MyAppleMenu - Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Wed, Nov 18, 2015The Two-Very-Different-Goals Edition

Apple Reinvents The Pencil: In Conversation With Sir Jony Ive, by Tony Chambers, Wallpaper

I think there’s a potential to confuse the role of the Pencil with the role of your finger in iOS, and I actually think it’s very clear the Pencil is for making marks, and the finger is a fundamental point of interface for everything within the operating system. And those are two very different activities with two very different goals.

So we are very clear in our own minds that this will absolutely not replace the finger as a point of interface. But it is, and I don’t think anybody would argue, a far better tool than your finger when your focus becomes exclusively making marks.

DisplayMate: iPad Pro Has A Great Screen, But The iPad Mini 4 Edges It Out, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

If you're interested in thorough, in-depth testing of phone and tablet displays, it's hard to beat Raymond Soniera and DisplayMate. He has just run Apple's new iPad Pro through the wringer, and he came away impressed by its color, contrast, performance in ambient light, and power efficiency. It's an improvement on the year-old iPad Air 2's display in most respects, but if you want the most accurate tablet display there is and don't care about size, it's still hard to beat the screen in the newly improved iPad Mini 4.

The Dock's In The Store

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock Now Available To Buy In Some Apple Stores, Watch A Full Hands-On Video, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple’s new official dock for Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, is now available to buy in some Apple Stores around the world. This particular image is from the Berlin store in Germany. The product does not yet appear to be available online but is on stock shelves at Apple retail stores, perhaps slightly earlier than officially planned.

Apple Removes HomeKit-Incompatible Devices From Online Store, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

In what could be a move to push the first-party HomeKit connected home protocol, Apple has seemingly stopped online sales of incompatible devices made by Kwikset and Belkin, as well as the original August Smart Lock.

Mac App Store Follow Up

Apple Apologizes To Developers For Mac App Store Certificate Flap, Explains Fix, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple in a note to developers on Tuesday apologized for last week's Mac App Store app signing issue that rendered certain applications inoperable, explaining server-side fixes and offering app makers instructions on how to patch affected software.


Mini-Review: iWork ‘15 Brings A Lot Of Little Changes But No Headliners, by Iljitsch van Beijnum, Ars Technica

If you've been using iWork '13 or '14, expect iWork '15 to be pretty much the same with some refinements here and there. As before, Keynote is by far the best of the three iWork applications. Numbers is fine for limited-scale projects, trading better layout and ease of use against the raw power that its competitors bring to the table. But I can't recommend Pages in good conscience. It has tons of potential, but in its current state, it's just a mess of unfortunate user interface choices and bugs/omissions. And as evidenced by another year of updates, Apple doesn't seem to be interested in cleaning it up.

PDF Expert For Mac: A Better Preview For PDFs, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

Whether it is the ability to put multiple PDF documents into tabs, easily merge multiple PDF documents, or effortlessly handle even the largest PDF documents, PDF Expert offers a handful of features that will quickly become indispensable.

MediaFire Launches Pool, A New Way To Privately Share Photos, by Joseph Keller, iMore

The app will group all of your photos from an event, letting you send them all with just a swipe.

This App Finds You Nail Polish To Match Literally Any Color Around You, by Theresa Avila, Mic

How To Encrypt Disk Images With Disk Utility To Protect Sensitive Files, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego


How I Quit My Job And Built My First App, by Robleh Jama, Medium

At the time, Pocket Zoo was also very unique: new things get news. Even though Pocket Zoo was very niche — for children and animal lovers — it was still unique and new. Today, there are millions of apps out there, so it’s more difficult to be unique and new. Don’t get discouraged. There will always be room for more good apps. There are also lots of new ideas out there, and there are lots of new ways of doing old things.

Instagram Institutes API Changes That Will Kill Off Malicious Third-Party Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors


Apple Expands Postmates Same-Day Delivery To Manhattan, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has expanded Postmates same-day delivery to Manhattan for most products ordered through the Apple Online Store and Apple Store app. The service is available for Mac, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, cables, accessories and many other items in stock at local Apple Stores for a $19 flat rate fee.

5 New Apple TV Commercials Focus On Games & Video Services, by Paul Horowitz, OS X Daily

Apple is running several commercials for the new fourth generation Apple TV, demonstrating various games and video streaming services on the television device.

Crossy Road, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars, HBO NOW, and Netflix.

Apple Markets iPad In Arts & Science Education With New Profiles, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple on Tuesday posted two new profiles to its "iPad in Education" subsite as part of an ongoing campaign to promote the tablet's uses in arts and science classrooms.

Is Using iOS As Your Primary OS, Masochism?, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

So to better answer Justin Williams’s question: it can be masochism to work from only an iPad, but it is increasingly just becoming a very smart decision for a great many people. It will always be a nuts decision for a particular group of people, but each update to iOS will only make that grouping of people smaller and smaller.

If You Didn't Quantify A Run, Did It Even Happen?, by Kari Paul, Motherboard

Knowing that I ran 8 miles at a certain pace in September has no bearing on my training in the future, necessarily, even if I decide to run another half marathon. But for the time being I’m holding onto the app, because even though I ran the race, I have the medal and the photos to prove it, having my work leading up to it is important, and I’m not ready to delete it yet.

Why Rdio Died, by Casey Newton, The Verge


I am feeling sadness today - a sadness cloud that have permeated into every bone and every tissues inside me so deeply that nothing is visible on the outside. I can blame this on the novel (A Little Life) that I've just finished reading yesterday where the characters are still very much alive in my head. I can claim this is 'just' a mid-life crisis-wannabe sadness, and will pass eventually through the healing powers of the passing of or the running out of, time.


Thanks for reading.