I can remember a time when I used to be able to keep my email inbox organized and manageable. Unfortunately, those days are long gone. Since I started working as a project manager, my inbox has been overrun with requests, quotes, schedules, POs, invoices, product announcements, and all manner of other things. And that doesn’t even get into all of the iOS and tech emails I get as the editor of this site. This used to be a battle, but I waived the white flag long ago.
These days, the rumor mill is feeling like a swinging pendulum. A little over a month ago, we had the rumor that one of the new iPhones would have a plastic, multi-colored body. That one never sounded realistic, but that didn’t keep it from making the rounds. More recently, there was the story that three of the coming iPhones would have OLED displays. This went against months of reports that the 6.1″ least expensive model would have an LCD screen in the interest of keeping the cost down. That didn’t prevent it from hitting all of the big Apple blogs and many other tech sites. Now the rumor mill is flip-flopping again.
Remember your teacher or parent’s definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Evidently, analysts and brokers need constant reminders of this when it comes to Apple and the rumors that surround the company and its products. I say that, but despite numerous examples, we keep treading over the same old ground over and over and over and………
One bit of frustration I have had with the Apple Music app on my iPhone is navigation. While the basics of finding music actually work fine for me, it is the process of backtracking later on where I run into problems. If I search for music, I often find myself back at the Library screen and having to perform the same search again to get back to my results.
After a year of just sitting my Gen 0 Apple Watch on my bedside table with its charging cable dangling about, I started to see the value of using a stand. It is just a far more organized way to charge the device in a safe and efficient manner. Let’s be honest- it also looks a lot nicer not having the charge cable and puck sitting out in the open.
There has been a lot of talk about Apple’s growing suite of Services over the last year, and the fact that they, rather than hardware, may be the future profit center of the company. However, yesterday’s Apple Maps search and directions outage was a wake-up call that the company’s cloud offerings aren’t quite there yet.
While smartphone camera have come light years since the first iPhone, there is still a gap between them and larger lens DSLR cameras. If you are looking to step up your photo game, but still want to maintain the versatility of using your phone to store and edit your pictures, then well-know mobile camera brand DxO has just thing.
Almost a week out from the WWDC Keynote, the reviews of Apple’s new software features and improvements are overwhelmingly positive. Their focus on performance and small details will benefit all users, not just those with the latest devices. Siri got what could turn out to be a huge boost from the new Shortcuts feature, which will be opened up for developers to finally get real access to Apple’s digital assistant. Apple also focused some well-deserved attention on macOS to round out a Keynote full of new goodies.
However, despite all of the welcomed additions, there were several things that people were ether hoping or expecting to see that we didn’t get on Monday. Let’s take a look back and some of the misses from WWDC.
Wireless chargers are all the rage these days. Sorry Android fans, but all it takes for an accessory category to achieve mainstream success is for Apple to join the party. That’s just how it is.
Yesterday’s WWDC Keynote certainly wasn’t as exciting and feature packed as last year’s, especially thanks to the lack of new hardware announcements. However, it did bring us a pretty solid set of new software features and improvements. There were also some things that were oddly missing in action, but for this segment, I’m going to focus on the positives. Let’s take a quick look back at the Keynote.
The WWDC Keynote starts at 10 AM Pacific on Monday, June 4th. That translates to 11 AM Mountain, 12 PM Central, and 1 PM Eastern Times.
How to Watch
Streaming via the Web
If you are using a Mac or iOS device, you can livestream the video using Safari. Just go to this address and check it out live. It may also be possible to watch the stream on other platforms using a recent version of Firefox or Chrome. If you are running Windows 10, you can definitely use Microsoft Edge to get your live view.
Streaming via the WWDC app
If you prefer native apps to Safari on your iOS device, just download the free WWDC app in advance of the event, and the livestream will be available for you to stream.
If you have an Apple TV, the livestream of the Keynote will be available via the Events app.
While live-blogging was necessary to follow Apple events before we had access to live video, they still remain quite popular. Many tech sites and Apple blogs still do this because there are plenty of Apple users who prefer the sense of community direct interaction you get with the live information and opinion from experts on site.
Here are a few notable liveblogs for your viewing pleasure:
The Mac Observer