The Value-Propositions Edition Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Makers Of Duet Display And Luna On Life After Apple’s Sidecar, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

The news has left both Duet and Astro reassessing their respective value propositions. Apple is certainly pitching the product toward creative professionals, as evidenced by the demos at the event, which largely revolved around the use of Apple Pencil for things like 3D design. Both startups believe they can can continue to differentiate themselves by targeting pros. After all, the Catalina implementing will likely — at first — be a more utilitarian approach, given that it’s baked directly into the operating system.

Sleep Apps Backfire By Causing Anxiety And Insomnia, Says Expert, by Hannah Devlin, The Guardian

Most apps have not been clinically validated and only track movement, so do not provide insight into the quality of sleep, he added.

“My view of sleep trackers is fairly cynical. If you wake up feeling tired and you’ve had an unrefreshing night’s sleep then you know you’ve got a problem,” he said. “If you wake up every day and feel refreshed, are awake throughout the day and are ready to sleep at the same time every night then you’re probably getting enough sleep for you and you don’t need an app to tell you that.”

Apple Watch Grant Program Launching This Fall, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

The new Apple Watch Grant Program is part of an initiative Apple calls its “Investigator Support Pilot” coming this fall in an effort to offer support to researchers. It will launch with a redesigned website for ResearchKit and CareKit that includes a number of new resources along with updates for developers building apps for the frameworks.

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Multi-cam Support In iOS 13 Allows Simultaneous Capture, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Apple has long supported multi-camera capture on macOS since OS X Lion, but up until now, hardware limitations prevented it from rolling out APIs for iPhones and iPads.

The new feature and APIs in iOS 13 will allow developers to offer apps that stream video, photos, or audio, for example, from the front-facing camera and rear cameras at the same time.


What’s The Best iPad Pro Keyboard?, by Sam Byford, The Verge

I started writing this article thinking I’d be able to identify the best keyboard for the iPad Pro. I just can’t do that here: there is no single best iPad Pro keyboard for everyone.

There are, however, certain iPad Pro keyboards that are best at specific things. I tested the 12.9-inch versions of these keyboards because that’s the iPad Pro I use, but everything should also apply to the 11-inch versions. If you know what you’re looking for or have a particular workflow in mind, you can probably find the right fit.

Make Time To Play These ‘Must-have’ Video Games For Your Apple Watch, by Marc Saltzman, USA Today

Oh sure, don’t expect a deep experience as you might find on a PC or console, but tapping through a “quick fix” digital diversion may help pass the time in line at a supermarket.

What To Do As Soon As You Lose Your Phone, by Daniel Howley, Yahoo

What do a bar, the back of a cab, and a public bathroom have in common? They're all places I've enjoyed Wendy's chili, and forgotten my phone. Fortunately, my friends or a helpful stranger have always spotted my phone before I left it behind for good.

I won't be so lucky forever, though. At some point, I'll end up like a lot of people, and lose my precious smartphone. When it happens I'm going to have to take a few steps to make sure that my data doesn't end up in someone else's hands. And if you lose your phone, you'll need to follow these steps, too.


The Future Of Interaction, Part II, by Craig Hockenberry,

While commenting about this on Twitter, Steve Streza made an important observation: SwiftUI is like a “reverse React”.

But I think there’s something important to add to his note: the SwiftUI DSL describes the most capable environment. It’s the maximum interaction surface: platforms will render and react to a subset of what’s declared.


Not Your Daddy’s Regulation: Tech Giants Face A Complicated Reckoning In Washington, by Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed

As federal regulators and Congress zero in on Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, they’re about to encounter one of the most difficult rulemaking challenges in US history. The tech giants don’t fit neatly into the existing model for antitrust action since many of their services are available for free, making any consumer harm they may or may not have done difficult to grasp and quantify. And perhaps more vexingly, they are constantly shifting shape, adding new business lines with regularity to keep pace with a fast-changing technology industry. In Washington, it’s going to be hard to figure out where to even begin.

Weighing The Antitrust Case Against Google, Apple, Amazon, And Facebook, by Tae Kim, Barron's

And before that happens, Apple would surely argue that its App Store, even with its fee structure, has actually supercharged technology innovation over the past decade. The distribution channel of smartphone app stores enabled start-ups to scale their customer bases rapidly.

“But for the iPhone as a platform, there is no question, we wouldn’t have had the last 10 years of innovation,” Kupor says. “Uber, Lyft, Airbnb…none of those exist, but for the fact that five billion people are walking around with a supercomputer in their pocket.”

China Summons Tech Giants To Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban, by Kate Conger, New York Times

The Chinese government this week summoned major tech companies from the United States and elsewhere to warn that they could face dire consequences if they cooperate with the Trump administration’s ban on sales of key American technology to Chinese companies, according to people familiar with the meetings.