The Ephemeral-Poem Edition Saturday, August 10, 2019

Apple Transforms Central Park Into An Augmented Reality Gallery, by Sophie Haigney, New York Times

Words appeared in the sky, the color of clouds, and then faded into a jumble of letters in the background. It was an ephemeral poem, with lines like “Catch the falling knife” visible for a few seconds through the portal of an iPhone pointed at the skyline above Central Park.

This is a piece by the poet and performance artist John Giorno, called “Now at the Dawn of My Life,” that’s part of a new initiative by Apple called [AR]T — a curation of augmented reality art, featured in a series of guided walks. Apple worked with the New Museum to select the artists: Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg, Cao Fei, Carsten Höller, Pipilotti Rist and Mr. Giorno. Each created an augmented reality work that’s been choreographed into the landscape of the tour, playing with the canvas of public space.

Apple Debuts Augmented Reality Art Walk In Multiple Cities, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple is hosting walking tours that are free and open to the public starting this Saturday. Each tour begins at an Apple Store location and features the same art work. Pieces are only accessible at certain points on the walk, providing multi-city open-air virtual exhibits. [AR]T includes pieces from Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg, Cao Fei, Carsten Höller, Pipilotti Rist and John Giorno, artists picked by the New Museum.

Adobe’s Next Big Bets Are On AR And Mixed Reality Software, by Dami Lee, The Verge

By the end of this year, designers will be getting three new Adobe apps, which are all part of the company’s vision for the next era of creativity. This next generation of apps will focus on mixing real-life, physical elements with digital ones, and it will emphasize experiences “outside of the glass,” says Adobe chief technology officer Abhay Parasnis. They’ll also be interconnected through mobile and desktop experiences so that users can switch between apps on any device.

“Every app we’re building — Aero, Fresco, Photoshop on the iPad — you will see us push to be cloud native, making collaboration a lot simpler,” Parasnis told The Verge. Perhaps the best example of the future Adobe envisions is another project that’s still in development called Project Glasswing. It’s a mixed-reality display prototype that would bring all of Adobe’s apps into the real world in the form of Photoshop or After Effects layers on a transparent screen in front of real 3D objects.

Reducing Number of Taps

CarPlay In iOS 13: A Big Leap Forward, by John Voorhees, MacStories

When I first tried CarPlay in 2016, I knew I'd never want to go back to driving without it. Not only does CarPlay provide a familiar environment, but because the iPhone is where my music, podcasts, and contacts live and are updated continuously, it's the perfect device to power navigation, entertainment, and communication when I'm driving.

With iOS 13, CarPlay will get an update far beyond any of the tweaks it's received in the past five years. In apps like Maps, which got a big update, and Calendar, which is brand new, you can see CarPlay adopting a new design language that's a lot like what is currently used on the iPhone and iPad. There is less reliance on navigation bars that reduce the size of the content area, and controls are better positioned for tapping while driving. Finally, with Dashboard and tweaks to other apps, Apple has reduced the number of taps necessary to perform many tasks.

As Many As Possible

Goldman Sachs, Bank Of The Rich And Powerful, Is Dipping Into Subprime Lending With Apple Card, by Hugh Son, CNBC

The bank, which is in charge of deciding who gets the Apple Card, is accepting some applications from users with less-than-stellar credit scores, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Goldman began to make the card available to some Apple customers this week ahead of a broader rollout later this month.

From the start, Apple wanted its bank partner to create a technology platform that would approve as many of its 100 million-plus U.S. iPhone users as possible, within the bounds of regulations and responsible lending, according to the people. That’s in line with the tech giant’s desire to provide a good user experience for its customers.

Apple Card: My First Day With Apple's New Credit Card, by Jason Cipriani, ZDNet

The first six hours or so have left me caffeinated and wondering how long until we start silently judging people based on the color combination of their Apple Card.


Apple Is Now Selling The AirPower, Basically, Only It’s Not Made By Apple, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Made by mophie, a popular Apple peripheral and accessory maker, it's one mat that charges three devices. It's called, well, the mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging pad.

To be clear, this does not fully realize the vision Apple originally laid out for AirPower. Whereas AirPower could charge three devices in any combination—say, two iPhones and a Watch, or two Watches and one AirPods case, or three iPhones—the mophie pad has a dedicated spot for each device type: iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

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Nowadays, when I receive yet another invoice from Apple in my iCloud email account, I have to wonder: how much will I 'save' if only the Apple Card is offered here in Singapore?


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