Stories by Michael deAgonia

  • Apple 'springs forward' with more than just the Watch

    When Apple execs took the stage on Monday, virtually everyone expected them to focus on the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. That, they did. The Watch, we now know, arrives in retail on April 24, and it did indeed get most of the attention. But it wasn't the only thing to catch my eye.

  • The Apple Watch conundrum revisited

    Two years ago, I asked Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin and curiousrat.com's Harry Marks -- both of them experts in all things Apple -- to share their ideas on what a successful mass-market wearable would be. In a world of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and miscellaneous gadgets, would there be a mass-market audience for yet another device to charge and keep track of? And would a smartwatch from Apple be disruptive enough to matter?

  • Tech face-off: Apple's Mac Pro vs the 5K Retina iMac

    There used to be a time when the gap between Apple products made choosing the right computer obvious and easy. The deliberate compartmentalization of prices and features clearly dictated which laptop or deskop machine was right, with minimal overlap between the categories.

  • iPad Air 2 review: A great tablet gets better

    If you liked last year's iPad Air, you'll almost certainly like this year's version, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2834586/apples-new-ipads-and-retina-imac-empty-calories-or-nutritious-adds-to-portfolio.html">unveiled early last month (along with the 5K Retina iMac)</a> by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The <a href="https://www.apple.com/ipad-air-2/">iPad Air 2</a> features Touch ID, a (much) faster system architecture and an aluminum enclosure that is both thinner and lighter than the first-generation iPad Air it replaces.

  • I thought the iPhone 6+ was too big; I was wrong

    The iPhone 6 lineup has introduced iOS users to new smartphones with bigger (and <em>bigger</em>) displays. I was ready for a larger screen, so quickly opted to buy an iPhone 6 last month, thinking it would be the best match. And indeed <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2689714/iphone-6-deep-dive-review-a-major-new-step-in-design-and-performance.html">I found the iPhone 6 to be gorgeous and well-built</a>, and felt that the 4.7-in. display was right at the edge of what was comfortable for me.

  • Yosemite deep-dive review: OS X 10.10 gets ready for the big time

    OS X 10.10, otherwise known as Yosemite, is the 11th iteration of the operating system that powers the desktops and laptops created by Apple. This update, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824548/apple-will-webcast-oct-16-ipad-event.html">expected to be released later today</a>, marks the second version of OS X whose code name is based on a California location instead of a species of cat -- and the second time Apple has let loose a major update for free.

  • iPhone 6 deep-dive review: A major new step in design and performance

    Let's be honest: the past few weeks haven't exactly been the easiest for Apple. From the glitchy livestream during its product announcement to the problematic preorder launch of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, to the public-relations headache-inducing "Bendgate," to the outright catastrophic iOS 8.0.1 software update (which was nearly immediately pulled and replaced days later with an 8.0.2 update), the last few weeks could have gone

  • Review: First impressions of the new iPhone 6

    This year's launch of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2604468/apple-watch-steals-show-from-biggest-iphone-ever.html">wasn't exactly the smoothest of rollouts</a>. There were glitches during the Sept. 9 unveiling, a <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2607021/apple-bungles-iphone-6-pre-orders.html">delayed and problematic pre-order process</a> and an iOS 8 launch on Wednesday that saw key features pulled at the last-minute. But that didn't stop the company from booking an <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2683174/iphone-6-sets-sales-record-with-4m-first-day.html">astounding four million in iPhone pre-sales</a>, and it didn't dissuade thousands of people from standing in line for hours (some, for days) for a chance to buy one of the new iPhones.

  • iOS 8 packs some snappy new features

    It's almost fall again, and so Apple has released the next generation of software that powers its mobile lineup: iOS 8. As always, this is a free update, and it packs new features and enhancements, both obvious and subtle.

  • How to decide which iPhone 6 is right for you

    Last year, the big change to the then-new iPhone 5S was the addition of a gold option. This year, <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2604468/apple-watch-steals-show-from-biggest-iphone-ever.html">Apple upped the ante</a> by offering not one but two screen sizes -- both of them larger than the 4-in. screen on last year's flagship iPhone.