Watch 'War of the Worlds,' our new no-holds-barred, news-talk game show

Macworld’s Oscar Raymundo has iPhone battery problems. They’ve been a hassle—but at least he parlayed his troubles into 10,000 points on War of the Worlds! 

Please enjoy our new weekly video series. It’s part talk show, part game show, and part cross-platform debate. In this premier episode, Oscar goes head-to-head with Jon Phillips, our editor-in-chief. Topics include:

  • iPhone battery problems
  • The mobile apps no one should use
  • The sad Vine shutdown
  • Facebook’s bid to become the next Netflix
  • eSports go mainstream
  • Name that old computer!
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The last Think Retro column: Call it Sleep, not Shut Down

It’s a sad day, friends; Think Retro is being put to sleep. Wait, I mean in the sense of choosing Sleep from the Apple menu—or, since this is after all a column about vintage Apple, from the Special menu. Not in the “Rover is going to live on a farm upstate where he’ll be very happy” sense.

Yes, it’s writing the contents of RAM to the hard disk, powering down its fans with a reluctant FVVVVvvvvvmmmmmmaooowww… and pulsing its little LED in slumber. And it’s all my fault. I’m off to do something completely different, and won’t be able to devote time to my passion for retro for a while, far less share it with you here on Macworld.

That has been the best thing! It seems like no matter how obscure or apparently trivial a subject I pick, this lovely community will go, “Yes! I remember that too, and you’re right, it was awesome!” Remember the time I told you I have a favorite power cable and it transpired that even if you couldn’t call this kind of behavior normal, at least you showed me I was not unique in my abnormality? Great days.

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The iMac G4: Apple at its best

Phil Schiller couldn’t have scripted it any better himself: The day after the G4 iMac was launched, I showed a picture of it to one of my tutors at university and her first quite genuine reaction was, “Where’s the computer?”

Today, with millimeters-thin iPads, and MacBooks that could blow away in a stiff breeze, that reaction sounds willfully obtuse—uh, the computer is in that vast, bulbous hemisphere under the screen—but in 2002, a time when both the industry and our desktops were dominated with hulking great CRTs, this new iMac’s light, airy, slim design honestly was bafflingly slight. 

This was—and is—Apple at its best: Producing something daring, novel, and utterly desirable. Nobody at the time could fail to be impressed almost to the point of shock by the sheer chutzpah of Apple’s vision for a modern computer, and even today it strikes you as a fresh and exciting design.

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