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How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg on how the “once iconic computer” is now getting far less attention than it once did:

If more Mac users switch, the Apple ecosystem will become less sticky—opening the door to people abandoning higher-value products like the iPhone and iPad.

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

iTunes: Just the Tunes

iTunes has been bloated for years — this is no secret.

Many have called for it to be stripped back and simplified, with certain features (such as managing your iPhone) moved out to their own dedicated applications.

The recent launch of Apple Music has ignited discussion once more for iTunes to find some clarity. As such, concepts of just what a simplified iTunes would like have started to pop up. Andrew Ambrosino took a stab at mocking up what a ‘just music’ iTunes would look like.

I like it.

Concept: Apple Music, hold the iTunes

Apple Nails The Execution

The Verge reviews the new 2012 iMac and Mac Mini, noting that the hybrid SSD/HDD Fusion Drive is a “very good idea” adding that although “Apple didn’t invent the idea”, “it nails the execution” – something which is safe to say about a lot of Apple’s work.

Cook’s Maps Letter

It’s refreshing to see a CEO take this approach — being honest and upfront that something isn’t quite right. Rightly so, as Maps on iOS 6 suck – as this article from my home-town so painfully highlights.

What struck me as interesting is Tim Cook openly recommending that people try other rival mapping applications, suggesting that a fix for the numerous problems in the Apple’s new Maps app aren’t coming anytime soon.

 

How to fix iOS 6 Maps

Open Safari and navigate to maps.google.com.

Google Maps - iOS 6

Add to Home Screen.

Google Maps - iOS 6

Done.

Google Maps - iPhone

iOS 6 Maps Are Just Plain Wrong

If there is one thing you want a map to be, its accurate.

The BBC have a good round-up of the gaping flaws users here in the UK are facing. It’s quite clear this isn’t ready for prime-time on an international level at all.

Enough Said?

Apple Samsung Charger

*NoteThe graphic above says Apple has made “two changes over more than 10 years”, which isn’t technically correct as the dock connector was introduced nine years ago in 2003. 

PCWorld Posts For January 2010 – Retro TV’s, Flash Chips & The iPad

iPad IPS Screen TechnologyIn a month which saw PCWorld celebrate 50 Million visitors, Apple finally revealed their tablet device putting an end to the endless rumour mill. During January I wrote about a retro LG CRT TV, Google’s Nexus One phone, CES rumours and of course the iPad.

Check out my posts for the month of January below:

The GeekTech blog is also now on Facebook, so be sure to fan the team up over there!

iPhone Problem – Any Advice?

My iPhoneI finally joined the masses and grabbed myself a 32GB iPhone about two weeks ago. Ever since then I have been hunting around for the best apps and downloading a fair few, especially game and utility apps.  I will probably do a round-up post detailing the apps I have soon, offering my recommendations.

However, this blog post is to ask the question – Is there a way of running a diagnostic on my iPhone while at home? The reason I’m asking such a question is due to a recent problem I had with my new phone:

I recently took the phone out of my pocket only to find the device was turned off. This struck me as odd, as not only does the iPhone require a button hold in addition to an on-screen action in order to turn it off, but the battery was also showing a 60% charge around two hours prior to this happening.

After several failed attempts to power up the device I was somewhat concerned. Luckily, I was in Liverpool for the weekend visiting family, and an Apple store was close by. I popped in to seek advice and was told by the stores staff that the new phone “looked fine” and that I should try plugging the device into one of the many charging stations in-store. Having done this, and failing an Apple employee repeated the process in another charger, this time to some success. The device powered up, however it took over 3 minutes to reach the home screen, it had worryingly also lost around 30% of it’s charge.

The helpful Apple staff at the Liverpool One branch suggested that a rogue-app may have been the cause of the problem, adding that if this (currently isolated) issue was to happen again that I come in to have the iPhone checked.

So do any of you guys know of a way to run a diagnostic check on the iPhone, at home? I would like to see if any of my apps are sapping away my battery or causing my phone to crash. Any comments or emails on the issue would be highly appreciated.

Writing for PCWorld

Earlier this month I landed a writing position over at PCWorld.com. I was reccomended for a position at the sites Geek Tech blog by fellow writer and friend Daniel Ionescu.

PCWorldBelow is a small handful of articles I have wrote for the site since my first article went live, be sure to check them out, and leave your thoughts:

These are just a few of what I have wrote so far, no doubt I will keep this blog updated with my postings over at Geek Tech. You can follow Geek Tech on Twitter.