MyAppleMenu - Thu, May 28, 2015

Thu, May 28, 2015The Write-Code-Natively Edition

The Laptop Tests

Battery Life Tests: Go All Day With Apple's Mac Laptops, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

In recent history, I’ve consistently seen a new laptop battery exceed Apple’s specification. Apple has also made great efforts to tell the consumer that they believe battery life is important, so the company seems to be doing what it can to deliver long battery life. Apple’s always going to make a laptop that can last a working day.

Long-Term Review: The New MacBook Is A Great Travel Laptop, by Michael deAgonia, Computerworld

The new MacBook is Apple skating to where the puck will be, and for that reason, it may not be suitable for every user. But, as a whole, it's a gorgeous, tiny, full-fledged OS X computer. It's a wonder that Apple was able to provide a high-resolution Retina display, a full-size keyboard and a full-size multitouch trackpad with such a long-lasting battery on a device this size.

WWDC Tweets

Interesting tidbit from the WWDC schedule: Neither "What's New In Cocoa" nor "What's New in Cocoa Touch" is in Presidio, the largest room.

— BJ Homer (@bjhomer) May 27, 2015

OMG i just decoded the obfuscated session names in the 2015 WWDC app update

— Lars Anderson (@theonlylars) May 27, 2015


Apple Store App Gains Postmates Integration With Same-Day Delivery, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

TextExpander Now Suggests New Snippets And Lets You Sync With iCloud Drive, by Joseph Keller, iMore

TextExpander has become more versatile than ever with version 5.0, adding more options for syncing your snippets, including iCloud Drive. You'll also now receive snippet suggestions, based on phrases that you type consistently. For instance, while writing an article about TextExpander, you might get a notification that says "You've been typing 'TextExpander' a lot."

Living With: Drafts 4 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Something I love about Drafts is something that I love about the best Apple software: you don't have to do anything. You don't have to study the manual, you don't even have to know that there are other features than the ones you want to use now. Yet when you want to do more, Drafts has much, much more.

First Look: Pixelmator For iPhone Is A Feature-Packed Mobile Image Editor, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Better Manage Your Files With Mac App Revisions For Dropbox, by Matt Elliott, CNET

Dropbox itself keeps previous versions of your files, but Revisions for Dropbox makes it easier to get to those older versions and adds in a few extra features.

Fox Debuts 'Movie Of The Day!' App With Daily Discounts On iTunes Movies, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Every day the app updates with a new movie deal, ranging from "from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between," at a discount which goes up to 70 percent off of the original price.

Family Sharing May Be Draining Your iPhone’s Battery, by Topher Kessler

In Joe’s case, the problem persisted even after fully wiping and reinstalling iOS on his phone, but after a little investigation he found disabling Family Sharing on his device caused the battery drain to disappear. This has been found to be the case for a number of other iPhone users.

Google Begins Rolling Out App Indexing To Its iOS Apps, by Tom Maxwell, 9to5Mac

Review: Pebble Time: A Beautiful Concept, A Shoddy Reality, by David Pierce, Wired

It’s a shame the screen isn’t better, and that everything about this device screams of pocket protectors. It’s a shame the interface is messy and unattractive, that it feels like a toy.

I want the uncluttered and productive idea Pebble is selling. But I don’t want the watch.


Apple’s Jeff Williams Says Native Watch SDK Will Give Direct Access To Sensors, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“A week from Monday at our developer conference we’ll release a preview so that developers will be able to write code natively and have access to sensors, and we’re really excited about that.”

Apple Confirms WWDC Keynote For June 8Th 10 AM PST, Teases Over 180 TBA Sessions, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

WWDC App Refreshed With Apple Watch Support, Session Schedule, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Swift: The Good Switch Of The East, by Erica Sadun

Switches offer boutique code organization. They coalesce run-on conditionals (if then else if then else if then else….) into well-structured, better-organized constructs.

Here’s more than you wanted to and less than you probably needed to know about this terrific Swift feature.

Inbox Zero Vs. Inbox 5,000: A Unified Theory, by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

There are two types of people in the world: those with hundreds of unread messages, and those who can’t relax until their inboxes are cleared out.


Stalking Your Friends With Facebook Messenger, by Aran Khanna, Medium

What you should keep in mind is that the mobile app for Facebook Messenger defaults to sending a location with all messages.

How To Disable Location In Facebook Messenger, by Craig Lloyd, Gotta Be Mobile

Quebec Man Fined $120 For Using Apple Watch While Driving, by CTVNews

Jeffrey Macesin said he was using his smartwatch to change songs when a provincial officer pulled him over on a road near Pincourt, Que.

CBS Likely To Reach Streaming TV Deal With Apple, Met With Eddy Cue Last Week, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple Is Reportedly Planning To Add A Rewards Program To Apple Pay, by Rich McCormick, The Verge

iOS 9 To Gain New 'Proactive' Lifestyle Management Feature With Augmented Reality Maps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors


Happy iPhone update: I've moved the WWDC app, which used to be buried in a folder on the second screen of my home screen, to the first screen. Yes, I'm ready to learn about all the new APIs that I haven't got the time to use.

Toaster + Refrigerator

Pizza Or Pie? Or Neither? Pizza Hut's Four'N Twenty Pie-Pizza Thing – Reviewed, by Brigid Delaney, The Guardian

One day, one of the major pizza chains will release a pizza with a whole barbecue chicken embedded in the crust or a sauce which is actually the vomit of someone who has just eaten 10 pizzas in 10 minutes.

Parting Words

Punctuation matters.

— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) May 26, 2015

Thanks for reading.