The Building-The-X Edition Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Apple Retail Stores Will Have A Limited Supply Of iPhone X Models For Walk-in Customers On Nov. 3, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Apple says it will have a limited supply of iPhone X models for walk-in customers on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. local time. If supply is as limited as I suspect, you might want to camp out in front of your local store — today!

iPhone X Pre-approvals For iPhone Upgrade Program Customers Now Open, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

There are a five steps for iPhone Upgrade Program customers to get their hands on a shiny new iPhone X, and users can use the Apple Store App to complete the iPhone X pre-approval (steps 1-4).

All Of Apple's Face-Tracking Tech Behind The iPhone X's Animoji, by Elizabeth Stinson, Wired

It’s not unusual for Cupertino to buy other companies’ technology in order to bolster its own. But at the time, it was hard to know exactly what Apple planned to do with its haul. It wasn’t until last month, at the company’s annual talent show, that the culmination of years of acquisitions and research began to make sense: Apple was building the iPhone X.

Perhaps the most important feature in the new flagship phone is its face-tracking technology, which allows you to unlock the phone with your face or to lend your expressions to a dozen or so emoji with Animoji. Apple thinks the iPhone X represents the future of mobile tech, and for many, that’s true. But if you trace most of consumer technology’s most impressive accomplishments back to their origins, more often than not, it’ll lead you to a drab research lab full of graduate students. In the case of Animoji, that research happened to have taken place nearly a decade ago at a pair of Europe’s most prestigious technical schools.

Apple Made It Safe To Use Your Flash Again, by Patrick Holland, CNET

Basically the iPhone takes a photo at a slower shutter speed while firing the flash quickly. With the shutter open longer, the background is exposed more making it brighter. And with the flash going off for a shorter amount of time, it's less distracting to those around you. The results are to quote Larry David, "pretty pretty pretty good."

Apple Sees Its Mobile Devices As Platform For Artificial Intelligence, by Jess Macy Yu, Reuters

Apple Inc sees its mobile devices as a major platform for artificial intelligence in the future, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said on Monday.


“We think that the frameworks that we’ve got, the ‘neural engines’ we’ve put in the phone, in the watch ... we do view that as a huge piece of the future, we believe these frameworks will allow developers to create apps that will do more and more in this space, so we think the phone is a major platform,” Williams said.

Design Is How It Works

If You Type This Into Your iPhone Calculator, You Won't Get The Result You Expect, by Andrew Griffin, The Independent

If you do the above calculation, for instance, you'll more often than not end up with a result like 24. That's because the animations that show when you press a button last so long – and you can't press another button until the animation.

Practically, that means that the phone will probably miss out the second add button, when you press it. Because the iPhone calculator doesn't register that press, it thinks that you've written 1 + 23, and gives you the correct result for that answer.

Adobe CC

Interview: Adobe’s Tom Hogarty On The Future Of The Mac, iPhone X Camera, And The Evolving Definition Of Photography, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

As photography continues to change, so do the tools that creatives use. Many professionals have expressed concern in recent years about a shifting focus away from the desktop as customers flock to mobile devices. Adobe, too, has recognized this shift. “It’s a trend I’m watching,” Hogarty said. “I do think because this [the smartphone] is the capture device, and this is also a great platform for social and sharing communication, that the role of the desktop could diminish, but I think we need to keep investing in all platforms because at the end of the day, I think about my content consumption. I definitely watch less TV on TV, but it hasn’t changed my attitude towards content in general.”

Adobe Lightroom CC Vs. Lightroom Classic CC: Which One Is For You?, by Terry White

If your photography is a hobby and you don’t shoot hundreds of images a week and you find having to manage the location of your images to be a pain then Lightroom CC may be for you. Also if you rarely use Photoshop if ever and you just want an easier way to edit your images then Lightroom CC is probably what you’ve wanted all along.

Oh No! Adobe Changed Things On Me!, by Chuq Von Rospach

I know there are people who will hang onto Lightroom 6 as long as possible, just like there are still Aperture users and I know people who still use Photoshop versions from before Creative Cloud. My view of this is that it may be easier in the short term, but what you’re really building to is a day where you wake up and your tools are broken and you can’t fix them, and now you’re in an emergency migration — and these rarely happen at a time convenient to you. So it’s a lot better to plan for and do these migrations when you can and not wait until you’re forced to. Once a tool is end of life, you need to be working towards moving away from it.


If you are a Lightroom, um, Lightroom Classic user, just keep using it. And try to get used to the name change. If you do work with your mobile phones, I’d suggest downloading the new Lightroom and trying it out with your mobile photography and see what you think.


Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 Review: Artificial Intelligence Goes To The Movies, by Jackie Dove, Macworld

I’ve always admired Premiere Elements for its consumerist ease of use and dedication to making extremely complex operations accessible with its guided edits. This version still does that, with a boost of intelligent automation from the updated organizer and social networking oriented guided edits. Various performance issues marred the Action Cam Guided Edit, which could have been more streamlined and fluid. It would be nice to see Elements recognize new and increasingly popular technologies like 360-degree video, which is being targeted to consumers and hobbyists who align with Elements’ own memory maker crowd.

PDF Studio 12 Is A Solid Update Of Its All-in-one PDF Editing Software For macOS, by Aaron Lee, Apple World Today

Qoppa Software's PDF Studio 12 is a solid update of its all-in-one PDF editing software for macOS. The latest version adds features including PDF Imposition, Scanning Configuration, Excel to PDF Conversion, Page Resize, and 4K Display Support.

Twitterrific For Mac Update Includes New Features For Muffle And Mutes, Status Indicators, Automatic Scrolling, And More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Today, the developer is already delivering its first update with a variety of new features for muffle and mutes, status indicators, automatic scrolling. There are also a good mix of improvements and bug fixes in the latest version.

Qustodio Parental Control Review: Monitor Your Children's Device Activity Even When They're Not With You, by Kayla E Matthews, iMore

The software filters web surfing for your child, block apps that access the internet to run, and will also keep track of where your child is with advanced GPS tracking.

Apollo: A Powerful, Modern Reddit Client For iOS, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Design trends from iOS are found all over the app, from its clean, simple look highlighted by accent colors to its tab-based navigation bar, pervasive use of swipe gestures, and more. These iOS conventions pair with a browsing interface that looks and feels like a social app – if you’ve scrolled Instagram or Twitter before, you won’t have any trouble here. The thoughtful use of these tried and true designs makes Apollo instantly familiar, and thus accessible to any iOS user.

Kindle's New App Still Won't Let You Buy Books On An iPhone, by Heather Kelly, CNN

The app's biggest change is that it adds in more social options with Goodreads, a book reviewing community Amazon bought in 2014. The app also has a new design and a way to pin the book you're currently reading.

The new Kindle app still has one glaring omission on the iPhone and iPad: You can't actually buy a book. The only way to buy an e-book from Amazon on an Apple device is to log in to on the Safari web browser.

Bottom of the Page

I wonder if Apple will allow the Mac tema free rein to cannibalize the sale of iPads. My guess is no.


Thanks for reading.