The Return-To-Growth Edition Friday, February 5, 2016

Tim Cook Holds Company-wide Town Hall, Talks iPhone Dependence, Benefits, Pipeline & India, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Multiple sources in attendance at the event said that Cook as well as newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams each spoke and made announcements and teases related to new employee benefits, future iPad growth, Apple Watch sales, future retail stores in China, Apple Campus 2, and the future product pipeline.


In response to the slowdown in iPad sales, Cook said he expects iPad revenue growth to return by the end of 2016. Cook noted that he is especially bullish on the iPad line.

Airport Delays

Apple And Cisco Acknowledge That 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Is Too Unreliable And Crowded, by Owen Williams, The Next Web

Instead, “Cisco and Apple strongly [recommend] a 5 GHz-only (802.11a/n/ac) wireless network for Apple devices” as a “best practice” approach. So much so that Apple won’t even provide advice on the 2.4GHz standard for businesses.

Tunes For The Rest Of Us

Finding New Music With Apple Music, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

I stopped using the “Play More Like This” feature in the radio stations. I just let Apple’s algorithm choose the songs for me without any intervention. I don’t know why, but overall, the station does much better without me messing with it.

Sour Note, by Joe Steel

Going down this rabbit hole of fuckery just made me realize how much I absolutely loathe the Music app. What was once a major strength of Apple — a simple-to-use music player and digital storefront — turned into the kind of garbage software that runs on cable company set-top-boxes.

Ask The iTunes Guy: Apple Music Library, New Releases, Audiobooks, And More, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

It’s time for another grab-bag edition of this column. This week’s questions include one about adding music to an Apple Music library, getting information about all the new releases in a given genre, viewing lots of audiobooks from Audible and the iTunes Store, and more.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor And Motion With New Features, by AppleInsider

Flagship non-linear editor Final Cut Pro X reached version 10.2.3 with today's update, bringing both user-facing interface changes and extended backend processing support for newly released file types and equipment. For example, a 4K export preset has been introduced to create video files for Apple's own devices.

Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands To FOX NOW, FXNOW, And NAT GEO, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Universal search across iTunes, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, FOX NOW, FXNOW, and NAT GEO is limited to Apple TV users who are located in the United States.

Apple Rolls Out iPhone Screen Protector Installation Service In Japan, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Previously, Apple store employees weren’t allowed to install any screen protectors. But with the service, they are now enabled to install screen protectors on customers’ iPhones using special tools and supplies from Belkin, with which Apple has partnered for the service.

You Don't Need Mad Skills To Make Mad Music With PlayGround, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Don’t expect to see realistic or skeuomorphic representations of musical instruments, like those found in Apple’s GarageBand. There are none of those in PlayGround, thank you very much.

Rather, what you’ll be seeing lots of in PlayGround are different colored template objects in a multitouch and evolutive graphic interface that you can swipe and tap to create music.

Make Unique Cards In Digital Scrapbooking With Handmade Scraps, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


How I, A Designer, Learned To Code And Released An App In 4 Months, by Zoltán Hosszú, Medium

Okay, I’ll be honest with you right away. The title is a little misleading. I started learning Swift 4 months ago and I knew some coding before that. But I have never created a native app for any platform. Thinking about it now, I had no idea what I was up against…

For you to understand the how I did it, first I must tell you the why.

The Software Engineer’s Guide To Asserting Dominance In The Workplace, by Daniel Wu, Medium

As a software engineer, changing jobs is a way of life. Every day, beautiful recruiters from top tech companies reach out to you on LinkedIn with new opportunities, and each new job equals higher pay and an opportunity to reinvent yourself for the better — as long as you know how to. Here is a handy first-week guide to becoming the alpha of your new workplace.


Apple Discourages Supreme Court From Hearing Samsung Patent Petition, Calls Case 'Legally Unexceptional', by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

"Samsung's effort to make this case seem certworthy depends on a made-up narrative in which Samsung, not Apple, is the innovator, despite the overwhelming evidence that Samsung copied the iPhone's innovative design," Apple's attorneys wrote in the filing.

'Mac Is Key For Any Modern Enterprise' -- SAP, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

“Offering Mac is key for any modern enterprise,” Thomas Saueressig, SVP, Global Head of IT Services, SAP says on Apple’s recently updated Mac in Business Website, and there’s plenty of evidence that proves this case.

Better Aging

You Won’t Be Happiest Until You Turn 65 Years Old, by Aamna Mohdin, Quartz

But things appeared less rosy for those aged 45-59, who reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction.

Clearing The Body's Retired Cells Slows Aging And Extends Life, by Ed Yong, The Atlantic

I'm looking at a picture of two mice. The one on the right looks healthy. The one on the left has graying fur, a hunched back, and an eye that's been whitened by cataracts. “People ask: What the hell did you do to the mouse on the left?” says Nathaniel David. “We didn't do anything.” Time did that. The left mouse is just old. The one on the right was born at the same time and is genetically identical. It looks spry because scientists have been subjecting it to an unusual treatment: For several months, they cleared retired cells from its body.

Rumor Of The Day

NFL Streaming Rights: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon Are In The Mix, by Todd Spangler, Variety

The National Football League is shopping digital rights for “Thursday Night Football” games — and tech giants Apple,, Google and Verizon’s Go90 are each expected to try to get in on the action, according to industry sources.

Bottom of the Page

Okay, twenty more years, and I will be happy. Wish me luck.


Thanks for reading.