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About File Sharing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - Apple Support
You can copy files between your computer and apps on your iOS device using File Sharing.
itunes  macos  apple  osx  finder  ios  iphone 
september 2017 by Aetles
Theft and Loss Recovery for iOS Users — Fraser Speirs
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I'm walking down the street in a large city somewhere abroad and I'm approached and forcibly relieved of all the valuable possessions on my person. In a typical tech conference scenario, that would be my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch all gone.

What now? Well, there are two phases to this: damage limitation and disaster recovery.
security  ios  backup  passwords  icloud  apple  twostepverification 
april 2017 by Aetles
Apple’s Icons Have That Shape for a Very Good Reason
Apple products are described as minimalistic, but ‘minimalistic’ shouldn’t be confused with ’simple.’ There’s nothing simple about the surfacing efforts on their hardware products. It’s not something the average Apple product owner is likely to be aware of unless pointed out by their Industrial Designer friend.
A ‘secret’ of Apple’s physical products is that they avoid tangency (where a radius meets a line at a single point) and craft their surfaces with what’s called curvature continuity. Once you know how to spot it on products, you’re likely to start seeing it (or more likely the lack of it) all around you.
The spotter’s guide to good surfacing.
Here are two products that are basic rectangular boxes with a rounded edge (the one on the left also has some unpleasant drafted walls, but that’s another article about how to become a hardware design snob). Look at the beginning and end of that rounded edge on the main surface. See how there’s a sharp shift in highlight? That’s the result of tangency.
apple  design  industrialdesign  products  userinterface  icons 
april 2017 by Aetles
MacOS Mail Anti Inline Plugin • Clive Galeni's Blog
The plugin solves situations with awkwardly inlined images when sending images to anyone who is not using Mail App. If you want your images to appear as attachments to your recipients then this plugin is for you. It also prevents Mail auto-preview feature and display attachments as icons by default. It does something similar to what Attachment Tamer used to do.
apple  mail  macosx  macos  osx  sierra  attachements 
march 2017 by Aetles
Vad du bör göra innan du säljer eller ger bort din Mac - Apple-support
När du gör dig redo för att sälja eller ge bort din Mac-dator finns det några steg behöver ta. Du bör säkerhetskopiera din dator, inaktivera vissa funktioner och tjänster samt radera hårddisken. I den här artikeln anges steg du bör följa.
apple  mac  macos  osx 
march 2017 by Aetles
Explaining Sierra’s Optimized Storage
For those struggling to free up space, particularly on a notebook Mac with relatively little internal flash storage, Optimized Storage sounded great, at least if you don’t mind paying for online storage in iCloud Drive. And while it could be a great boon for such people, it turns out to be a somewhat confusing collection of seemingly unrelated features, burdened by one of the stranger interfaces that Apple has produced in recent years.

Plus, although we haven’t had time to test all the possibilities, I recommend care when it comes to Optimized Storage in general, and extreme caution with one of its settings. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t enable all its features, but that you should understand the possible implications before doing so.
macos  macosx  osx  macossierra  apple  mac 
september 2016 by Aetles
Push Notifications Tutorial: Getting Started
Updated for Xcode 7.3, iOS 9.3, and Swift 2.2 on 04-03-2016
iOS developers love to imagine users of their awesome app using the app all day, every day. Unfortunately, the cold hard truth is that users will sometimes have to close the app and perform other activities. Laundry doesn’t fold itself, you know :]
Happily, push notifications allow developers to reach users and perform small tasks even when users aren’t actively using an app!
Push notifications have become more and more powerful since they were first introduced. In iOS 9, push notifications can:
Display a short text message
Play a notification sound
Set a badge number on the app’s icon
Provide actions the user can take without opening the app
Be silent, allowing the app to wake up in the background and perform a task
This push notifications tutorial will go over how push notifications work, and let you try out their features.
ios  xcode  apple  pushnotifications  notifications 
april 2016 by Aetles
A Conversation With Erik Spiekermann
Erik Spiekermann has forgotten more things than most successful and creative people know in their lifetime. Now in his sixties (68), the German-born designer and typography guru remains as excited about the future as ever.

Erik Spiekermann is one of the most well-known and creative thinkers in design. A type, information and graphic designer by trade, he began his career teaching at the London College of Printing in the 1970s. In 1979, Spiekermann co-founded MetaDesign in Berlin, and in the 1980s, at the cusp of the PC revolution, he co-founded FontShop, a distributor of electronic fonts. He has designed fonts such as Berliner Grotesk, ITC Officina, Nokia Sans and FF Meta. He is also the co-founder of design house Edenspiekermann. He divides his time between Berlin and the Bay Area.
design  typography  mac  history  print  apple  web  reading  ebooks 
february 2016 by Aetles
bryanbraun/after-dark-css - CSS
Do you longingly reminisce about the days when flying toasters graced your screen? Do words like "Confetti Factory" and "Daredevil Dan" make your heart skip a beat?

If so, then never fear --- CSS is here! Using modern CSS techniques like animations and transforms, we can imitate several of your favorite After Dark™ screensavers.

The animations were made with CSS alone. No animated gifs or javascript.
apple  css  animation  nostalgia  mac 
january 2016 by Aetles
System Integrity Protection – Adding another layer to Apple’s security model | Der Flounder
System Integrity Protection

To limit what the superuser can do and add another layer to OS X’s security model, Apple has developed SIP and deployed it as part of OS X El Capitan. SIP is designed to limit the power of root and to protect the system even from the superuser. For more details, see below the jump.

SIP is an overall security policy with the goal of preventing system files and processes from being modified by third parties. To achieve this, it has the following concepts:

File system protection
Runtime protection
Kernel extension protection
apple  osx  security  elcapitan 
december 2015 by Aetles
The Secret of the Apple’s New San Francisco Fonts — Medium
iOS 9 is now publicly released. It’s a subtle change but the system fonts of iOS 9 are now changed to the Apple’s new San Francisco fonts, replacing the previous Helvetica Neue.

San Francisco fonts have been used in Apple Watch already, and San Francisco is now the standard font unifying the Apple platform: Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple has been using Helvetica as the system fonts for iOS since the first iPhone, and they also switched the fonts from Lucida Grande to Helvetica for Mac OS X since 10.10 Yosemite. Why did Apple decide to ditch Helvetica, which is the most famous and loved font in the world?
apple  fonts  osx  watchos  ios  typography 
september 2015 by Aetles
Start Developing iOS Apps Today: Tutorial: Basics
This tutorial takes you through the process of creating a simple user interface and adding the custom behavior that transforms the interface into a working app. The finished app will run on iPhone and iPad.

This tutorial teaches you how to:

Use Xcode to create and manage a project
Identify the key pieces of an Xcode project
Run your app in iOS Simulator
Create a basic user interface in a storyboard
Preview your user interface
Adopt Auto Layout to add flexibility to your user interface
apple  design  ios  programming  apps 
september 2015 by Aetles
Ways to think about cars — Benedict Evans
Cars are going to change a lot in the next few decades. Electricity on one hand and software on the other change what a car is, how it gets made and who might own one. They might also change the key players. As is often the case when an industry is going to be turned upside-down, there are actually a number of separate things happening, which feed into each other and accelerate the pace of change. 
cars  future  apple  tesla  technology 
august 2015 by Aetles
Creating a kill-switched VPN on Mac with PIA and Little Snitch
In this post, I describe why, after years of using the wonderful Mac/iOS VPN product, Cloak, I’m experimenting with an alternative approach, that combines Private Internet Access (PIA) and Little Snitch.
apple  network  security  vpn  osx 
august 2015 by Aetles
The Apple Watch: User-Experience Appraisal
Summary: Smartwatch apps should rely on gestures more than on navigation elements, prioritize the essential, support handoff, and create tailored, standalone content.
apple  applewatch  ux  ui  design 
may 2015 by Aetles
Sustainable Indie Software — Helftone
We have seen a large shift in the app economy over the past 7 years which has had a huge impact on indie software. In many ways, we have regressed to state which is simply unsustainable in the long term. If you only look at the highly publicised successes, you might assume independent developers are rolling in cash. Do not be fooled, the situation on the ground, especially on iOS, is actually very different – many indies are struggling to make a living.

Making software costs a lot of money and it has to come from somewhere. Broadly speaking, apps can be:

Subsidised. Just because you might not be paying for it directly, you still are or someone else is. But most indies are in the business of selling directly to their customers without any such schemes, so we will ignore subsidised models in this post.
Paid Directly. With such software, either the price has to be sustainable or the developer will go bankrupt.
We have seen large amounts of abandoned software in the App Store which is a clear symptom of unsustainable pricing. It's impossible for the market to support 1,000 new sustainable apps every single day.
appstore  business  apple  software 
march 2015 by Aetles
AMD Radeon R9 M295X Core Clock Throttling, Heat, and Performance - MacRumors Forums
Unfortunately, there is no way around it, heat is a tremendous problem with these new iMacs and I fear we have a gimped M295X because of it. Out of 6 generations of iMacs, 3 mac pros and 2 G5's, I have never had a computer that has hit 104°C after 7 minutes of playing a game or rendering 3D and this new iMac shocks me. I seriously question the longevity of these machines and from an engineering standpoint, nothing on the market right now is designed to run over 100°C continuously without failing. Once you add in dust, ambient heat during a non-winter season, and months of use, I would be surprised if these machines lasted longer than a couple years without essentially burning themselves out. We can debate the 'dream' 980MX vs. M295X all day, but Apple chose to get to market with a Retina iMac and the only option was a card substantially hotter than what it should be. The entire AMD 290 line has had heat as a controversy since their release last year. The problem is that the thermal envelope on these cards is too hot for the cooling that this iMac form factor has to offer. If the GPU sits at 104°C while the card is oscillating between 720Mhz and 762Mhz we know that there is no way in heck that we are going to get a natural 850Mhz core clock out of these cards. Even if we do find a way to stop the card from throttling and lock it at 850Mhz, it will likely far exceed the 105°C temperature and bring about instability. This is why I fear this issue has nothing to do with drivers and is probably hardcoded into the card BIOS.
imac  apple  mac  retina  hardware 
november 2014 by Aetles
Counter-Forensics: Pair-Lock Your iOS 7 Device with Apple’s Configurator | Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain
So what’s the best way to protect yourself from all of these? Pair-lock your device. By pair-locking your device, you’re preventing anyone from dumping data from your phone, installing malicious applications, or doing anything else to it – even if the phone leaves your physical possession, and even if you are forced to give up the PIN code, or unlock it with your fingerprint. When a device is unwilling to create a new pairing session with a desktop machine, nothing can talk to it through its proper interfaces – not forensics tools, not iMobileDevice tools, nothing. And that means unless you have a really old phone with a hardware exploit, there’s no way they’ll be able to dump data from it. In order for them to get at your data, they’d have to steal the pairing record that your own personal desktop has created for the device; if your’e smart enough to be reading this, you’re likely smart enough to also encrypt your hard drive. On a Mac, you’ll find a copy of your pairing record in /var/db/lockdown. Guard it well.
apple  ios  iphone  security 
september 2014 by Aetles
Josh Anon – An Aperture User Tries Lightroom
Given the unfortunate news about Apple not actively developing Aperture anymore, I decided to try Lightroom while shooting in Svalbard. I’m trying to figure out if I should keep using Aperture for the immediate future and wait for Photos to be more fleshed out or to switch to Lightroom now and not have to migrate even more photos later (I have terabytes of digital photos from 12+ years of shooting digital cameras and scans of slides about 20 years ago managed in Aperture). The short answer is that I’m still unsure, I’m leaning towards sticking with Aperture, but some small changes to Lightroom (or lack of improvements to Photos) could make me change my mind.
aperture  lightroom  photography  macosx  apple 
august 2014 by Aetles Using ownCloud for Contacts and Calendar Syncing (instead of iCloud)
Fortunately both OS X and iOS also support CardDAV for contact syncing and CalDAV for calendar syncing. I decided the time had come for me to make the jump and host these services myself, for myself.

Fortunately I read about Alex Payne’s Sovereign project when he announced it and I remember it had contacts and calendar support. I looked into it a bit more, and discovered those services were provided via ownCloud.
icloud  caldav  carddav  osx  ios  apple  sync  contacts  calendars 
april 2014 by Aetles
TidBITS: How to Protect Your iCloud Keychain from the NSA
Apple has released a massive update to its “iOS Security” white paper for IT professionals. It contains more information on iOS security than Apple has ever shared publicly before, including extensive details on Touch ID, Data Protection, network security, application security, and nearly all security-related features, options, and protective controls.

For the first time, we have extensive details on iCloud security. For security professionals like myself, this is like waking up and finding a pot of gold sitting on my keyboard. Along with some of the most impressive security I’ve ever seen, Apple has provided a way to make it impossible for agencies like the NSA to obtain your iCloud Keychain passwords.

The paper is incredibly dense, even getting to the level of detail of which flavor of particular encryption algorithms are used in which security controls. I will likely be digesting it for months, but one particular section contained an important nugget that explains why the NSA can’t snoop on your iCloud Keychain passwords.
apple  ios  security 
march 2014 by Aetles · iPad Not Annoying
In Mavericks, there’s a new notification that reminds users an iPad isn’t charging:

As iOS developers, we spend a lot of time plugging and unplugging devices each day. After you’ve seen this reminder a few dozen times it becomes more annoying than helpful.

So I complained about it on Twitter. And thanks to a pointer by Paul Haddad, I had a hint on how to get what I wanted.
apple  ipad  osx  mactips 
december 2013 by Aetles
This is how a Helsingin Sanomat journalist tried to save Nokia - Kuukausiliite - Helsingin Sanomat
He also told me that when the iPhones came out in the United States in the summer of 2007, the situation was followed closely at Nokia. A courier immediately brought a large number of iPhones to Nokia's head offices in Espoo.

The director brought his own iPhone home that same evening. He studied it so enthusiastically that his four-year-old daughter also became interested.

As an experiment, he gave the telephone to his daughter, and she learned to use it immediately.

In the evening as the parents were going to bed, the drowsy four-year-old appeared at their bedroom door with a question: "Can I take that magic telephone and put it under my pillow tonight?"

That was the moment when the Nokia executive understood that his company was in trouble.
iphone  nokia  business  apple 
october 2013 by Aetles
Disruption and woulda, coulda, shoulda | Learning by Shipping
These are just a few and any one of these is probably debatable. The point is really the breadth of changes the iPhone introduced to the Blackberry offering and roadmap.  Some of these are assumptions about the technology, some about the business model, some about the ecosystem, some about physics even!

Imagine you’ve just changed the world and everything you did to change the world–your entire world view–has been changed by a new product.  Now imagine that the new product is not universally applauded and many folks not only say your product is better and more useful, but that the new product is simply inferior.

Put yourself in those shoes…
apple  blackberry  iphone  disruption  sinovsky 
october 2013 by Aetles
Apple's "Skankphone" Was The iPhone's Ugly Twin Brother | Co.Design | business + design
apple  history  iphone 
september 2013 by Aetles
Security Researchers Claim Apple Technically Capable Of Intercepting iMessages | TechCrunch
Two security researchers have posted an outline for a talk about Apple’s iMessage security to be presented next month. The report claims that Apple could — but not that it does — intercept iMessages and read them if it wishes.

Apple had previously claimed, via its security documents, that iMessages were encrypted end-to-end and that it is unable to read them. Researchers ‘GG’ and Cyril ‘Pod2G‘ Cattiaux of firm Quarkslab claim that they have discovered a method to perform a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, which can intercept these messages and allow them to be read, despite the encryption used by Apple.
hack  encryption  imessage  ios  osx  apple  nsa 
september 2013 by Aetles
With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things — Tech News and Analysis
At WWDC in June, Apple quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, mentioned nothing about about it in the keynote, and Apple hasn’t provided any details about it; it was only seen on one slide in the WWDC keynote.

Nor did Apple say anything about it during the iPhone event Tuesday. But I’m sure this is going to be a big deal, and startup companies like Estimote agree, announcing its support for Apple’s technology Tuesday and releasing this demonstration video.

Why is that so? For a couple of reasons: it opens a door to new set of applications such as indoor maps and in-store marketing, it makes the internet of things a realty and it might kill NFC (near-field communications), the wireless technology most linked with mobile payments.
apple  ios  nfc  bluetooth  ble 
september 2013 by Aetles
iNVASIVECODE - Blog • Will a fingerprint sensor be Apple’s next hit? ...
Some months ago, the press reported that AuthenTec was acquired by Apple. In the last few weeks, rumors on a fingerprint sensor embedded in the next iPhone generation have been increasing in the media. What would the fingerprint sensor be used for? Why do we need one on the iPhone or iPad? To make payments? I don’t think so.
apple  iphone  fingerprints  biometrics 
september 2013 by Aetles
Trials And Upgrades Are Still Dead — carpeaqua by Justin Williams
Every year, we have another dust up about developers and power users wishing for the return of upgrade pricing in the App Store age. And every year, it becomes even more obvious that upgrade pricing is another relic of the past.

Apple is more interested in developers either offering free updates indefinitely, or offering a completely new SKU at the same price for every user: old or new. Given that pricing in this new App Store age have hit rock bottom, on iOS that usually means somewhere under $4.99 and OS X somewhere under $29.99.

One price for all. Is that a raw deal for existing customers? If you’re comparing it to the way software used to be sold, yes, but not in a lot of other industries. I’m not getting a discount on FIFA from EA each year just because I bought it last year. I’m going to drop another $60 on the new version.

I just bought a new TiVo Roamio to replace my existing TiVo Premiere. It cost me the retail price of $299. There was no discount for upgrading to the new version, even though I owned the previous one.

The sooner developers accept this, the less painful it’s going to be. We’ve spent half a decade debating the merits of trials and upgrade pricing, and every year Apple remains silent. If you still believe it’s in Apple’s playbook to offer, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
apple  appstore  business 
september 2013 by Aetles
The History of the "Boo-Dah-Ling" Sound
SoundJam MP was released, sold reasonably well, but not anything spectacular. Some months later, and I hear from Jeff saying that Apple bought it (to later become iTunes), and Jeff, Bill and Dave Heller (also working on it) were hired along with it. Good for him! When Apple finally released it (in 2001), it still had the disc burning sound, which, again, I thought was pretty cool!
A couple years later, the installer team decided that they would use this same "completion" sound in the installer, for the sound that happens when an install completes.
Fast forward quite a few years, and the iPhone comes out. I was not involved in development of the iPhone, nor iOS, although I was unsuccessfully courted by the iPod software guy (Tony Fadell) right when I was considering the move to work on audio software (I went to the Pro Apps group at Apple instead). So imagine my surprise when the iPhone ships, and the default text message tone is... "158-marimba", now going by the clever (and not actually accurate, from a music theory perspective) name "Tri-Tone". Time goes by, and this sound becomes iconic, showing up in TV shows and movies, and becoming international short-hand for "you have a text message"...
Wow! Who'd have thought?
apple  history  ios  itunes 
august 2013 by Aetles
iXsystems, Inc. - Apple's Jordan Hubbard Joins iXsystems
iXsystems®, Inc. is delighted to welcome Jordan Hubbard, former Director of UNIX Technology at Apple®, as Chief Technical Officer. Hubbard will lead engineering and development at iXsystems, take the reins of FreeNAS® (the wildly popular open source storage platform) and work to bring the TrueNAS™ Unified Storage Appliance to a wider audience by adding new capabilities, such as object storage, simpler cloud integration, and high-performance real-time data deduplication, to name a few. He will also work to create future products and services which better serve the needs of emerging enterprise and consumer markets.
At Apple, Hubbard led the development of many BSD and Unix technologies at the core of Mac OS X® and iOS over the last 12 years. His primary areas of focus were on modernizing the Unix platform, creating better and more fundamental security technologies, increasing performance and power efficiency, and tirelessly promoting the common interests and exchange of technologies between the OSS community and Apple.
apple  unix  freebsd 
august 2013 by Aetles
Ken Shirriff's blog: Apple iPhone charger teardown: quality in a tiny expensive package
Apple's iPhone charger crams a lot of technology into a small space. Apple went to extra effort to provide higher quality and safety than other name-brand chargers, but this quality comes at a high cost.
apple  iphone  charger  quality 
july 2013 by Aetles
Apple 1976 rainbow Vector Logo (AI EPS) | HD icon - Resources for web designers
Free to download Apple vector logo in AI / EPS vector format. Browse to see more Apple related vector logos.
icons  vectorgraphics  illustrator  apple  logos 
june 2013 by Aetles
iOS 7 - Matt Gemmell
Earlier this week, Apple announced and previewed iOS 7. As widely expected, it sports a new interface aesthetic characterised by strong, simple lines, areas filled with flat or gradient colours, and a lack of ornamentation.

I’d like to discuss some aspects of the new UI style here, in comparison to iOS 6.

The only surprise for me was that others were surprised. This is an aesthetic change that has been on its way for quite some time; I even wrote about it more than a year ago, where I described it as Augmented Paper.

Whilst much of the rest of the industry has moved to a less embellished UI style (admittedly partly just for differentiation’s sake), iOS remained firmly rooted in the practice of clearly delineating sections of each screen, using pseudo-3D visual effects like gloss and shadows, and mimicking physical affordances.

The thing is, we’ve grown up. We don’t require hand-holding to tell us what to click or tap. Interactivity is a matter of invitation, and physical cues are only one specific type. iOS 7 is an iOS for a more mature consumer, who understands that digital surfaces are interactive, and who doesn’t want anything getting in the way of their content.
apple  design  ios  ios7 
june 2013 by Aetles
Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain | TechCrunch
One question during the D interview was about if Apple had stopped innovating. After all, it’s been so long since the last truly innovative product, the iPad, came out. Um, the iPad came out three years ago. Three years! Guess how much time there was between that product and the last “truly innovative” product, the iPhone? Three years. Guess how much time there was between that product and the last “truly innovative” product, the iPod? Five and a half years.

Newsflash: true innovation takes time. Apple has by far the best track-record in recent history when it comes to such products. But how quickly we forget how long each one took to come to market. There needs to be a Turn so we can appreciate the Prestige. But screw that. We want more, better, faster. Cue Louis CK.
june 2013 by Aetles
iCloud users take note: Apple two-step protection won’t protect your data | Ars Technica
"To me the story here is all about Apple offering a 2FA [two-factor authentication] solution that doesn't really add much extra security for you (files, documents etc), but it protects them (and you) from unauthorized money transactions and changes to your account," Per Thorsheim, a security consultant in Oslo, Norway, wrote in an e-mail to Ars. "People are not made aware of this at all, and it will be a false layer of security when people enable 2FA and put sensitive and secret documents into iCloud."

He continued:

"People EXPECT a 2FA solution to add additional security in order to protect their data, but contrary to Dropbox & Google, Apple doesn't really do that. It's the 'weakest' 2FA solution launched so far by the big and well-known services, it will only add an additional layer of false security to people's minds, which may have dangerous results."
apple  icloud  security  twostepverification 
june 2013 by Aetles
Old Mac of the Month: The iBook (Dual USB) — 512 Pixels
En närmare titt på iBook (dual USB), den första vita iBooken och i mina ögon den bästa Macen någonsin, totalt sett.

"Introduced on May 1st, 2001, the white iBook was the first Mac in a long time to offer a lot of bang for the buck and lots of features. It was a clean, compact design with no wasted space — especially compared to the original iBook — and it had lots of ports, a good screen, and a low price. It was a very capable machine and you didn’t get the feeling that they left off crucial bits just to make you consider getting a PowerBook instead. "
apple  mac  ibook  from twitter
may 2013 by Aetles
The Mailbox security failure that wasn’t |
This can cause some confusion when somebody plugs a locked device into a computer it has previously been plugged in to. The misconception is that because a locked device is plugged into a computer and the contents of the device are readable, that the contents of that device would be readable on any computer that the device is plugged in to; but this is not reality. If you were to lose your phone on the street, then somebody else picked it up, took it home, plugged it into their computer and fired up iExplorer, they would just see a screen telling them to plug in a device. iExplorer has no way to talk to that device until the device has been unlocked, plugged into the computer, and the keys have been exchanged. You can reproduce this behavior on a computer that the device has already been plugged into by going to the '/private/var/db/lockdown' directory on the computer ('%AllUsersProfile%\Apple\Lockdown\' in Windows) and deleting the plist file in that directory that has your device’s UDID in the filename.
apple  ios  security 
may 2013 by Aetles
The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system | Apple - CNET News
CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its later success.
apple  history  business  dos  startup  wozniak 
april 2013 by Aetles
Entrepreneurial Seduction: The Future of Software Pricing
I think everyone can agree that we won't survive long as indie developers if we can only charge one or two dollars for our apps. I don't even think $15 is enough unless you have an enormous audience. So what do we do? How do we compete with the "race to the bottom" inspired by the App Store? I don't have all the answers, but I do have my opinions and I'm willing to back them up with evidence through my business actions.
software  pricing  appstore  mas  macappstore  apple  osx  mac 
march 2013 by Aetles
The rise and fall of Andy Zaky - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech
FORTUNE -- In the late 1990s, an ad agency creative director I'll call Joe Smith to protect his privacy bought several hundred shares of Apple (AAPL) at $60 apiece. Last fall, at age 42, he found himself out of work and increasingly dependent on the value of those shares to make ends meet.
Following the lead of a 33-year-old investment advisor named Andy Zaky who had written that Apple was going to $750 by January and to $1,000 within a year, Smith converted most of his Apple common stock -- more than he should have -- into high-risk Apple call options. When those options expired in the third week of January with Apple trading below $500, they were worth exactly zero. Smith had lost roughly $400,000 and all his Apple shares.
A lot of people lost a lot of money when Apple went into the extended downward slide that just entered its sixth month. And there were plenty of other experts saying all along that the stock was undervalued and ready to bounce. But Smith's story -- and the story of hundreds of other investors who were following Andy Zaky's so-called Apple model portfolio last fall -- hold a special poignancy for me. Not only did these people get some spectacularly bad advice, but they got it from someone whom I helped make famous.
I'd been writing about Zaky since the fall of 2008. I'd covered his earnings predictions, his buy and sell calls, his critiques of competing fund managers. I'd eaten dinner with him, toured him around my Brooklyn neighborhood, introduced him to my wife.
So I feel a personal and professional obligation to find out what went wrong.
apple  money  business  aapl 
march 2013 by Aetles
Wi-Fi base stations: Extending the range of your wireless network by adding additional Wi-Fi base stations
Before you add additional Wi-fi base stations to your network, you should consider whether or not you really need to.

Adding Wi-Fi base stations when it is unnecessary can reduce Wi-Fi throughput because the Wi-Fi network will require more data management overhead. The network configuration also becomes more complex. In the case of a wirelessly extended network, throughput may be reduced to less than 60 percent of that of a single device. The general rule is to keep the Wi-Fi network as simple as possible. You can accomplish this by using the minimum number of Wi-Fi base stations required to service the physical network area and by using Ethernet wherever possible.

Extending the range of your Wi-Fi network by connecting Wi-Fi base stations together using Ethernet is always the best option, and will provide the best throughput.
apple  network  wifi  airport 
february 2013 by Aetles
iTunes: How to move your music to a new computer
When you get a new computer, iTunes can help move your music so you can play and sync it from the new computer. Read below for help choosing the option that is right for you.
apple  backup  itunes  mac  migration 
january 2013 by Aetles
Keeping Safari a secret
For much of the time we spent developing Safari — long before it was called by that name — it pretended to be Microsoft Internet Explorer. Specifically, Internet Explorer for Mac, which Apple had provided with the OS since 1998. Less than six months before Safari debuted, it started pretending to be a Mozilla browser.

Why did we do this? And how did we make Safari pretend to be these browsers when its code and behavior were so different?
apple  safari  development  webbrowsers 
january 2013 by Aetles
ignore the code: iTunes 11
iTunes desperately needs a complete rethinking. iTunes 11 isn’t that. It seems as if Apple tried to hide iTunes’ complexity under a shallow veneer of simplicity. Unfortunately, a new coat of paint won’t fix the leaning tower of Pisa.

Sure, iTunes 11 looks as if it was way more friendly than previous versions of iTunes. But while those previous versions were at least honest about their complexity, iTunes 11 isn’t. iTunes’ user interface used to promise a complex application, and then deliver one. iTunes 11 promises a simple app, but delivers the opposite.

One of the main problems introduced in iTunes 11 is the new bar atop the iTunes window. This tiny thing combines a vast number of features that were previously served by many different UI elements in iTunes. Sure, the bar seems simple and friendly. How much damage could this tiny thing possibly do? Well, you can’t cram so much stuff into such a small UI element without causing problems.
apple  design  itunes 
december 2012 by Aetles
• Chart: Apple's Astonishing Profit in Context | Statista
What went by nearly unnoticed however, was the fact that Apple had just wrapped up its fiscal year 2012 with a record profit of $41.7 billion on $156.5 billion revenue.

How huge these numbers really are becomes more evident when compared to the results of Apple’s competition:

• From October 2011 through September 2012, the combined net profit of Microsoft, Google, eBay, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon was $34.4 billion. Apple alone made $7 billion more.

• In the same period, Dell, Asus, Intel, Acer, IBM, Lenovo and HP, i.e. virtually the entire PC industry, made $19.3 billion or less than half of Apple’s profit.

Seeing these numbers, it is no surprise that, despite its recent dip, Apple is still the most valuable public company in the world. All its recent shortcomings notwithstanding, Apple’s business remains incredibly profitable.
apple  business 
november 2012 by Aetles
Apple's Institutional Slingshot: Rational Explanation Of Irrational Stock Action - Seeking Alpha
The Apple slingshot is not a hedge fund conspiracy. It is not caused by any of the negative rationale that you may hear in the media, which includes the underwhelming launch of Apple Maps, the lack of innovation from Tim Cook, iPhone 5 supply constraints, iPad mini cannibalization, Samsung (SSNLF.PK) competitive threats, the earnings miss, and of course the absence of Steve Jobs. To the uninformed, these variables sound reasonable enough to support a selloff, but to those who understand Apple's historical stock precedent, these reasons appear to be nothing more than noise. Seasoned Apple investors know there is more to it.
apple  stock  stockmarket  finance  aapl  hedgefunds 
november 2012 by Aetles
Rands In Repose: Innovation is a Fight
The word that worried me the most in the press release was in the first sentence. The word was “collaboration”. Close your eyes and imagine a meeting with Steve Jobs. Imagine how it proceeds and how decisions are made. Does the word collaboration ever enter your mind? Not mine. I’m just sitting there on pins and needles waiting for the guy to explode and rip us to shreds because we phoned it in on a seemingly unimportant icon.

As someone who spends much of his time figuring out how to get teams to work together, the premium I’m placing on volatility might seem odd. I believe Apple benefits greatly from having a large, stable operational team that consistently and steadily gets shit done,  but I also believe that in order to maintain its edge Apple needs a group of disruptors.

Love him or hate him, Scott Forstall’s departure makes Apple a more stable company, and I wonder if that is how it begins.
apple  scottforstall  business 
november 2012 by Aetles
Why I’m returning my iPad mini | VentureBeat
After less than a week, I’m ready to return my iPad mini.

I already have five tablets in my single-person household, including all three previous generations of iPads and a Google Nexus 7. I thought the mini would fill a small niche in my tablet needs, such as controlling my TiVo or Sonos system. So I bought the low-end 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini. I was wrong.

I like it so much that I’m going to return it and get a 32GB 4G iPad mini. I expect it will become my primary tablet. I’ve had various tablets since the Newton MessagePad 110. I’ve spent a lot of time with iPads, the Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire. iPad mini is easily the best tablet ever.
apple  ipad  ipadmini 
november 2012 by Aetles
Stream of Superior Consciousness - The Apple Haters' 7 Stages of Grief
The Apple haters’ stages of grief go something like this:

Predict failure of new Apple product
Attribute early success of new Apple product to rabid fanbois affected by the reality distortion field
Attribute longer term success of product to stupidity of consumers
Purchase previously scorned product for stupid relatives so they stop bothering you to help support the open source version of Apple product sold by Super Lucky Technology Extreme Inc. that you convinced them to buy
Purchase previously scorned product for yourself just to see what all the fuss is about
Admit that you now own and use the product, but complain about the product’s lack of SD card slot on random Internet forum
Forget prior criticism of product, claim that it was revolutionary and an example of how Apple used to be really innovative, but has now lost its edge
Rinse and repeat
apple  haters  applehaters 
november 2012 by Aetles
The all-new Apple: The Head, The Heart, and The Voice | The Tech Block
Change at Apple’s executive level has been inevitable since Steve Jobs’s passing, and while it’s easy to get caught up in the gossip behind that change, I’m more interested in what it means long term.

The team that was in place prior to the recent shake-up was built to support Jobs’s strengths and weaknesses as a decision maker, not Tim Cook’s. And since the old team was built for Jobs, it was no longer obvious how it worked. Today I think it’s much clearer, both internally and externally.

Apple’s major areas of strength and focus are:

Design (Industrial, UI/UX)
Software (iOS, Mac, Apps)
Services (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Siri, Maps, iBookstore, iAd)
Hardware (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, laptops, desktops)
But that’s not how Apple was organized as of last Friday. Just look at how the software and services areas were divided up among Apple’s leadership:

Craig Federighi (Mac, Mac Apps, UI/UX?)
Scott Forstall (iOS, iOS Apps, Maps, Siri, UI/UX?)
Eddy Cue (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, iAd, UI/UX?)
Scott Forstall was responsible not only for iOS, but for Siri and Maps, too. Possibly even UI/UX. This created a leadership position that straddled the software, services, and design areas. But with the removal of Forstall, the roles of Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue are more clearly defined. Federighi is now responsible for Apple’s software, while Eddy Cue is responsible for the company’s services. Instead of being responsible for products, as they previously were, each is now responsible for disciplines. Simple. Smart.
apple  leadership  timcook  jonathanive  scottforstall 
november 2012 by Aetles
Apple’s design problems aren’t skeuomorphic « counternotions
It’s not known if Ive’s is a transitionary appointment necessitated by Scott Forstall’s departure or a harbinger of a longer term realignment of Apple design under a single umbrella. Unification of hardware and software design under a czar may certainly bring aesthetic efficiencies but it can also be pregnant with dangers. Much as the “lickable” Aqua UI ended up doing a decade ago, a serious mistake would be to hide many of these behavioral, functional and experiential software problems under a more attractive, aesthetically unifying display layer, such as:

A more modern, less cheesy Game Center redesign that still doesn’t have a social layer.
An aesthetically unified iTunes without appreciably better content discoverability.
A Siri app without the background linen but still lacking much deeper semantic integration with the rest of the iOS.
A Maps app without the ungainly surreal visual artifacts but still missing a robust search layer underneath.
An iBooks app without the wooden shelves or inner spine shadow, but still with subpar typography and anemic hyphenation and justification.
A Podcast app without the tape deck skeuomorphism, but with all the same navigational opaqueness.
In the end, what’s wrong with iOS isn’t the dark linen behind the app icons at the bottom of the screen, but the fact that iOS ought to have much better inter-application management and navigation than users fiddling with tiny icons.
apple  design  ios  jonathanive 
november 2012 by Aetles
Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing
Is there anything well designed today that inspires you?

Design is not limited to fancy new gadgets. Our family just bought a new washing machine and dryer. We didn't have a very good one so we spent a little time looking at them. It turns out that the Americans make washers and dryers all wrong. The Europeans make them much better - but they take twice as long to do clothes! It turns out that they wash them with about a quarter as much water and your clothes end up with a lot less detergent on them. Most important, they don't trash your clothes. They use a lot less soap, a lot less water, but they come out much cleaner, much softer, and they last a lot longer.

We spent some time in our family talking about what's the trade-off we want to make. We ended up talking a lot about design, but also about the values of our family. Did we care most about getting our wash done in an hour versus an hour and a half? Or did we care most about our clothes feeling really soft and lasting longer? Did we care about using a quarter of the water? We spent about two weeks talking about this every night at the dinner table. We'd get around to that old washer-dryer discussion. And the talk was about design.

We ended up opting for these Miele appliances, made in Germany. They're too expensive, but that's just because nobody buys them in this country. They are really wonderfully made and one of the few products we've bought over the last few years that we're all really happy about. These guys really thought the process through. They did such a great job designing these washers and dryers. I got more thrill out of them than I have out of any piece of high tech in years.
apple  design  stevejobs  technology  washingmachines  miele 
october 2012 by Aetles
In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword -
In the smartphone industry alone, according to a Stanford University analysis, as much as $20 billion was spent on patent litigation and patent purchases in the last two years — an amount equal to eight Mars rover missions.
copyright  patents  apple  samsung  technology 
october 2012 by Aetles
Two months later, developers (mostly) positive about OS X’s GateKeeper | Ars Technica
Remember the wails about Apple turning OS X into a "walled garden" when news of GateKeeper emerged? The tool, which allows OS X users to restrict where their apps come from, was announced in February 2012 and was included with Mountain Lion when it was released in July. The controversy hinged on Apple's attempt to guide users toward installing only those apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, or at least settling for a middle ground wherein users could also install apps "signed" by the developer—an action that still costs the developer $99 per year and pads Apple's bank account.

The goal was to increase security on the Mac—especially in light of the recent Flashback scare—but power users bristled. GateKeeper does allow Mac users to install apps from any source they'd like, but it's not as easy as it used to be. The OS throws up flags that warn users about unsigned applications, which can easily discourage people from trying new software.

On the developer side, however, there was a cautious optimism that GateKeeper could mean good things for Mac users. Before GateKeeper was released to the public, Ars interviewed a number of developers who told us they generally felt comfortable with the tiers of control, even if things weren't perfect. Some acknowledged that Apple was indeed stepping up its level of control over users' computers, however, and expressed concern that Apple could change its default settings at any time to limit software distribution even further.

So has the apocalypse come? Two months post-Mountain Lion, are developers suffering from GateKeeper's new restrictions? We reached out to a handful of Mac developers for their perspective, and to see how their work has been impacted by the change.
apple  developers  macappstore  sandboxing  gatekeeper  osx 
october 2012 by Aetles
The Xerox PARC Visit
The closest thing in the history of computing to a Prometheus myth is the late 1979 visit to Xerox PARC by a group of Apple engineers and executives led by Steve Jobs. According to early reports, it was on this visit that Jobs discovered the mouse, windows, icons, and other technologies that had been developed at PARC. These wonders had been locked away at PARC by a staff that didn't understand the revolutionary potential of what they had created. Jobs, in contrast, was immediately converted to the religion of the graphical user interface, and ordered them copied by Apple, starting down the track that would eventually yield the Lisa and "insanely great" Macintosh. The Apple engineers-- that band of brothers, that bunch of pirates-- stole the fire of the gods, and gave it to the people.

It's a good story. Unfortunately, it's also wrong in almost every way a story can be wrong. There are problems with chronology and timing. The testimony of a number of key figures at Apple suggests that the visit was not the revelation early accounts made it out to be. But the story also carries deeper assumptions about Apple, Xerox PARC, computer science in the late 1970s, and even the nature of invention and innovation that deserve to be examined and challenged.
apple  history  xerox  jobs  stevejobs 
october 2012 by Aetles
Lessons from a frustrated Apple Maps designer | Tapity
If you get the content wrong, folks won’t even notice your awesome user interface. To them, the app is broken. Lame, lame, lame.
ios  apple  maps 
october 2012 by Aetles
The iPod End Game | Mike Industries
I have no doubt about Apple’s desire to make a phone. If there was nothing standing in the way, it would already be done. It won’t be long before the cell phone is your camera, your music player, your organizer, your portable web client, your remote control, and your digital wallet.
apple  ipod  iphone  rumors  predictions 
september 2012 by Aetles
“iCloud Backup” –
I figured that a “Genius” would quickly figure out whether it still had iOS 4, and if so, would just update it to iOS 5 or 6 and then set up iCloud backup.

But instead of doing what I assumed would be a non-destructive update, the Genius did a restore. And, apparently, didn’t explain what that was going to mean.
apple  backup  ipad  applestore  ios  icloud 
september 2012 by Aetles
Things that happened while Steve Jobs was alive that wouldn't have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive. - Brian Ford's column on Newsvine
If you've not read the phrase "this never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive" you've not spent any time reading tech news and/or the commentary that tends to accompany it. 
apple  stevejobs 
september 2012 by Aetles
The Blind Shooting The Blind ∵ Stephen van Egmond's weblog
Apple gets a lot of ignorant hate, and a lot of ignorant reverence. Let me give some informed reverence for one area where they kick so much ass: accessibility.

We trekked out to the wilds north of Eglinton to the CNIB, dropping in on the iDevice User Group. This is a group where blind people teach each other how to get around in the world, using iOS applications as their helpers. We were the only sighted people present, there to talk to this particular subset of Pocket Rocket‘s users.

We I simply gawped when one blind woman pulled out an iPhone then snapped a perfect shot, guided by the built-in Camera app.
accessibility  apple  development  ios  iphone 
september 2012 by Aetles
Average App Store Review Times - Mac App Store - Rolling Annual Trend Graph
This site tracks the average App Store review times for both the iOS and the Mac App Store using data crowdsourced from iOS and Mac developers on Twitter.
macappstore  apple  mac  osx 
september 2012 by Aetles
Implementing Smart App Banners - David Smith
iOS 6 introduces a new feature to Safari that should help app developers clean up their websites and convert more visitors into customers. Apple calls it Smart App Banners. The goal of this feature is to provide app developers with an easy way to direct visitors of their website to their app without having to resort to awful and clumsy pop-ups.
apple  development  ios  webapps  web 
september 2012 by Aetles
User Friendly iTunes Affiliate Links - David Smith
If you do anything that includes linking to items in the iTunes Store you should sign up to be an affiliate. The iTunes Affiliate program provides a mechanism to earn a bit of extra revenue from your links. For this article I’m going to focus on the US incarnation of Apple’s program. The terms and practice may vary when used in other countries.
apple  ios  itunes  mac  appstore  affiliate 
september 2012 by Aetles
The Apple Reaper — CoovTech
UPDATE 2 I spoke with Apple by phone this morning. The person I spoke with was very kind and sympathetic to what happened. He had seen my blog post last night and immediately escalated action on their end. He acknowledged that it was a mistake for Apple to have rejected the app and apologized for the unfortunate app review experience I had. They took a look at the app again and confirmed that it does not violate 11.2 and approved the app.

I also asked for clarification on the cross-platform exemption that the reviewer talked about. He said that was incorrect and would seek clarification from the reviewer on that. Any app rejection is based on the iOS platform, regardless of any other platform.

Overall I’m happy that we were able to work this out. Kudos for Apple for escalating and solving this for me!
apple  appstore  appstorerejections 
september 2012 by Aetles
FJP - Apple avoids the temptation of jetpack design
Watch the Yawns Roll In

We're conditioned to think that more features are better. That "innovation" means "no one has ever seen this idea before". That new ideas always win in the marketplace.

As product designers, we could learn a thing or two from the way Apple ships "boring", "passé", "me-too" features once a year, like clockwork, and "makes them look pretty".
apple  business 
september 2012 by Aetles
The iPhone 5 is Boring and Amazing | Gadget Lab |
It’s a weird paradox. The iPhone 5 can simultaneously be the best phone on the market and really, really boring. And that has almost nothing to do with Apple and everything to do with our expectations.
apple  iphone  iphone5 
september 2012 by Aetles
Steve Jobs: unseen images by Norman Seeff, 1984 | Retronaut
The iconic image of Steve Jobs in the lotus position with a Mac on his lap (above) was taken by Norman Seeff.  Norman is a fan of Retronaut and sent us these out-takes, plus his account of the shoot.  Images 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are exclusive to Retronaut and are here released for the first time.
apple  history  jobs  photography  stevejobs 
september 2012 by Aetles
Will Apple's Tacky Software-Design Philosophy Cause A Revolt? | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
By now it’s almost inevitable given the company’s track record: No matter what Apple unveils tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center (an iPad Mini? iPhone 5?), pundits will herald the company for its innovative thinking and bold hardware design. But the elephant in the room will be Apple’s software, which many inside the company believe has evolved for the worse in the last few years.

Despite consistently glowing reviews from critics and consumers alike, iOS and OS X, Apple’s operating systems which tie Macs and iPads and iPhones together, have rubbed some the wrong way in recent years with their design directions. During my reporting for Fast Company's upcoming feature on design at Microsoft, set to go live this week as part of our October design issue, I spoke with a number of designers, Apple veterans, and industry insiders hostile towards Apple’s approach to software design. Equally eye opening was the number who genuinely praise Microsoft for its novel approach for Windows 8, the most radical redesign to date of the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. The criticism and controversy, much of it revolving around a trend called skeuomorphism, reveal chinks in Apple’s armor rarely visible to those outside One Infinite Loop.
apple  design  ios  mac  stevejobs  skeuomorphism 
september 2012 by Aetles
The Apple Tax, Part II | Monday Note
Once upon a time, Steve Ballmer blasted Apple for asking its customers to pay $500 for an Apple logo. This was the “Apple Tax“, the price difference between the solid, professional workmanship of a laptop running on Windows, and Apple’s needlessly elegant MacBooks.
Following last week’s verdict against Samsung, the kommentariat have raised the specter of an egregious new Apple Tax, one that Apple will levy on other smartphone makers who will have no choice but to pass the burden on to you. The idea is this: Samsung’s loss means it will now have to compete against Apple with its dominant hand — a lower price tag — tied behind its back. This will allow Apple to exact higher prices for its iPhones (and iPads) and thus inflict even more pain and suffering on consumers.
There seems to be a moral aspect, here, as if Apple should be held to a higher standard. Last year, Apple and Nokia settled an IP “misunderstanding” that also resulted in a “Tax”…but it was Nokia that played the T-Man role: Apple paid Nokia more than $600M plus an estimated $11.50 per iPhone sold. Where were the handwringers who now accuse Apple of abusing the patent system when the Nokia settlement took place? Where was the outrage against the “evil”, if hapless, Finnish company? (Amusingly, observers speculate that Nokia has made more money from these IP arrangements than from selling its own Lumia smartphones.)
apple  nokia  patents  samsung 
september 2012 by Aetles
Apple now provides online tool to report App Store ripoffs | Ars Technica
Apple has created an App Store-specific reporting tool that allows developers to alert the company to potential copyright or trademark infringement by copycat apps. The tool appears designed to streamline the process of getting offending apps removed from the App Store and giving developers a clear channel of communication with Apple during the process.
apps  apple  copyright  ios  appstore 
september 2012 by Aetles
Apple Never Invented Anything | Monday Note
Drugged or sober, the proud iPaq owner falls into the following point: The basic ingredients are the same. Software is all zeroes and ones, after all. The quantity and order may vary, but that’s about it. Hardware is just protons, neutrons, electrons and photons buzzing around, nothing original. Apple didn’t “invent” anything, the iPad is simply their variation, their interpretation of the well-known tablet recipe.
By this myopic logic, Einstein didn’t invent the theory of relativity, Henri Poincaré had similar ideas before him, as did Hendrik Lorentz earlier still. And, come to think of it, Maxwell’s equations contain all of the basic ingredients of relativity; Einstein “merely” found a way to combine them with another set of parts, Newtonian mechanics.
apple  design  stevejobs  ipad  copying  inventing 
september 2012 by Aetles
Before Apple introduced the iPhone… « counternotions
This list too could go on. But it’s sobering to remember that a single device by a company with zero experience in the industry and against all odds caused such a tidal wave of change. Change didn’t come because of Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, RIM or any other player in the market for the past 15 years bet their company on it. Android and webOS weren’t there before the iPhone. But it’s convenient to forget all this when the meme demands Apple to be smeared with the evil brush.

Yes, “Apple’s evil”…except for all the others.
apple  history  iphone  business 
september 2012 by Aetles
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Danger Room |
It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest rejection letter.
apple  drones  politics  ios  appstore  iphone 
september 2012 by Aetles
The Wizard of Pods – Behind the Curtain with Steve Jobs « Writers Block Live
Steve starts his preparation for a keynote many weeks in advance, personally reviewing all the products and technologies he might include. Although the development and release schedules for new products are set far in advance, he still has to satisfy himself that the chosen products are keynote-ready. For software, this can be hard to decide: the engineering work is usually still underway, so he will make a preliminary determination based on seeing unfinished software. More than once this has caused some tense moments in rehearsal when programs haven’t behaved under the harsh glare of a public demo.

Baptism by Fire
My first experience of this preparation came in the runup to the Macworld Expo keynote of January 2001, which was to include new Macs able to burn DVDs – then an amazing capability. Steve wanted to show off the new consumer-oriented software, called iDVD, that could do it. As I was the product manager for Apple’s DVD software, I had to organise everything that Steve would need for his demo.
stevejobs  apple  keynotes  idvd  mikeevangelist 
september 2012 by Aetles
iPhone: The bet Steve Jobs didn’t decline « counternotions
Suppose you were the CEO of Apple in 2005 when a couple of intergalactic visitors with time-warping technology offered you this bet:

Design and manufacture a small mobile device that seamlessly combines the functionalities of a cellular phone, a web surfer, an audio/video player and a small PC, and your company will double its market cap and establish a third mass-market computing platform after Windows and Macintosh.

Would you take it?

Before you say, “Are you nuts, why wouldn’t I?” ponder just a few of the issues involved:
apple  iphone  business  stevejobs 
august 2012 by Aetles
Edward Marks: Improve Usability With A Black Status Bar and Rounded Corners
The use of a black status bar and rounded corners can increase the usability of your iPhone application by bounding your content and thus separating it from the viewport.
apple  ios  design  usability  development  iphone 
august 2012 by Aetles
The Problem With iCloud | TightWind
iCloud’s promise is a dream: your contacts, calendar, backups, songs, documents and application data are on all of your devices, whenever and wherever you need them. No need to worry about moving files from device to device on a flash drive or emailing them or any of the other crazy stuff we used to do. All of your stuff, always there when you need it. If that were completely the case, it would be a no-brainer for me. I’d implement iCloud syncing immediately, because that idea—never having to worry about where my stuff is again—is one of those ideas that makes my heart flutter with excitement.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
icloud  apple  ios  osx  sync  development  developers 
august 2012 by Aetles
Why developers, customers should be wary of the Mac App Store | Macworld
Perhaps, at this point, you’re wondering what you should do. The first step is concluding how you feel about the Mac App Store and Apple’s increasingly strict rules regarding the apps that can be sold there. If you don’t mind them, keep contentedly shopping in the store.

But take pause. When we talk about the importance of backing up, we often say that it’s a question of when, not if, your hard drive will fail. With the Mac App Store, it’s nearing certainty that if you haven’t yet been stymied by the impact of one of Apple’s Mac App Store rules, you will be soon.

That stymieing might take one of several forms: A developer of an app you love might release a brand new version with a brand new price tag, since there’s no option to offer upgrade pricing. An app you love may be forced to strip out features you depend upon to comply with Apple’s rules. Or developers behind an app you love may find that they simply can’t keep the app in the Mac App Store anymore, and pull it (see Postbox, Alfred, TextExpander, and Moom, each of which has been forced to move out of the App Store and return to a direct sales only model). Whether you’ll be able to “cross-grade” from your Mac App Store version of that app to a standalone, external version will be at the whim (and maybe even technical expertise) of the developer in question.

While the Mac App Store remains a fine place to buy certain software titles today, the issues are real, and Apple thus far has displayed its characteristic determination to stick to its current plan. If you’re concerned, you have two tools you can use: The first is to stop shopping at the Mac App Store when possible, and buy apps direct from developers instead. And the second is to share your feedback with Apple directly.

It’s definitely too soon to panic about the future of the Mac App Store and OS X. But it’s not too soon to be concerned.
apple  macappstore  sandboxing  mac  developers 
august 2012 by Aetles
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