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Michael E. Cohen

Michael E. Cohen

Michael E. Cohen has worked as a teacher, a programmer, a Web designer, a multimedia producer, and a certified usability analyst. One of the developers of the first commercial ebooks, Michael is the author of several such works, including the compendious Take Control of Pages.

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iPhone Down, Services and Wearables Up in Apple’s Q3 2019, Apple Card to Arrive in August

iPhone revenues now account for less than half of Apple’s revenues, but Services and Wearables more than made up the difference. And CEO Tim Cook announced that the Apple Card will become available this August.

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Making and Using Tables of Contents in Pages

The latest versions of Apple’s Pages all offer easy table-of-contents creation. Here’s how to make them and why you might want to, even if you’re not publishing a book.

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New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Offer Power for a (High) Price

It has been a long time coming, but Apple’s new highly configurable Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR monitor raise the bar—and the price—of a high-end Mac workstation. Well-heeled creative professionals who need maximum performance will be delighted.

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New PDFpen 11 Introduces Split View and Font Bar

Smile has updated its PDF editing apps, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, to version 11, offering a new Split View capability, a Font Bar for easy PDF text formatting, and other welcome conveniences.

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iPhone Sales Kept Sinking in Apple’s Q2 2019

Apple's revenues and iPhone sales were down in the second quarter of 2019, but the company still managed to beat expectations and posted $11.56 billion in profits.

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iWork Update Brings iOS Apps Closer to Parity

Following closely upon the release of the new iPad Air and iPad mini, Apple’s latest iWork update brings the productivity suite’s iOS apps closer to parity with their Mac siblings.

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Apple Reveals Its Vision for TV

At its recent special event, Apple made a slew of TV-related announcements that transform the Apple TV into more of a service than a hardware product.

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Highland 2 Helps Screenwriters Balance Genders

As most working actresses know, Hollywood historically has offered more roles—and lines—for men than women, but a simple tool in the Highland 2 screenwriting app can help screenwriters better distribute their characters and dialog among the genders.

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Apple’s Q1 2019 Results: iPhone Bad, the Rest Good

Yes, iPhone revenues fell off a small cliff this quarter due to slower sales in China, as Apple had warned that they would, but all of the company’s other products and services posted revenue gains over the year-ago quarter.

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Spectrum’s Zero Sign-On App Comes to Apple TV

Announced last June at WWDC 2018, the Spectrum TV app, featuring Zero Sign-On, has finally arrived, making the Apple TV into a credible cable box substitute for Spectrum subscribers.

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Apple’s Q4 2018 Results Show Strong End to 2018, Despite Flat or Declining Unit Sales

Apple had yet another record-breaking quarter even though unit sales for the iPhone and Mac were flat, and the iPad’s unit sales declined. The increase in revenue seems to have come from higher selling prices and increased Services revenue.

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Apple Introduces Redesigned iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Grab your wallet as a set of spiffy new iPad Pros come to town, featuring Face ID, USB-C, and A12X Bionic brains. Apple also released an improved Apple Pencil that charges inductively, sticks to the iPad Pro itself, and won't roll off your desk.

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Inside iOS 12: There Is No “I” in “Books”

iBooks becomes Apple Books in iOS 12, and while the reading experience remains the same, Apple has renovated the Library.

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How to Use Linked Text Boxes in Pages 7

Linked text boxes disappeared from Apple’s Pages in 2013, but after years of wandering in the wilderness, the powerful layout feature has returned better than ever.

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Apple’s Q3 2018 Results Break Records Again

Apple has posted yet another record-breaking third quarter, thanks in large part to the iPhone X’s high price tag and the company’s ever-increasing Services revenue.