WWDC 2015 Debrief — 512 Pixels

June 18, 2015

Stephen Hackett:

OS X El Capitan looks like a Snow Leopard moment for the Mac. There’s good stuff in 10.11 --- and I’ll be reviewing it again this year --- but for the average user, I’m not sure there’s a ton to get worked up about. I don’t think that’s a problem, however. Some stability and some breathing room will be welcomed by many.

I can’t wait for the public beta.


Live with Phil – Marco.org

June 12, 2015


John asked real questions on challenging subjects, including gender diversity, my alleged software-quality decline, discoveryd problems, thinness trade-offs with battery life, the new MacBook, continuing to sell 16 GB iOS devices, and whether the Apple Watch should have shipped without WatchKit 1.0 apps since the native SDK was so imminent.

And Phil gave real answers to each one. Apple iterates, argues, and evaluates trade-offs. Sometimes they don’t get it right. Sometimes they’re more aggressive pushing the tech forward than power users like us think they should be. Sometimes there are trade-offs in product design that we don’t consider, or that we prioritize differently than they do.

Phil made quick, smart, informed references to Apple-related podcasts and sites, including mine, that made it clear that he personally reads and listens to our community.

I’ve heard that this was the case for Phil and many other Apple higher-ups for a long time, but I’m not sure it has ever been made so clear publicly.

Apple is listening.

I agree, this might be the best podcast I have heard, and also the best interview I have heard. John is a great interviewer, and Phil gave real answers.


Initial Thoughts on iOS 9’s iPad Multitasking

June 11, 2015

Federico Viticci:

The iPad is on the cusp of becoming a completely new computer. This is not an overstatement. Anyone who uses the iPad enough has known for a long time that the device could be capable of a lot more, and iOS 9 is Apple’s answer.


The Talk Show ✪

June 11, 2015

Wow. The Talk Show with Phil Schiller; this isn’t the Steve Jobs Apple. Fantastic episode!


Xcode 7 allows anyone to download, build and ‘sideload’ iOS apps for free | 9to5Mac

June 11, 2015

This is somewhat similar to how Android allows users to sideload apps from unknown sources, although its a bit more complicated as sideloading requires a physical connection and a Mac running Xcode to build the apps. As it’s not really meant for this purpose (its main purpose is for developers to test their own software on real hardware), more technical knowledge is needed to actually sideload something than with the Android flow.



June 11, 2015

Brent Simmons:

In 2015 I ran a series of posts on not writing crashing bugs (in iOS and Mac apps).


18 features in iOS 9 you may have missed during the keynote | iMore

June 10, 2015

  1. Settings gets a search option!

This is a killer feature, I have no idea how often I wonder arround in Settings to find something.

  1. The beauty of low power mode

Finally, this will be really useful on long days, and when traveling.

  1. Do more with an iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard

This, the new split views and the new software keyboard for iPad is one of the things that makes it a really good alternative to a Macbook Air.



June 09, 2015

Christina Warren:

I sat down with Cook, a relatively reclusive interviewee, and asked why it was important that Apple ramp up its efforts in diversity. His answer was unequivocal: “It’s the future of our company”.



Privacy vs. User Experience

June 09, 2015

Apple is going to realize very soon that it has made a grave mistake by positioning itself as a bastion of privacy against Google, the evil invader of everyone’s secrets. The truth is that collecting information about people allows you to make significantly better products, and the more information you collect, the better products you can build. Apple can barely sync iMessage across devices because it uses an encryption system that prevents it from being able to read the actual messages. Google knows where I am right now, where I need to be for my meeting in an hour, what the traffic is like, and whether I usually take public transportation, a taxi, or drive myself. Using that information, it can tell me exactly when to leave. This isn’t science fiction; it’s actually happening. And Apple’s hardline stance on privacy is going to leave it in Google’s dust.

Most people don’t care, and they don’t get it. But some people do, including me. And I like to know what I give up, and to make an informed choice. Privacy doesn’t always win, but I like to minimize how much data companies like Facebook and Google have on me.


Why Android Camera Phones Still Suck | Motherboard

June 09, 2015

I rarely write much about Android, because I don’t are. But this is important.

Android cameras suck. Seriously, they suck. And there are many reasons for it, first of all, hardware is only half of it. You need to make sure that the software layer can convert the raw data from the sensor into a good looking JPEG.

The problem with Android isn’t hardware, but software. Good cameras can generate bad JPEG’s. Some phones do it, and some compact cameras do it, and many DSLR’s generate horrible JPEG’s.

This is why I shoot RAW, I can edit, and let someone I trust generate the JPEG — Adobe.