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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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Apple Q3 2020 Breaks Records While the World Burns, Next iPhone to Be Fashionably Late

For its third fiscal quarter of 2020, Apple reported quarterly record financial results that far exceeded consensus estimates, managing to show revenue increases in all of its product segments and geographic sectors. Chalk it up to people working and learning from home.

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Apple Takes macOS to Big Sur… and to 11

Described as being the biggest update to macOS since OS X, macOS Big Sur features streamlined design, more customizable controls, privacy enhancements, and increased interoperability with iPadOS and iOS. X hasn’t marked the spot for several years, but we’re now in Spinal Tap territory: it’s macOS 11.0 Big Sur, for those who are keeping score.

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Apple to End Support for iBooks Author

Apple’s education-oriented ebook creation software will receive no further updates and will be pulled from the Mac App Store. The company is encouraging users to switch to Pages, promising that a future update to Pages will be able to import iBooks Author files.

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Apple’s Q2 2020 Was a “Very Different Quarter” Than Expected

Despite a pandemic and a pending economic catastrophe, Apple still managed to eke out some growth in Q2 2020, largely thanks to its Wearables and Services categories.

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PDFpen 12 Compresses, Magnifies, and More

Version 12 of Smile's PDF-editing apps, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, include a new magnifier window, compression and optimization capabilities, new document stationery, a callout tool, and, for pro users, a new digital signature feature.

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In Apple’s Q1 2020, iPhone Rebounds and Wearables Soar

Thanks to the iPhone 11, Apple’s iPhone product segment saw a return to growth in Q1 2020, while iPad and Mac sales were off. Meanwhile, the Wearables and Services categories continue to grow.

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Apple Q4 2019 Breaks Records Despite Slipping iPhone Sales

Skyrocketing revenues in Services and Wearables more than made up for a decline in iPhone revenues, proving that Apple is no longer just the iPhone company.

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Apple Unveils Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ Prices and Dates

Apple relieved media-heightened suspense at its September event by unveiling the debut dates and prices for its Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

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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.