Stories by Jason Snell

Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 5s

The iPhone advances in ticks and tocks, new designs alternating with more subtle advancements. I haven't decided whether the iPhone 5s is a tick or a tock. It most definitely looks like last year's model but there is also most definitely more to it than meets the eye. (And besides, which one is tick and which one is tock?)

Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c is here! Last week I got my hands on one briefly during a press event at Apple's campus, but now I've had a bit more time to study the colorful new iPhone models. A full review will need to wait for a whole lot more quality time with the product, but here are some of my first impressions.

How Isaac Asimov correctly predicted 2014 tech in 1964

Isaac Asimov was a pretty cool guy. He's famous for his science fiction (I, Robot, the Foundation series), but he wrote or edited more than 500 books, fiction and non-fiction alike. And in 1964, he wrote an astounding piece for the New York Times envisioning the World's Fair of 2014.

Digital-comics creators try to evolve with new medium

Not too long ago, the comics world seemed to view digital comics in the same way J. Jonah Jameson views Spider-Man: as a threat and a menace. In 2013, the world of comics has embraced and accepted digital, and at Comic-Con the discussion was more about how the comics medium should evolve and adapt to a world in which readers are experiencing comics on their phones and iPads rather than on paper.

Macbook Air: Apple's thinnest, lightest laptop

The MacBook Air is a product that lives on the margins. It's the slowest laptop – indeed, the slowest computer – in the Mac line. It omits many features that are standard on other Mac laptops, including multiple USB ports, FireWire ports, Ethernet port, and optical drive. And the latest top-of-the-line MacBook Air is actually slower than its predecessor in many of our tests. In short, the MacBook Air is an odd duck.

iPhone 3G S

In slightly less than two years, Apple's iPhone has transformed how the world thinks of cellphones. Phone companies and hardware-makers alike have rushed to ape the iPhone's touchscreen interface, easy access to the Internet, and bustling App Store. The iPhone is no longer the mind-blowing, category-busting product it was in the summer of 2007. Our minds have been blown, the category was busted, and now competitors such as Palm, Google, Nokia, and Research in Motion are fighting back.

When Apple's reach exceeds its grasp

There's just one problem with that image: It's not true. In the past year, we've seen numerous examples of how Apple's reach can dramatically exceed its grasp.

Apple's new MacBook

Since it first replaced the iBook in 2006, the MacBook narrows the performance gap between Apple's consumer and professional laptop lines with each new update. Apple last updated the MacBooks in November 2007, bringing with it an improved hardware architecture, faster system bus, and more robust graphics. The changes in the MacBooks released last week aren't as significant as the November 2007 updates, but the changes still add extra oomph to Apple's consumer laptop.