The Temper-Your-Expectations Edition Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Six Reasons Why iOS 13 And Catalina Are So Buggy, by David Shayer, TidBITS

iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina have been unusually buggy releases for Apple. The betas started out buggy at WWDC in June, which is not unexpected, but even after Apple removed some features from the final releases in September, more problems have forced the company to publish quick updates. Why? Based on my 18 years of experience working as an Apple software engineer, I have a few ideas.

macOS Catalina Gets A New Update, But Its Changelist Is The Same As Last Week's, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple has released a new version of its macOS Catalina Supplemental Update. The first iteration of the update was made available to Macs running Catalina on October 15.

Catalina’s Sidecar Turns An iPad Into A Second Mac Monitor, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

Apple has aspired to make Sidecar dead simple to use, which adds to its appeal. It largely succeeds in its goal of transforming an iPad into a Mac screen.

But, as I discovered, the technology is still glitchy and unreliable. Feel free to give it a try, but temper your expectations for now.

Creative iPad

Adobe Plans To Launch Illustrator App For iPad After Photoshop, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The San Jose, California-based company will preview Illustrator for iPad at its Max conference in November before launching it in 2020, according to the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the decision. Illustrator, which designers rely on for digital drawing and creating graphics, would follow in the footsteps of Photoshop, which is scheduled to be available on the iPad later this year. Illustrator is one of Adobe’s most popular apps in its Creative Cloud software suite and would mirror many of the features from the desktop version when running on the iPad.


Microsoft Whiteboard App Updates On iOS And Windows 10 With New Templates Feature, by Brad Stephenson, On MSFT

Templates, as the feature’s name suggests, provides the user with a variety of pre-made templates when beginning a digital whiteboard within Microsoft Whiteboard. Some of the templates currently available in the public preview are Brainstorming, Effective meeting, KANBAN sprint planning, SWOT analysis, Problem solving, Project planning, Retrospective, Project milestones, and KWL (Know, Wonder, Learn) for education.

Best Document Scanning Apps Of 2019: Digitally Archive Files With Mobile Devices, by Nicholas Fearn, TechRadar

Scanning your paperwork into PDF files for digital or online document storage can be a great way to move toward a paperless office.

iPad Sketch App Paper Adds Brilliant Creative Templates, by Graham Bower, Cult of Mac

The Paper Store is a new feature in Paper version 4.5. The idea is simple. You buy journals created by WeTransfer’s design team, together with a selection of freelance artists, illustrators and designers. These journals come prefilled with content that you can interact with using your Apple Pencil.

Apps We Love:, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup is a special kind of music service designed for the brain to enhance focus and relaxation within only 10 to 15 minutes of use. It does this by having real musicians “engineer” music to help you do what you need to do. They use a patented A.I. engine to create music specifically designed to help you do things like focus, relax, or fall sleep.

Things That Go Bump Is A Perfect Family-Friendly Apple Arcade Game, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Instead of educating children about the world around them, Things That Go Bump is all about having fun.

When the lights are out, everyday objects in your home comes alive.


Why Computer Programmers Struggle To Code For The Future, by Greg Lavallee, Slate

You might know that there’s a pothole in the road up ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have time to stop and fill it in. You’re just going to have to drive over it, and hope for the best.


Here's Why Apple Doesn't Allow Third-Party Apps On HomePod, by Jesse Hollington, iDropNews

Each new category of app that can access information via Siri comes with its own unique security and privacy concerns, so Apple’s choice to phase them in slowly with each new major iOS release is probably a wise one.

Bottom of the Page

Microsoft is on the iPad. Adobe is on the iPad. How about you, Apple? Where are all your Pro apps? The longer we all wait, the bigger the expectations for Xcode on iOS.


Thanks for reading.