The Ditched-All-Notebooks Edition Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Apple Pencil Is Changing Rapha’s Design Workflow, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

“Before iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I had so many notebooks floating around,” Rapha’s head of design Alex Valdman told me. “One in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, work, totes, back packs, a mini one in my wallet. You get the picture. Always a notebook at arms reach.”

But Valdman’s workflow changed quite a lot with the iPad Pro. Like any other computer, it’s much easier to share a drawing once it’s just a file on your iPad Pro or laptop. Valdman went one step further and ditched all of his notebooks even for the very early sketches.

Why An ex-Apple Design Chief Got Square To Abandon The Audio Jack, by Ariel Bogle, Mashable

Think of the Square Reader as an argument for ruthless simplicity.

"It's iconic, it's simple, it does exactly what it's supposed to do and nothing more." Or so says Jesse Dorogusker, head of hardware at the U.S. payment technology company and veteran of more than eight years of Apple design.

Apple, Samsung, And Good Design—Inside And Out, by Om Malik, New Yorker

As I read the coverage of the iPhone 7 design, Samsung’s troubles, and the legal rumbles between Apple and Samsung, it became obvious that we, collectively, have a misunderstanding of what design is, especially when it comes to connected devices. Many technology reviewers make the very human mistake of thinking about beauty and design as skin deep, overlooking what’s inside. I look at the new iPhone 7—and particularly the iPhone 7 Plus—and see huge technological leaps.

What Happens To American Myth When You Take The Driver Out Of It?, by Robert Moor, New York Magazine

The experience of driving a car has been the mythopoeic heart of America for half a century. How will its absence be felt? We are still probably too close to it to know for sure. Will we mourn the loss of control? Will it subtly warp our sense of personal freedom — of having our destiny in our hands? Will it diminish our daily proximity to death? Will it scramble our (too often) gendered, racialized notions of who gets to drive which kinds of cars? Will middle-aged men still splurge on outlandishly fast (or, at least, fast-looking) self-driving vehicles? Will young men still buy cheap ones and then blow their paychecks tricking them out? If we are no longer forced to steer our way through a traffic jam, will it become less existentially frustrating, or more? What will become of the cinematic car chase? What about the hackneyed country song where driving is a metaphor for life? Will race-car drivers one day seem as remotely seraphic to us as stunt pilots? Will we all one day assume the entitled air of the habitually chauffeured?

Flaw In Intel Chips Could Make Malware Attacks More Potent, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Researchers have devised a technique that bypasses a key security protection built into just about every operating system. If left unfixed, this could make malware attacks much more potent.


Review: Beats Solo3 Wireless, by Christopher Null, Wired

While a typical Bluetooth connection craps out at about 25 to 30 feet (at least in my house), the Solo3 delivered perfect sound a whopping 120 feet away from my phone. From there it stuttered, finally dying completely at 135 feet away.

Also under the hood is an upgraded battery, which is totally worth the extra 10 grams.

49-Word Review Of The $49 iPhone 7 Plus Case, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Best of all, it eliminates the camera bump.

The Best iOS App For Annotating Images, by Joe Caiati, The Sweet Setup

When you need something more capable and powerful, Annotable has the right tools, design, and speed to suit your needs, and that’s why we think it’s best markup app for iOS.


Apple News Format Gains HTML Text Formatting For Expanded Content Support, by Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

Apple provided a list of newly supported HTML markup and tags in the email.

Rumor Today

Apple Plans To Launch New Macs At An October 27 Event, by Ina Fried, Recode

The Mac event is expected to take place at or near Apple’s Cupertino campus rather than in San Francisco, where the company held many recent events, including the iPhone 7 announcement.