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  • Review: iMac with Retina 5K display is among Apple's brightest lights

    Among the many new and improved technologies promoted by Apple, one of the most attractive has been the "Retina display." This is a marketing term rather than a technical one and refers to displays with a pixel density where individual pixels are indiscernible to the human eye. You see it touted for iOS devices as well as Apple's MacBook Pros. Like much of Apple's marketing, it's catchy and appealing to those who'd prefer to not dig deeper. However, there are occasions when the term just won't do--particularly when Apple wants to boast about the specific number of pixels that a display houses. Such is the case with the $2,500 iMac with Retina 5K display. And it wants to boast for good reason. The display is stunning.

  • Bottom line: Should you upgrade to OS X Yosemite?

    Recently we've covered OS X Yosemiteup one side and down the other. Read through our guides for installing Yosemite; getting familiar with the new operating system's design; putting Handoff and Continuity to good use; and learning about changes to Safari, Notification Center, [<a

  • Apple quickly issues iOS 8.0.2 update

    Apple has issued the iOS 8.0.2 update, which follows quickly on the heels of the flawed-and-quickly-pulled 8.0.1 update that disabled Touch ID and cellular capabilities on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This latest update not only addresses these issues but reinstates the improvements and fixes initially found in iOS 8.0.1. They include:

  • Innovation and iteration: The two sides of Apple

    If you're the kind of person who frequently peruses publications of a technical nature, you've undoubtedly seen the headlines: "Apple no longer innovates!" And although I know that these headlines and accompanying stories are generated largely to raise dander and attract clicks, I must agree with their main thrust. Currently, Apple isn't innovating.

  • Apple and the long campaign

    You've seen the linkbait... er, headlines: "Apple loses ability to innovate"; "New Apple products tread water"; And, of course, the now-perennial: "Is a Jobs-less Apple doomed?"

  • When iOS 7 isn't really the worst thing in the world

    Whenever an operating system or application changes appearances in a radical way, people can get lost. Such is the case with iOS 7. In the past week I've read complaints that can be addressed simply by having a better understanding of what goes where. Let's walk through a few.

  • Unhappy with iOS 7? Downgrade while you still can

    Despite the many warnings that iOS 7 was going to have a radically new look and it was worth it for some people to take a slow approach to upgrading, many people ventured blindly forth and were unhappy with the results. While raging at the dying of the light is one approach, there remains another--downgrade to iOS 6.

  • Get to know iOS 7: Music and iTunes Radio

    Some detractors criticised iOS 6's Music app for its reliance on album art. Cover art dominated its Playlists, Artists, Albums, Composers, and Genres screens, while its Songs screen eschewed any sort of art. The iOS 7 version takes a different approach.

  • 20 computer terms every Mac user should know

    Throughout the life of Mac 101, we've talked a lot about Apple technologies and terms. But with the gentle persuasion of this column's readers, I've come to realize that--all too often--terms and acronyms that many of us take for granted leave users new to technology scratching their heads. Let's rectify that now with a meander through some common tech terms.