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Apple to Live Stream October 16 Event

Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch this one live. But, the  stream can be viewed on Apple’s site at the aforelinked page. It will also be available to on the Apple TV through Apple’s live events app.

Jony Ive on Lessons He Learned From Steve Jobs

Talking on stage with Graydon Carter at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. The one at the end about caring how others perceive you I found to be very thought provoking.

Twitter Sues Justice Department

I’m very happy to see that Twitter is fighting the federal government for their right to publish warrant canaries. I wish they weren’t the only company doing so. But, I’m glad that someone is fighting for their freedom of speech.

Apple Removing Bose Audio Products From Retail Stores

Kelly Hodgkins writing for MacRumors:

Apple is preparing to remove all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail environment, according to a reliable source who spoke to MacRumors. The inventory change will begin early next week, with instructions for removal being sent to employees in the coming days.

The reasons behind this removal were not disclosed, but it is very likely tied to to Apple’s recent acquisition of Beats Electronics.

It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

John Gruber on the slow adoption of iOS 8:

But it’s very clear that I was wrong about what the primary factor is. The simple answer was staring me right in the face. It’s all about the over-the-air update requiring 5 GB of free storage space, and many people not having that much free space, and not knowing how or simply not wanting to deal with it.

My girlfriend owns a 16GB iPhone 5s and I don’t think she would have ever updated to iOS 8 if I hadn’t done it for her. It’s not because she doesn’t know how to manage her storage, it’s just too much of a hassle to make room for some software enhancements that probably wouldn’t be missed if she never used them.

Apple needs to find a way to shrink the size of major iOS upgrades even further or they need to stop selling iPhones with such puny storage capacities. If they don’t, then Apple’s days of bragging about iOS adoption rates will soon be over.

‘It’s been way too long.’

Apple has invited the press to an event on October 16 that will be held at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA.

It’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing new iPads, Yosemite, and possibly even the rumored Retina iMac. I find the tagline for the event and the rainbow Apple logo to be intriguing. As someone who’s “only” been following Apple for the past eight years, I associate Apple’s use of rainbows with iPods. And, it’s certainly been quite a while since we’ve seen an overhaul of the iPod lineup.

The New Tools & Toys

Shawn Blanc:

With this new design, we are aiming to become more than just a cool stuff site. Our new, longer-form articles will center around the values of mindfulness, intentionality, knowing your tools (and your toys), and appreciation for quality.

I’ve been reading Tools & Toys since its inception in 2011 and I’m excited to see all the changes taking place. I can’t wait to read all of the long-form reviews, gear guides, and interviews that they’ll be publishing in the future.

Apple’s Sapphire Crystal Supplier Files for Bankruptcy

Who would have expected that one of Apple’s suppliers would be filing for bankruptcy?

Hewlett-Packard Announces Plans to Split into Two Companies

Quentin Hardy writing for The New York Times:

The company, considered a foundational institution of Silicon Valley, said in a news release that it intended to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers.

Both companies will be publicly traded. The business-oriented company will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while the PC company will be called HP Inc. and will retain the company’s current logo.

Microsoft’s Culture of Baggage

Michael Mulvey:

In the same way that there’s an underlying culture keeping Apple on track well after Steve Jobs has died, so too does Microsoft have an underlying culture holding them back from making great software that doesn’t have a ton of baggage.

I stopped using Windows when I purchased my first mac in 2006. Since then Microsoft hasn’t released anything that could convince me to switch back, and that’s a serious problem.

Windows 10 could be the beginning of a new Microsoft that has a better understanding of what its users actually want in their software. But, I have to see a lot more than a mediocre update to their OS and a new CEO. If Microsoft is ever going to make truly great software again, it’ll take major cultural changes in everyone from the CEO all the way down to the rank and file.

LG is Working on a webOS Smartwatch

I’ve never used webOS for more than a few minutes at a time — typically when I’d stop at a Verizon kiosk in my local mall. I always hoped it would find some success somewhere, but I’m not sure it’s best suited for a smartwach. Especially considering that Apple is poised to crush the market sometime early next year.

And, this is coming from someone who would love to be proven wrong about it.

‘Little Things That Improve the Way I Work on a Mac’

Wise words from Shawn Blanc on working smarter:

When we notice that there’s something we do repeatedly, step back for a moment to see if there’s a way to automate that task. And if there is something we do that annoys us, step back for a moment and question if that task is truly necessary — or if it can be delegated to someone or something.

This is something I should always have in the back of my mind while working. I don’t automate or delegate very often and I’m sure there’s a lot I could do to get things done more efficiently.

Ariel Adams on the Apple Watch

A great piece on the Apple Watch by Ariel Adams. I found this bit interesting regarding how the Watch is actually managed:

Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings. A user’s iPhone is also used to help with computational demands. Apple cleverly pushes a lot of processor needs to the phone in order to preserve Apple Watch battery life.

I’m curious to see how long the Apple Watch will require an iPhone. And when that day eventually comes, how will we manage our Apple Watch? Will there be an application for OS X or Windows that will allow us to change settings and install apps without needing an iPhone? Or, could Apple build a web interface that would allow you to change settings and install apps on the Watch using any device with a web browser?

We Need to Talk About iOS 8

Fraser Speirs regarding Apple’s rollout of iOS 8:

We have seen problems with apps not being updated in a timely manner. We have seen issues with crashing, devices rebooting, rotation glitches, keyboards playing up, touch screens not responding. Indeed I’m typing this while babysitting the full restore of an iPad that one pupil “broke” – through no fault of their own – while updating to iOS 8.

This isn’t Apple’s best iOS release. And, I’m hoping that at some point in the next few years they release a Snow Leopard-like version of iOS — adding nearly zero new features and instead focusing on refinements to existing ones.

Apple to Hold iPad Event on October 16

John Paczkowski has a great track record with rumors like these.

I’m pretty excited about the iPad event this year. I’m still using the original iPad from 2010 and it’s in dire need of an upgrade. This is probably the year I’ll get a new one.

Netflix Signs Exclusive Deal for Four Adam Sandler Movies

He hasn’t exactly been making the best movies lately, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this deal. And, at the very least I’m excited to see Netflix continue to invest in what many would consider to be top shelf content.

Apple May Bring Back Camera Roll

This is what I wrote two days ago:

I would love to see Apple reinstate the camera roll in a future version of iOS, but it isn’t going to happen.

Although iOS 8.1 is still in beta, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I really hope that the camera roll will be here to stay once Apple releases 8.1 to the public.

(Via Engadget.)

A Rare Look at Jony Ive

An article about Apple’s lead designer in Vogue in which the writer was given early access to the Apple Watch. They seem pretty serious about the Watch as a fashion accessory, don’t they.

Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 10

I don’t see a lot that interests me. Certainly nothing worth switching over. And, I can’t believe they went with the name “Windows 10.” As John Gruber points out, what once was an April Fool’s joke is now an actual news story.

Jason Snell on Disappearing Media

I worry about relying on streaming media services  for all of my music and video. Streaming services work fine for the most part, but occasionally shows or music disappear. This time it’s Battlestar Galactica and next time it could be something you, personally, are in the middle of watching.

The convenience of having all of this content readily available is incredible. But, sometimes I miss the days when I owned physical media with the content I wanted. It’s a lot more difficult for media companies to take away my ability to watch their content when I have a disc or tape of it.

Retina iMacs in Late Testing Within Apple

Mark Gurman, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer.

Mark Gurman has a great track record, so I suspect we’ll see these new iMacs released next month (or early next year if there’s any hiccups along the way).

iOS 8 Displays Battery Usage by App

I discovered this shortly after updating to iOS 8 and it’s really handy. Not necessarily to discover which apps are eating your battery life — that’s typically self explanatory — but it’s great for showing you which apps you use most often. If I ever decide to reorganize my iPhone home screen and dock I can use the battery usage screen to help me optimize the location of my app icons.

Inside the Building Where Apple Tortures the iPhone 6

Josh Lowensohn, writing for The Verge:

It’s here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your shiny gadget into a small pile of metal and glass.

This reminds me of when Apple invited the press to tour their antenna testing facilities in response to antennagate in 2010.

Only Nine Customers Have Complained About Bent iPhones

In case you needed any more evidence that these bent iPhone reports are overblown.

The End of the Line for the Second-generation Apple TV

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore:

The second and third-generation Apple TV runs a variant of iOS, and the new Apple TV 7.0 software is the first release based on iOS 8. iOS 8’s minimum system requirements exclude the original iPhone 4, which uses the same microprocessor as the second-gen Apple TV.

I’ve had my second-generation Apple TV in the living room since I bought it years ago. When I purchased an additional Apple TV it ended up in the bedroom so that I wouldn’t have to uproot the living room’s media setup and move it (because I’m lazy sometimes). That third-generation Apple TV remained in the bedroom until last night when I made the swap.

I knew that at some point I was going to have to swap the two Apple TVs because Apple would start leaving features out of updates for the second-generation model. And, that update came last week.

Apple’s statement on the UNIX Bash Vulnerability

Apple provided the following statement to Jim Dalrymple regarding the recently discovered Bash vulnerability:

With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.

I would assume that the percentage of OS X users that actually use advanced UNIX services is miniscule.

Advanced Tricycling by Merlin Mann

Great talk about learning and curiosity by one of my favorite guys from the internet. It’s really good, especially the bit at the end.

Amazon’s New Kindle Lineup

I remember receiving my first Kindle as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend in 2009, just a few weeks before the first iPad announcement. I used my Kindle pretty heavily until my iPad was delivered on April 30, 2010. Since then I’ve struggled to find a reason to use it.

The new Kindle lineup looks better than ever, but I don’t think they’re for me. I don’t spend too much time reading books. I’d rather read articles written for the web instead. And, the iPad is much better suited for that task.

If I had to choose a Kindle from the lineup to purchase, (in this crazy scenario) I’d buy the basic Kindle without special offers for $99. And, it would essentially serve as a dedicated Instapaper reader that causes a bit less eye strain than my other devices do.


This guy decides to intentionally bend his iPhone because others have found their iPhone to be bent after regular use. Protip: don’t bend your phone.

John Gruber brings up a worthwhile point about all this:

Should not we be amazed that his phone didn’t snap in half under this pressure? That the glass didn’t fracture? Under pressure like this, bending but not breaking seems like an extraordinary feature.

I imagine that applying enough force to any phone would cause damage — shattered screen, cracked casing, etc. — I guess if it’s going to do anything, bending and continuing to function until I can get a replacement is the best of the lot.

If you wear extremely tight-fitting pants you should consider taking the phone out of your pocket when you sit for prolonged periods of time. You could also purchase a more rigid case to help prevent this sort of problem. And, there’s always the option of just buy looser pants.

Bloomberg’s Full Interview with Tim Cook

Discussing the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and the changes Apple has gone through over the past few years.

Manual for iPhone

Great looking new camera app available in the App Store for $1.99. It also happens to have one of the best promotional videos I’ve ever seen for an iOS app.

Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their iPhones

This is a great example of why I skip the first release of a new hardware design. I’d rather have other people find the potential hardware defects before I use it on a daily basis.

How the iOS 8 Time-lapse Feature Works

Dan Provost on Apple’s time-lapse photography feature in iOS 8:

The result of this method is that anything you shoot will generally end up being between 20 and 40 seconds long, an ideal shareable length. Also worth mentioning, the resulting video is always 30 fps, the standard framerate for video. No surprises there.

It’s pretty clever how Apple built their time-lapse mode — working to keep the resulting video files short and shareable while also helping to keep these videos from filling up available storage space on your iPhone too quickly.

Apple’s ‘Warrant Canary’ Disappears

The wording in Apple’s privacy reports that Cory Doctorow identified as a “warrant canary” has not been included in Apple’s two most recent transparency reports. This suggests that Apple may have received an order under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Trade-ins of Samsung Phones Tripled

Tom Higgins, writing for Bloomberg:

When Apple’s main product, featuring bigger displays and faster chips, goes on sale starting in Australia, they may be best remembered as the generation of iPhones that won over consumers from rival smartphones.

He spoke with Chris Sullivan, CEO of Gazelle, who said that they were receiving a lot more Android devices as trades-ins this year than they did last year during the lead up to the iPhone 5s and 5c release.

Transmit Now Available for iOS

A great looking app with some great features. And, take a look at that gorgeous icon. I can’t wait to spend some time with it.

Your iPhone Can Ditch Google For DuckDuckGo

I’ve dipped my toe in the DuckDuckGo waters before. But, without the ability to make it my default search engine in iOS it never stuck for very long. iOS 8 adds DuckDuckGo to the list of search engine options in iOS. I’m switching the default search engine on all of my devices and plan on trying it out for a few weeks. I wouldn’t mind a little less Google in my life.

Move Content From Your Android Phone to iPhone

I think these larger iPhones are going to be very popular with Android users. And, it seems that Apple thinks they will be too. Don’t be surprised when you start seeing die-hard Android users waiting in line at the Apple Store.

Apple Pulls iOS 8 HealthKit Apps from the App Store

The Next Web received the following statement from Apple:

We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

HealthKit is a major new feature in iOS 8. I hope they get this fixed before everyone relegates the Health app to the “Default” folder on their last home screen.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Tim Cook on Apple’s Commitment to Privacy

There aren’t many companies that would publish this sort of letter to their users. It’s straightforward and easy to read — its written as if they hope every one of their customers reads it.

I especially like this bit:

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

A very simple line in the sand about user privacy. This is why I enjoy buying Apple products so much — I want companies that make commitments like this to be very successful.

Microsoft Announces ‘Windows 9’ Event

When was the last time that Microsoft announced a version of Windows that people were excited about? Longhorn in 2003-ish?

My Year with a Distraction-Free iPhone

Jake Knapp:

My iPhone made me twitchy. I could feel it in my pocket, calling me, like the Ring called Bilbo Baggins. It distracted me from my kids. It distracted me from my wife. It distracted me anytime, anywhere. I just didn’t have the willpower to ignore email and Twitter and Instagram and the whole world wide web. Infinity in my pocket was too much.

He decided to disable and uninstall many of the apps that we iPhone users consider to be essential to our daily lives. I could see myself trying this in 2007, but I know now that I wouldn’t be able to stick with it for as long as Jake has.

Consider Holding Off on iCloud Drive Upgrade in iOS 8

Caitlin McGarry, writing for Macworld:

If you’re upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, you must resist the urge to upgrade to iCloud Drive if you want to continue to sync your phone to your Mac. Why? Well, iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And you all know which OS we’re still waiting on[…] You can go back and upgrade at any time, but unless you want a file-syncing nightmare on your hands, you’ll wait for Yosemite’s official release.

If you make use of iCloud to sync applications or data between an iOS device and a mac, I would suggest skipping the upgrade to iCloud drive until you install Yosemite on your mac next month.

Part Two of Charlie Rose’s Interview with Tim Cook

Covering privacy, U2, human rights, and more.

Amazon Cuts Price on Fire Phone

I remember when another company cut the price on their phone just a few months after its release. People were pretty upset about it. I don’t hear the same outcry about the Fire Phone price cut, though. I think they should give $100 gift cards to anyone who purchased the Fire Phone at the higher price.

Anger Over Songs of Innocence

Marco Arment, on the recent U2 promotion on iTunes:

The right way for Apple to do a big U2 promotional deal like this would have been to simply make the album free on the iTunes Store for a while and promote the hell out of that.

If you’d like to remove the U2 album from your iTunes account, Apple has published a technical note detailing how to do so.

I’ve turned off the “Show All Music” setting on all of my devices (from within the Settings app, under Music), so I haven’t been annoyed by the existence of the U2 album. I can imagine being very irritated if music I didn’t want started showing up on my iPhone without asking me, though.

Apple screwed up on this, they shouldn’t have pushed music (or anything for that matter) onto people’s devices. Forcing your users to opt-out is always the wrong decision. Especially when many of your users don’t know how to hide music purchases or music stored exclusively in iCloud.

The Mystery of Apple Watch’s Battery Life

Tim Cook, when asked by Brian X. Chen why he skipped over the watch’s battery life:

I don’t think we skipped over it. I addressed it in the presentation myself. We think that based on our experience of wearing these that the usage of them will be really significant throughout the day. So we think you’ll want to charge them every night, similar to what a lot of people do with their phone.

Looks like battery life will be about a day. Not too surprising given that they didn’t mention battery life on stage and its right around what I’ve seen others guessing before Brian X. Chen’s piece was published. I understand that Apple is fighting against physics with this thing — you can’t put a bigger battery in a device that small. But, the Apple Watch has to be magnificently useful if they expect people to get in the habit of charging a second device every night.

The Magic Prefix Departed with Steve

Aaron Mahnke’s theory on the “i” prefix:

Well, I have a theory about that, and if I’m right, we will never see another iProduct again. I believe that every new product that was released during the time that Steve Jobs was at the helm of the company had a chance at gaining that famous prefix. Not all of them got it, but the big ones did. Those were the ones that needed a publicly recognizable name that pointed back to Apple without having to say so. They were the products that were sure to take off, gain traction in the public mind, and cross the lips of the average consumer. And they were all products that found their origin (at least to some degree) in the mind of the Wizard himself: Steve Jobs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we never see another product with an i-prefixed name from Apple again. As if the folks at Apple all believe that only Steve had the authority to bestow a product with an i-prefixed name.

Transmit Coming to iOS 8

Federico Viticci previews Panic’s Transmit for iPhone. The app looks tastefully designed and makes great use of iOS 8’s extensible share sheet and Touch ID. I’ve used Transmit for years and am excited that it’s finally making its way to the iPhone.

Part One of Charlie Rose’s Interview with Tim Cook

Apple Watch, the Beats acquisition, partnering with IBM, and more are discussed in this first of two parts of the interview. Tim had a difficult time when he was asked who Apple’s competitors are — Google was the only company he could came up with. And even when Charlie Rose suggested Samsung and Amazon, Tim didn’t seem nearly as interested in them as he was in Google. It’s very clear who Apple has in its crosshairs, everyone else is secondary.