The Reflection-Ringtone Edition Thursday, November 2, 2017

The iPhone X Features A New, Exclusive, Default Ringtone: ‘Reflection’, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

One small nicety included with the iPhone X is a new ringtone called ‘Reflection’. Until now, every iPhone has defaulted to the ‘Opening’ ringtone since iOS 7.

‘Reflection’ is not only exclusive, but the default for fresh iPhone X setups.

Giant Lines Forming At Apple Stores Internationally In Advance Of iPhone X Sales, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Lines have already started to form at many Apple stores world-wide, with the Orchard Road store in Singapore and a pair of stores in Japan already having a massive queue of hundreds of people.

Bug Report

My Apple Dumbwatch, by Paul Kafasis. One Foot Tsuanmi

Ultimately, the problem here seems to be with the Apple Watch’s addition skills. That’s pretty bad, as proper math is rather essential for a usable computing device. Alternately, I suppose the problem could be that Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet application can’t do simple calculations. That would certainly be even more shocking. Perhaps the two products are even in some sort of cahoots, the nature of which I’ve yet to ascertain!

Either way, I’m trying to maintain a Zen attitude about this. The only thing stupider than spending an entire month over-asserting myself to earn a meaningless digital badge would be getting upset when said badge is denied due to some sort of bug. All we are is dust in the wind, and all this is is pixels in the ether. Still, I do think it would be nice if my watch could count.

This Is Tim

Tim Cook Addresses Tax Reform, Russian Facebook Ads, Customer Privacy, More In Interview, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

"I don't believe the big issue are ads from foreign governments. I believe that's like .1 percent of the issue," Cook said. "The bigger issue is that some of these tools are used to divide people, to manipulate people, to get fake news to people in broad numbers to influence their thinking. This to me is the number one through ten issue."


Cook in today's interview reiterated Apple's stance on U.S. taxes, saying, "this isn't good for the U.S. There's no tax receipts there. And it's not good for investment in the U.S. And so this needs to be fixed. In my view, it should have been fixed years ago. But let's get it done now."

More Stuff

GarageBand For iOS Gets An In-app Instrument Store And 80s-style Drum Machines, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

The biggest bit of news for today’s free upgrade, however, is the addition of Sound Library — a long awaited feature that finally makes GarageBand’s instrument selection much more dynamic. It’s essentially an app store located within the app, wherein you can can download additional Sound Packs — which are either instruments or groupings of instruments like “Percussionists” or “Rock Drummers.”

Apple Shares Abstract New Apple Music Ad Featuring Artwork From Dr Dre, Eminem, And More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new Apple Music ad is set to the song Dance While You Shoot by Noga Erez and also features a quick glimpse of the track’s music video as well. Other artists featured in the video include Dr. Dre, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Demi Lovato, Sia, and more.

1Password 7 Adds Face ID Support, ‘Quick Copy’ Feature For Faster Copy & Paste, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Quick Copy is designed for those times when you're switching back and forth between an app and 1Password: when you copy a field in 1Password, exit the app, then return to it to copy another field, the field after the one you previously copied is automatically placed in the clipboard.

Best Apps And Accessories For NaNoWriMo, by Lory Gil, iMore

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place every November. Writers sign up with a promise to attempt to, well ... write a novel in one month. The goal is to write 50,000 in 30 days, which is just under 1,700 words-per-day, on average. There are approximately 2.8 million writers signed up with NaNoWriMo this year. With that amount of writing, you need tools to help get you through the month.

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Touch ID
iPhone: Who are you?
You: This is me.
iPhone: You're right. I'll let you in.

Face ID
iPhone: Oh, it's you. I'll let you in.


You: I'm driving now. Please turn on Do Not Disturb.

iPhone: Oh, you're driving now. I'll turn on Do Not Disturb.


The holy grail (in my humble opinion) of machine learning that Apple, if not already, need to get on with it as soon as possible: when to wake me up every morning.

The usual suspects:
Sleep cycle
Weekday versus weekend
When did I sleep the previous night
Traffic condition (i.e. is the subway working today)

The unusual suspects:
Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's day, and any other events that require me to get up earlier to prepare a breakfast-in-bed
When was the last time that I have told my boss the excuse that Siri has forgotten to wake me up
iPhone pre-ordering day


Thanks for reading.