The History-Starts-At-1998 Edition Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Apple Releases $199/$299 Hardbound Book Covering 20 Years Of Apple Product Design, Dedicated To Steve Jobs, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced a new hardbound book, available for $199 or $299 online at and Apple retail stores from tomorrow, which charts a 20-year history of Apple design from the iMac in 1998 to the Apple Pencil in 2015. The book features 450 photographs of Apple products new and old, including iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch. The book is called ‘Designed by Apple in California’ and is dedicated to Steve Jobs.

The book is available in two sizes and printed on specially milled, custom-dyed paper with silver edges. According to Apple, the book was created over an eight-year period and is published by the company itself, not a third-party.

‘Designed By Apple In California’, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

Jony Ive’s fingerprints are all over this, and he’s quoted heavily in the press release. Is this his farewell tour, or just a project he wanted to get out the door now that Campus 2 is almost done?

Pure Mac Touch

The MacBook Pro’s Touchy Feely Thing, by Steven Levy, Backchannel

For a number of years, Schiller says, engineers at Apple have been figuring out how to colonize that function row territory with touch technology. It was a way to make Mac a touch experience without toppling the Grand Unified Theory. “This notebook design has been with us for 25 years and that fills a need for many people,” he says. “Having an interactive place where your hands are down on the keyboard is celebrating what makes a notebook a great notebook.”

When I suggested that this might be only the latest in a number of mobile innovations moving to the Mac, in an overall annexation of the Macintosh platform, Schiller pushed back, hard. “Its implementation is pure Mac,” he said. “The thought and vision from the very beginning was not at all, ‘How do we put iOS in the Mac?’ It was entirely, ‘How to you use the [iOS] technology to make a better Mac experience?’”

The New Touch-Bar-Equipped MacBook Pros And The State Of The Mac, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

These are very nice machines, designed and made with great care. And the Touch Bar is clearly no afterthought. A lot of teams from across the company worked for a long time on this. It’s an embedded iOS device, with the accompanying characteristics you’d expect: 60 FPS animation, seemingly instantaneous touch latency, well-done animation as things like the Control Strip expand and retract, and more.

The Touch Bar is also, clearly, a costly component, making the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros more expensive. Price aside, the new MacBook Pro with the old-school function keys shouldn’t exist. But the Touch Bar won’t be expensive forever. It’s just so clear to me that these machines share the design ethos of the original MacBook Air. They’re designed for the future — the near future, I think — but until then, we’ll buy compatibility dongles and wait another year to see versions that support more than 16 GB of RAM.

How To Use The Touch Bar: The Ultimate Guide, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Whether you just picked up a new MacBook Pro or you're still considering a Mac with Touch Bar support, we've put together an ultimate guide for all your multitouch controlling needs.

Honoring Sir David

David Attenborough's Free The Story Of Life App Is A Stunning Collection Of Greatest Hits, by Chris Barraclough, Recombu

Frankly we could be in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, with hellfire raining from the skies, but if Sir David Attenborough told us in his soothing voice that everything was going to be alright, we'd accept our fate with a glow in our hearts.

Everyone's favourite nature commentator has been going strong for six full decades, producing a seriously strong body of work. Shows such as Life and Planet Earth have dropped jaws and kept us glued to our sets, and now the BBC has honoured Sir David's career with the launch of a new app, The Story of Life.

Emergency Instructions

My iPhone Saved My Life. Really., by Michael Gartenberg, iMore

While adding functionality and keeping the interface simple, Apple has made it hard for users to discover the wonderful features inside. It's one thing if you don't realize turning your phone landscape in messaging lets you send "ink". It's quite another when a fantastic, literally lifesaving feature is built in, and no one either knows about or even if they knew it existed, they couldn't find it.


Nonprofit Organizations Now Able To Accept Apple Pay Donations, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Many nonprofits like UNICEF, charity:water, American Red Cross, (RED), Save the Children, World Wildlife Fund, and more will begin accepting Apple Pay payments starting this morning, while others will adopt Apple Pay support "over the coming months." A total of 19 charities are supporting Apple Pay as of today.

WhatsApp Launches Video Calling For Everyone, by Josh Constine, Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

WhatsApp wants to be international cross-platform FaceTime. Today Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Its debut follows a series of reports from people who recently found the feature had been enabled in beta versions of WhatsApp on Android and on Windows Phone – an indication that a public debut was on the near horizon.

Pixelmator For Mac Update Adds Sierra Tabs, Touch Bar Integration, Content-aware Smart Refine, More, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Pixelmator 3.6 includes support for the latest macOS Sierra APIs, like Universal Clipboard and Tabs. Tabs enable users to edit multiple Pixelmator documents in a single window. As promised at the Apple event, this update brings a contextual row of Pixelmator editing tools into the Touch Bar present in the new MacBook Pros.

Parallels Desktop 12 Review: A Nearly Perfect Blend Of Windows And Mac, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

If you spend an equal amount of time in Windows and macOS, Parallels Desktop 12 offers a number of welcome enhancements. Performance has been boosted across the board, with 25 percent faster access to shared folders and snapshots, and noticeably speedier suspend and resume—under five seconds on my 27-inch iMac Retina 5K.


China's Right: Smartphones Are A Big Reason Trump Can't Win A Trade War, by Vlad Savov, The Verge

It may be possible to substitute chinese production, but not Chinese consumption.

Google And Facebook Take Aim At Fake News Sites, by Nick Wingfield, Mike Isaac and Katie Benner, New York Times

Google kicked off the action on Monday afternoon when the Silicon Valley search giant said it would ban websites that peddle fake news from using its online advertising service. Hours later, Facebook, the social network, updated the language in its ad policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.