Articles by Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.

Consumer Reports Weighs in on iPhone 5, iOS 6 Maps

Posted on 24/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

We can all exhale now, as Consumer Reports has released their “first look” at the new iPhone 5, calling it a “notable improvement” over the iPhone 4S, but criticizing Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps applications as being not up to par.


Google-Owned Motorola Pokes Fun at iOS 6 Maps

Posted on 24/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility is attempting to cash in on user dissatisfaction with Apple’s new Maps app with an ad saying iOS 6 Maps are “#iLost”, in an attempt to promote usage of the tag on Twitter.


American Express to Launch Passbook Integration

Posted on 23/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Looks like American Express will soon be joining the Passbook party very soon. AmEx integration won’t allow users to pay with Passbook, but will be centered around current promotions and recent purchases.


New Things You Can Ask Siri in iOS 6

Posted on 22/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

With the arrival of iOS 6, Siri gains some great new abilities. Terry White of gives us a run down of some of Siri’s new commands.


The Joy of Tech: iPhone Critics

Posted on 22/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Everybody has that friend. The one who spends most of his time putting down whatever is popular at the time. Music, movies, art, clothing styles, if everyone else loves it, they hate it.


Some iPhone 5 Users Reporting Screen Issues

Posted on 22/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

n what seems to be a rite of passage for new iPhone releases, a number of owners are having issues with the screens on their new iPhone 5’s. When the iPhone 4 launched 2 years ago, it was weird yellow spots. This time it’s a little more mysterious. Some iPhone 5s are showing a weird bubble effect, others are experiencing flickering, and blurriness.


iPhone 5 Torture Tests (VIDEO)

Posted on 22/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

You would never dream of treating your new iPhone 5 with anything but loving respect and care. But thank Jobs there are some among us that are willing to buy a brand new iPhone and try to smash the crap out of it!


Report: Apple Will Replace Broken iPhone 5 Screens In-Store

Posted on 21/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Sure, you don’t want to think about it, God knows you just got your hands on your bright shiny new iPhone 5, but what happens if you break it? What if, ::GASP!:: the screen breaks? No worries faithful followers, Apple has got it all covered, and they’ll probably repair your object of desire in the store!