With WWDC only a week away, there are a couple of new Apple deals that have come to light. The first is their new no-interest Apple Card payment plans for Macs, iPads and their accessories, HomePods, Apple TV, AirPods Pro, AirPods and other devices. These new plans, which are similar to one unveiled for the iPhone last year, were rumored last week. While the Apple Watch is strangely absent, these plans should prove to be very popular and get more Apple fans interested in the Apple Card.
News of Apple’s latest Siri/AI/Machine Learning acquisition has been making the rounds this week. The most recent lucky new company, Inductiv, was developing systems to identify and remove errors in data sets to make machine learning and AI analysis easier. That was then. Now they are Apple’s latest acqui-hire.
If you are an Apple fan or follower, then you doubtless have already heard that WWDC will be an online-only event this year. This certainly didn’t come as a shock, as most other tech conference scheduled before WWDC had already been cancelled or moved to streaming-only events. While Apple hasn’t given the dates, we do know that they will stream a Keynote and their typical developer sessions sometime in June.
I don’t envy Tim Cook right now. His Chinese supply chain, the one-time envy off the tech world and backbone of Apple’s amazing growth over the last 15 years, is still moving slowly as SE Asia recovers from COVID-19’s initial round of effects. However, even as things gradually return to some kind of normalcy on the other side of the world, the pace of production will be slowed for months to come. Now Apple also has the potential impact of this new threat here at home to deal with, as well.
While there is no denying that the Apple Watch is a hit, even if getting there has been a little bit of a slow burn. However humble its beginnings were, the device is the current standard by which all other smartwatches are judged. However, while its health and wellness features coupled with notifications are big strengths, the app situation has always been mixed, at best.
There are a lot of major changes and new features in both iOS and iPadOS 13. However, sometimes it’s the little things that initially go unnoticed that have a big impact on everyday usage. For me, the new redesigned Share Sheet is one of those small but impactful changes that just clears things up a bit and makes a good feature that much better.
A year and a half ago, Apple was taking shots from all sides over their handling of “optimizing” the performance of worn iPhone batteries by throttling the processor. While throttling processor performance to prevent problems is common in different areas of the tech sector, it was the fact that Apple wasn’t forthcoming about what they were doing that got them in hot water.
The rumors that Apple was killing off iTunes and replacing it with multiple apps for Music, Podcasts and TV made the rounds in the weeks leading up to WWDC. Because of this, the actual reveal of the new apps was expected during the Keynote and drew minimal fanfare.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m not complaining. I really like the revamped Safari in iPadOS 13. It is a smoother and more powerful browser that takes you were you want to go without the extra fuss of requesting desktop sites or the annoyance of still getting a mobile site afterward. It works about 98% of the time in my limited experience. It just isn’t quite all the way to what I get with Firefox or Chrome on my Windows laptop. At least not yet.
Well, maybe not the whole Internet, but definitely the parts that cover technology and Apple, specifically. Since WWDC was so good in every other respect, this one negative story has had to carry the hopes and dreams of click-baiters everywhere. Now, I’m not saying that everyone who has a negative opinion of Apple’s new $1,000 Pro Stand for their Pro Display XDR is click-baiting. However, we all know that when Apple bleeds, it leads, and there are sites like Forbes that are predictable with this kind of story. Even good journalists can fall prey to piling on Apple to bring out the haters.
I feel compelled to add to my post from earlier today, because the instructions in the Redmond Pie article I linked to left something to be desired. I have a feeling they didn’t try them out before they posted it, because they don’t work without some extra steps and considerations. So if you are a Windows user, have an Apple Dev Account and want to give the iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 Beta a go, here is what you need to do.