Tag Archive for ‘Steve Troughton-Smith’

Shortcuts for Mac ➝

Steve Troughton-Smith discovered that Catalyst on macOS Catalina includes all the Shortcuts frameworks. And I’ll tell you what, I’d be a lot more productive on the Mac if I had Shortcuts at my disposal. I’ve tried building workflows in Alfred and I’ve played with Automator, but nothing has clicked with me like Shortcuts has.

➝ Source: highcaffeinecontent.com

macOS to Include Standalone Music, Podcasts, and Books Apps ➝

Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:

Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently expressed confidence about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music, Podcasts, and perhaps Books apps for macOS, to join the new TV app.

I’ve been able to independently confirm that this is true. On top of that, I’ve been able to confirm with sources familiar with the development of the next major version of macOS – likely 10.15 – that the system will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but it will also include a major redesign of the Books app. We also got an exclusive look at the icons for the new Podcasts and TV apps on macOS.

If I was still maintaining a collection of MP3 and AAC files in iTunes, I’d be a bit nervous about this news. Hopefully this new Music app will give you the ability to sync music files to your iOS devices, but if it doesn’t, anyone that still manages their music in this way will be forced to move to something else.

I’m just glad I decided to move to Plex a couple of years ago — long before the inevitability of iTunes felt like such a certainty.

Current Apple Remotes Work With New Apple TV ➝

Steve Troughton-Smith, writing on Twitter:

Unsurprising, but existing Apple TV IR remotes work fine with the new Apple TV too – even back to the original white model

This is great news for me. I was left with a lot of questions regarding the remote situation with the Apple TV, but I’m happy that I won’t have to completely give up my Logitech Harmony.

(Via MacRumors.)

Complications on Apple Watch Appear to Run as Extensions ➝

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that Apple Watch complications seem to run remotely as extensions (out-of-process). This leaves open the possibility for Apple to give developers access to the necessary APIs to build complications into their apps.

I continue to believe (as I wrote last week) that Apple will slowly give access to more and more customization features and APIs over the course of the next few years, similarly to how they developed the iPhone ecosystem. We aren’t going to get everything all at once and the Apple Watch that you have on your wrist in 5 years will be drastically different in both hardware and software than the one you have today.

(Via MacStories Weekly.)