The Power-and-Genius Edition Friday, April 26, 2019

It’s About Time For A Mac With A Touch Interface, by Dan Moren, Macworld

As it stands, all of Apple’s other devices—even the HomePod and the Apple TV’s remote—have touch features. So why is the Mac left out? Frankly, I’m so used to touch interfaces that I have to restrain myself on a fairly regular basis from reaching up and tapping something on my MacBook, and I’ve been using a Mac for coming up on thirty years.

If anything, Apple’s bid to redefine human-technological interaction has been perhaps too successful. The Mac, much as I love it, can feel hidebound by comparison—the last vestige of an old way of doing things. So perhaps it’s time for a change.

The Under-Appreciated Awesomeness Of Apple Events (The Technology), by Brent Simmons, Inessential

An outside observer might think Mac users just use pretty — and pretty simple — apps, and that’s the whole story. But that completely misses the power and genius of Macs.

I can’t think of another platform with the sheer level of automation power that OS X (now macOS) has.

All Podcasts Are Shows; Not All Shows Are Podcasts, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

These companies are trying to usurp the word podcast for one simple reason: people love podcasts. What I think and hope they are missing is that part of what people love about podcasts is the openness. It’s one of the last remaining areas of the internet that works exactly as the internet was intended to work.


Reeder 4 RSS App Launches For Mac And iOS With Automatic Dark Mode, iCloud Syncing, Bionic Reading Mode, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Popular RSS app Reeder 4 has left beta and launched today on both macOS and iOS with a host of new features including an automatic dark mode, read later feature with iCloud syncing, an image viewer, more layout options, Bionic Reading mode, and more.

How To Return A Lost Phone, by Whitson Gordon, New York Times

Losing your smartphone can feel like losing an appendage, so when you find an unattended phone on the ground, it’s natural you would want to do the right thing and return it. But in the age of personal identification numbers, facial recognition and fingerprint locks, it’s hard to call the owner and give it back. Before you turn it over to the police and hope for the best, here are a few tricks you can use to return that phone.

Marvis Review: The Ultra-Customizable Apple Music Client, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

The primary Marvis interface is made up of single screen: Home. While you can access sub-views dedicated to Playlists, Artists, Genres, and more from the sidebar menu, the app provides such extensive customization tools for Home that, once configured to your tastes, it will become the only screen you need.


Apple Losing Three Key Members Of Jony Ive’s Famed Industrial Design Team, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple’s industrial design team is undergoing a series of changes, a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims. According to the report, several Apple veterans are departing the team, which consists of roughly two-dozen people led by Jony Ive.

Chimpanzee Browsing Instagram On iPhone With Precision Goes Viral, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

And it isn’t just a few random taps on the screen. The chimpanzee is intentionally watching, swiping right to go back, browsing tiled posts, and selecting new posts to look at.

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