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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

Rene Ritchie Rene Ritchie

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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

    iPhone 15 — The Big Leak Lie

    iPhone 15 — The Big Leak Lie

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    I used to leak. Well, not leak. A lot of people get that wrong. Leakers aren’t the people reporting the leaks to you. Those are… reporters. Leakers are the ones actually leaking the information TO the reporters. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally. We’ll get to that in a minute.




    But it was a huge high. A huge, stressful, anxious, exhilarating, ego-boosting, soul-crushing high that I loved and hated every time. Which is pretty much how I'm feeling about the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Ultra leaks from last year, and the iPhone 15, Pixel, and Samsung leaks for next year already!

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    • 7 min
    iPhone 14 — Buy now or wait for 15?

    iPhone 14 — Buy now or wait for 15?

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    My always advice is: Wait as long as you possible can to upgrade, then buy the best possible upgrade you can, and keep it as long as you can — enjoy the hell out of it — because there’ll always be something new and something next




    And that’s truer now for phones than it’s ever been before. Because phones just aren’t rapidly changing, always experimenting, bleeding edge nerd-bait sci-fi any more. They’re fully matured and mainstream.




    Just look at all the hotter-than-hot takes that have been pouring in lately, from the Galaxy Fold 4 to the iPhone 14 to the Pixel 7 — spec bumps and a few new features aside, this years models are nigh-indistinguishable from last year’s. I mean, forget S-models, they’re basically being called rev B hardware.




    The designs have reached a point where they’re platonic, if not always iconic. Like a Porsche or Rolex or Mont Blanc… or, you get the idea.




    So... should you upgrade now or should you wait for next?

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    • 7 min
    iPhone 14 Pro — You're charging it wrong

    iPhone 14 Pro — You're charging it wrong

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    Whether it's the brand new iPhone 14 Pro or the just-shipped Galaxy Fold 4 or the upcoming Pixel 7 Pro, you don’t have to micromanage your phone's charging. You just don’t. And not because your time is worth so much more than the dozens of dollars it might save you over the life of your phone, but because modern phones use machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage charging in ways stranger and more sophisticated than almost any human could ever match.

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    • 10 min
    eSIM & iPhone 14 — The uglier truth

    eSIM & iPhone 14 — The uglier truth

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    You can tell it’s really iPhone 14 season because we nerds are angrier than Star Wars stans following Book of Boba. And the reason… this time? I mean, same song, new verse. Apple’s deleted another port, this time the SIM card slot. Moving from a traditional, card-based Subscriber Identity Module to a new-fangled ee-lec-tronic version that’s no longer swappable at the hands-to-hardware level, only software. At least in the U.S. For now.

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    • 8 min
    Why can't your iPhone take the 5th?

    Why can't your iPhone take the 5th?

    Should our phones have the right to remain silent? To plead the 5th?




    There’s doctor-patient privilege, attorney-client privilege, clergy-penitent privilege, and spousal privilege. 




    To the best of my understanding, and with all the appropriate caveats and limits of scope, in many jurisdictions, our doctors, therapists, lawyers, priests, pastors, husbands, and wives, cannot be compelled to testify or provide evidence against us.




    But our phones, which nowadays contain health, legal, location, and deeply personal data — beyond any of our real-world relationships — our phones, which have pretty much become extensions of our memory, our knowledge, our senses, to the point where they’re indistinguishable from external cybernetics… Our phones have no such protection. There’s just no digital device equivalent to that privilege. No right for our phones to remain silent.




    They can and will be used against us. But as the external cybernetics become internal, as the computers move from our phones and watches and earbuds to our bodies and brains... does that need to change?s

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    • 6 min
    Why Instagram is self-destructing

    Why Instagram is self-destructing

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    Timelines vs algorithms. Chronology vs. discovery. FIGHT!




    Everyone is super hopping mad that the people they care about, the friends, the family, the creators, the celebrities, the ones that they chose specifically to follow, that you chose to see, the ones that used to appear so orderly-like on your screens for you to scroll through, every day and every night, are being disrupted, *corrupted*, replaced, rejected — Injected! — whatever you want to call it — by what the machine, the network, the platforms thinks you would really rather see




    Of course, I’m talking about Twitter, which took the simple, beautiful, reverse-chronological timeline that I and maybe many of you signed up for, and turned it into this mess of recommended tweets by… who knows who and who cares!




    Kidding, totally kidding. We all know I’m actually talking about YouTube, which de-emphasized the clean, clear, crisp subscriber feed, populated by every video published by every creator we all chose to smash the button for… going back… forever… basically, and now has all of us just clicking on whatever shows up on our home page, whether we smashed a button ever or not!




    Still kidding! TikTok. Sorry! I swear! I’m obviously talking about Instagram, where they’ve taken the immaculate, photo-centric feed of our internet youth and Frankensteined it up with so many, so thirsty, video recs that the Queens of the Jenner-Kardashian Empire are now calling for it to burn hotter than… King’s Landing in the very worst season.




    And yeah, if you’re sensing a pattern here, that’s because there absolutely is one.

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    • 10 min

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