MyAppleMenu - Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Wed, Nov 25, 2015The Eight-Months-Of-Your-Life Edition

How To Launch A Mac App And Become #1 Top Paid App Globally, by Denys Zhadanov, Medium

It’s pretty hard to put eight months of your life in a single blog post, but I’ll try to outline the most interesting and crucial facts behind how Readdle created our first Mac app and how it became a #1 top paid on Mac App Store globally.

iPad Pro In The Classroom, by Karan Varindani, Medium

I had a hard time initially doing anything with the iPad Pro. It took me five days from that Wednesday to acclimate to the device, during which I was heavily rotating between it and my iPad Air 2. After the weekend, I decided to take the new iPad for its first full week of class.

I’m registered for four classes this semester, each with its own content distribution system and rules for submitting assignments: Intro to Astronomy, Intro to Linguistics, fifth-semester Arabic, and Linear Algebra.

Swift Moves

Apple’s Open Sourced Swift Could Change Everything, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Apple has told us it intends making Swift 2.0 open source “later this year”, a move some developers are calling “monumental”, a “huge milestone in the evolution of the programming industry.”

Apple’s Swift iOS Programming Language Could Soon Be In Data Centers, by Cade Metz, WIred

But Sean Stephens wants to take Swift further still. He wants to take it into the massive computer data centers that drive our mobile apps and websites across the Internet. This week, Stephens and his new company,PerfectlySoft, released aversion of Swift that runs not just on the iPhone and other personal devices, but on the computer servers that deliver data and services to these devices.

Curated Playlist

I Worked In A Video Store For 25 Years. Here’s What I Learned As My Industry Died., by Dennis Perkins, Vox

In the last days of the store, daily life at the store got pretty intense. Longtime customers were bereft. We tried to comfort them, explaining how our owner had ensured that our whole collection would soon be available at the public library — for free, even! It didn't help much. Almost to a one, they had the same reply: "But you won't be there to help us."


The Apple TV’s App Store Now Features Seven Different Categories, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

On Mac Content Blockers, by Ben Brooks

I know that some of you won’t be happy about this, as a few have been gently reminding me to do this, but with where the Mac content blockers current reside, there’s really no contest — Ghostery is easily the best of the lot.

Reeder 3 For iOS Now Available, Adds Support For iOS 9 Split View, Safari View Controller, 3D Touch, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

The new version brings support for iOS 9 Split View, support for the new iPad Pro and 3D Touch capability on the iPhone 6s, amongst a number of feature improvements.

Dropbox & Adobe Acrobat Reader For iOS Updated With Tighter Integration For PDF Editing, by AppleInsider

The latest versions of Dropbox and Adobe Acrobat Reader will make it easier to work with PDFs in Dropbox, offering editing, saving and syncing capabilities within both apps. Users can annotate and comment on PDFs stored in Dropbox from their iPhone or iPad.

Hands On: Curio 10 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Comprehensive and powerful note taking app gets updated.

Readbug Wants To Be Spotify For Indie Magazines, by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

Specifically independent, cult and classic magazine titles — so not the garish mass market fare you’ll find rammed in your eyeline at the supermarket checkout screaming about celebrities and cellulite. Readbug bills its aggregated digitized magazine content as alternative/aspirational stuff, read by “creative and curious” types. And Hammett says it’s deliberately “handpicking and curating” the titles it wants to repackage and distribute on its platform in order to establish its own editorial voice — as well it must to stand a chance of pulling eyeballs in an era of free info overload.

Beamer 3 Launches With New User Interface, Google Chromecast Support, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

Beamer, a favorite of the MacStories team, is a Mac app that allows you to easily stream video (in almost any format) to your Apple TV via AirPlay. In Beamer 3, streaming support has expanded beyond AirPlay and it can now stream to Google Chromecast.

Meet ‘Joule’: Top Chefs Develop High-Tech Cooking Device, Aiming To Spark A Revolution In The Kitchen, by Todd Bishop, Geekwire

The precision-controlled immersion circulator was unveiled this morning by the Seattle startup ChefSteps. Dubbed “Joule,” after the measure of heat energy, the device heats water to precise temperatures to cook meat and other food evenly over extended periods of time — using the increasingly popular cooking technique known as sous vide. The device is controlled by a companion smartphone recipe app for iPhone and Android.

DisneyLife Online Streaming Service Launches In UK With iOS & Apple TV Support, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Recording Podcasts On iOS (Or Not), by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The short answer is, recording podcasts on iOS today is not as easy as editing them. It can be done, but only with a number of workarounds that aren’t necessary on the Mac, which has a more mature sound system that can handle playing and recording multiple audio streams in multiple apps simultaneously.


IBM Turns Up Heat Under Competition In Artificial Intelligence, by Robert McMillan, Wall Street Journal

IBM is the third company this year to make available proprietary machine-learning technology under an open-source license. Facebook Inc. in February, released portions of its Torch software, while Alphabet Inc.’s Google division earlier this month open-sourced parts of its TensorFlow system.

Twitter Announces Native Video Support For Its Twitter Kit Developer Tool, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac


Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars, by Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch

TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has snapped up Faceshift, a startup based in Zurich that has developed technology to create animated avatars and other figures that capture a person’s facial expressions in real time.


The question "is iPad Pro a laptop replacement" is a lousy question, in my humble opinion. Do you answer "no" because there are certainly specific tasks that you can't do on an iPad that you can do on a laptop like a MacBook or a Surface Book? Or do you answer "yes" because there are certainly specific people that can throw away their laptops just because they can perform all their tasks on an iPad just as efficiently?

Better questions are "can a journalist use an iPad Pro rather than a laptop" and "how many laptops will be still be sold in 5 or 10 years' time". Unfortunately, of course, these aren't sexy questions.


Thanks for reading.