M.G. Siegler: Tim Cook knows that iPhones are overpriced and said so Wednesday. Also: Apple’s future is in services. 500ish.com
Apple can still innovate, but not in ways that matter [Me] www.lightreading.com
As always, I love John Gruber’s analysis. “Jobs’s arrogance got him into trouble at times, but at other times it was his saving grace” — namely, when he had to deliver bad news to the market. Cook’s “genuine and inherent humility holds Apple back on days like today. Apple needed less ‘I’m sorry, let me explain’ and more ‘Fuck you, this is bullshit, let me explain’.” daringfireball.net
It is not an inspiring plan. www.cnbc.com
Apple shouldn’t have released it. Or if they did release it, they should have made it very clear just now preliminary it is.
It doesn’t look or act like other Mac apps. This is a puzzling problem because one of the chief Mac selling points has always been the uniform behavior and appearance of its apps, from Apple and third parties.
Apple News for Mac doesn’t let you easily open news articles in the browser. I bet 99% of the people who use it don’t even know you can do that.
And worst of all it’s very noisy with alerts. I’m getting alerts for celebrity gossip, fa’ pete’s sake. If Jimmy Kimmel has done or said something, I don’t need to know it right away. I don’t need to know it at all. But Apple seems to think it is so important that it needs to interrupt what I am doing to let me know it happened.
After playing with Apple News for a couple of months, I’m back to Google News as my first source of news.
I’ve been on OmniFocus for three months now and so of course I am feeling the compulsion to switch task managers. It’s a curse with me. I keep thinking the next one will solve my productivity problems. For a couple of years I’ve switched back and forth between OmniFocus and Things.
All this switching back and forth is a complete waste of time.
This time around, rather than switch, I’m trying to identify what it is about Things that attracts me. There are two elements I can think of:
One problem is addressed here: Things makes it easy for me to quickly search to see whether I’ve already added a task, before I’ve added a new one. That’s also do-able in OmniFocus, but it requires a modicum of keyboard shortcut fanciness.
The second thing I find appealing about Things is that it’s organized around the idea of a a “big long undifferentiated list of things that you need to get done.” Things makes it very easy to look at your inbox, decide whether you need to do something right away, decide “no I do not,” and move that task to your “Anytime” list. If you decide you need to get to an item soon, but not immediately, you can easily add a star to it. I’m working on figuring out a way to replicate that functionality in OmniFocus. Even with Version 3, OmniFocus still wants you to think in terms of projects, and that’s just not how my mind works. For 90% of what I need to do, I just think in terms of “here are the things I need to do.”
It may have been a mistake for me to switch from Things to OmniFocus in August, but that’s done and I am trying to resist the impulse to switch back. The compulsion is strong though – surely if I just switch this ONE LAST TIME I will have found the perfect task manager and my life will be completely organized!
Gabe gives Kourosh Dini’s “Creating Flow With OmniFocus 3” two thumbs up. I’ve been hearing good things about this book.
Just look at these crocheted AirPod cases and die from cute.
Apple has trouble selling new phones because its old phones are too good. Unlike Android phones, which become obsolete rapidly, iPhones just keep on keeping on.
The main reason I chose to upgrade this year is because I got tired of lugging around a big-ass iPhone 7 Plus. If I’d gone instead for the iPhone 7 two years ago, i’d still be using it.
I still see many people using phones that appear to be the iPhone 6. That’s a four-year-old phone.
Bruce Schneier is skeptical of the Bloomberg supply-chain attack on Apple and Amazon servers, among others. He said if it was true, we’d have seen a photo of the chip by now.
That raises a good thumb rule for judging the veracity of any explosive investigative report. Particularly high-profile sexual harassment charges, like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. Corroborating reports start to come out after the initial expose.
“Apple’s world-beating financial engineering is teaching the corporate world how to exploit Trump’s tax cuts.” [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]
The other night I spent $1.29 on a silent ringtone. I just got the iTunes receipt as an embarrassing reminder.
That’s right — I spent $1.29 to buy literally nothing.
For sentences like this:
“There is a gentle seduction to the matte finish, an appreciation of its inevitable longevity opposed to the Jet Black’s immediately arresting charm.”
The iPhone I want versus the iPhone I need – Daniel Bader, iMore
The only thing that will surprise anyone who knows me is that it took this long to pull the trigger.
But: Oct. 19 delivery?! That’s like a month from now! You’re killing me, Apple!
Interesting insights here. He loves Apple’s hardware and apps, prefers Android OS. Apple, you’ve got some ripping off to do!
I’m going to hold off on upgrading for a good long time. I’m not seeing anything here that’s compelling.
Siri is the marquee feature. I use Siri when it’s impractical for me to type, which is never when I’m at my Mac.
Well, I can’t type when I’m eating, and I do often eat at my Mac. But I don’t think Siri will be helpful there. When I’m eating my mouth is often full of food, so it’s impractical to type OR speak!