Key upgrade: A first look at the 16-inch MacBook Pro

Here it is, the new generation of Mac laptop.On Wednesday Apple announced a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, with a completely redesigned keyboard, bigger display, increased battery life, ninth-generation Intel processors, upgraded graphics processors, expand... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Why my iPad podcast workflow still includes the Mac

I’ve long been a proponent of using the iPad for podcasting, whether recording or editing them. When the new Apple Pencil came out a year ago, I integrated it into my iPad editing workflow. I can edit podcasts with the Apple Pencil at a pretty imp... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Dan vs. the AirPods Pro

I badly want to love AirPods Pro. Put simply, Apple’s new wireless earbuds are chock full of amazing features: they’re lightweight, they have impressive noise cancellation, and they make switching between devices easy. There’s just o... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

AirPods Pro Review: Hearing is still believing

The original AirPods were a revelation, even for a person like me, who had written off Apple’s ability to create good headphones years before. The combination of being truly wireless, sounding pretty good, and being easy to use turned the AirPods in... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #319: I Find Comfort in Managing Assets

This week, on the 30-minute show that’s fallen back but never fallen behind, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Christa Mrgan and Jeff Carlson to discuss the nerdy technical tasks we find ourselves undertaking, how we handle software updates... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 263: Professional AirPods

This week, on the irreverent tech show that now reviews TV shows, we discuss all of Apple’s fine new streaming offerings, with the operative word being “fine.” Then Dan has thoughts on the AirPods Pro, John’s in the market for Home... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #270: The Toughest Compare

Apple TV+ has finally arrived, and we discuss Apple’s first round of new shows—as well as an unimpressive performance from the TV app itself. We’ve also got reviews of the new AirPods Pro, and Apple’s latest financial results revea... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Wish List: Find My for CarPlay

Sometimes in technology you think of an idea that everybody needs—one of those things that you can’t believe nobody has built. And sometimes you just think of something that you really need. Not infrequently, my wife asks me to pick her up fro... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

As Apple's services grow, it's 'gifts' for users and ARPU for analysts

You’ve got to hand it to Apple when it comes to saying the loud part loud and the quiet part quiet. The company has spent the last few years cranking up an enormous services business that’s growing by double digits quarter after quarter an... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 262: Little Tiny Ding Dongs

This week, on the irreverent tech show with two and a half hosts, we discuss every aspect of the AirPods Pro, from the stupid name to the intriguing fit and finish. Then it’s a recap of Apple’s financials: spoiler, the company made a lot of mo... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

This is Tim: A transcript of Apple's fourth quarter 2019 conference call with analysts

Want some more color on Apple’s latest financial results? Here’s a transcript of the give and take between Tim Cook, Apple CFO Luca Maestri, and a bunch of Wall Street analysts that traditionally follows the release of results. Come for the ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #318: AirPods Sucking as a Service (ASaaS)

This week, on the 30-minute tech podcast that’s especially spooooooky, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Jason Howell and Jeremy Burge to discuss our systems for getting things done, when we knew we were destined for a life in tech, our fee... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Apple results: $64B in revenue on record Services income

On Wednesday Apple reported the results from its fiscal fourth quarter, with $64 billion in revenue and $13.7 billion in profit, led by a record $12.5 billion in Services. iPhone revenue was down 9% year over year, with Mac down 5% and iPad up 17% and wea... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #269: A Beep Beep from Far Away

This week Jason has no power or Internet, so Myke gives him the details about the new AirPods Pro, the first reviews of Apple TV+ shows, iOS 13.2 and a perplexing HomePod software update, and Apple’s rumored reboot of its smart-home initiative. In e... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Apple introduces AirPods Pro

And so the AirPods join the iMac, MacBook, and iPad in devices that have gone Pro, as Apple announces the latest version of its wireless headphones. Boasting a new design with flexible ear tips, the AirPods Pro add the highly-anticipated Active Noise Ca... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

With iPadOS 13, the iPad seems safe for college students

Not sure about how realistic this demo room in my daughter’s dorm is, given that I had that Raiders of the Lost Ark poster on my dorm wall, too.When I went off to college in the fall of 1988 I took an enormous Apple IIe, monitor, and printer with ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #317: Fancy Super Duper Techno Chippy Things

This week, on the 30-minute tech podcast where everything is fine, Dan is joined by special guests Georgia Dow, Kathy Campbell, and Shahid Kamal Ahmad to discuss uses for Apple’s rumored AR glasses, our feelings on big tech working with autocratic g... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 261: Never Trust a Murderdroid

This week, on the irreverent tech podcast that’s trying to avoid spoilers, Dan shares his surprise genealogy news, James has a TV tale as old as time, and John’s hopes are rising for a new low-cost iPhone next year. Plus, we speculate about Ap... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #268: Featchas in the Beatas

Everything old is new for Myke, as he tries out his “new” Mac (released in 2017) running a “new” version of macOS (it’s Mojave). With Apple TV+ launching late next week, there’s an enormous collection of Upstream news. ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

How many outs? Baseball playoff graphics compared

[Content warning: Baseball.]ESPN’s 3-D strike zone animation was great.Ever since Fox introduced the status box overlay in NFL games a couple of decades ago, I’ve been paying attention to how televised sports imparts information to viewe... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #267: The Quiet Death of the Newton

James Thomson joins Jason to discuss converting an app from iOS to Mac via Catalyst, the prospects for using Catalyst on his most profitable app, and the end of an era as his app DragThing and all other 32-bit Mac apps fade away. We also sort out Apple an... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 259: Fifty Dollars a Pod

This week, on the irreverent tech podcast that headphones it in, we talk about Apple’s latest movie acquisition, then our Catalina upgrade experiences and what we should be looking for. Plus Dan shares a new pair of headphones that he doesn’t ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #315: Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!

This week, on the tech podcast that can’t go over 30 minutes or it explodes, Dan is joined by cohost emeritus Jason Snell and special guests Casey Liss and Brianna Wu to discuss whether we’re making the jump to macOS Catalina, which hardware a... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #266: Two iPads in a Sandwich

macOS Catalina has arrived and Jason’s got his full review, plus we dig into the new multi-screened mobile device announcements from Microsoft (and what they might mean for Apple), and put on our sweaters to talk about Deep Fusion photography. ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

macOS Catalina review: New era ahead, proceed with caution

Sometimes software upgrades just fuzz together, all part of a continuum of changes over time. Others are more momentous, when there’s a clean break from what has come before. After a few years of fuzzy updates, macOS Catalina is one of those clean b... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

BBEdit 13 arrives, with new grep features and dark mode support

Bare Bones Software released BBEdit 13.0 on Thursday. I spend more time in BBEdit than any other Mac app, as it’s my writing and text munging tool of choice. This update adds a whole bunch of pattern-matching search-and-replace (or grep) features th... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 258: I'll Customize Your Face

This week, on the irreverent technology show where we talk about Apple Watches and, uh, watch about Apple talks, we discuss the Apple Watch Series 5, explore the nuances of our favorite watchfaces and bands, examine the barrage of Apple software updates, ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #314: Get a Real Computer, Jerk

This week, on the 30-minute tech show that’s going to back to school, Dan is joined by special guests Anže Tomić and Jean MacDonald, as well as co-host emeritus Jason Snell, to discuss Amazon’s cavalcade of new Alexa devices, ultrawide vs. tel... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: Files improvements

Funny how something as basic as inserting a thumbdrive can feel like a colossal victory.The Finder places files and folders at the center of the Mac, but on iOS, apps are at the center. Still, managing documents is a fact of life in many cases, and ov... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #265: Nothing But Canned Answers

Jason finished his iPhone 11 review nearly two weeks after the fact, Myke is back in the Apple Watch game with a new Series 5 model, and we hear from a bunch of Apple Store employees. ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

iPhone 11 review: It's one louder, isn't it?

We all like to remember the huge leaps forward, but much of the progress Apple makes is incremental. Even when the devices come in the same wrapper, new technologies are being added on the inside. That’s especially important to keep in mind in a yea... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 257: Welcome to Late-Stage Capitalism

This week on the irreverent tech show that carries two phones, we discuss our latest purchases: Dan and James have both gotten only limited use out of the iPhone 11 Pro’s Night Mode so far, but John is really enjoying his Apple Watch’s always-... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: Mail improvements

Like it or not, email is still a big part of our lives. I feel like I get more email than ever, even if a smaller percentage than ever before is actually meaningful. But even after all these years, I still rely on Apple’s Mail apps on both the Mac... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #313: These Deals are Just Too Fresh

This week on the 30-minute show that clocks the watches, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests John Voorhees and Kelly Guimont to discuss our cloud storage solutions, why Apple News+ is among the priciest of Apple’s subscription services, which... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #264: Beautiful Breakable Glass Objects

We’ve got the new iPhones and it’s time for our first hands-on impressions. How has Apple improved the upgrade experience? Could the Apple Store pick-up experience use a little more attention? Are the battery and camera improvements worth the ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: CarPlay improvements

If you want to know how sold I was on CarPlay, you needn’t look any further than my experiences installing a new head unit in my car in order to get it. A few months later, this has proved to be an altogether excellent choice, with no real downsides... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Rebound 256: It's Like Night and Day

This week, it’s the irreverent tech show’s FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. We celebrate by returning to our roots of Apple Watch fandom. Then we discuss new phones, iOS 13 improvements, and, of course, Lex’s infamous review of the Cards app. Plus... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: Photos

The new Photos interface includes Months, Days, and All Photos views.With iOS 13, the Photos app gets a major interface update, including a whole bunch of editing tools. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Photos for iOS this summer as part of... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Answering a few questions about the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

I’ve got the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max in hand. Since most people get these phones tomorrow, I thought I’d take a few initial questions from Six Colors subscribers about the devices. Here’s a first set of questi... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: Video editing

I won’t say that I take a lot of video with my iPhone: a quick number crunch shows that still photos outnumber videos in my Photos library by over 80-to-1. But there’s no arguing that the iPhone hasn’t become a powerful video camera in r... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Clockwise #312: Nerdy, Technolust Folks

This week, on the 30-minute technology show that only appreciates with age, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Ant Pruitt and Lory Gil to discuss our favorite photos taken with smartphone cameras, whether we’re selfie people, what we still w... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features in iOS 13: Maps improvements

If there’s been anything in the history of iOS that one could perhaps legitimately slap with a term as strong as “debacle”, it would probably be Apple’s choice in 2012 to bid goodbye to Google as its location data provider of choic... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 features of iOS 13: Find My

Find My lets me see the locations of my friends (center, right) as well as all the devices associated with my Apple ID (left).Very early on the life of the iPhone, I found myself wishing for the digital equivalent of the Marauder’s Map, so I cou... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: The long press

When the iPhone’s multitouch interface first arrived on the scene, it was a testament to the simplicity and straightforwardness that touch could offer. But as the years have gone by and manipulating a slab of glass has become second nature to much o... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

(Podcast) Upgrade #263: Extra Professional

This week Upgrade turns five and we’re waiting for our new Apple hardware to arrive. But there’s still time to reflect on last week’s announcements, deal with a flood of Apple TV+ news, ponder Apple’s fragmented OS release schedule... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

Five

Five years ago today, Six Colors launched, along with my embargoed notes about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the first episode of Upgrade.For the last five years I have been privileged to be able to write and speak about my chosen area of expertise... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: QuickPath keyboard

The iPhone’s software keyboard literally 1 reinvented the way we enter text on smartphones: not just because it eschewed the hardware keyboard for a software-based model, but also because of the variety of smart technologies it incorporated, su... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago

13 Features of iOS 13: Shortcuts

Formerly the third-party app Workflow, Shortcuts was bought by Apple and integrated with iOS last year—but it was a first step. Shortcuts has had a year to spread its roots throughout the operating system, and in iOS 13 it’s been improved and ... | Continue reading


@sixcolors.com | 4 years ago