The More-in-the-Making Edition Friday, October 19, 2018

Apple To Unveil iPad, MacBook Laptop Overhauls On Oct. 30, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. said it will hold a product announcement Oct. 30 in Brooklyn, New York, likely to unveil new iPads and Mac computers.

The invitation to media reads, "There’s more in the making," without specifying what would be introduced. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning the biggest revamp to the iPad Pro since it first went on sale in 2015, as well as a lower-cost MacBook laptop and a new Mac mini desktop, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year.

What To Look For At Apple’s Oct. 30 Event, Besides iPads And Macs, by Dan Moren, Macworld

As with any Apple event, there’s plenty of speculation about what the October 30 show could bring. So far, those whispers have largely been about new iPads with Face ID and edge-to-edge displays, and possibly a new Mac mini and/or consumer-level MacBook. Plus, of course, there’s always the expectation of there being a few surprises up the company’s sleeves.

Of course, those surprises are the most interesting part, so let’s focus on what the company might have in store for announcements that aren’t about the company’s major product lines.

Check Out These Custom Logos Apple Made For Its October 30th Event, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

But unlike its usual event invitations, this year, Apple has done something different: it created tons of unique, colorful versions of its logo, and everyone seemingly received a different style on their invitation.

Welcoming Adobe

The Companies Behind Affinity And Procreate Aren’t Worried About Photoshop On The iPad, by Dami Lee, The Verge

For now, the developers behind Affinity and Procreate say they aren’t worried. The arrival of a giant competitor doesn’t automatically mean it will be successful, as Facebook learned the first half-dozen times it cloned Snapchat. But Facebook eventually caught up to Snap when it added a Stories feature to Instagram.

How Apple's Aperture Created A New Class Of App On October 19, 2005 And Lost It To Adobe Lightroom, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

It's a surprising story because Aperture had much going for it. The Mac is the preferred computer of photographers across the world and Aperture addressed a genuine need. It's too simplistic to blame its failure on a handful of specific issues but as a whole those problems do mean that Aperture is a major Apple app that died.

Vulnerable Position

When Convenience Creates Risk: Taking A Deeper Look At Security Code AutoFill On iOS 12 And macOS Mojave, by Andreas Gutmann, Bentham's Gaze

In this blog post, we publish the results of our extended analysis and demonstrate that the changes made by Apple mitigated one symptom of the problem, but did not address the cause. Security Code AutoFill could leave Apple users in a vulnerable position after upgrading to iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, exposing them to risks beyond the scope of our initial reports.

We describe four example attacks that are intended to demonstrate the risks stemming from the flawed Security Code AutoFill, but intentionally omit the detail necessary to execute them against live systems. Note that supporting screenshots and videos in this article may identify companies whose services we’ve used to test our attacks. We do not infer that those companies’ systems would be affected any more or any less than their competitors.


Apple Now Sells A USB-C Charger For The Apple Watch, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The magnetic charger is identical to the existing Apple Watch charger, except you can plug it into a USB-C port rather than USB-A.

Apple's First iPhone XR Ads Coincide With Preorder Kickoff, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

The two short spots differ in style but convey the same general message: iPhone XR has arrived.

Tweetbot 5 For iOS Brings A Redesign, Dedicated GIPHY Support, And A New Dark Mode, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The dark mode looks much better on OLED phones, and the design changes give the app a fresh new feel. I wasn’t sure I’d like the addition of auto-play video, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find I do, though it’s easy enough to turn off if you don’t. The haptic feedback is another good addition that provides a subtle tactile response to actions taken in the app.

CARROT Weather, by Ben Brooks

This is the best weather app on iOS right now. It’s not even close. There’s simply no other weather app which has this information density in such a fast format.

Read To Your Kid With The Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment, by Michelle Woo, Lifehacker

As you read a children’s book aloud, your iPhone, iPad or connected speakers play custom music and sound effects to enhance the story. The system uses voice recognition technology to drop in the sounds at the perfect moment, so you can go at your own pace. [...]

Novel Effect works with more than 200 different books, from classics to recent bestsellers. There are some titles that come with the app, but for most of the selections, you must already have a copy of the book, whether print or digital.

Square Launches All-in-one Portable Terminal With Apple Pay, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Square on Thursday unveiled the Terminal, a portable device meant to accept all forms of retail payment, including NFC-based platforms like Apple Pay and Google Pay.


Microservices Are Something You Grow Into, Not Begin With, by Nick Janetakis

Microservices aren’t something you start off with from day 1, just like you wouldn’t attempt to create a perfect open source external library on day 1 before you even wrote a line of code. At that point you don’t even know what you’re making.

A microservices based architecture is something you might grow into over time as you come across real problems working with your code base.


Jony Ive 'Proud' Of Apple Watch, Explains Design Team's Late Apple Park Move, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Speaking to the Financial Times, Ive was questioned if the Apple Watch is really a watch, but responded suggesting it is more than a timepiece. "I think that this is a very powerful computer, with a range of very sophisticated sensors, that is strapped to my wrist," said Ive, adding "That's neither very descriptive nor very helpful."

Citing its similar challenge in describing the iPhone at its launch, Ive suggests "Clearly the capability of the iPhone extends way beyond the function of what we would traditionally call a phone."

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be The Best., by New York Times

There’s a world of difference between the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, known commonly as G.D.P.R., and China’s technologically enforced censorship regime, often dubbed “the Great Firewall.” But all three spheres — Europe, America and China — are generating sets of rules, regulations and norms that are beginning to rub up against one another. What’s more, the actual physical location of data has increasingly become separated by region, with data confined to data centers inside the borders of countries with data localization laws.


As governments push toward a splintered internet, American corporations do little to counteract Balkanization and instead do whatever is necessary to expand their operations. If the future of the internet is a tripartite cold war, Silicon Valley wants to be making money in all three of those worlds.

Google Is The New Yahoo, by Mike Elgan

In fact, the killing of Google+ is a perfect storm of Google's vision vacuum. It's driven by their antipathy toward passionate users, and also their failure to understand the human element generally.


Google is the new Yahoo, the company that kills its own products.

Bottom of the Page

After watching a few of the new iPhone XR YouTube videos, my X really feels small.

(I should go and dig out my iPhone 3G to remind myself how big my iPhone X actually is.)


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