MyAppleMenu - Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Tue, Nov 10, 2015The Complementing-With-Pencil Edition

Apple Airs New iPad Pro Commercial, ‘A Great Big Universe’, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Apple aired a new commercial for the iPad Pro, with a focus on the Retina display, iOS 9 Split View multitasking, and drawing with Apple Pencil on the new device.

I don't see the keyboard being shown in this first advertisement; this might be intentional, to stop the first impression being compared to Microsoft's Surface.

Tim Cook: Apple CEO On The Company's Latest Venture - The iPad Pro, by David Phelan, The Independent

“Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the look and feel of the pencil itself or you’re not going to replace it. We’re not trying to replace finger touch, we’re complementing it with the Pencil.”


So, will the Pencil change how the company develops apps? “There are apps that we do which lend themselves to this kind of precision. We’re developing a format where you have to touch on a very particular part of the screen and it becomes much easier with a Pencil.”

Oh, and, by the way, Tim Cook is designing a car with an iPad Pro.

Apple's Tim Cook Declares The End Of The PC And Hints At New Medical Product, by Allister Heath, The Telegraph

Cook hints that Apple may have more plans for the health sphere, in a revelation which will intrigue Wall Street, but he doesn’t want the watch itself to become a regulated, government-licensed health product. “We don’t want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) process. I wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision other things that might be adjacent to it -- maybe an app, maybe something else.”

UK Surveillance Bill Could Bring 'Very Dire Consequences', Warns Apple Chief, by Ben Quinn, The Guardian

Questioning a key element of the draft investigatory powers bill, which places a new legal obligation on companies to assist in these operations to bypass encryption, Tim Cook insisted that companies had to be able to encrypt in order to protect people.

Speaking during a visit to the UK, he said that halting or weakening encryption would hurt “the good people” rather than those who want to do bad things, who “know where to go”.


Apple Releases tvOS 9.0.1 For The New Apple TV, by Joseph Keller, iMore

This seems to be a minor update, likely containing bug fixes and performance improvements.

AgileBits’ 1Password Updated With Teams And All Vaults View, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

The new version of 1Password is the first version to officially support 1Password for Teams. Introduced by AgileBits just last week, 1Password for Teams is the edition of the popular password management service that’s designed specially for teammates, like us here at AppAdvice.

What’s In My Day One?, by Shawn Blanc, The Sweet Setup

Day One is well designed and full of thoughtful details. While being jam-packed with clever features, Day One doesn’t overwhelm. And because it’s so versatile, you could use it for just about anything — certainly more than a humble journal.

Swift Publisher 4 Review: Full-Featured Desktop Publishing For Next To Nothing, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Swift Publisher 4 keeps the desktop publishing spirit alive with inexpensive Mac software for designing just about anything that can be printed on paper.

Don't Know What That Object Is? Pinterest iOS App Adds A Powerful Visual Search Tool, by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

With the new visual search tool, tapping a photo while browsing Pinterest, tapping the search tool button in the corner of the photo, and then highlighting the object you're interested in will cause the app to search Pinterest's product database to find similar items.

Bring Drawings To Life With This Animated Augmented Reality App, by Osman Husain, Tech In Asia

Quiver is a nifty startup that is trying to bring the augmented reality experience to coloring. Users download and print content from the Quiver site, fill it with any colors they fancy, and then hover the Quiver app over it to watch their drawings come to life.

Adobe Photoshop Fix Review: Serious Image Retouching Goes Mobile, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

CARROT: Weather Blows Your Local TV Weatherman Out Of The Water, by Michael McConnell, Macgasm

Beyond iCloud: Syncing Your Desktop And Documents Between Macs Using Dropbox, by David Gewirtz, ZDNet


Latest Xcode Update Fixes Critical Interface Builder, Debugging, UI Testing Issues, by AppleInsider

Apple fails to specify what critical issues were patched in the latest Xcode iteration, saying only that they applied to Interface Builder, debugging and UI testing, all essential development tools.


Apple’s Angela Ahrendts Talks Her Relationship With Retail Employees, Black Friday, & More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Heading into the future, Ahrendts said Apple is currently halfway done with merging its retail locations with its online operations. Furthermore, China is still a huge market of interest for the company. Ahrendts noted that by 2025, twenty of the world’s top cities will be in China, hence why Apple is investing so much into the country.

Mobile, Ecosystems And The Death Of PCs, by Benedict Evans

Each previous generation first gained scale and capability by creating a whole new market, and then, some time later, reached the point that it could take share from the previous generation. PCs were sold just as PCs for a decade or more before they could kill workstations and take over data centres. Does mobile do the same? Does mobile kill PCs, and if so how? Or will you always need a PC to do 'real work'?

Shouldn’t Smartphones Have A Passport App?, by Charles Arthur, The Observer

The smartphone is increasingly becoming our principal identity. Besides holding photos social networks, emails, and phone numbers it’s also becoming a mobile wallet, capable of buying things just as easily as a credit or debit card, and access to a bank account via an app. So why hasn’t the smartphone taken the next step, and replaced the physical passport?

Why 'The New York Times' VR App Gave Some People Double Vision This Weekend, by Kif Leswing, Fortune

Low-end phone-based virtual reality systems don’t deliver a flawless experience, as the newspaper found out this weekend.

Apple Isn’t Likely Involved With The “Mysterious” Faraday Future, by Fred Lambert, 9to5Mac

But it isn’t likely for Apple to have any involvement with the company since everything points to it being backed by the Chinese technology company LeTV.

Follow Up Flu

I think my flu is almost -- touch wood -- out of my system. Still a bit of sniffing, a bit of headache. But probably (because I never understand my own body) the sore throat is gone.

I think I did pass on the flu to quite a few colleauges at work on that first day though. Sorry.


Thanks for reading.