The Chat-System Edition Thursday, September 15, 2016

Apple Just Reinvented Its Biggest App, by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

It is hard to describe how jarring this is. A piece of software from Apple—white-walled, pale-wood, bland-faced Apple—now lets you initiate a Tron-like laser show on other people’s smartphone screens at will. The old iMessage was a clear-flowing stream through which your friends could be gazed at. The new one is a goofy, pink poodle leaning out of a tree, asking “Do you like my hat?”

So no matter how you feel about the new iMessage, it is a departure for the company. Here are four different ways to think about the oddest iPhone feature in years.

How iMessage Could Be Apple’s Next Big App Platform, by Ina Fried, Recode

The debut of apps that can run inside the iMessage chat system could prove to be one of the most far-reaching changes in iOS 10, provided Apple can get more developers to play along. [...]

The long-term opportunity for both Apple and developers lies in adding apps with more complicated interactions, especially around commerce.

Embrace The Stickers, But The iMessage App Store Contains So Much More, by Jason Snell, Macworld

But the Messages App Store isn’t just about the ridiculous, of course. There are also real apps that work directly inside Messages now.

Apple's Messages App Suggests My Little Pony Porn Gif, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

The gif search, which is a default part of the new Messages, is labeled as being powered by Microsoft’s Bing. Searches for other similar words, including breasts, cock, penis, vagina, arse, ass, sex and porn and are blocked from showing results, but searches for drugs does brings up results.

This Is 7's Photos

8 Tips For Taking Travel Pictures With An iPhone 7, by Austin Mann, National Geographic

I’m travel photographer Austin Mann, and every year I take the new iPhone on an adventure to answer two questions: What are the new features of the iPhone camera, and how do they make my pictures better?

This year I’ve been working with and testing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in Rwanda. I trekked to a volcano and photographed mountain gorillas, putting the iPhone to work. I used the new optical zoom, put the stabilizer to the test while flying over the rain forest, and wished it would rain so I could try out the new water-resistant feature!

It’s been a whirlwind, and the iPhone 7 has been a beast of a camera, keeping up every step of the way. Here are my top tips from my adventure.

How RAW Changes iPhone Photography For The Better, by Ben Rice McCarthy, iMore

iPhone photography has come a long way since its humble beginnings: Obscura wouldn't have been possible without iOS 8's manual camera APIs for developers. But in iOS 10, it truly grows up, offering a major new feature that brings mobile photography into the professional world. And that feature is RAW. [...]

When you shoot RAW, you can pull down highlights or boost shadows to bring out new detail in the image. It's a huge win for photographing high-contrast scenes, and it's why most professional photographers generally opt to shoot RAW. You may put more work in when doing post-production tasks, but the benefits are huge.

Buy With Your Fingerprint

First Online Vendors Begin Support For Apple Pay On The Web, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

A number of websites are beginning to launch support for Apple Pay on the Web, which allows iOS 10 users to pay for goods and services away from apps and point-of-sale terminals.

How To Use Apple Pay On The Web, by Lory Gil, iMore


The Age Of The iPad: 9 Tips To Manage Kids, by Fiona Connor, New Zealand Herald

For the digital natives, aka kids, navigating these devices comes without a second thought making it easy for Mum and Dad, still learning about the device, to go wrong.

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure safety and control around the use of iPads within the home.

Adobe Lightroom For iOS 10 Adds Raw Support, by Stephanie Mlot, PC Magazine

To capture in Raw, users will need a device running iOS 10 that has a 12-megapixel sensor, like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7, or Apple's next-gen smartphones, which arrive Friday.


They Laughed At The Wright Brothers And Sacked Steve Jobs – Success On The Far Side Of Failure, by Sonal Mishra, Your Story

Rejection is rough, but coping with it is not impossible. If you often find yourself falling prey to disappointment and dejection, follow these five strategies to keep failure from derailing you from your goals.


Apple’s iPhone 7 Will Be Super Limited In Stores And All Jet Black And Plus Models Are Sold Out, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

Apple has issued a statement tonight that is essentially setting expectations for those who hoped they’d be able to walk into an Apple store on Friday and pick themselves up an iPhone. The statement makes it clear that all iPhones will be in short supply for walk-in customers without a

Leaked Apple Emails Reveal Employees' Complaints About Sexist, Toxic Work Environment, by Melanie Ehrenkranz, Mic

According to Apple's most recent diversity report, women make up 32% of its global workforce. About a dozen of those women joined Danielle on a recent email thread, shared with Mic by an Apple employee, in which they commiserated on their experiences working in a company dominated by men. The thread included stories of discrimination and workplace harassment and was sparked after another Apple employee shared Danielle's experience in an attempt to galvanize the necessary support to mobilize and enact change.

This thread is just one part of over 50 pages of emails obtained by Mic from current and former Apple employees.

I Still Love My Working Original iPhone, by Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics

I'll admit I was among the skeptics back in 2007 when Apple first announced it would be selling a phone. But somehow, swept up like so many others, I found myself a proud owner of that very first iPhone, which lives alongside my working models of nearly every mobile device Apple has ever made, an ever-growing collection.

That first one, though. I can't imagine my life without it.