Maureen Farrell has compiled a list companies that are publicly known to have been acquired by Apple this year.
The Initial Charge Linked List
Granted, we’re comparing a three-month-old OS to a one-month-old OS. But if I was developing mobile apps, I know which OS I’d be targeting.
Shawn Blanc on the iPad Air and mini keyboards:
I don’t do much typing, but when I do it’s usually via the landscape keyboard on the Air or else the portrait keyboard on the mini. Those are the two more comfortable options for each device. Long-form writing with the on-screen keyboard of the mini would stink. But, since I almost always use a bluetooth keyboard when doing long-form typing, it’s virtually a non-issue for me as to which device’s onscreen keyboard is better.
It’s a little odd that someone who writes for a living would start a sentence with “I don’t do much typing,” but I assume he means typing on the iPad. That aside, the keyboard issue is what has left me hesitant to switch to the iPad mini. I enjoy typing on my first-generation iPad — slow as it may be — and can’t imagine being able to comfortably do so on the smaller screened mini.
If I knew that I could easily write on the iPad mini it would be at the top of my Christmas list, but unfortunately I’m still unconvinced. This leaves me wanting the iPad Air because it’s much more suitable for my needs but it’s a little out of the price range that we set when building our Christmas budget this year.
I really enjoyed this bit from Shawn’s comparison of the two iPads:
So far, the iPad mini seems to be becoming my preferred iPad, but the iPad Air feels like my “real” iPad. Let me try to explain. For my needs, there’s nothing about the iPad mini that makes it less capable in any significant way — I can read and write just fine from the mini. However, the iPad mini has a “feeling” of being less capable simply because of its size.
The underlying theme of the article seems to be that writing on the iPad Air is much better than writing on the iPad mini. If that’s important to you than the iPad Air might be the better bet. However, Shawn explains the decision nicely with “Pick the one you think you want and you will acclimate to it just fine.”
Chris Morran writing for Consumerist:
You can’t even launch a flashlight app without your privacy being violated. Android.
So, for you marketing enthusiasts, here’s my JCP story. It’s loaded with the things we love about this business: drama, crushed dreams, out-of-control egos and unintentional comedy.
I truly believe Ron Johnson was on course to fix JCPenney. He was ousted too soon and the company has gone back to their old, destructive ways. Ken’s recounting of the timeline between 2011 and now is the most informative writing I’ve seen on the subject.
We designed iPad to be the best tool for all the things you do. But we never imagined where you’d end up taking it. Here are just a few stories.
The ridiculous sideshow continues.
I’ve never been a fan of tablets that use a stylus but Pencil is the type of stylus that I can get excited about. Especially after watching the promo video. If only it worked with the original iPad (which I’m still holding on to).
It’s hard to believe this is even real.
A nifty little card that acts as a proxy for all of your credit, debit, and rewards cards. Available at the discounted price of $50 for the next 20 days.
And, you know it’s going to be a good product when Adam does the promotional video.
The books look nice and putting them together seems simple enough. However, Shawn Blanc pointed out on Twitter that Apple’s photo book service is actually cheaper for books with 56 pages or less.
I noticed the new video services when I woke up this morning. I haven’t spent a lot of time with Yahoo Screen but PBS is fantastic (albeit a bit slow and gave me some errors while using it today). There’s a ton of great content from PBS and now it’s super easy to watch on the Apple TV.
Shawn Blanc’s new app recommendation website. It’s like Wirecutter for apps — putting the focus on what is best not what is newest. I hope the site does well because it’s a fantastic idea and I can see myself checking it regularly whenever I’m looking for the best app in a specific category.
The new icon is fantastic and the list of upcoming events appears so much brighter on the new darker background. A great update to an already great application.
Apple doesn’t typically outline future feature additions. iWork users must be very upset.
Panasonic’s latest/last plasma offerings represented the pinnacle of display design and imagery, the pinnacle of eye candy, and its exit from this space saddens me even as we look forward to amazing new things.
A lot of what I know about HDTV’s and home theater I learned from watching Robert Heron and Patrick Norton on DL.TV. I have a great deal of respect for Heron’s opinions on the subject. But, I did enjoy reading reactions from all of the industry experts that David Katzmaier spoke with on the matter.
From Apple’s report on government information requests:
Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge an order if served on us.
Cory Doctorow points out that if Apple releases an updated version of this report and the above text is removed we’ll know that Apple has been served with a Section 215 warrant.
Announced at Apple’s September event and available today. I’ve installed the app but I’m still not sure if I’m going to stick with it or move back to Pedometer++.
I’m with Shawn Blanc on the GoDaddy acquisition. Sure, I could uproot my server situation and switch hosting providers. But, I’d rather do that when (and if) Media Temple gives me a reason to. As it stands right now, I’ve been extremely happy with all of the services that Media Temple provides and haven’t seen another company doing things quite like Media Temple does. If I’m given a reason to, I’ll switch in a heart beat, but I’m not convinced that’ll even happen.
Juli Clover points to John Siracusa’s review of OS X Mavericks in which John was able to get over 15 hours of battery life on a 13-inch MacBook Air running a light web browsing script. I installed Mavericks on my 2011 11-inch MacBook Air earlier today and the battery life does feel quite a bit better than it did with Mountain Lion. I love when Apple releases new software and all of my old hardware feels new again.
“Burberry’s Social Story” published last year on Salesforce’s YouTube channel. The new store that Angela talks about towards the end of the video looks amazing. Truly the store of the future.
(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)
I was disappointed that they decided against streaming the iPhone event last month. But today’s event will be streamed live, starting at 10:00am PT. Unfortunately, I’ll only be able to watch the first hour of it.
The new icons look great. I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t release major updates to their iLife and iWork apps at Tuesday’s keynote.
Why would a cable company agree to have Netflix on their set-top-box? Wouldn’t that just make for an easier transition for customers to eventually cut the cord?
Mark Jardine writing on the Tapbots weblog:
Seven months ago, we started working on a big update for Calcbot. We were hoping to release it sometime in the summer. Two months in, Apple announced iOS7 at WWDC. We knew this was a huge change. It would make every single one of our apps look dated so we had to make sure our flagship app was ready for it. All of the design work that went into the Calcbot update was rendered obsolete in one keynote and so we focused our energy on updating Tweetbot for iPhone. Playing with the beta of iOS7 over the next few weeks brought us to the realization that this would not just be a “re-skin”. We really had to just start over with the new foundation and concepts of iOS7.
I’m happy that they decided to take the time and work on a real update to Tweetbot, rather than just do a quick iOS 7 re-skin. There’s a few apps that I use whose developer simply reskinned the app and they don’t feel as good as they used to.
Mike Wehner writing for TUAW:
The massive information engine Wolfram Alpha just added a whopping 649 Pokémon to its database. For fans of the games, that fact is pretty cool all on its own, but if you happen to own an iPhone or an iPad with Siri, it’s even more awesome. You see, thanks to Siri’s ability to search Wolfram Alpha for information, your iDevice is now as close to a real-life Pokédex as you’ll probably ever have.
I was a huge fan of Pokémon when I was younger and still dip my toes into the newer games on occasion. I don’t know how useful this actually is, but it is very cool.
A new smoke alarm from the folks behind the Nest Thermostat. I hope it sells well because it’s an incredibly neat product.
Tim Cook in an internal memo to Apple employees:
She will lead both our retail and online teams. I have wanted one person to lead both of these teams for some time because I believe it will better serve our customers, but I had never met anyone whom I felt confident could lead both until I met Angela. We met for the first time last January, and I knew in that meeting that I wanted her to join Apple. We’ve gotten to know each other over the past several months and I’ve left each conversation even more impressed.
High praise from Tim. I don’t know much about Burberry, but I have a good feeling about her joining Apple.
I’m guessing we’ll see the new Mac Pro, Mavericks, and new iPads.
David Smith came up with an extremely clever workaround for Pedometer++‘s badge truncation issue. And, David also found time to add daily step goals and a detailed display of your steps over the last seven days. It’s a great update.
My first OS X app was a todo list. My second a calendaring app. My main product on iOS has been a Markdown text editor since 2010. In my defense, the text editor market in 2010 was wide open. Today, I wouldn’t even consider trying to enter the market unless I was completely confident that I was building something that was lightyears ahead of the best product already in the market.
Make whatever app you want. But if you’re making a product in a crowded market, it better be something that stands out from the other apps available.
I hope Cameron Moll continues to make these amazing posters. And, I hope the next one isn’t limited to 1,500 copies because everyone should have one of these on their wall.
From his Apple Outsider weblog:
The Galaxy Gear ad, and the Galaxy Gear itself, convey none of this. The ad primes us with decades of fantastic expectations — expectations which just about any review of the product you can find will tell you have not been met. It also implicitly, and very ironically, shows just how lacking in vision the product itself is. The iPhone ad says, “We’re starting over.” The Gear ad says, “We tried to make that exact thing you’ve seen on TV all these years.”
It’s all been done before, and it hasn’t been done very well this time.
I’m sure of one thing, though: the market for paid-up-front apps appealing to mass consumers is gone. If you have paid apps in the store, you’ve probably seen the writing on the wall for a while.
It’s sad how little people care about using high-quality applications on the device they carry around with them everywhere they go.
I just found out about David Smith’s new podcast client, Pod Wrangler. The app is a much cleaner experience than any other podcast app I’ve used. There’s no complicated smart playlists or file deletion rules — simply subscribe to shows and listen to them.
I’ve only been using Pod Wrangler for a few days but it’s already become my new favorite podcast client. The only thing I don’t like about the app is it’s icon, and I can certainly ignore it until David (hopefully) comes up with something better.
The app is free in the App Store but is $1.99 to unlock the full feature set (push notifications, subscribe to more than five podcasts, and no ads).
I’ve been using David Smith’s Pedometer app, Pedometer++, since I first heard of it a few days ago on Twitter. It’s a very simple application that displays the number of steps you’ve taken today and in the last seven days. If you picked up an iPhone 5s recently, I suggest you try out Pedometer++.
I love the name and enjoyed reading about his process for finding it.
I never realized how unimportant the sale of nine million devices in three days was until today. Thanks, ABC News and WSJ. Although, I suppose we could question the opinions of someone who’s still using a BlackBerry device.
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.
I wonder how well this will do once Apple announces their App Store for the Apple TV. Because we all know it’s happening sooner or later.
Horace Dediu does a nice job comparing iPhone 5s and 5c sales to previous iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phone sales.
I was given the “connect to iTunes” screen when I tried updating my second-generation Apple TV, but all was fine once I restored it in iTunes. I didn’t have any issues with my third-generation Apple TV and assumed it was just an isolated incident. Apparently, not.
iTunes Radio, iCloud Photos and Video, iTunes Music Store, and more.
Shawn Blanc does a great rundown of the newly released Simplenote apps. I stopped using Simplenote when I made the switch to Vesper. There are rare occsions, however, when I really miss the ability to sync notes between my iPhone and my computer.
I haven’t decided to switch back yet, but it’s nice knowing that there has been some substantial updates to the Simplenote ecosystem that I could fiddle around with if I do decide to move back.
Great update to a great application. I absolutely love the new sorting functionality.
Shawn Blanc on iOS 7:
It is a stark contrast to what we’ve been so familiar with on the iPhone and iPad, but it quickly grows on you. And all of these little details that are sprinkled throughout iOS 7 — some obvious, some not so obvious — just go to show that even when doing a major overhaul of their most popular operating system, Apple still takes time to sweat the details and add in those little design decisions which surprise and delight.
I’ve been using iOS 7 since Apple released the gold master build to developers and it’s quite nice. It does take a few days to get used to — I’m still double tapping the home button to play/pause music — but most of the changes quickly become second nature.
All of the iPhone users in my life that don’t live and breath tech like I do have had much more harsh reactions to the changes, but I imagine it may just take them a few extra days to get used to the new design.
I’ve especially fallen in love with iTunes Radio. I was a huge Pandora user before iOS 7 but was always frustrated that I couldn’t thumbs up or thumbs down a song from the lock screen. Apple has added this functionality to the lock screen for iTunes Radio, and I couldn’t be happier because of it. Little details like this are what make me really love using iOS.
Ina Fried reporting for All Things D:
A source at a second carrier also complained of extremely disappointing shipments from Apple, but said that demand for the high-end iPhone may also be slightly less than initially thought, too. Apparently it is the colors of the iPhone 5c that seem to have captured more customer’s eye.
I saw Apple’s decision to allow preorders on the iPhone 5c but not the 5s as a sign that the 5c will be in much greater demand than the 5s is. Poor availability could also be to blame. But Ina Fried’s sources come from the carriers, not Apple, and I think Apple will have the lion’s share of the inventory on launch day.
A Reddit thread has emerged, alerting us to some folks being offered a download of an older version of an app whose latest version requires a newer build of iOS.
I still use my original iPad on a regular basis, and I’m very happy about this news.
I first saw PhoneBloks last week when Tim Van Damme linked to it on Twitter. My immediate reaction was that it wouldn’t work out. As much as I love the idea of having exactly what I want and need in my phone and everyone else being able to do the same, it just isn’t a realistic goal.
Mark Gurman reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:
Late this past week, Apple updated its Siri webpages to drop all references to the product being in beta.
I’ve used Siri a few times on iOS 7 and it does seem to work a lot better than previous versions. It couldn’t be in beta forever.