The Twenty-Nineteen Edition Friday, April 6, 2018

Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro Will Be Shaped By Workflows, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

After an initial recap in what they’d done over the past year, including MacBooks and the iMac Pro, I was given the day’s first piece of news: the long-awaited Mac Pro update will not arrive before 2019. [...] “We know that there’s a lot of customers today that are making purchase decisions on the iMac Pro and whether or not they should wait for the Mac Pro,” says Boger.


“We’ve been focusing on visual effects and video editing and 3D animation and music production as well,” says Ternus. “And we’ve brought in some pretty incredible talent, really masters of their craft. And so they’re now sitting and building out workflows internally with real content and really looking for what are the bottlenecks. What are the pain points. How can we improve things. And then we take this information where we find it and we go into our architecture team and our performance architects and really drill down and figure out where is the bottleneck. Is it the OS is it in the drivers is it in the application is it in the silicon and then run it to ground to get it fixed.”

Matthew Panzarino Goes Behind-the-Scenes With Apple’s Pro Workflow Team, by John Gruber, Daring ireball

But this Pro Workflows Group idea is fascinating — and I’m surprised its existence never leaked.

Apple’s Final Cut Pro Adds Built-in Closed Caption Tools And Introduces A New ProRes RAW Video Format, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

With the new update, Final Cut Pro now lets users import and edit closed captions for their videos without needing a separate application for it. Apple’s implementation lets captions work with the existing magnetic timeline in Final Cut, and users are able to connect captions to audio or video clips.


The other major update is the introduction (and support for) the new ProRes RAW format, which Apple views as a sort of bridge between the company’s existing ProRes formats and full RAW.


Tired Of Safari? Try These Mobile Browsers Instead, by Josie Colt, Wired

You probably have a cozy relationship with your phone's default web browser. And that's fine! But when it comes to surfing the mobile web, you can do so much better. Try one of these mobile browsing alternatives for iOS and Android. In many cases, these alt-browsers offer better privacy options, data-saving features, and desktop syncing abilities than your phone's native browser. Try putting one of these apps on your home screen to take your browsing to the next level.

Scanbot Introduces Version 7, by Bradley Chambers, The Sweet Setup

The first feature I am excited about is the ability to merge PDFs. This is a task I use PDFpen for often on macOS, and now I can easily do it on my iPhone or iPad.

iPhone Music App Comes Up With Endless, Catchy Song Ideas, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

Are you a musician struggling to come up with song ideas? Are you a non-musician who just wants to come up with a neat melody for that cat video? Then you should check out Fortamento, a melody generation app for iPhone which is both incredibly easy, and surprisingly deep.

Limit Kitchen Counter Clutter While Charging Your iPhone, by Luke Filipowicz, iMore

There are a lot of ways to manage your charging more efficiently, which can help you eliminate the stress of a disorganized space. Here are some of my favorite products that can help with kitchen tech clutter.

App From Japan Uses Apple's iPhone X To Transform Your Face & Voice Into The Cutest Anime Character, by Adario Strange, Next Reality

Apple's iPhone X now has the power to turn anyone into a Japanese anime character, thanks to a new app that harnesses the device's TrueDepth camera.

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What kind of procrastinator are you?

Are you a perfectionist? You are never satisfied with a so-so status-quo design, something that you think a Dell or a Lenovo can also do, and you must come up with something that is so perfect. You are tired of boxy designs, and that cube thing and that cylinder thing didn't work, but there must be some other perfect shapes out there that you must try out.

Are you a leaner? Do you always just need a little more research? You just need to hire some more people to figure out the answers to all the known unknowns as well as any unknown unknowns that you may missed that last time round. Do a few more round of focus-groups to figure out both the right answers and also the right questions. Just don't call them focus groups.


Maybe, that new chip is just not yet ready, and you need to put up some smokescreen for the time being?


Apple Computer founded in 1976. Apple II on sale in 1977.
Steve Jobs visited Xerox PARC in 1979. Macintosh on sale in 1984.
Steve Jobs ousted from Apple in 1985. NeXT Computer on sale in 1988.
Apple bought NeXT in 1996. iMac on sale in 1998.


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