Friday, June 9, 2017

'The Talk Show Live from WWDC 2017'

The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2017 from John Gruber on Vimeo.

From Daring Fireball:

Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: new Mac hardware, the new iPad Pro, Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”, iOS 11, the upcoming HomePod, and more.

Another awesome live episode of The Talk Show. Always great to hear about how much Apple’s executives really care about the product and experience.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The best of Apple's WWDC 2017 announcements

Amazing and inspiring words from the world’s biggest company. I usually can remember all the top features after an Apple keynote, but this one was SO packed, I had to go back and check things.

Apple was flying through their keynote at a blistering pace, and needingly so. They presented a ton of new features (and new hardware) across their line. Here is the top stuff that caught my attention. You can also replay the keynote.

Read on

Monday, June 5, 2017

WWDC 2017 starts in about an hour

From your iOS or Mac device

From Apple TV

  • Download the Apple Events app.

On Windows

Or

  • Download VLC
  • Open VLC and go to Media> Open Network Stream and paste in this link: http://appleliveevents-i.akamaihd.net/hls/live/222436-b/17qopibbefvoiuhbsefvbsefvopihb06/master/4500/4500.m3u8?t=YWxpc2FtaXg=

You’ll also be able to read my WWDC analysis on all the announcements later this afternoon.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WWDC 2017 Expectations

Next week, Apple is holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017) in San Jose, CA and we don’t know much, as the usual rumor mill has been fairly quiet. John Gruber put it best yesterday when he wrote about the lack of scoops and Tim Cook’s famous “doubling-down on secrecy” comment.

WWDC is a developer event at heart, but Apple has been known to make consumer-facing announcements there as well, since media coverage will be high. Apple is set to give the opening keynote at 10AM Pacific on June 5, and you can watch it here.

Typically, hardware-specific announcements are kept to a minimum, but we may be in for a a few surprises this year. Either way, here’s what I think we can expect (and not expect).

Read on

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Siri Smart Speaker reportedly enters manufacturing

Hot on the heels of the recently-announced Amazon Echo Show and Essential Home, Bloomberg is reporting the rumored Apple “Siri-Speaker” has entered production. This comes ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week, where the device is expected to be announced.

I can’t wait to see what Apple does in this arena, because they’ll include features nobody else has thought of yet. They did it with other newer markets, such as Apple Watch and AirPods. Also, because I’m looking forward to the native HomeKit integration with my smart devices. Right now, I’m using an Echo Dot and love it, so next week should be exciting.

Here are my previous thoughts on how Apple can differentiate its Smart Speaker from the rest.

On a related note, I’m also working on a detailed write-up of my Smart Home configuration, so look for that coming soon.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

In the market for a MacBook or iPad? Wait a couple weeks.

If you’re in the market for a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iPad, you may want to wait a couple weeks.

On June 5, Apple will be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Historically, this event is largely to showcase the latest updates for application developers, but Apple has been known to make a product announcement at this event every once and a while.

The rumor mill is pointing to Apple introducing:

  • Updated MacBook with a faster processor
  • Updated MacBook Pro with a faster processor (namely, Intel’s latest version dubbed ‘Kaby Lake’)
  • 10.5 inch iPad model

The MacBook updates are minor specification bumps. The 10.5″ iPad has been heavily speculated, as it positions itself right between the 9.7″ iPad Pro and the larger 12.9″. It is rumored to have tiny borders around the entire screen (bezels), as opposed to just the left and right sides seen in current iPads. It is unclear exactly what other features it will bring to the table. Apple recently introduced a new 9.7″ iPad which is a great device if you just need an Apple tablet for doing simple stuff like browsing the web, playing games, and don’t need an Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard. Either way, it might be worth waiting a couple weeks to see what happens.

Apple is also expected to announce its newest operating systems: iOS 11, watchOS 4, macOS 10.13, and tvOS 11. We’ve also been hearing rumblings of a Siri Smart Speaker that could see an introduction. MacRumors has a great write-up on the full expectations: https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/wwdc/