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I was saving it for a follow-up post. Preview: pic.twitter.com/sK4u2Hojcp

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 11, 2018
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Stickers will be included with shirts and hoodies this week, including one sized for AirPod cases.

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 11, 2018
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Show Original works with symlinks too.

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 8, 2018
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I chose to ignore that because the piece was already growing out of control, but I’ve gone back and added an objection right after the block quote.

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 8, 2018
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iPhone XR clear case from Apple: It’s very nice. pic.twitter.com/eApRTle3Cf

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 6, 2018
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10 days ago by mjtsai
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Found it! This archive is gold, includes Nov 1984 HIG:

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net//pub/apple_II/documentation/macintosh/Mac%20-%20Inside%20Mac%20Pre-Release%20PDFs.zip

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 6, 2018
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10 days ago by mjtsai
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Things like this are canaries in the coal mine regarding the state of the Mac. If even Apple doesn’t get basic fundamentals — like supporting Page Up/Down, things which should work in a scrolling view out of the box — how are we to expect any developer to?

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 5, 2018
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11 days ago by mjtsai
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So in Mojave's Mac App Store app, you can't scroll anything using standard keyboard keys like Page Up, Page Down, Home, End, or the space bar?

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 5, 2018
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11 days ago by mjtsai
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My secret theory as to why Instagram doesn’t have an iPad version is that their iPhone version is such a non-native mess that they’d have to start all over effectively.

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 5, 2018
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11 days ago by mjtsai
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Dealbreaker for me without tethering — a lot of what I use iPad cellular for is getting my MacBook Pro online, to be honest. Rather use iPad for tether than iPhone to save iPhone battery life.

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 4, 2018
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12 days ago by mjtsai
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Why is the split keyboard not available on iPad Pros? Am I missing something? pic.twitter.com/UVfKY0k0lR

— John Gruber (@gruber) December 1, 2018
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14 days ago by mjtsai
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Although that graph does show the XR “outselling” both XS and XS Max each week…

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 28, 2018
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17 days ago by mjtsai
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I saw that yesterday. Those XR numbers are so shockingly low it’s hard to believe. Does Mixpanel reveal their methodology?

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 28, 2018
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17 days ago by mjtsai
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Here’s how to create a simple Keyboard Maestro macro that opens the Services menu in any app. Then you can just type to select the service you want. (Mentioned on @thetalkshow recently…) https://t.co/YOYHKZTndp

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 26, 2018
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I don’t love Lightning either but I like it better than any version of USB ever and probably more than any connector ever.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 26, 2018
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And I’d argue it’s a frustrating confusing limiting interface for switching between apps.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 26, 2018
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20 days ago by mjtsai
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Control, size, branding, status quo.

Far more iPhone customers would be angered than pleased by switch to USB-C, and to what end? The last few years before all-wireless?

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 26, 2018
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20 days ago by mjtsai
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I didn’t mention it but it occurred to me. But to me the difference is that very simple use of Mac scales to doing more complex things smoothly. On iPad it’s more like a chasm.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 26, 2018
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Well, I think it’s by far most likely AirPods stick with Lightning, add inductive as second option.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 25, 2018
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I think 2) is your mistake. They could easily wait until September for AirPods update. Current ones are great, more popular every day.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 24, 2018
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21 days ago by mjtsai
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To be fair, Anker’s excellent 30W charger is only $26. To me the advantage of Apple’s 12W charger is size and weight and USB-A as the port.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 23, 2018
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22 days ago by mjtsai
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What’s the max wattage an iPhone X(S/R) can pull? Is there an advantage to using a charger higher than 18W? Surprisingly hard info to find.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 21, 2018
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25 days ago by mjtsai
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The Newton handwriting recognition gets a bad rap because it sucked when it shipped (insert “egg freckles” reference here) but it got really good when the second-gen algorithm shipped, and was great by the time Newton got canned.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 17, 2018
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I never thought this before, but now, with new Pencil, I find myself wishing iPad supported Newton-style handwriting-to-text everywhere.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 17, 2018
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28 days ago by mjtsai
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I love these clips from Apple’s old MagSafe power cables. You hardly notice them when you don’t need them, and they’re super handy when you do. Would love to find something like them for *any* cable of similar circumference, but can’t find anything. Anyone know of such a thing? pic.twitter.com/QaBMmeYvF1

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 15, 2018
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The worst part is, what I actually do is Update All, wasting time and data updating an app I’d rather delete, because it’s easier.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 15, 2018
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I wish you could delete apps right from the App Store Updates tab. When I see an update is pending for an app I never use, I just want to delete it right there.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 15, 2018
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Google includes their USB-C headphone jack adapter in the box with Pixel 3. Apple's is smaller and nicer, though. pic.twitter.com/NlGsj6W9Uj

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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And look at how terrible drag and drop is on iPad. It’s so bad they won’t enable it on iPhone.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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First and foremost because it is nice right now that the Mac UI has controls that are too small and too close to each other for touch. It’d be a huge loss for Mac UI to have all controls sized and spaced for touch. And touch would be error prone with current sizing/spacing.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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The real problem with the notion of touch-ifying MacOS is all about the UI. I don’t see any way to do it where touch is nice to use and mousing doesn’t suffer terribly.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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But for a task that requires extended continuous tapping/swiping, it really is awful. Something like doing layout design work, or video editing.

On iPad, for tasks like that, a user will naturally just pick iPad up and use it in a more comfortable position. So, no problem.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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I think the “gorilla arm” ergonomic argument against using touchscreen in laptop position is overblown as a primary argument.

For occasional touches and swipes it’s fine and there’s no discomfort. You don’t even notice.

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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That’s exactly what UI writers should be thinking: what if the user ONLY reads the buttons?

— John Gruber (@gruber) November 12, 2018
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This kind of sucks but makes sense. New Pencil charges and pairs magnetically, which old iPads don’t have. Old Pencils charge and pair by Lightning, which new iPad Pros don’t have.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 30, 2018
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If there’s a second smaller XR it would be 5.5 inches — 1624 x 750 pixels at 326 pixels per inch. (Same resolution as current XR in “zoomed” mode.)

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 25, 2018
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7 weeks ago by mjtsai
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OLED’s power efficiency comes when it shows black. Think: Apple Watch. When it shows color it has no innate advantage. iOS is bright.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 24, 2018
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IMO the 128 GB iPhone XR is by far the best value in the entire iPhone lineup. Apple could have easily only offered 64 and 256 GB. pic.twitter.com/kXDFjHN7ef

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 23, 2018
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This is a good point. Photgraphic functionality aside, the smaller camera bump, the better, and the XR camera bump is *much* smaller. https://t.co/yVXcUBMJPv

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 23, 2018
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I agree with all three points. But here’s a weird (and to me, mildly alarming) trend: podcasts that only link to Apple Podcasts. No link to the RSS feed or any other podcast client. Example from The Daily Beast:https://t.co/PQYA13bHQ1 https://t.co/AzJeFsmxTB

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 22, 2018
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Weird thing about iPhone XR — no first-party cases from Apple (yet?). Only cases they’re promoting with pre-orders are from Otterbox, of all places. pic.twitter.com/2Fiq7C8uMz

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 19, 2018
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8 weeks ago by mjtsai
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Somehow I’m thinking maybe the Nest app is a little bloated. pic.twitter.com/8iUzuJ24jm

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 17, 2018
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Yeah, and it’s too late for invitations if event were next week.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 17, 2018
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But doesn’t that give you the Apple New URL, not the original publication’s URL?

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 17, 2018
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I don’t think so. I think this is a skunkworks project that never should’ve shipped in this state.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 17, 2018
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In Apple News on iOS you can open any article in Safari via the share sheet. Am I getting this right that there’s no way to do that in Apple News on Mojave? I don’t even see a way to copy the original URL.

Did anyone at Apple even try using these Marzipan apps?

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 17, 2018
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8 weeks ago by mjtsai
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TouchBar is a maybe, but other companies might need more time to copy it.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 13, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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My answer: the ultra-low-travel keyboard on MacBooks and MacBook Pros. No one is copying that, because it’s a bad keyboard.

Second answer: the one-port USB-C MacBook.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 13, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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So something like this to make the new tab and make it current:

tell application "Safari"
tell front window
set _old_tab to current tab
set _new_tab to make new tab at after _old_tab
set current tab to _new_tab
end tell
end tell

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 11, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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Looking at the Pixel 3 phones, Slate, and Home Hub today (hands-on press thing in NYC), best I can tell, Product Sans seems to signify “this is Google’s”.

Roboto: Android
Product Sans: Google

But it makes for a mishmash IMO.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 11, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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Oct 19: iPhone XR pre-orders start
Oct 26: iPhone XR ships

I highly doubt Apple would hold an event for new iPads and MacBooks before XR ships. Doesn’t make sense let them take attention away from each other. I don’t expect event until October 30 or 31 or November.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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I’m pretty sure the answer is no, but is there a `defaults` preference to get Safari to open new tabs next to the current tab (like how tabs open when you Cmd-click a link)?

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2018
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9 weeks ago by mjtsai
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Man oh man, did Google hit the Mac version of Chrome with the ugly stick or what? Worst looking tabs I’ve ever seen — they look like a rendering bug.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 7, 2018
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I think Apple needs explain what their problem with Super Micro really was, if not this.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 6, 2018
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But at the other end, new faces like Vapor and Fire and *more* minimal than ever. About as minimal as can get.

— John Gruber (@gruber) October 3, 2018
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I just switched to Ka-Block this week. So far so good. https://t.co/HkL5RO30mH

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 26, 2018
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11 weeks ago by mjtsai
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Then, like I said, what’s the point of even having MacOS?

(Agree about Messages — not a good app at all.)

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 25, 2018
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My kid’s in high school now and Facebook just isn’t a thing. Instagram is, but this signals to me that Instagram is going to get more Facebook-y. Red flag.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 25, 2018
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11 weeks ago by mjtsai
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1. Fraction of iPhone users who even *consider* a new phone after one year is tiny.
2. How is this different than any other S year? Or 6S → 7?
3. The marketing message to those who do care is that the camera is way better, and much of that from Neural Engine, and thus exclusive.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 16, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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AirPower must be well and truly fucked. No one at Apple will say a word about it, even off the record. And as a result they didn’t even mention inductive charging during the event, even though the XS and XR both charge faster than the X.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 12, 2018
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This will never get old. @panzer pic.twitter.com/bRZmAeuwuL

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 12, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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Interesting difference from 10 years ago. Apple Legal jumped on 9to5Mac in 2007 for publishing an Apple photo of the upcoming fat Nano:https://t.co/L0oIyc2Ogv

This year, no response.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 5, 2018
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I wonder how many people have put off AirPod purchases while waiting for the AirPower-compatible case?

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 4, 2018
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Get one of these $11 stands from Anker. Works great with iPads too (which is what I usually use it with).https://t.co/yyre2HIZ8T pic.twitter.com/RNzjeGGuQ5

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 4, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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These apps are not good. It’s that simple.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 2, 2018
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I don’t think anything new from Apple will ever be called iAnything ever again. Hasn’t happened once post-Jobs.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 1, 2018
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If Tesla has a sustainable advantage, I agree that it’s their treatment of software (and computing in general) as a first-class component.

— John Gruber (@gruber) September 1, 2018
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I can’t believe they actually went with “XS” but then again, I couldn’t believe they’d pronounce it “ten” instead of “ex” last year too.

Given the “ten-ess” name for the OLED models, I think it’s pretty obvious the other new one will be iPhone 9.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 30, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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Use the Keyboard System Prefs panel to map Cmd-V to Paste and Match Style. Will work in every app.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 27, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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The poll results at the bottom of this @benlovejoy piece on my Shake to Undo piece are eye-opening. Only 35 percent of responders ever use Shake to Undo, and 85 percent agree that Apple should add an Undo button above the iPhone keyboard.https://t.co/kl0PYDnQ3q

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 24, 2018
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Agreed. My argument is NOT “https://t.co/ZblEzFPlv5 sucks”. Just not to my liking.

But https://t.co/ZblEzFPlv5 for Mac does indeed suck — because it’s dead.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 16, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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This is my thinking too, but you’d think they could track a lot just from the fact that they control the APIs. https://t.co/D7wpUKA8vK

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 16, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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Think of WWDC less as “Here’s what’s coming in our point-oh releases this fall” and more “Here’s our OS roadmap for the next year”.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 14, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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I think even if they suspected in June that multi-party FaceTime might not be ready in September, they might’ve wanted to announce it at WWDC.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 13, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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Here are the dates for the iPhone intro events since 2012. Based on the patterns, my guess for this year is either Tuesday 11 Sept. or Wednesday 12 Sept. pic.twitter.com/k3vCN4wMFZ

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 13, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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Apparently this is fixed in Mojave — synthetic events are not allowed in Mojave without user approval for the app that wants to post them. https://t.co/NntzcmB6uo

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 13, 2018
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I wonder how common that is, for someone to have room in their daily life for an iPhone or iPad but not really both.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 13, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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You’re too young. It’s an ’80s Letterman reference. Friday night Viewer Mail bit was always introduced as “Actual letters from actual viewers”.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 3, 2018
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No way they get rid of the free tier. What sense does that make?

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 2, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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I would argue that Apple *needs* to be better than “good enough”. The entire company’s premise is that they deliver superior products and experiences. The MacBook Air they will sell you today isn’t even close to that standard.

— John Gruber (@gruber) August 2, 2018
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