Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

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Exile From Dongletown

Jason Snell reacts to Apple’s newfound port generosity: If Mac laptops come in eras, one just ended. It started in 2016 with the release of MacBook Pro models featuring butterfly keyboards, the Touch Bar, and a minimal selection of USB-C ports. It ended on Monday with the announcement of new MacBook Pro models that roll […]

Safari 15 Watch: Old Tabs Edition

Jason Snell: It’s official: As of the latest macOS Monterey beta — version 12.0.1, which makes me wonder if they’ve locked version 12.0 on the new MacBook Pro models and everyone else will jump straight to 12.0.1 — Safari tabs have been reverted to their original “tab” appearance, instead of being a bunch of floating […]

Apple Introduces a Siri-Only Apple Music Plan

Maybe the oddest thing Apple introduced today is this $5 per month Siri-only Apple Music plan: The Apple Music Voice Plan will be available later this fall in 17 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the […]

Facebook and Ray-Ban Collaborated on Some ‘Smart’ Glasses

Facebook: Today we’re excited to launch Ray-Ban Stories: Smart glasses that give you an authentic way to capture photos and video, share your adventures, and listen to music or take phone calls — so you can stay present with friends, family, and the world around you. Starting at $299 USD and available in 20 style […]

1Password Goes Electron

Michael Fey of 1Password: We could support as many versions of macOS as we wanted using Apple’s AppKit framework, but that meant adding another frontend toolkit to the mix. We could go all in on SwiftUI, but that meant reducing the number of operating system versions we could support. We could go all in on […]

Matt Birchler: ‘What I Like About the New Safari’

I completely agree with Matt Birchler’s list of genuine improvements made to the new version of Safari in iOS 15. I will even add to it: on some websites — like Defector and Wikipedia — the way that the theme-color status bar blends into the page header looks fantastic on the iPhone, and Tab Groups […]

Safari 15 and Chickenshit Minimalism

Stephen Hackett, Six Colors: Apple seems to be unhappy with the traditional browser design that includes navigation tools at the top, with websites being forced to live in their own view down below, and with Safari 15, it has blurred the line between browser and web content. This goes far beyond the mere splashes of […]

WWDC is a Developers’ Conference After All

Apple’s relationship with the developer community has often been fractured, but I am not sure there has been such outright animosity and grief with the company as that expressed in the past year. The arguments expressed on the blogs of many developers — from Marco Arment to Becky Hansmeyer to Michael Tsai — are the […]

Apple Sold a Lot of Stuff in Its Second Quarter

Apple also had a quarterly earnings conference call today. A couple of observations based on Jason Snell’s excellent charts: The Mac had its best quarter ever, with $9.1 billion in sales. The last three quarters have been fairly consistent for Mac sales; in reverse order: $9.1 billion, $8.7 billion, and $9.0 billion. The Mac business […]

More Notes on the New iMac

I have not felt this enthusiastic about new Macs in a while but, I tell you, these new iMacs seem pretty terrific. The power of the M1 combined with a Pro Display XDR-reminiscent design in a bunch of great colours? I’m not in the market for a new iMac but I am hoping these colours […]

The New Apple TV 4K and New Siri Remote

After many years, Apple has updated the Apple TV 4K and the accompanying remote control. From the newsroom (U.S. link because none of the announcements from today, aside from podcast subscriptions, have Canadian press releases yet): Apple today announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K, delivering high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision and […]

Remember Netbooks?

Nilay Patel, the Verge: Windows getting shown up by Linux was not allowed, so Microsoft did some Microsoft maneuvering, and by January 2008 the Eee PC was running Windows XP instead. It was also part of a larger category called “netbooks,” and we were all made to know what netbooks were. […] The netbook explosion […]

The HomePod Mini Contains an As-Yet Unused Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg (via Dan Moren): The Cupertino, California-based technology giant never disclosed this component and the device currently lacks consumer-facing features that use it. The company has internally discussed using the sensor to determine a room’s temperature and humidity so internet-connected thermostats can adjust different parts of a home based on current conditions, according […]

Surveillance and Facial Recognition Systems From Verkada Breached

William Turton, Bloomberg: A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools. […] Kottmann said their group was able to obtain “root” access on the cameras, meaning […]

Bloomberg’s Look at Apple’s Supply Chain and Tim Cook’s Influence

I am linking to this with the caveat that it is a Bloomberg Businessweek story about supply chains in China, which is a particular genre that the magazine has completely bombed before without any public reckoning or accountability. One wonders why Bloomberg continues to leave its tattered reputation dangling in the wind, making it hard […]

Grading Apple’s 2020

Jason Snell again graciously allowed me to participate in the annual Six Colors Apple report card, so I graded the performance of a multi-trillion-dollar company from my low-rent apartment. There simply aren’t enough column inches in his report card for all of my silly thoughts. I have therefore generously given myself some space here to […]