Speaking of independent Apple blogging, it's nice to see that Thomas Verschoren is back at it.
But, even with all those new bells and whistles, it’s still the same iPad running the same iOS. It’s an iPad. A device that was perfect when it was released. And then kinda rested on its laurels and iterated with safe bets and predictable improvements
I ordered the new iPad Pro (12.9) as soon as the store went live. I was prepared to disagree with Thomas' opinion because my instinct is to defend my purchasing decisions. But he's not wrong... and neither am I.
As excited as I am to get my new iPad Pro with a USB-C connection, it doesn't feel like Apple is putting a lot of wood behind this arrow. These are iterative improvements because any major changes require major changes to iOS and the entire interaction model behind app and window management.
For a certain percentage of iPad users the device is feature complete.2 We can't have very many revolutions for a steady-state product because it alienates users. I think the first big alienation will be FaceID this year.1 Perhaps the next will be a new window manager.
After I get some time with the new iPad Pro and it's USB-C connector I'll consider my wish list for the future. The physical design almost never makes it to my top ten list for devices. Except for the Apple Pencil charging interface. The old design was just dumb and a real hindrance to using the hardware with a straight face.
A second, but much more minor issue will be the changes in gestures. This is related to the lose of the home button but not entirely caused by it. ↩
I don't count bloggers and podcasters as normal iPad users. There's a different kind of drive for these folks. Part of that drive is being able to write about their impressive accomplishments with an iPad. That will always take some of the sting out of losing hours trying to figure out how to upload a file to a website. ↩
From Eli Hodapp at TouchArcade:
Moments ago, Apple announced that they’re killing the affiliate program, citing the improved discovery offered by the new App Store. (Music, books, movies, and TV remain.) It’s hard to read this in any other way than “We went from seeing a microscopic amount ...
Let’s see if I can do a Dave Pell style post.
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I was honored (and a bit surprised) to be invited as a participant in the Six Colors 2016 Apple report card. If it's not obvious, I think Apple is killing it with the iPhone. In other areas, well, you should read the report card. What I love about the ...
I found this article to be a good summary of what's going on with the FBI and their inept bungling. If true, it'd be pretty funny that Issa was more technically savy than the FBI.
But even with all of this, it's still dependent on human frailty ...
Interesting breakdown of political spending by tech companies.
To understand Apple’s efforts at persuading legislators of various issues, I compiled a measure of political footprint which combines a company’s own federally registered lobbying expenditures from 2015 with the campaign contributions they made during the 2013-14 election cycle from ...
I just love seeing this stuff. Here's one of my favorite artists showing that the tools don't make the artist. It's impressive what someone with talent can do. I expect to see a lot more cool stuff created with the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.
Time to put on a coat if you're headed to hades because there's now an officially sanctioned Plex app for the Apple TV. And it looks good.
Mine arrives in a day or two. Even if the Plex experience is equivalent to the Roku, I will be pleasantly ...
As we explained before, the All Writs Act is not a backdoor to bypass other laws. The government cannot impose an unreasonable burden on Apple, and it cannot violate the Constitution. If the government truly wanted Apple to decrypt a phone running iOS 8 or later, it ...
I purposely didn't listen to this podcast until I had an uninterrupted block of time. I'm glad I did because the video is better. It's well produced with multiple camera angles and great audio.
The entire thing is pretty funny. Schiller is very likable and makes plenty ...
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