The Apples-to-Apples Edition Thursday, October 17, 2019

Photoshop For iPad Nearing Launch With Some Key Features Missing, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The San Jose, California-based company will hold its annual creative software conference, Max, in early November in Los Angeles and will provide an update on Photoshop for iPad at that time. The mobile app, which was announced to much fanfare and anticipation at the conference in 2018, is still on track to reach consumers by the end of this year, Scott Belsky, chief product officer of Adobe’s Creative Cloud division, said in an interview.


Belsky said that the beta feature set won’t represent the final version for consumers, and the need to collaborate with Apple meant that a lot of features are “coming in hot” ahead of the launch. At launch, he said that Photoshop will still lack some familiar features, but that will only represent version one of the product. “Launching every single feature that was accumulated over 25 years on the iPad on day one would not best serve our customers and the needs they have.” Usage on a desktop and an iPad isn’t “apples to apples,” he said, and Adobe “will definitely expand the capabilities” of Photoshop on iPad over time.

The New Mile Cry Club: Flyers Bemoan AirPods Lost On A Plane, by Dawn Gilbertson, USA Today

Airlines are reluctant to release figures on the volume of items turned in by type, and how many are returned to their owners. Delta did disclose that it receives about 40 pairs of AirPods per month. Spokesman Morgan Durrant said that doesn't rank in the top five of turned-in items. Phones, tablets, laptops, other varieties of headphones and eye/sunglasses can each reach into the hundreds per month, he said.

One sign of the volume of lost AirPods not reunited with passengers: Sales of AirPods at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which buys unclaimed items from airlines and resells them to the public, spiked in the past two years. Sales this year are up 126% from a year ago, according to spokeswoman Jamie Scalici.

Niantic's Apps Collect A Surprising Amount Of Data About Where Users Go, Cecilia D'Anastasio and Dhruv Mehrotra, Kotaku

Today, Niantic can believably cast itself as a company aimed at getting gamers outside. But John Hanke sometimes describes it as an advertising company or a digital mapping company, too. The open question of where this market-leading technology goes from here—whether it’s smiling pocket pets more believably hopping around our bedrooms, or the Hyper-Reality of ubiquitous computing, saturated with data-probes and targeted advertising—is what may make space for the rot to set in.

What is surprising about Niantic is not what it’s doing, but what it’s capable of, and the fact that most of its users won’t ever understand just how much they’re handing over whenever they use a location-based app.

“We live in a technological surveillance capitalism state,” said the former employee. “How could it be any other way?”


The Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max Review: Performance, Battery, & Camera Elevated, by Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech

Indeed, this improved efficiency in combination with the Pro models' vastly increased battery capacities is what makes the new phones outright excel in terms of battery life. With a 17% increase in battery capacity for the iPhone 11 Pro and an even more impressive 25% increase in capacity for the 11 Pro Max – as well as a more efficient SoC – the new devices are able to showcase the best battery results ever seen in an iPhone. This praise isn't just limited among iPhones either, as the new devices rank among the longest lasting flagship phones we’ve ever tested.


But the biggest surprises and largest performance increases were to be found in the A13's GPU. Where the new chip really shines and exceeds Apple’s own marketing claims is in the sustained performance and efficiency of the new GPU. Particularly the iPhone 11 Pro models were able to showcase much improved long-term performance results, all while keeping thermals in check. The short version of it is that Apple has been able to knock it out of the park, delivering performance increases that we hadn’t expected in what's essentially a mid-generation refresh on the chip manufacturing side of matters.

USB Storage With iOS 13: The FAQ, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Although Apple has marketed this feature primarily in relation to the iPad—specifically the iPad Pro—it works just the same in iOS 13 on an iPhone as it does in iPadOS.

The Guardian Launches Subscriber-only, Ad-free Daily App, by Lucinda Southern, Digiday

“This [app] is one of the first building blocks toward growing digital subscribers. Contributions have been a great success, but we also need to tap into the importance of digital subscriptions,” said Juliette Laborie, director of digital reader revenues at The Guardian. “There’s room for a news experience with a different cadence, a finite amount of content carefully curated by editors as a complement to the live app, but for subscribers.”

The Guardian’s challenge in building a paying-reader base is that it won’t make content only available to those who pay. That’s far different than subscription efforts in place at The New York Times and elsewhere. Instead, the new subscriber app presents a different packaging of content, although all the content is still available to those who do not pay.

Review: RapidX MyPort Is A Neat All-in-one Desk And Portable Wireless Charger, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

This makes it a fantastically convenient system. At home, charge normally in the stand. When you leave, either pick up just your phone on its own or – if you need more power to see you through the day – take the bank and phone together and slide them into your pocket or bag sleeve to keep the phone charged.


Apple Warns Developers Of Upcoming App Store Connect Outage, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

In a notice on Apple's Developer site, Apple warns of "upcoming scheduled maintenance" that will take place on October 20. The maintenance period will start from 6am Pacific Time, 9am Eastern, and depending on how work progresses, could last for up to eight hours.


So Sorry, But Apple's Send Button Is Slightly Wonky, by Ruth Hamilton, Creative Bloq

Some design flaws are obvious. They smack you in the face immediately; everyone tears down the designer, and the project either gets redesigned or fades into oblivion. Other mistakes are just small enough for most people not to even notice, but once pointed out they can't be unseen. It's like have a tiny pebble in your shoe you can never get rid of.

What's the point of this long-winded introduction? Someone has spotted that the Send button in Apple's Messages iPhone app is very slightly wonky.

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Thankfully, I haven't lost any of my AirPods yet. Yes, I've dropped one of the pods once. But, fortunately, it didn't land inside any nooks nor crannies.

I did have a weird dream once, though. In that dream, both of the AirPods suddenly 'pop' out of my ears, dropped onto the floor, and shattered into a million pieces. I have no idea what that dream meant or predicted.


Thanks for reading.