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Next Apple Watch Will Be Mostly Internal Upgrades ➝

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

The KGI Securities analyst dished details on the next-generation Apple Watch in a research note issued on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. Kuo claims that the 2016 Apple Watch will feature “spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design.”

Those expecting a new look for the Apple Watch, such as a thinner profile, will have to wait until the company’s anticipated 2017 upgrade, he said. This year’s model is expected to be much like the iPhone tick-tock upgrade schedule, with an “s” update focusing on the internal components rather than the external design.

This shouldn’t come as much a surprise, this is how Apple develops all of their products.

The Infinite Queue ➝

Justin Blanton:

For better or worse, queues are how I’ve come to view nearly every aspect of my life, and I know I’m not alone. Apart from some work-related responsibilities, nearly every other dimension of my life flows into “one” sinuous, malleable, and ever-growing list of things to digest and process. This includes queues for Netflix, DVR, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Pocket, Kindle books, personal/work email, skeletons of blog posts, etc. etc. etc. It quite literally never ends.

Everything in my life has an inbox. And if something doesn’t, I do everything I can to route it in such a way that it ends up in my RSS reader, Twitter timeline, or email inbox. This is just about the only way I can ensure that everything I need to do gets done.

Ben Brooks: My iPad Pro is My Preferred Computer ➝

Ben Brooks has found that he uses his iPad Pro more on a daily basis than any other computer he’s owned in the last several years. I’ve had the exact same experience with my iPad Air 2. When I’m at home, I reach for it nine times out of ten. Whether it’s to check Twitter, write for the site, read the news, or lookup a random fact, it’s all done on the iPad.

MacStories Reviews Activity++ ➝

Jake Underwood, writing for MacStories, on David Smith’s newly announced Activity++:

Activity++ is very similar to Apple’s own Activity app. And for those unfamiliar with Smith’s “++” branding, the app could be confused as a tool which adds more functionality to the stock Activity app. I’ll strike that down right now – while Activity++ does offer improvements to both the iPhone and Apple Watch Activity apps, these improvements aren’t related to new functionality.

Activity++ will make its way onto your devices because of its convenience. On either platform, the app presents activity data in digestible sets of information that are accessible and void of any clutter. Don’t think, however, that the data is simple; rather, consider that Activity++ has a form of presentation superior to Apple’s own Activity app.

I installed the app yesterday morning and have been very happy with it so far. I find the “streaks” visualization to be much more enjoyable than the way Apple’s Activity app displays similar data.

The Trouble With 3D Touch ➝

Jason Snell, writing for Macworld:

Unfortunately, after six months of using an iPhone 6s, I’m afraid that I’ve completely stopped using 3D Touch, to the point where I forget it’s there. My opinion about how brilliantly implemented this feature is hasn’t changed a bit, but I feel like Apple needs to rethink the meaning of the 3D Touch in iOS 10 for it to be a more useful feature.[…]

Although Apple’s proud of the peek/pop interface that it unveiled with the iPhone 6s, I’m skeptical of its utility. Most of the time, when I accidentally initiate a “peek” of the content behind whatever I’m pressing on, it’s content I was already trying to see by tapping. Loading a “peek” doesn’t really take any more time than actually tapping on an item and loading the result, and returning back to the previous screen seems a lot less work than holding your finger on the glass while you peruse a “peek” to see if it’s worth opening the rest of the way.

I was always afraid that 3D Touch was more of a gimmick than a useful-in-real-life feature. I’ve tried to integrate it into the way I use my iPhone, but it just never took. As Snell points out in his piece, 3D Touch is often slower to use than simply tapping an item and tapping a back button. Unfortunately, it’s the type of feature that demos exceptionally well, but doesn’t actually improve my experience while using the device.

TimePorter for Apple Watch ➝

A neat looking new product from TwelveSouth that is incredibly similar to the idea I’ve had floating around in my head recently. The TimePorter acts as a charging station and a travel case for your Apple Watch with room for a USB adapter, charging cable, and an extra band. I’ve been on the look out for a nice Watch dock and this is the nicest one I’ve found by far, but it’s not quite what I’m searching for.

My idea for a Watch dock is a simple, rectangular wooden box with a hinged lid. Inside would be three or four trenches, lined with felt or another soft fabric, wide enough to fit extra bands. The lid would feature a hole designed to seat the Watch’s charging disc and the entire top would be covered in the same material as the inside.

The charging cable would be routed out the back of the box, in-between the two hinges, ensuring the cable is out of the way when accessing your bands. To charge your Watch at the end of the day, just drape it over the top.

I don’t need to view notifications or the time on my Watch when I’m not wearing it, so there’s no need for a gimmicked hinge that’s capable of displaying my Watch at an angle. And I don’t need something built for travel, I have plenty of Tom Bihn bags for that job. I just want an attractive charging station, built out of high-quality materials, that keeps my Watch and bands in one place — something that’s designed to sit on my dresser, not in my suitcase.

How Apple Can Improve the Apple Watch Without New Hardware ➝

Tim Schmitz:

I wrote recently that I’ve been somewhat disappointed in the first generation Apple Watch. A lot of that has to do with the limitations of the hardware, but a sizable part is related to the software as well. Apple can only release new hardware so often, but they can update the OS much more frequently. Here are a few areas where I think there’s room for significant improvement without new hardware.

I agree with all of his recommendations. But I do think Apple will need to improve the Watch’s hardware to make this device a must-have. The problem is that it’s just too slow. Aside from glances and complications, everything is much easier (and quicker) to find or do on my iPhone than it is on the Watch.

On the iMac’s Place in the World ➝

Stephen Hackett pens a short piece on one of my favorite Apple products of all time — iMac.

A Simple Web Developer’s Guide to Color ➝

Laura Elizabeth, writing for Smashing Magazine on color theory:

But the theory has always eluded me, and, truthfully, I’ve never found it useful when trying to use color in my projects. Somewhat ironically, I’ve been finding that the better I get at choosing and using color, the better I become in the theory behind it.

Of course, that doesn’t really help when you’re just starting out, does it? That’s why, in this article, you won’t see a single color wheel. Instead I’m going to show you a simple color workflow that you can use in your next web project.

Great tips on finding complimentary colors for web design. I’ll almost certainly use this process when I decide to make design changes to the site in the future.

Permute for Mac ➝

I happened upon some MKV files a few days ago that I wanted to watch on my Apple TV. Normally I would convert these files with Handbrake, but I decided to run them through Permute instead. Dan Moren recently recommended the app on Six Colors and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It has a myriad of presets and a simple drag and drop interface — much easier to use than any of the other video conversion apps out there.

Software as a Perception ➝

Eddie Smith, on TextExpander’s move to subscription pricing:

Even though anyone can plainly understand that software isn’t a durable good or a product in the physical sense, that’s how it was priced in its first era in consumer markets. Like cereal, we used to buy software in boxes off the shelves of physical stores. Such silliness was never going to last, nor will the silliness of paying once to download a .dmg file.

It’s become painfully obvious that “buy once, use forever” software sales are outdated. But I truly hope something better than subscription pricing comes along. I don’t have the foggiest idea what that could be, but there must be a way for developers to earn a living that’s a little more customer friendly.

What’s in Your Pocket? ➝

Dave Caolo shares what he has carried in his pockets throughout the years. He’s been able to pare it down as time goes on, but I’ve long been a proponent of carrying as little as possible. As far back as I can remember, I’ve carried the following with me, everyday:

  • Smartphone in front left pocket — currently an iPhone 6s.
  • Wallet in back right pocket — currently The Mojave Picker’s Wallet by Whipping Post.
  • My car and house keys in front right pocket.
  • A pen in my front right pocket — currently a Zebra F-301 with blue ink.

Aside from the specific brand or model of the items I carry, I don’t expect much of this to change any time soon.

Instapaper Announces Instaparser API ➝

Instapaper, on their official weblog:

Since the launch of our new parser in January, we’ve gotten lots of inquiries from developers about using our parser for third-party applications. With the new Instaparser API, app developers can use our parsing tools to provide users with a lightning-fast browsing experience optimized for mobile devices. Data scientists can use the tools to normalize input for text analysis. And hackers can do, well, whatever hackers might like to do with lightning-fast access to clean, standardized web page data.

I can’t wait to see what developers are able to build with this.

Nest to Shut Down Revolv Home Automation Hubs ➝

Rob Price, writing for Business Insider:

Just over a month ago, Revolv updated its website to announce that it is closing down completely, pulling the plug on its existing products in May. “We’re pouring all our energy into Works with Nest and are incredibly excited about what we’re making,” wrote Revolv founders Tim Enwall and Mike Soucie. “Unfortunately, that means we can’t allocate resources to Revolv anymore and we have to shut down the service.”

Shutting down Revolv does not mean that Nest is ceasing to support its products, leaving them vulnerable to bugs and other unpatched issues. It means that the $300 devices and accompanying apps will stop working completely.

This is a great example of why I’m avoiding this whole smart home trend. I don’t want a botched software update, an internet outage, or the manufacturer’s future decisions to effect the use of my home appliances.

‘It’s Not About the Tools’ ➝

Reminds me of a great quote by Merlin Mann: “buying a new pen isn’t going to make you a better writer.”

John Gruber on the iPhone SE ➝

John Gruber:

If you’ve already upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6S and have made peace with the trade-offs of a larger, heavier, less-grippy-because-of-the-round-edges form factor, the appeal is less clear. Me, I talk the talk about preferring the smaller form factor, but ultimately I’m a sucker for top-of-the-line CPU/GPU performance and camera quality. For the next six months or so, the iPhone SE stands on the top tier. After that, it won’t — I think — and it’ll be back to the 4.7-inch display form factor for me. So why bother switching back for just a few months? I keep asking myself.

And then I pick up the iPhone SE, and hold it in my hand.

Apple Classroom First Impressions ➝

Fraser Speirs shares his impressions of Apple’s newly released Classroom app for iPad. If you work in education, especially as a teacher, I encourage you to read it all the way through. There’s a good chance you’ll be using this at some point in the future.

John Moltz Reviews the iPhone SE ➝

John Moltz:

Literally every drawback in feature set is mitigated by being one I don’t care about. The front-facing camera isn’t as good. Don’t care. There’s one fewer row of icons on the home screen. But all that meant for me was moving some apps I don’t use that much anyway to the second page. (To paraphrase Bill Gates, 24 apps should be enough for anyone.) It doesn’t have 3D Touch, which I kind of like. But neither does my iPad and switching back and forth was annoying. I’ll rather both have it or both not. The Touch ID sensor is the slower, first generation one. Yeah, that just means it’s fast instead of insanely fast. The screen size is smaller. That’s what I wanted.

For all the hemming and hawing I did when Apple first introduced the 4.7-inch form factor, I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that the larger size is better for me.

I still love the iPhone 5s — because of its angular edges, the flush camera lense, the ability to reach all four corners of the display without straining my thumb, and more— but I use my iPhone for writing too often.

That’s not to say that you can’t write on a 4-inch display. In fact, my fiancée wrote a great deal of her master’s thesis on her iPhone 5s. But I find my iPhone 6s’ 4.7-inch display to be much more comfortable for writing than the iPhone 5s ever was.

I’m glad that Apple released the iPhone SE and hope they continue releasing 4-inch device’s indefinitely. At this point, I don’t think I’d ever go back to the smaller form factor, but I’m glad that it’s available for those who prefer it.

Workflow, Powerful Automation Made Simple ➝

A few days ago, I finally had the opportunity to dive into Workflow. It’s an application that I’ve had installed on my iPhone for months, but just haven’t had the opportunity to give it a shot. I’ve been aware of it for much longer, though. And if you follows he writing of Federico Viticci on MacStories, like I do, you’re also aware of how powerful the application is.

Workflow is reminiscent of Quicksilver to me. When I bought my first Mac in 2006, Quicksilver was the one power user, productivity app that I just had to have. Anyone who read 43 Folders or listened to MacBreak Weekly during that time probably felt the same way — Merlin Mann was a huge advocate for Quicksilver.

While Workflow is more akin to Automator than Quicksilver, I feel it does a lot of the same things for power users on iOS as Quicksilver did for Mac users. When I sit down at another person’s Mac, I will inevitably hit control+space and am thoroughly confused when an app launcher doesn’t appear — I don’t know how to function on a stock OS X install anymore.

I’ve only built a couple of workflows with the Workflow — I plan on sharing them once I do some more testing — but I can already tell that, just like with Quicksilver on the Mac, I’ll soon find it difficult to use an iOS device without Workflow installed.

And just as Quicksilver will be forever associated with Merlin Mann in my brain, Federico Viticci will be to Workflow. He’s written extensively about the application since its introduction in 2014 and has shared countless tips for getting the most out of the app. I plan on reading all of the articles from MacStories’ Workflow tag as I continue to familiarize myself with all of its features. And I encourage you to do the same. Especially if you still feel like iOS is a lesser operating system that isn’t capable of “real work.”

40 Years of Apple ➝

Stephen Hackett, on Apple’s fortieth birthday:

I first met the Mac in high school. A single machine — a kinda crappy PowerMac G3 All-in-One — set the course for so many things in my life. I wrote articles and designed newspaper pages on that computer, making the hardware and software to bend to my will.

I learned that I could take an idea and brute force it into the world.

And for that, Apple, thank you, from all of us.

Google Reverses ‘Mic Drop’ April Fools’ Day Prank ➝

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch, about Google’s “hilarious” Gmail prank which inserted an animated GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone into emails:

Sounds fun in theory, sure, but when your email service has more than one billion active users, many of whom rely on it for business and professional communication, then things can get a little dicey. (Importantly, the feature does not appear to be enabled for Google Apps customers who pay to use Google’s business suite, which includes corporate email, but others who use the regular service did have it.)

Then, the button placement was problematic. Google substituted “send and archive” — which many people use habitually and click on without a second thought — for ‘MicDrop,’ making it a recipe for disaster for many.

I hope Google has finally learned their lesson and ends this insanity once and for all.

No Further Updates Planned for Disney Infinity on Apple TV ➝

Carter Dotson, reporting for TouchArcade:

This is some disheartening news for Apple TV gaming. Disney said recently in a customer support reply that “there are currently no plans for futher updates to the Apple TV version” of Disney Infinity 3.0. […] So, unless something changes, if you bought Play Sets for the Apple TV version of the game, there’s no guarantee that any of them will work in the future, and some figures might not even work at all.

Perhaps they jumped in a little too soon with an ambitious game like this.

Introducing Safari Technology Preview ➝

Ricky Mondello, from Apple’s Safari team:

Starting today, there’s a new, convenient way to see what features and improvements are coming to Safari and other applications that use WebKit. Safari Technology Preview is a version of Safari for OS X, distributed by Apple, that includes a cutting-edge, in-development version of the WebKit browser engine. It’s a great way to test upcoming WebKit features and give feedback to the people building them when it’s most useful — early in development.

Installing this doesn’t affect your existing copy of Safari and they can be run side by side to compare behaviors between them. I’ll be installing this on my MacBook later tonight. Though, given how infrequently I use the machine, I don’t expect I’ll launch it very often.

To SoundCloud, Love Dave ➝

Dave Wiskus, in an open letter to SoundCloud regarding their new subscription service:

Your Go service is $9.99 for unlimited songs. Users can download songs for offline listening. Anyone can access the same collection of songs for free but with advertisements included. So far so good. But then I get to the “Creators” section of your announcement to see what this means for my band, and I see nothing at all about our cut of the take.

As things currently stand, it doesn’t look like SoundCloud intends to pay most smaller, independent artists with its subscription revenue. This doesn’t sound good. SoundCloud should move quick to rectify this, otherwise they risk alienating the artists that helped make them what they are today.

Jim Dalrymple Reviews the 9.7-inch iPad Pro ➝

Jim Dalrymple, on the device’s display:

I’ll admit, I listened to Apple talk about True Tone with some skepticism. Having the power and clarity of a Retina Display and be able to see it outdoors seemed a bit much to expect.

After I unpacked my iPad and set it up, I took it outside, put in direct sunlight and sat down. To my utter amazement, I could see the screen perfectly. True Tone is like magic.

Jim actually spends most of his review discussing the display, which I enjoyed. It seems that the iPad Pro’s internet hardware and performance is the most talked about features, but I’m excited about eventually using an iPad with this display.

Over 70% of Application Purchases Goes to Games ➝

Speaking of sad, Buster Hein, writing for Cult of Mac:

Americans who own an iPhone spent an average of $35 on apps and in-app purchases last year, only instead of forking over cash for productivity or education apps, the majority of that money goes to gaming.

I wish more users would spend a few dollars on a well-designed indie app every now and then.

SoundCloud Launches Subscription Music Service ➝

Ingrid Lunden, writing for TechCrunch:

SoundCloud Go, a new subscription tier launching first in the U.S., will give users access to some 125 million tracks including premium licensed content on demand, starting first in the U.S. at $9.99 per month (or $12.99 on the iOS app after Apple’s transaction fee). On top of the existing SoundCloud UGC trove, users get tens of millions of on-demand premium tracks, along with offline listening, and no ads.

That increased price for in-app purchase subscribers is a little disappointing, but I think the service will do well.

Free up Space on Your iOS Device by Trying to Download a Movie ➝

Keir Thomas:

Put simply, renting a title larger than the remaining capacity on your device forces iOS to use a hitherto undisclosed clean-up routine, thereby freeing-up space. Even if the download is way too big, it’ll still try to free-up space.

I wish iOS was more clear about what was being deleted during this process. I assume it’s just unnecessary cache files, but I haven’t been able to find a source that explains exactly what the process is doing.

I will add, though, that this trick works when trying to download a previously purchased movie, too. As long as the file is larger than the device’s available free space, it will run the cleanup process. I tried it out on my fiancée’s 16GB iPhone 5s and was able to free up about 600MB of storage.

(Via The Loop.)

Netflix’s US Catalog Has Shrunk by More Than 2,500 Titles in Less Than 2.5 Years ➝

A few years ago, I could get by using only Netflix for streaming video. Today, I also subscribe to Hulu, the WWE Network, and spend a lot more time on YouTube than I ever have before. Netflix just isn’t enough anymore. The service’s catalog has shrunk significantly and I can feel it when I’m browsing for something to watch.

Two iPads Pro ➝

Ben Brooks:

None of this is to call the 9.7″ iPad Pro a bad machine — on the contrary it is a great machine for many people. My argument against the 9.7″ model is predicated on the it being your only computer and the fact is: people who only use iPads for their computing are rare, to say the least. Which means the 9.7″ iPad Pro is perfect for everyone who doesn’t want the iPad Pro to be their main computer — in that sense it is the perfect second computer. […]

This is very much like the original 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs, where the 11″ model just couldn’t ever get to the specs of the 13″, but it was a very compelling device for people looking at a tiny second computer. So too is the 9.7″ iPad Pro and I bet it does quite well.

While I agree that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro might be a better primary computer than other models for some users, I know that the 9.7-inch form factor is perfectly suitable for me. I know this because I’ve spent the past year using the iPad Air 2 as my main machine.

There are Macs that I own and use on occasion — a MacBook Air for the rare times when I’m working with a lot of photos or making heavy use of Transmit and a Mac Mini which houses our photo and media libraries. But I’ll often go days or even weeks without even logging in on those machines. I would definitely categorize them as secondary and tertiary computers.

I do find it funny that he compares the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to the 11-inch MacBook Air, though — I’m the guy that used an 11-inch MacBook Air as my primary computer for nearly four years. Granted, it wasn’t the original model and I’m aware that this isn’t the norm. Everyone else I know of that owns or owned that machine bought it as a secondary computer that they could pair with a more powerful iMac or Mac Pro.

I guess I value portability much higher than others do — which is why I lean towards more compact devices. I might be better off with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but I hate the idea of carrying around a larger device. For me, the 9.7-inch iPad strikes the perfect balance between power and portability — I can get all of my work done without a hitch and the device’s size would never be considered unwieldy, regardless of the setting.

(Via Mayur Dhaka.)

Google’s Nik Collection is Now Free ➝

From their announcement on Google+:

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The seven plugins — Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine — are now free to download from the Nik Collection website. They work with Adobe Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, and Apple Aperture.

The 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Can Use Microsoft Office for Free ➝

Mark Hachman, writing for Macworld:

What Microsoft settled on to divide mobile and desktop users was screen size: specifically 10.1 inches. Anything smaller than that and users can pretty much do anything they want with the appropriate iOS, Windows, or Android app, including creating, editing, or sharing documents. But if you’re using the Office apps on a device whose primary screen is larger than 10.1 inches, Microsoft won’t let you create a new document, just edit and view an Office document created elsewhere.

That leaves the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as the only Apple tablet that doesn’t get to use this loophole.

Rogue Amoeba Releases Airfoil 5.0 ➝

Paul Kafasis, writing on Rogue Amoeba’s weblog:

Perhaps the biggest change in Airfoil is that it now supports sending audio to Bluetooth devices. Airfoil has always been able to send audio to AirPlay outputs, like the Apple TV and AirPort Express. Now, it also works with the thousands of different Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and headsets available. With Airfoil 5, you can stream a single application’s audio to a Bluetooth device (or multiple Bluetooth devices!), and keep the rest of your audio on your Mac.

I was always a huge fan of Airfoil. But after purchasing a Jawbone Jambox, I didn’t have much use for it. This update might get me back on board.

The iPhone SE and Great Design ➝

Daniel Jalkut:

What’s great about the iPhone SE isn’t just its smaller size. It’s great because it also lacks many of the design shortcomings, petty as they may be, that its grander siblings possess. The so-called “camera bump” that breaks the perfectly smooth surface of the iPhone 6? Not there on the SE. The reviled movement of the lock button to the side of the phone, where it’s easier to press accidentally? Not an issue. Even the fact that the SE allegedly has a slower touch ID processor will not be viewed as a flaw by people who are tired of accidentally unlocking their phones when they wake them to view their lock screens.

The iPhone SE is an incredible device. From an internal hardware and design standpoint, I should want it. But I’ve grown accustomed to the iPhone 6s’ 4.7-inch form factor. I pick up my fiancée’s iPhone 5s occasionally and it just feels tiny. Typing on it is downright painful and web pages feel cramped. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back.

Sony is Bringing PlayStation Games to Android and iOS ➝

Maybe they’ll release a MFi certified version of the PlayStation 3 or 4 controller. And what if they release these as universal apps that can be played on the Apple TV?

I mean, probably not, but that would certainly be pretty cool.

Apple’s First Foray Into Original TV Is a Series About Apps ➝

Emily Steel, reporting for the New York Times:

Apple announced on Thursday that it was working with the entertainer Will.i.am and two veteran TV executives, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, on a new show that will spotlight the app economy.

“One of the things with the app store that was always great about it was the great ideas that people had to build things and create things,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview.

Details about the production are scant, and it was unclear how directly the show would promote or refer to Apple’s own app store. Executives declined to discuss specifics, such as financing, title, timeline, storylines, episode length or how people will watch the show.

Apple Pay Coming to Websites ➝

Jason Del Rey, writing for Re/code:

Sources say that Apple is telling potential partners that the Apple Pay expansion to mobile websites will be ready before this year’s holiday shopping season. An announcement could come at WWDC, Apple’s conference for software developers, which typically takes place in June, though sources cautioned that the timing of an announcement could change.

I hope my bank adds support for Apple Pay soon.

Apple Releases tvOS 9.2 ➝

Graham Spencer does a great job detailing the changes and additions to tvOS in version 9.2. The most impressive new feature is the ability to dictate search terms, usernames, and passwords. I’ve only had 9.2 installed on my Apple TV since the public release on Monday, but I’m already using dictation as if it had always been there.

If you’re worried about the privacy implications of dictating passwords, Graham addresses the issue:

[…]it should be noted that spelling dictation (used for things such as email, username, passwords, phone numbers, etc) is processed locally on the Apple TV and the voice input is never sent to Apple.

One point of frustration that I discovered after updating to 9.2 is that you can no longer scrub through the current video at any time by swiping on the touch surface. To scrub through a video, you now have to pause it first. This was obviously meant to reduce the amount of inadvertent input which disrupts video playback, but I’m going to have to rebuild my muscle memory around the new method.

iOS 9.3 is Now Available ➝

Night Shift, password protected notes, updates to News, app suggestions in Health, and more. It’s a great update.

ResearchKit and CareKit ➝

Apple:

Doctors around the world are using iPhone to transform the way we think about health. Apps created with ResearchKit are already producing medical insights and discoveries at a pace and scale never seen before. That success has inspired us to widen the scope from medical research to personal care with the introduction of CareKit — a framework for developers to build apps that let you manage your own well-being on a daily basis.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that these types of announcements are far more important than the mass market products. Phones and tablets are short-lived, but the discoveries that come from initiatives like ResearchKit and CareKit have major impacts on people’s lives. I couldn’t be happier about Apple working on this.