We take a look at Vector’s review on fixing the HomePod. Samsung’s Smart TV will support iTunes Movies & TV Shows as well as AirPlay 2. We discuss the original Apple TV. AT&T tries to slip in a 5G icon on client phones. Microsoft’s GitHub adds unlimited private repos. We look at a leaked photo of an iPad Mini 5. A new “behind OLED” Face ID sensor is revealed. Apple uses trade-ins as well as lower prices in some markets to encourage iPhone sales. Samsung also warns of a 30% reduction in profits in it’s 4th quarter. Yubico reveals Lightning port security keys. Apple’s TV service should come out in 2019. Picks: Xcode in 10 Seconds, Shortcuts links, Test Your Swift.
We discuss using Siri to access application settings in our #askMTJC. We fact check on Indian Partitioning dates. We follow up on Apple Music arriving on Amazon’s Echo, Apple vs Qualcomm trial date set, 5G iPhone maybe as late as 2020, wireless charging for AirPods and AT&T first to support eSim. We discuss changing laws with GitHub pull requests. Apple’s program for women entrepreneur developers. Siri Shortcuts Not Working for many people. Real-time text support for Wi-Fi calling. Touch ID used in app scams to bilk users. Picks: Xcode Short Cuts, Run macOS on iPad, Play Retro Dark Castle on iPad with System 6.0.8, Optimizing Siri on HomePod in Far‑Field Settings
We discuss the naming and iconography of the new iPhone models. We also discuss our “guess the name” twitter pole. How did Apple make the secret twitter list and send out the Keynote in 108 seconds. Apple shipped 4 million Watches in the past quarter. Oleg Begemann’s What’s New in Swift playground has been updated. The European regulators have cleared Apple’s purchase of Shazam. We also cover the “Gather Round” iPhone & Watch event: Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR. Picks: Beyond Meat Burger supply, Fish shell, exa, bat, Trailer.io
We are joined by Greg Heo as we look ahead and suggest what Apple may introduce at WWDC 2018. We follow up on the Command key icon, castle connection, as well as Clifford Stoll and the Cockoo’s Egg. Jaime uncovers ⌘+Ctrl+Shift+H to find a methods callers. Tim relays early experience drawing and designing typefaces in the early days of Mac. AirPlay 2 gives the HomePod the ability to have multi-room and stereo audio. HomePod launching in Canada, France, and Germany. Felix Krause thinks apps should be in a network sandbox. App Insight attempts to expose 3rd party framework use. Genius Bar Broke an iMac Pro. We lay down our best guesses about where Apple will go with WWDC 2018. Picks: How to debug your mobile hybrid app on iOS, Beacon – Signal Availability by Ashley Nelson-Hornstein, Prioritize Work with Quality of Service Classes.
We follow up on Xcode Swift build times, Apple cracks down on drone flyovers at Apple Park and alternative music services that provide Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Bollywood tunes. Apple will replace Watch 2 devices with swollen batteries. What’s new in Swift 4.2? How to name UIButton actions. We discuss whether Apple has a problem fitting in features on the iPhone. Picks: Personalized Hey Siri, Introducing Flight School: a new book series for Swift developers by @mattt, How To Keep Learning After 50 and Other Ways to Hack Your Brain at any Age, Privacy Essentials Safari Extension
We start of looking at Boston Dynamic’s robots that can team up, open doors and leave a room. We dig into the Home Pod, with perspectives from @Ish and Joe Cieplinski posts. Jaime has received his Home Pod and compares to his other digital children, Amazon Dot, Amazon Show and Google Home. He discusses placement, the sound, set up and low level performance. Home Pod is also making impressions on oiled wood furniture. Picks: Apple put together three short videos to explain how to use your new HomePod, HomePod User Guide, Google Translate by Google, Inc., Skydio R1
Our askMTJC wonders how many fingers we store on Touch ID. We follow up on how Apple will have us change how we use the next iPhone. We discuss how deep learning is used to shape Siri’s voice, the cost of building apps, and HDR video. Jaime tells us about Microsoft and Amazon’s will combine digital assistants. You can check which of your iOS apps won’t work with iOS 11. Apple and Accenture will partner to build apps. We look at Google’s release of ARCore as an answer to ARKit. Picks: WTF Auto Layout, HIG: Augmented Reality, 360|iDev 2017 Highlights.
This week we continue the discussion of a Siri API, based on Ben Thompson’s post, GreenyDev’s SiriViewServiceHeaders and Persimmon for Swift. Aaron also discusses the attempts to get MagPie approved. We also discuss Redacted’s sales on the Mac App Store.
This week we discuss the rework of the Overcast app for the Apple Watch. We also discuss the future use of a Siri API – will Apple open it up at WWDC 2015? We discuss the early impressions of iTunes Connect Analytics. We explore Evan Dekhayser’s use of Darwin Notifications to enable the sharing of data between the iPhone and the Watch. Aaron’s pick is the MacBook, Guest Host Greg Heo’s is MMWormhole and Tim picks Reduce Motion as a survival skill on the Watch.
This week we discuss the recent WeAreWearables Apple Watch™ Meetup at MaRS Discovery District, which had panel discussions on the Apple Watch launch and experiences of early app developers. We discuss interacting with the watch, apps, activity. We speculate about Siri, Cortana and Google Now API access. Using Apple Watch buttons, force touch and the Digital Crown. We also talk about Craig Hockenberry’s angry post on discoveryd.
It was Daniel Bader who coined the term “performing triage on your phone” at the WeAreWearables Apple Watch™ Meetup.
Correct email address for Mark Rubin is markr[at]smappsoft.com