The Disappeared-Data Edition Monday, October 31, 2016

iOS 10.1.1 Will Let You See Your Health Data Again, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The iOS 10.1 update fixed a lot of stuff, but it caused a major problem for some users of the Health app: data disappeared in some cases, and even resetting phones and restoring them from fresh backups wouldn't bring it back.

Jony Ive Talks About Putting The Apple 'Touch' On The MacBook Pro, by Connie Guglielmo, CNET

“We don’t limit ourselves in how we will push — if it’s to a better place. What we won’t do is just do something different that’s no better,” Ive said in an interview earlier this week to explain the design of the MacBook Pro, a major reboot of Apple’s most powerful laptop line.

That thinking explains why Apple “many, many years ago” decided against adding touchscreens to the Mac, even as rivals dressed up Windows tablets and PCs with multitouch displays. Instead, after two years of tinkering with larger touchpads and other approaches he won’t reveal, Ive and his team came up with a slim, multitouch strip that replaces the function keys at the top of your keyboard. That OLED display lights up to serve a changing menu of buttons, control sliders, dials, tools and even emojis that change depending on the app you’re using.

Where To Go From Here, by

very update to the MacBook and MacBook Pro have been wrought with various trade-offs. Sometimes we mock the choices, but even in my poking, I’m glad there is a company that is trying to push just how thin can we get a computing device. I don’t think Apple is willing to stop until it’s paper thin.

iPod: How It Changed Apple, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

By fixating on the iPod itself, I completely overlooked iTunes, introduced a few months earlier. I wasn’t alone in missing the forest for a tree: As popular as the iPod would become, no one imagined that it would be iTunes that would unleash Apple’s potential as it unlocked hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue and profit.

How Does Apple Watch Calculate Active Calories?, by Appcessories

Apple’s Health app obtains calorie data from a wide range of sources, including iPhone’s built-in M8 motion coprocessor, your Apple Watch, and third party apps through HealthKit.

Your Apple Watch calculates your total calorie burn, which includes the BMR/RMR calories that you have burned anyway. The Workout app reports active calories, which don’t include BMR calories, while the Activity app shows you both active and resting calorie burned – total calories. You need to calibrate these devices with your age and weight to get accurate estimates of calories burned.