The Public-Beta Edition Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You Can Now Download iOS 11’s Public Beta, by Nick Statt, The Verge

For those looking to test out the upcoming iOS 11 update, you’ll now be able to download the public beta version of the software from Apple’s website. Announced earlier this month during WWDC, iOS 11 comes with your standard tweaks and refinements, but also a huge focus on making the iPad a more powerful computing tool worthy of its larger screen and keyboard attachment.

iOS 11 Will Change How You'll Use Your iPad Forever, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

When you combine this trifecta of better multitasking, drag and drop, and the Files app, you get much closer to using the iPad like a traditional computer than ever before. And although the iPhone doesn’t have every single one of those computer features, the consumer-friendly features it has added also make it feel much more grown-up.

Yes, it was certainly possible to do “computer things” in iOS before, but the walls that Apple put up to make things simpler weirdly meant that only those with deep iOS expertise could actually pull off truly complex work. With iOS 11, Apple has stopped talking down to its users. We’re not baffled by “computer things,” like a file system. And for those that might be, I have faith that they can get along fine with their iPad without using any of these advanced features.

iOS 11 Turns Your iPad Into A Completely Different Machine, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

iOS has been around for 10 years. It’s hard to keep innovating after so many iterations. And yet, in many ways, iOS 11 feels like a completely new beast on the iPad. For the first time in years, it feels like Apple is taking risks with its operating system update.

iPhone At 10

Back To The iPhone Future: Lessons From A Decade Of Apple Influence In Medicine, by Beth Mole, Ars Technica

Ten years into that future, the revolution is still going strong, Omori tells Ars. In their decade of sinking into white coat pockets, iPhones have become embedded in medical education and practices. Pulling out an iPhone every now and then during a hospital shift is “basically the standard of care that’s out there,” he said. Yet, their role and capabilities continues to expand and evolve in doctors’ hands, as he and other experts told Ars. There have been hits and misses along the way, they note, but amid the coup of clinical norms, doctors await even more technological tremors. For instance, many foresee virtual reality-based tools for, say, training surgeons or guiding patients through physical therapy, and the coming of age of diagnostic tools powered by machine learning and other artificial intelligence. There’s also the transition of iPhones from doctor sidekicks to patient empowerment, via things like health tracking, HealthKit, and telemedicine.

iPhone At 10: How Apple Changed Gaming For The Better And The Worse, by Mark Walton, Ars Technica

The speed with which developers could create compelling games for the iPhone contrast with increasingly complex console games, which could take upwards of three years to produce and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. But it wasn't the speed of development, or the apparent quality of the games that had a lasting impact—it was Apple's business model. Instead of working with third-party publishers, Apple would instead publish every game and every application on the App Store itself.

Apple Park

Why Apple’s New HQ Is Nothing Like The Rest Of Silicon Valley, by Jennifer Magnolfi, Harvard Business Review

Apple Park may actually have more in common with that category of architectural project than with other corporate workspace ventures. Cathedrals carry symbolic value, aspirational visions that go far beyond their function. In fact, the very great ones in Europe required significant innovations in the architectural technology of their time in order to achieve their vision — think Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence, the flying buttresses in Chartres, the vaulted roof in the Duomo of Milan. As with those types of buildings, technology breakthroughs were necessary for Apple Park’s vision to exist; extraordinary details and craftsmanship were necessary for it to inspire.


This project is about a legacy, timeless design, and the belief that the design of a headquarters can shape a company’s trajectory and inspire generations of future workers and leaders for years to come.


Day One Journal Shifts To A Subscription Model For 'Premium' Features, by Preshit Deorukhkar, Beautiful Pixels

Day One — the popular journaling app for iOS and Mac has today announced that it will be transitioning to a subscription-based service going forward, in order to have a more stable business model for the company.


Apple Export Regulations On Cryptography, by Cossack Labs, Medium

We strongly advise adhering to any legal regulations around cryptography and recommend carefully studying the Apple’s most extensive document on the matters of encryption and exemptions before trying to submit your app that uses any kind of encryption. Unfortunately, even this extensive document still leaves many points unclarified, features broken links to BIS (as at the moment of publishing this article) and advises you to consult the US BIS directly when in doubt.


Laptop Replacement, by Matt Gemmell

No-one’s saying that it either can or can’t replace yours, or whether you’d want it to. Except the pundits and journalists who can’t seem to let go of the idea that it’s an either-or situation, where we need to have a winner and a loser. I’m not sure what they’re afraid of.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are just getting things done.

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