Tag Archive for ‘John Voorhees’

iPhone 1.0, the MacStories Review ➝

John Voorhees reviewed the original iPhone, written as if it was just a few weeks after release. What a brilliant idea.

Rogue Amoeba Releases Airfoil Satellite TV for the Apple TV ➝

John Voorhees, on Airfoil Satellite TV:

The app, which can receive an audio stream from Airfoil for macOS, is available as a free download on the Apple TV App Store. When you open Airfoil Satellite TV on your Apple TV, a new audio destination appears in Airfoil on your Mac named ‘Airfoil Satellite on [Your Apple TV Name].’ Pick that destination and music starts streaming from your Mac to your Apple TV.

Airfoil for the Mac was able to send audio to the Apple TV until last month when tvOS 10.2 broke compatibility. With version 10.2, tvOS requires any device attempting to send media over AirPlay to authenticate itself with an automatically generated on-screen passcode or a user-created password. This functionality is already built into Apple’s software, but third-party apps like Airfoil are being forced to find workarounds.

The good news is that Rogue Amoeba, the developers of Airfoil, are hard at work on an update that will allow you to stream audio to your Apple TV without the use of Airfoil Satellite TV. They haven’t revealed how this will work in detail, but my guess is that they’ve found a way to authenticate Airfoil with the Apple TV using a user-created password in the AirPlay settings.

tvOS Apps Can Now Be Purchased on iOS Devices and Macs ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

Today, Apple added tvOS apps to its iTunes Link Maker web app and enabled tvOS app purchases on iOS devices, even if the tvOS app is available only on the Apple TV. iTunes Link Maker lets you search for and generate links to iTunes content. tvOS app links generated by the iTunes Link Maker open in iTunes on macOS and the App Store app on iOS where the apps can be purchased or downloaded. If automatic downloads are enabled on your Apple TV, any apps acquired this way should show up on your Apple TV the next time you turn it on.

I expected Apple to add this functionality to their new Remote app — allowing you to fully manage your Apple TV from iOS, like you can with the Watch. I’m not sure if this is a better solution, my proposal seems a bit cleaner to me, but at least we can finally link to tvOS apps on the web. This is great news for developers who may have found it difficult to promote their Apple TV apps — it’s much easier to send someone a link than to tell them to search for it, and hope they remember to, next time their using the device.

Recapture Time With Moment ➝

John Voorhees, on Moment’s app usage feature:

There are no public APIs for tracking app use on an iOS device, so Moment reminds you every morning to go to the Battery screen in the iOS Settings app and take a screenshot of the number of minutes you used each app. Moment reads the time each app was used from the screenshot using optical character recognition. If you use more apps than fit in the screenshot, you won’t get data on the ones that don’t fit, but in my experience, there was space to fit about a dozen apps, which covered my most heavily used apps.

It’s unfortunate that developers have to resort to these types of solutions, but it’s definitely a clever workaround.

Instagram Adds Basic iOS Extension Support ➝

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:

Unfortunately, the Instagram share extension’s functionality is limited. All you can do is add a title to the photo you post to Instagram. There is no way to crop your shot, apply filters, tag people, select a location, or select social networks on which to share your photo, all of which are available in the main app.

This really is a piss-poor implementation, if you ask me. Until they add more functionality, I’ll stick with my Push to Instagram workflow which allows for all of the features that Instagram’s own extension doesn’t.

A Screenshot is Worth a Thousand Words ➝

John Vorhees, writing for MacStories:

The screenshot app market intrigues me. Although most apps address one of a couple basic problems, execution varies widely and there are gaps in functionality, especially on iOS. As a result, the screenshot app category is somewhat fragmented, but in a good way, leaving room for interesting solutions from clever developers.

A nice look at the screenshot app market for iOS and OS X.