implications of Apple and other companies gating Apps, content, and more.
Today is the tenth anniversary of the Apple Retail Store. They've become a very important part of Apple; they not only sell Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads, but they promote the Apple image. In this episode, Gary Allen of ifoAppleStore.com and I talk about the why the Apple Retail Stores are successful.
Apple has just refreshed the iMac line—bringing not only faster iMacs, but also ones that come standard with the new Thunderbolt data port, 4GB of RAM, a 720p HD FaceTime camera, faster graphics cards, and—best of all—that new iMac smell. In this episode, Macworld editorial director Jason Snell and senior editor Roman Loyola join me to discuss these new Mac models.
After appearing before a live audience at Macworld Expo, the Macworld Pundit Showdown returns to the comfy confines of its home studio with a stellar lineup of Mac experts. Senior editor Christopher Breen, senior contributor Glenn Fleishman, staff editor Serenity Caldwell, and soon-to-be Macworld staff writer Lex Friedman match wits and trade barbs on everything from the iPad 2 to iOS location tracking in the latest Pundit Showdown.
If you’re a Mac user there’s every chance in the world that you have a copy of iTunes on your computer. And if you’re any kind of iOS device owner, you certainly do. After all, it’s the primary avenue for playing and syncing your Mac’s media.
In this edition of the Macworld Podcast we turn to iTunes and one of its foremost experts, Kirk McElhearn. In our interview he discusses iTunes’ strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents, suitability for classical music enthusiasts, and future.
A year ago, our dear friend Rob Griffiths left his cushy job as a Macworld Senior Editor to go out on his own, co-running an independent Mac developer called Many Tricks. How's the transition been? What has he learned from crossing the line and going to the other side? What did he learn from Mac OS X Hints that has helped him support Many Tricks customers? I talked to Rob to find out.