The Important-Thing Edition Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Internet Of Very Small Computers Masquerading As Things, by Sam Gerstenzang, Medium

Apple is making a series of very small connected computers: the Pencil, the Airpod, the Watch and the Touch Bar. What’s important here is that each of these computers is something else first (pencil, headphones, watch), and only a computer to make that object function better.

This is what the “Internet of Things” missed… the important part wasn’t the internet, but the “thing.” The “internet” is grabbing the telescope by the wrong end: what’s important is that this very small computer has the affordances of a pencil but is making its own decisions and is now orbiting my phone.

Security Matters

How To Fix The Nasty Prank Going Around That Breaks The iPhone Messages App, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

Simply ask Siri on the affected phone to send a text message. The words don’t matter. Tap on the message on the Siri screen, and it will bring you into the Messages app, in which you can navigate again.


Findaway Launches New E-Book And Audiobook App Called Duobook, by Michael Kozlowski, Good E-Reader

At its core, DuoBook is an audiobook player and an eBook reader in one app, but its biggest feature is how it aligns the eBook and audiobook together, allowing you to switch between formats without losing your place in the story.

Edit With Precision: Exacto Brings Photoshop’s Pen-selection Tool To iOS, by Gannon Burgett, Yahoo

Exacto is a single-purpose app for iPhone and iPad that brings the desktop-pen functionality to mobile devices. It’s not the most simple solution to editing out certain components of an image, but what it lacks in convenience, it attempts to make up for in precision.

Living Earth: Clock And Weather (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

The global views in Living Earth are beautiful and mesmerizing, but they're more aesthetic and educational than of practical use for the vast majority of users. That said, the time and weather info along with the global view are an appealing combination to take in at a glance on the app's home screen.

Review: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' For iOS Is Faithful Port Of '90s Title, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

We don't think this game is for everyone, but there is a significant overlap between the management-strategy gamers crowd and the "nostalgic for games of the 1990s" crowd. However, is is just a solid play all around, and we're happy to see it make its way to iOS.

Bottom of the Page

It all started with Steve Jobs: "PCs are going to be like trucks. They're still going to be around, they're still going to have a lot of value, but they're going to be used by one out of x people."

Then, some you-tuber modified the comparison slightly: "Maybe today's Macs are more like SUVs: they're more expensive and better appointed cars." If you still want a truck, where can you go?

And then, some pod-caster made a different comparison: Macs are manual-transmission cars, while iPhones/iPads are the auotmatics. Everyone voted with their money, and automatics are all you can get now. Let's not talk about getting a truck -- you can't even get a car with stick-shifts.

Allow me to add in a different comparison. Macs are your regular cars, while iPhones/iPads -- in Apple's eyes -- are the self-driven cars.

There are many people who do not want a driverless car. There are many people who need a regular car because the real self-driving cars are not here yet.

The writing is on the wall. Our roads will be much safer and more efficient (not today, but soon) if every vehicle is self-driven. That's what Apple sees, and that's what Apple is betting on. It is simply not just about making the best self-driving car there is, but, at some point, also to stop people from driving regular cars. People from the future is going to ask us why we let regular people operate machines that can easily kill people. Just like we are looking back in awe that once upon a time,

Two of the pillars of iOS are security and privacy, and they are supported by many iOS features that simply doesn't work on macOS, either technically or culturally. It is easier -- and makes more sense financially -- to make iOS suitable for more and more tasks, rather than work on evolving macOS into the future which is iOS.

As Steve Jobs once said, if he were running Apple, he will "milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing." Apple is certainly busy, and it is certainly milking.


Thanks for reading.