I’m willing to bet that you could attach an iPad Pro to a MacBook Pro, where the screen would normally go. You could un-dock the iPad and use it as an iPad, or dock it and it becomes the Retina Display for the MacBook Pro.
It would be 1 device, made of 2 devices, running 2 operating systems, and syncing files via iCloud or Bluetooth/Wi-Fi. What you’re doing could be sustained from device to device upon dock/undock via Continuity’s Handoff & Universal Clipboard. PowerNap and other background services could keep both devices in constant sync.
This would require “Super-Universal” apps, that contain both Intel/macOS and ARM/iOS versions, but it might be doable.
What are the advantages? It truly means no compromises. iOS+iPad for some tasks, macOS+MacBook for other tasks. Power when & where you need it. Maybe those devices could delegate tasks to one another for off-board processing. The MacBook wouldn’t need to contain speakers, because the iPad would contain the speakers. This would leave more room in the MacBook for additional battery.
Maybe you could mix & match the individual pieces: iPad Air & MacBook Air iPad Pro & MacBook Pro
How would they market it? Maybe call it a MacBook Plus? or dare I say it… an iBook?
It would also help increase iPad sales. It’s a natural coupling, too, since the iPad and Mac sales cycles seem to be similar, which is to say, much less frequent than iPhone upgrade cycles.
It’s just a thought… but I think it’s an interesting one.
I would like to see the MacBook Air line go away, and be replaced by just the MacBook line (13”), and the MacBook Pro line (13” & 15”).
Potential “One more thing”: external 27” Retina display with wide colour gamut and TrueTone, with AirPlay receiver built-in.
Wild cards: new Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iMac. Detachable keyboard. 3D Touch support, e-ink keyboard.
I think this is coming sometime, but I have no evidence to support it: Siri switch replacements with built-in proximity sensors, iBeacons, and microphones. They replace a light switch, are electricity powered, always on, and always listening. They make Siri omnipresent and reactive.
Comments from my old blog:
(Derek)[http://www.derekmartin.ca] said: Well, looks like I scored about 4 out of 20 on that one:
- Touch ID
- OLED Magic Toolbar
- Much beefier speakers
- USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 at 2016-10-27 19:29:33
What’s in store for the future of HomeKit? Right now, the clunkiest bit is if you walk into a room and want the lights to come on, you either have to activate Siri on your watch or phone, or you have to get to the physical switch and turn them on. This could be better. The lights could just come on. For this reason, I think iBeacons are about to finally become commonplace. They’ll detect the proximity of a watch, or Mac, or iOS device, and activate a particular light, or scene. This is better than motion sensors because iBeacons have a sense of your identity. As a simple example, it could turn a room’s lights blue for me, but purple for my sister.
About 10 years ago there was this concept of “data emitters”. Things you put around you in the room that expose information. At the time, they connected via USB. Now they can be connected via Wi-Fi, and/or your electrical grid. For example, if your stocks are up, your house lighting could turn green. If a smoke detector is going off, or motion was detected at night, or you left the door unlocked, or the oven on, all the lights could flash red.
One thing to consider when purchasing HomeKit lighting, the main thing you need to consider is whether you want colour changing lights or not. If you don’t, I can highly recommend the Lutron Caséta line of in-wall dimmers and remotes. They’re the ones that have worked flawlessly for me. The best thing about them is that you wire them into the house. This means that someone can’t turn off the switch, and make it so that your lights are no longer controllable via HomeKit. That can be very frustrating.
Up until recently, that’s exactly how Philips Hue lights worked. Thanks to a new wall dimmer from Philips, you can now get around this in 2 easy steps: 1) Remove your existing wall switch, hard-wire the connection to on, and cover it with a faceplate. 2) Stick the new wireless wall dimmer to the faceplate. Now nobody can turn off the light except via HomeKit or that wireless switch, which just triggers the appropriate HomeKit action.
P.S. - Looks like I was right about how Apple would do Siri APIs :)
Change iOS to allow you to set default apps for certain use cases
Apple creates full sets of Siri APIs for each use case (for example: a set of APIs for managing ToDo lists)
Apple makes all of its own apps implement those APIs. By default, Siri will use the Apple app for any task.
You can write an app that implements the entire API.
Users can choose to set your app as the default for that use case instead of Apple’s app (e.g. use Omnifocus for ToDo, instead of Reminders)
In other words, you won’t be able to make your own commands. You’ll only be able to do what Apple has already created APIs for. This keeps Apple in control of Siri, and affords them the maximum ability to tweak and change things as they go along.
Potential API use cases Apple would need to implement: todo, calendaring, music, video, phone, email, instant messaging, video calling, timers, photos/cameras, health.
Further left tends toward smaller screen, slower cpu/fewer cores, less storage, and lighter weight, yet equal or longer battery life.
0 asterisks = current naming 1 asterisk = possible naming 2 asterisks = suggested naming
iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro *iPad Air, iPad, iPad Pro **iPad Mini, iPad, iPad+
iPhone SE, iPhone, iPhone+ *iPhone Air, iPhone 6, iPhone Pro **iPhone Mini, iPhone, iPhone+ -assumes just 3 form factors (5SE,6S,6S+) and that the iPhone 4 form factor is truly dead. -iPhone Mini (formerly SE) should not have last year’s guts unless the same strategy is used for iPads.
MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro *MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro **MacBook Mini, MacBook, MacBook+ -makes no sense that air isn’t the lightest -rename book to mini, air to book, pro to +
Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Pro *Mac Air, Mac, Mac Pro **Mac Mini, Mac, Mac+ -The i prefix sticks out like a sore thumb here -Mac Air doesn’t work well. Go with Mini/+
watch sport, watch, watch edition * watch sport, watch, watch élite -edition by itself means nothing & wants a modifier like “luxury edition” so just call it what it is: elite
tv 32GB, tv 64GB * tv, tv gaming edition -right now nobody knows why to get 64 -gaming edition should come with a controller and twice the storage of the non-gaming edition.
On MMDDYYYY, we went to visit my mom at the cottage. We saw a cat hanging around, and Mom said he had been around a while and must’ve been abandoned. At night he’d meet up with the local raccoons, and they taught him to forage for food, but their hands were better suited to the task. He only got whatever they left, and was very thin and small. She half-jokingly said we should take him home, but we shrugged it off. We didn’t have any pets, and had no plans to get a pet.
That night we had a fire, and Ula and I were sitting on an outdoor porch swing (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515CdqYY-PL.jpg) . The cat came right over and jumped up into our laps. He curled up, and started purring. He knew we were suckers, right from the start… We tried to be strong. We said “Ok, IF he comes back to us tomorrow when we’re leaving, we’ll take him home, but if he isn’t around, it wasn’t meant to be.”
Sure enough, first thing in the morning, he was right at the door waiting for us to come out and scratch him. He stayed near us all day. He had clearly chosen us, so we had no choice but to uphold our end of the deal.
Ula held him in her lap while I drove back to London in our recently acquired first car, a 1989 Volvo 740GL. We made one stop along the way, at PetSmart, where we bought a litter box, some cat food, litter, some cat toys, and a book about how to be a good cat owner (which we never read).
We got him home, somehow immediately decided to name him Max, and setup his litter box. We put him in it a couple times, and showed him that he could dig in the dirt. The first time he had to go to the bathroom he went straight to the litter box and did it there. The only time he ever had an “accident”, it wasn’t an accident. It was his way of saying “It has been far to long since you emptied my litter box, you animals. I’m a civilized being, so I’m going to poop right here on the tile floor beside my box until you clean it out.” Fair enough.
That being said, because he was raised by raccoons, he missed out on some early “how to be a cat” lessons. For example, he never quite fully understood the litterbox technique. He would go through the proper motions of burying his poo, but instead of digging up some litter to bury it, he just cleaned off his paws by rubbing them on the side of the litterbox. It didn’t bury his poo at all. All it did was get the litter out from between his toes. Maybe that was intentional? Maybe this was just part of his civilized way: “Burying poo is beneath me. I’ll clean my paws, but that’s it. I’m leaving the poo-burying to you folks”. It was ok, though, because Sammie would bury it for him before she did her business.
Anyway, Ula was afraid to tell her parents we had gotten a cat because her dad (Tony) had always hated cats, which is why she’d never been allowed to have one growing up, despite always having wanted one. Years ago Tony’d had a neighbour who didn’t take care of his cats, so they went to the bathroom in the hallway of the apartment building. He came to think of cats as filthy animals, and never looked back… until he met Max.
We told him about how Max used the litter box right from the get-go, and he was impressed. Ula’s parents came over to meet him, and Max went right up to Tony, flopped down onto his back, thrusting his optimum scratch-spot (tummy) into the air curiously close to Tony’s hand. One scratch later, and the affection was flowing in both directions. From then on, Tony affectionately called him Tiger.
WHAT A CHARACTER
In the early days, we tried to do a lot of “the right things”. We put various collars on him, and he removed them all, immediately. We tried a harness, and attached it to the clothesline, but he hated it, and it seemed like it could hurt him when he got to the end of the line and it yanked him off his feet. We drove him to the vet to get his shots, and the vet commented that he was a very happy, content cat. On the way home, we weren’t thinking straight and had the window open. Being in the car made him nervous, to the point that he actually jumped out the window at the intersection of Florence & Highbury. Luckily, Ula was paying close attention, and just managed to catch him by the tail. He wailed, but we managed to get him back in the car, and both he and his tail were fine.
We learned that he would let out a deep, sorrowful moan any time (day or night) he was inside and another animal friend was outside, or when he was trapped and didn’t know how to get out (such as in the neighbour’s fenced-in garden). I’ve never heard anything else like it.
At the time, I was working from home full-time, so Max became what my friend Chris would call my office manager. Whenever Ula was at work, Max was my only company. He always wanted to be on my keyboard, my desk, or the printer. If I printed something, he’d reach down the paper loading slot to try to catch whatever was moving around in there. More than anything, he just really wanted to be wherever I was, so I tried to be accommodating. Eventually I figured out that if I emptied out my desk drawer, he’d curl up in there and not bother me. He was so small back then, but that didn’t last long.
Max was smart. He taught himself to push open doors, and he didn’t do it timidly. He’d give it a good shove with his full weight behind that paw, and once it was completely open, he’d mosey in like the cowboy that owned the joint.
Not long after that, he learned to open doors from the other side, by pulling the edge toward himself and then backing away to let it swing open. Then he moved on to cupboards. He would occasionally hop on the counter in the middle of the night (never in the day), pull open the cupboard containing the butter dish, and stand on his hind legs until he’d licked it clean!
He could also open the cupboard that contained our garbage. I can’t count the number of times we were laying in bed when I heard the distinctive creak of the garbage cupboard door, followed by the soft thud of our plastic garbage can tipping onto the floor.
Max was so tenacious that we eventually had to put elastic bands around the handles to hold the door shut. Even that wasn’t enough to deter him, though. If there was something particularly delicious in the garbage, Max would fidget with that cupboard all night, until he removed the elasticity successfully, or broke then with his claws. One time he pulled hard enough against the elastics that he was able to slip his arm in between the door and cabinets, reach up, and pull the garbage out one piece at a time. The bag was in shreds in the morning. One night last week we forgot to put the elastics on, and sure enough, in the morning the garbage was everywhere. He really enjoyed our porkchop scraps. The raccoons would have been proud.
Shrimp and chicken were the things things he loved most, but he would eat just about anything. He always wanted some of what we were having, regardless of what we were having. The only way we could get him to leave us alone was to let him smell our food. We’d put a bit on a fork and lower it down to his nose. He’d come up, sniff, and decide if he wanted some or not. If it was broccoli, he’d walk away and stop bothering us, but if it was virtually anything else, he was relentless. He enjoyed: lettuce, carrots, cheese, cheese-filled-pastry, pepperoni, crepes, curry, chicken korma with sauce, chicken wings, even Vietnamese beef from Thuan Kieu. His appetite was insatiable, we think because he almost starved to death in his youth. Curiously, unlike most cats, he did not enjoy milk.
Everyday around 6:45am (which he decreed was breakfast time) if we had our bedroom door open, he’d come in and either scratch the dresser or scratch our new bed, because he knew we’d get up to chase him out and make him stop. If the door was shut or if we had already chased him out, he’d whine and whine. If THAT didn’t work he’d reach under our door and repeatedly twang the doorstopper until we went to get some catfood to feed him (and later Sammie). We’d take a can of wet food out of the pantry and go over to the counter to open it. He’d get SO excited that he’d reach up and scratch a drawer in giddy anticipation. Over time the top left quarter of that drawer became obliterated. Later on, it somehow became his job to wake us each day, and get us to put out the food for he and Sammie. As soon as we did, Max would get forehead licks from Sammie, as if to say “Good job, love. Thank you for providing!” Max was a good provider, and she appreciated it.
Of course, it wasn’t always that nice. In the early days, Max would eat all of his food AND all of Sammie’s food. It was only later, after they became family, that he let Sammie eat first, and then inhaled whatever was left. Max grew to become a gentleman, and he made sure it was always ladies first.
Speaking of Sammie, I should mention how and when she came into the picture. We’d had Max for about 6 or 12 months (date check) when we visited my mom on the farm where I grew up. There was a very small, very skittish cat living in my former tree fort, which was going to be torn down in the sprint. It was the dead of winter, and the snow was deep. Mom usually put out some dry food or milk for the cat, but it would probably have a hard time surviving in that cold. Every time we visited, the cat would appear and rub up against our ankles, but when we tried to pick her up, she would run away… Until one time she didn’t. She let us pick her up and pet her, and she purred, and we knew right then that she needed a home, and would be a good friend for Max… or so we thought.
We brought her home in the car, and immediately introduced her to Max. That was probably a bad move. Max was like “s’up?”, but Sammie was not prepared to meet another cat, and she freaked out, hissed, and ran away. She stayed hidden under a coffee table, in the corner behind the couch, for months. We had to put her food down there, otherwise she wouldn’t eat. If and when she did come out, she’d hiss at Max, and attack him, swatting his face faster than Mohammed Ali. Max was so chill that he just let her do it. Often he would lay down and roll onto his back, exposing his tummy as if to say “Look, I’m no threat! Stop actin’ all crazy!”
About 6 months in, I was watching Sammie have one of her usual freak-outs, hissing, and spitting, and slapping as Max sat there patiently. Then, with the split-second-speed that only cats and hummingbirds know, Max rose up and gave her a good solid right hook to the left cheek. Sammie didn’t know what hit her. A few hours later they were cuddling on the couch together, and she was licking his forehead and face.
From that moment on, they were family. There was never any sexual interest between them, but they did everything together. She did kept him on his toes, though. Almost daily, she would walk up to him, lick his forehead and face, and neck, showing immense affection… and then immediately bite his left year, hiss, and threaten to swat him if he didn’t go away. She was slightly crazy, but she was family, and he loved her. He knew it wasn’t personal, and the facelicks were always worth it.
Max was such a character, with loads of personality. In the early days, he acted pretty much like any other cat, lazing around on our back patio’s astroturf, and walking along the top of the fence, looking for squirrels, birds, mice, voles, and chipmunks. Later, he and Sammie learned to double-team their prey, like velociraptors. Sammie was faster, so she’d chase the creature to wherever Max was laying in wait. They didn’t stand a chance, and from that point on I don’t think I ever saw another chipmunk in our yard. We did have a few brought to us as trophies by a very proud duo of kitties, but we never saw them in the back yard ;)
HABITS, PREFERENCES, & PLAYTIME
When Max was younger, he’d fall asleep between us in bed, laying on his back, with all 4 paws up in the air. He was completely at ease with us, and that made it easy to love him.
After he and Sammie became friends, whenever it was cold and our bedroom door was closed, Max and Sammie slept together to keep each other warm. Ironically, Max always played the part of the small spoon.
Max liked to be warm, but he also liked to observe, and eat. He had a lot of favourite spots in and around our house that allowed him to do just that.
He’d lay by the side of the fridge, where the heat from the compressor came out. It was also a high-traffic area, so he’d see us regularly. Plus, it just happened to be where we stored the food he’d often get scraps of.
At Christmas time, he’d always sleep under the Christmas tree, on the runner. Even after we loaded it up with presents, he’d find a way to get under there, and hang out in amongst the fake-pine, and coloured lights. Sammie never went near it.
Max supervised countless home renovation projects: the basement, the patio, the cold room, the bathroom. He’d always watch intently; not just me, but exactly what my hands were doing. Just yesterday he sat on a chair in the home office and watched while I installed a new curtain rod and curtains.
He liked to sit/lay on top of something, whenever possible - a full warm pizza box, a gym bag, or as a last resort on our memory foam bath mat (he wouldn’t walk on it, he’d walk around it, but he would sleep on it). He’d sleep on the kitchen table, the bedroom dresser, the leather recliner, the floor between the pantry & bathroom, and lately the couch in the bonus room. He also loved to lay on top of the car in the garage. Once or twice he snuck out there to explore while we were bringing in the groceries, and ended up getting locked in the garage overnight. He never panicked, though. He just laid on the roof until we realized he was missing, and opened the door. Then he’d mosey back in, and head straight for his food bowl. “Meow.”
In the summer he’d lay under the neighbour’s evergreen tree, whose branches hung so low as to keep him hidden, but let him watch people pass by on the sidewalk.
One time, we couldn’t find Max. We looked all over the house! Under things, in closets, behind things. We eventually found him on top of the bar, curled up in a cardboard box, fast asleep on top of a pile of irregularly shaped stuff. It didn’t look comfortable, but he slept there regularly for the week or two the box was there, while we were cleaning out the workshop. He even watched a movie from that box, with just his head poking out.
At night, he and Sammie would both come into our bedroom. I lay on my left side, and Sammie would usually curl up between my arm and chest. Max would sleep on top of my dresser, but once every few hours he’d jump across to the headboard, which was positioned directly beneath the window.
Our windows are old and draughty, and he loved to have his nose next to the cold glass. When it was warm enough, I’d open the glass, and he would sit there for ages, staring out, watching the pedestrians and traffic, inhaling the evening air.
There was more to that headboard than just a place to sit, though. It was designed as a sort of cabinet, such that each person has one compartment above their heads, with a third compartment in the middle. It’s usually open, but can be closed by sliding one of either side compartment’s doors open, such that it would close the middle. Early on, Max turned this into a game called “Hide and Claw”. He would climb into the middle compartment and lay down. Jokingly, we closed the door on him. He didn’t freak out, though. He was totally quiet. When we cracked it open a bit, a white paw shot out, and grasped around, trying to catch our fingers. We closed it again. Then re-opened it at the opposite end, and touched his tail. He would turn around inside the compartment, and try to reach out and attack our fingers again. This provided a LOT of fun for all of us. Later on, he was too big to turn around in there, but he still liked to grab at our fingers, and play. He never forgot that game.
Speaking of the headboard, it was too high for him to jump on by himself, so he’d first jump onto the cedar chest, then to the top of the dresser. From there, it was just a short jump to the headboard. Once or twice he didn’t quite make the jump, and fell off. He ran away, all embarrassed, and we could hear his distinctive gait go “doop doop doop doop doop” down the hallway, as his belly wagged to and fro.
Our new bed was almost too high for him to jump directly onto, but not quite. He could get up there in 1 of 2 ways. First, and most frequently, he’d sit at the base of the bed, drum up all his might, and lunge upward, using his claws to compensate for any lack of lift. He always made it. The second way was much more rare, but also more entertaining, and he did it just last week. He would start all the way down the hallway, and sprint like a bat out of hell straight for the bedroom. Within a moment of entering, he’d leap instantly to the top of the bed, and use his momentum to spring forward right onto the top of the headboard in a single elegant movement, like an olympic athlete vaulting over a pommel horse. It was epic.
Another game we established early on was the bathroom game. There were 2 variants. In the first, you had left the bathroom door open while you were using it. Sitting on the toilet meant he had you trapped. You had to give him at least a few good scratches before you were allowed to leave. In the second variant, you had shut the door. Max was outside it, and he heard something inside, so he’d reach his paw under the door, grasping for something… anything. Putting your bare toes within reach was only natural. He’d usually manage to snag one, and while it kind of hurt, it was also fun. That game quickly became a family favourite.
Max did have one other favourite spot, and it was reserved for special occasions: Ula’s stool, which sits just below the front bay window, between the glass and the sheers. If we were out, Max would sit there waiting for us to come home. We’d pull up to the house in the car, and his face would always be there, waiting. As soon as we hit the button to open the garage door, he’d dismount the stool, and his face would disappear. He ran to the inside of the door, and greeted us by rubbing against our legs until we picked him up, cradled him like a baby, and rubbed his tummy, which he loooooved, and always rewarded us with a long deep purrrrrrr. To be honest, him waiting on that stool is one of our favourite memories. Sammie rarely sits there, and never waits for us. It’s just not her thing.
After some time, we bought Max a cat perch, and positioned it by the sliding doors that look out over our back yard. It became his default spot during the day. He would always lay or sleep there, basking in the warm sun, watching the birds and squirrels. For the past year or so, he adopted the pose of the “I don’t always ___ , but when I do, I ___” meme-guy. I found it extremely entertaining.
Max was so friendly that I worried every time we let him outside. He was not afraid of people at all. He’d go up to anyone, flop over onto his back, and be like “Rub my belly!” Consequently, he had a lot of friends in the neighbourhood. He was skin and bones when we got him, but over the years he had gained weight up to about 17-20lbs. We tried to put him on diets several times, but he would beg and beg, or just eat all of Sammie’s food as well as his own. She was never a big eater, and didn’t complain when Max ate her food. Even when we did manage to keep Max on a diet, he never lost any weight. I have a feeling that he’d charm his way to unlimited treats from the neighbours. He was always friendly to everyone, and as gentle as gentle could be. He only ever bit anyone once, and that was 2 weeks ago. It wasn’t intentional, though. Ula accidentally slammed his tail in the door, and he bit her out of instinctual fear. They both felt badly afterwards, and had a good cuddle to make-up.
Usually, when Max and Sammie were outside, we could just shake a treat bag to get them to come running, but on occasion one of them wouldn’t come back. If it was Sammie, there was nothing you could do but wait. If it was Max, there was one thing you could do. On the 4 or 5 occasions that Max was nowhere to be found, I picked Sammie up, and whispered in her ear “Go find Max. Go find Max. Max Max Max”, then I’d put her back outside. Within 5 minutes they’d both be at the door. It worked like magic.
Another other unique thing about Max is that he snored… when he was wide awake. Any time he was super-relaxed, or content, he would snore. He could be sitting on the headboard staring out the window, and after a few minutes, the snoring came. It eventually got so loud that Ula had trouble falling asleep. I think its repetitiveness actually helped me fall asleep. He snored on his perch, looking out the sliding doors at the back yard. He snored on Vine, and Instagram. He snored on the leather recliner, while we were trying to watch movies.
Oh, movies. Whenever he hadn’t already fallen asleep, Max loved to watch movies with us in the basement. He would either sit between us on the couch, or on one of the bar stools, with one of his paws dangling through the handle-hole. Even if there were glasses, or plates, or remotes on the bar stool, he’d figure a way to squeeze himself on there. Either way, he stared intently at the screen. If there were characters on the screen, you could watch his head follow them around. Same for video games. The only part he didn’t like was the loud rumbling bass of explosions. He would immediately jump down, and run upstairs. He would usually come back, though, once things had quieted down. You see, between us on the couch was the perfect spot to get a 2 hour belly-rub. Being able to watch a movie while we rubbed was just a bonus.
What else was he afraid of? Not much, but definitely the treadmill, the vacuum cleaner, and the lawnmower. Any time we used then he’d go hide on the chair in the dining room, in the bedroom, or on the recliner in the basement.
Max was overweight, but he was still fast, and agile. Often, Sammie would just start running around the inside of our house, and Max would give chase. Sammie went so quickly that her momentum would push the carpet runner in the hallway over and up the side of the wall. Max couldn’t catch her, but he never gave up trying. Outside, I have no idea how, but he could still jump the gate to get out of our back yard, and back in. Just this summer I saw him bolt all the way across the lawn, and straight under the BBQ cover that was laying against the house. He came out a second later with a mouse. I have no idea how he saw it from that far away, or how he managed to catch it so quickly, but he did it with ease.
He also had a favourite summertime game with Sammie, which they loved to play again and again. There’s a patch of very long jungly grass-like stuff in our garden. It’s so long that it arches over so that the tips touch the ground. This creates a kind of grass tunnel/canopy. Sammie would hide in there, and Max would hunt her down, pouncing when the time was right. She would sprint away, and either circle back around to hide again, or race up the big Maple tree that Max was too heavy to climb. It was a good game.
Max loved being outside. In the fall, he’d chase leaves. In the summer, he’d chase butterflies, and lay in the long grass. Most memorably, though, is that he also loved to just sit in the garden, looking at flowers like a furry little Buddha. Let me clarify; he would sit on the grass just outside the garden, facing the flowers, which only had a wooden fence behind them. The only thing to see in that direction was the flowers… and he’d sit there staring at them for ages. Occasionally he’d go over and smell them. Other times, he’d just go sit under the big maple tree, surveying the yard. He loved the tranquility of it all.
Max also loved being with his family. Wherever we were, Max also wanted to be. If we were in the bedroom, he wanted to be in the bedroom, and would whine or twang the doorstopper until we let him in. If we were in the TV room, so was he. If we were in the bathtub, we closed the door to keep the warm air in, but he still wanted to be in the room with us (even though he was afraid of the sound of running water). If we were in the back yard, he wouldn’t go exploring. Given the whole world, he preferred to stay with us. We were his friends.
When I was growing up, I lived on a little hobby farm, just outside of Petrolia, a small town in Southwestern Ontario. I was too young to bike or walk to friends houses, and my sister wasn’t born until I was 7, so I spent a lot of time alone. I was very sensitive, and whenever I got yelled at, or when my parents fought, I would tell all my troubles to my dog, Freeway (I named her that because she was fast — kid logic). Anyway, point is, I established a pattern of treating my pets as best friends. It always seemed like they understood me when nobody else did. They always seemed to care, and give an empathetic lick.
Later, in high school, and at university, I didn’t have any pets. My friends took over that role in my life, and I still try to keep in touch with that inner circle of people, but in 2008 I met Ula, and moved from Toronto, to London. I didn’t have any friends in London, and I worked from home. When we got Max, it was only natural that he become my new confidant. Max took on the role like a champ. He never licked me, but he and I did share a special bond. Whenever I was deeply emotional, I would tell him my problems. We were either in bed, or I was sitting at the table, and he was laying on the table. In any case, when he saw that I was distraught, he would get up, walk over to me, and make a slight head gesture. I would lower my head down to his level, and he would press his forehead against mine, with the middle of our eyebrows touching in the same spot. He’d give a light press forward, and then back away. Occasionally, he’d repeat the motion. Sometimes, in reply I’d rub my chin between his ears. Then he’d curl up in my arms and lay a while, in a comforting way. He normally demanded scratches when he lay next to you, but never when I was upset. My “language of love” is touch, so that was immensely therapeutic.
On Saturday morning, we woke up, put out some food for the cats, and went to the YMCA pool together for the first time. We did 10 laps (20 lengths) followed by 45 minutes of Aquafit. I have to lose a lot of weight in order to be eligible for a kidney transplant and time is running out, but we both love swimming so that’s how we’re going to do it! After the swim we went home, hung out a bit, and then headed to Ula’s parents’ house around 2pm for thanksgiving.
In between preparing the turkey, and my mom arriving, we had a whole conversation about how we fit “The Whole Family” (Ula, Me, Sammie, & Max) in our double bed, and about how it has gotten more difficult recently, with Ula’s pregnancy, and the addition of a body pillow… but we still manage, and we still love it. We talked about Max and Sammie, and how after all this time, they are still best friends, and true characters. We talked about how Max always jumps up on the bed where Sammie is, and lays down almost right on top of her, thrusting his face into her licking-zone. She dutifully licks his forehead and face, then hisses, jumps down, and runs away. Max just shrugs and enjoys having a clean face.
We got home around 9pm, and were beat. The cats hadn’t had dinner yet, and were starving, crying for food, as usual. I was too tired and lazy to open a can of wet food and dole it out, so I just gave them each a handful of dry. Max isn’t a big fan of dry, but’s he’ll eat it. Plus, it’s Sammie’s favourite. Then we went straight to bed.
The next morning (Sunday) we woke up at 5, and Sammie was laying on my hip. I turned to face Ula, and Sammie jumped down and left, as usual… A few minutes later she came back and laid on Ula. Rare, but whatever. We fell back asleep and got up at our 6:20am alarm, so that we could be at the pool for 7am.
Max hadn’t yet scratched at our door, or whined for food, but we were up earlier (6:20) than he usually came by (6:45). We did notice that he wasn’t there begging for food, but as we were in a rush, we just brushed it off and thought “He must still be sleeping downstairs on the recliner” (as he so often did), so we just put out some dry food and ran out the door.
We got back around 10am after having swum, bought groceries, and stopped at Ula’s parents for tea. I was in the bathroom when Ula yelled “Come here! Come here!” I replied “Is it a spider?”, and she said “It’s Max!” My heart skipped a beat.
I didn’t even finish what I was doing and ran out “Where is he? Where is he?” She pointed. There he was, laying next to the heat register in the dining room, in his usual cozy, calm, relaxed pose, but his chest wasn’t moving. I immediately fell to the floor and felt him… room temperature, and stiff.
We both burst into tears and wailing. We cuddled there on the floor, asking how… why… screaming no, and that we missed him, and that he was the best cat in the whole wide world. I ran my fingers through the hair between his ears, as I always had, and scratched his chin, and pressed my forehead to his, because he could no longer press it to mine. How utterly horrible.
For years, Max & Sammie had been our only children, and I have been looking forward to introducing them to our first human child in January. I’ve imagined countless times, watching the baby touch the soft kitty fur. I have imagined Max watching over the baby while it sleeps. I had imagined having to tell the baby not to trim his spectacular whiskers, because cats did not need haircuts. But that had just all come to an end.
As far as we can tell, his heart stopped while he was sleeping. There were no signs of sickness, fear, vomit, or otherwise. His eyes were closed, he was in his most comfortable pose, and he was just gone. He died peacefully in his sleep.
We started mentally beating ourselves up. we sould have noticed that he didn’t greet us when we came home; that he wasn’t sitting on the stool in the window. We felt horrible for not realizing sooner. But there was nothing we could have done. The reality was that he had passed in the night, while we were still asleep, long before we got up to go for a swim.
That explained why Sammie had tried to stay in our bedroom this morning. Her friend had died, and she wanted some comfort. Then I remembered Sammie. Where was she? I looked, and found her on our bed all hunched up in a tight little ball, completely silent, alone, and sad. She’d had hours to realize what had happened. She wasn’t interested in his body at all. It was as if she no longer recognized him. After a little cuddle, she wanted outside.
PAYING OUR RESPECTS
We let her out, and she immediately ran around and burned off some energy, but then she did something very unusual for her. She sat in the garden looking at the flowers. She sat by the tree that Max had chased her up countless times. She chased a few leaves, which was Max’s habit, not hers. While I dug a large hole under the old maple tree, near the birdbath, this was how she paid her respects. Afterwards, she inspected the hole, but did not enter. I think she knew. Then she hid in the bushes while we went inside to prepare his body.
We wrapped him in a light blue blanket, and laid him to rest on his favourite pillow with his 2 favourite toys (a knitted mouse with yarn tail that once had catnip inside, and a mouse that hung from a doorknob on an elastic string). We carried him out to his grave. It was a crisp autumn day, with leaves falling effortlessly to the ground, without being intercepted by Max’s paws. A sunbeam fell across his final resting place as we lowered him down, and then together, each with a hand on the shovel, filled it in, both wanting to participate equally in the ceremony.
It’s 10pm now, about 36 hours since we found him breathless, and I have been breathless ever since. I can’t remember a time when I cried so hard for so long, virtually nonstop for two days. I’m 38 and have never really come face-to-face with death. All my former pets either ran away, or simply disappeared, which was fairly common on a farm. I’m having trouble coping. I can’t tell Max about this problem. I haven’t been hungry, and skipped most of my meals. I only made it part way through dinner before falling apart again.
Nobody begged for my turkey scraps tonight, and for the first time in a very long time, we only had to wash one catfood dish.
Everywhere I look, something reminds me of him: bits of his shed hair peeking out from under the bed, all the spots he loved to sit, Sammie walking down the hallway alone, meowing quietly, awaiting a reply that never comes.
I am grieving for myself, and Ula, and Sammie. She lost her best friend, too, and now she’s the only cat left in the house. Ula had to work today, but Sammie and I spent the whole day in bed together, reassuring one another that we’d get through this.
It’s thanksgiving Monday, and we are so thankful to have had Max in our lives. He died too young (7), but he was a happy cat. It’s nice that he didn’t have to know the pains of growing old, not being able to catch mice, not being able to chase Sammie, not being able to jump up on the dresser, etc. We are thankful that he didn’t get hit by a car, and we are happy that we could give him a life of luxury, with the family he chose to love, who loved him back with every ounce of their being. We’ll always remember him with deep love. So long, my friend.
I see a lot of myself in Max. We were both at risk of dying due to being overweight. Max’s weight caused his heart to stop 5-10 years prematurely, and it’s the number one thing preventing me from getting the kidney transplant I so desperately need. They won’t operate on me until I lose ~100lbs; a seemingly insurmountable challenge… but given this weekend’s events, death is, all of a sudden, much more real and painful than it was before.
Max didn’t know he was about to die, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. In this case, I believe he died just far enough out of sight that it didn’t stop us from going for the swim I needed in order to help establish a new healthy habit; one that could literally save my life. That was his last gift to me… and holy fuck I’m crying as I type that.
So, I’m going to visit my dad, my sister, and my mom more often. I really need to spend more time with them. Life is so short, and can disappear with no notice, when you least expect it.
Tomorrow morning, I’m getting up bright and early to go for a swim.
Firstly, because it doesn’t offer a free tier.
They want Artists to be reimbursed for their music.
They weren’t going to pay Artists during the free trial, but that was because they were going to be paying Artists more on an ongoing basis, so they thought it would be ok.
Within 24 hours of receiving a letter from Taylor Swift, they changed their minds and agreed to pay Artists even during the free trial.
They want to do right by Artists.
The second reason it’s fantastic is that it includes the ability to stream all of your own (downloaded, ripped, or otherwise acquired) music to any/all of your devices. Previously, this was only available via iTunes Match, which carried an additional fee. You still have to do it via Match if you don’t want DRM on your streamed copies, but if you don’t care about that it’s free with an Apple Music subscription.
The third reason is that their Family Pricing is phenomenal.
The fourth? Beats1 radio is amazing.
I thought I had grown to hate radio, but I was wrong.
What I hate is ad-supported radio, and DJs who suck at their jobs.
Beats1 radio has neither.
The DJs are top notch, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
Fifth and final reason?
The For You playlists are spot on.
I’ve discovered more great new music in 1 week with Apple Music than I have in the past year.
At the end of the day Apple Music tries to do justice to both the Artist, and the Listener.
Its content is curated by humans, not algorithms.
It has personality, and a personal touch.
And I, for one, believe this is only the start of a bigger revolution within Apple.
Recently, the Force Touch trackpad came out, and one of the first things they demoed it with was editing.
When you get to the end of a clip, you feel it in the trackpad.
Editors are Artists.
They spent a boatload re-writing Final Cut a couple years ago, and I have a feeling it’s going to get majorly beefed up again soon.
If my theory’s correct, Logic and Garage Band will also be updated.
iPhoto has already been completely re-written, and transformed into Apple Photos.
And there are rumours of an iPad Pro, and iPhones with Force Touch.
Why is that important?
I believe Apple has been working for a loooong time trying to crack the nut of stylus-based low-latency pressure-sensitive input combined with the ability to use touch-based input. Old digitizers used to misplace the stylus on the screen, or they required a lot of pressure, or a crappy feeling screen, or they weren’t compatible with touch input. Apple has been playing the long game, waiting until they could have a screen that supported all kinds of input.
I truly believe that a new app will be debuted with the iPad Pro, and it will be called Apple Canvas, Apple Art, or Apple Studio.
But wait, didn’t Steve Jobs say “A stylus, right? Noooo. Nobody wants a stylus! Blecht!”
Yes, he said that, but just like when he said “Nobody reads anymore” and then released iBooks, I believe what he truly meant with the stylus comment was “Nobody wants to be forced to only use a stylus”. Using the stylus will be completely optional, but it will be there to give you precision when you want it.
For the first time, it will let you do super-accurate drawings, or subtle paintings, on Apple devices.
I didn’t say iOS devices, I said Apple devices. In future iterations it might also allow you to use your iOS device as an input device for Mac apps, using an updated version of Continuity. Draw on your iPad in your lap, and simultaneously see it on your huge monitor or projector hooked up to your Mac. Wacom sells a tablet that only does this, and they charge a fortune for it. Alternately, maybe the Mac and its horsepower project an interactive interface onto the iPad, the same way iPhones can project into CarPlay. Who knows? Exciting times.
There are a lot of possibilities here, but the main point is that we are about to see Apple put a lot of effort into Artist-focused apps and hardware. I believe Apple has always been Artist-oriented, but that it had to take a back seat for a long time while they developed the tech required to do stylus-based input correctly.
That time has almost come.
It’s right around the corner.
I can feel it.
WWDC is a conference for developers, and as such it’s mostly about software, not hardware. With that in mind, here are my predictions & fantasies for what iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 will bring.
I believe the “tentpole” feautres will be centered around 3 key concepts:
Consistency (of Aesthetics and Experience)
Presence (via iBeacons, sensors, cameras)
Interconnectedness (via iCloud and inter-app communication)
Unlike in previous years, this time I’m pitching you every idea I have, not just the ones I think are likely.
iTunes goes multi-app (Music Player & Store, Video Player & Store, Radio & Store, App Organizer)
OSX Mode & iOS Mode (unlikely at this time, but maybe by OSXI)
OSX Mode = default to saving in filesystem + windowed apps + Spaces
iOS Mode = default to saving in iCloud + full screen apps
Each account on the system can choose its preferred Mode
Dock comes hidden/off by default on new systems. Emphasis on LaunchPad.
new hardware Home button and/or gesture takes you back to LaunchPad (replace current F4 key with one that resembles Home squircle)
new double-tap Home button or gesture takes you to new Multi-tasking switcher. It will resemble the one from iOS, and will show the app icon with a thumbnail of the app above it. This will replaces the Cmd-Tab interface. Could potentially also be activated by a re-purposed F3 (Exposé) button, OR an extra button on a new Magic Mouse.
AirDrop - you’ll be able to easily send PDFs and other files directly to your iOS devices, and vice-versa
new Phone app will tether to your iPhone and allow you to place and receive any/all calls on your Mac. Will come with built-in ability to record calls for podcasts. Will notify all call participants that the call is being recorded. By default, it will attempt to make all calls using FaceTime Audio.
Translucence, Blur, Flatter UI elements, Motion/Physics to match iOS
Parallax (using FaceTime camera or IR sensor) lets you peek around, over, and under app windows. How far you can peek will depend on how close you are to the display.
Touch ID for Mac keeps your system secure
bio sensor(s) in mouse, trackpad, keyboard, new Home button, or Touch ID
presence detection allows iCloud to always deliver your notifications, and perform home automation, correctly based on what device you’re actually using at the time. The Cloud will always know exactly how long it’s been since you interacted with each device, and how close you currently are to any one of your devices (possibly because you’ll wear a tiny iBeacon, and your devices will sense it)
System Preferences gets renamed to Settings
cross-device (iOS/OSX) clipboard manager that works like Reading List. Makes sharing bits of info (smaller than a file) between devices super-simple.
OSX (and iOS) get a new filesystem and TimeMachine gets upgraded
Siri for Mac
more APIs to make sandboxing more flexible/practical
a new “Made For iPhone And iBeacon” program for automatic non-cumbersome home automation. Instead of having to manually turn lights on and off via an app, you’ll wear an iBeacon (or have one in your wallet/purse), and your house will react to your presence or absence.
Siri gets local processing and major speed improvements
Any app can have a self-updating icon
NewsStand apps are just apps. You can remove them from that folder. They can still auto-update.
skinnable Game Centre popovers
Music App goes multi-app (Music Player & Store, Video Player & Store, Radio & Store)
Control Centre will come up easily & reliably even when a keyboard is on-screen
inter/intra-apps comms via remote view controllers. Could potentially enable 3rd party default apps.
OSX can already use an AppleTV as a display, and now iOS can, too. It can pair with an AppleTV + Bluetooth keyboard + Bluetooth mouse. Now your iOS device is also a great iWork station.
Maps gets Transit directions
Improved developer metrics
iTunes Radio & Beats music in more countries
iCloud storage increased from 5GB free to enough to match the capacity of your device
Photo Storage - unlimited with iTunes Match
Video Storage - 1 year of video storage. At the end of the year you will have the option to have your videos shipped to you on a thumbdrive, harddrive, solid state drive, DVD, or BluRay. They will also be available for pick-up at your local Apple Store. This is kind of like “Photo Books”, but for video.
AppleTV gets a new UI with universal search, Siri, and an SDK
new Magic Mouse with hardware Home button
new wireless keyboard, exactly like the MacBook Pro keyboard with integrated trackpad under the heels of your hands
either the Magic Mouse or the new keyboard will include a Touch ID sensor
12” MacBook Air with edge-to-edge display (miniscule bezel)
Thunderbolt Retina display with dual mics & FaceTime camera, and potentially an IR sensor
MacBooks with Beats audio
It’s the night before WWDC and 9to5mac is now saying that the iPad might be updated to act as a display for the Mac. That’d be “neat”, but there are already lots of 3rd party apps that enable that, so I thought: what could Apple do to take that to the next level? Then I remembered a podcast I listened to last week (Rev VR) where they said that the Oculus Rift is great because it’s both an output device (display) AND and input device (6-DOF sensors). Of course! Making the iPad a display for the Mac is no big deal, but if it could also be a touch input device, that could be huge… AND it has precedent: Microsoft’s “Smart Glass” concept for using iPad with xBox. It makes total sense to extend that to Macs. What kinds of interactions could it offer? Well, for one thing, it’d be a great “console” for GarageBand, with touchable on-screen sliders. It could be handy for picking tools in Photoshop. Who knows what other possible applications there could be? BONUS: Mac sales and iPad sales would reinforce one another. Each would make the other more powerful, instead of each stealing sales from the other. It makes the power of Apple’s products additive, instead of competitive, and that’s a strategy they always like.
I just had a brainstorm. If you CAN use an iPad as a Mac display, then the new rumoured 12” Retina MacBook Air and the 12” iPad could be the same device: A MacBook Air with detachable iPad display. Detach it, and it’s an iPad running iOS. Attach it and it’s a retina display for your MacBook. That would absolutely kill Microsoft’s Surface strategy. Not only that, but Apple could charge a bit of a premium for it. The tricky part would be making the interconnect between the iPad and the MacBook fast enough to support non-laggy scrolling and other high-bandwidth graphics stuff.
Soup & Sandwich: Creamy roasted cauliflower with Locally made hot dog on fresh baked bun topped with spicy chilli OR Chicken pad thai with gluten free sweet potato noodles
WEDNESDAY: (frontend working group)
Sandwich — ScRaMbLeD EGGS SUPER. Double smoked sausage, scallion, sweet bells and two farmland Ontario eggs on toasted rye with spicy ketchup. OR Market greens with oven roasted tomatoes, bocconcini, julienned honey ham and basil infused walnut oil and sherry vinaigrette
THURSDAY: (leadership team)
Soup & Sandwich — artisan baguette with prosciutto, brie cheese, fresh basil and tomato drizzled with Mediterranean olive oil. OR Texas fried steak and yukon champ potatoes. Hammered angus beef steak with light crispy crust topped with creamy pan gravy.
Soup & Sandwich — charbroiled Ontario lamb patties topped with balsamic roasted cipollini onions, tomato and spicy mayo OR Super mac. creamy house made béchamel, parmesan cheese and provolone with penne noodles and crispy panko crust.
Is this bad? Won’t this hold up the march of progress? No. I believe “1080p HD” is the final standard TV resolution.
Broadcast is dying. The Netflix model is the future: no channels, all packets.
Switching to packets allows each person can choose their own “standard”.
If you’re the kind of person who “needs” a 120” screen, you’re going to buy an 8K projector, and you will pay extra for super-fast internet, and you will pay extra to access 8K content.
If you’re like my family, you’ll be happy with your 32” TV at 1080p, and you will pay the regular rate for low-end-highspeed internet, and you will get access to 1080p content as part of the basic package.
If you’re a programmer, you might want lots of screen real estate for being productive, and not watch video content on it at all. For you, maybe 4K is the perfect balance. It lets you see lots of text on the screen at once, without being so humongous that your desk collapses.
Or maybe you’re a traveller, and an iPhone or iPad is all you need or want for content consumption and creation.
Think I’m crazy? This exact progression has already happened in cellular networks. 3G and prior networks were all channel-based. 4G/LTE is completely packet-based. It brought with it an explosion of bandwidth, and much more reliable hand-overs. I could go on and on, but if you’re interested in the story behind that, check out this episode of the Pragmatic podcast.
I think he’s right, but i don’t see how that’s ‘better’ than an iPad with wireless keyboard & mouse. Apple’s ruthless with keeping the number of products they produce to a minimum. Those 2 use cases seem to have too much overlap. Of course, Apple’s also known for elegant solutions, and carrying 1 thing is more elegant than carrying 1 thing plus 2 wireless peripherals. But, time will tell. at 2013-09-23 18:08:09
iOS’s gestures (pinch-to-zoom, etc) have made it to OS X. *1
iOS’s single-feature-apps are deconstructing OS X apps: ** Mail => Mail + Notes. ** iCal => Calendar + Reminders. ** iChat A/V => Messages + FaceTime.
Currently, iOS upgrades are free. OS X upgrades cost $20. That price has been decreasing each year. How long until it’s free? What would this mean for Apple’s competition?
Not only would this be hard for Microsoft to handle (since its OS is one of its 2 cash-cows), but it would be great for the customer, AND it would mean that there is almost no barrier to users upgrading, which means a large chunk of Apple’s user-base would always be on the latest version of its OS. This would allow Apple to constantly keep innovating and pushing out new features, which developers can feel free to adopt immediately, confident that users will be able to take advantage of them.
Famously, at least in-part thanks to free upgrades, iOS 5 captured 60% of all iOS users in just 15 weeks. It took Android Ice Cream Sandwich 15 weeks to reach just 1% of its users.
Apple is optimizing itself to take maximum advantage of the “Ohhhh shiny!” factor. Fresh OS -> fresh apps -> gotta have it.
Apple’s “free upgrades” do have a hidden cost, though: only the most recent generation of hardware gets all of the new features. The previous generation gets a few less, and three generations old hardware gets only a couple. Hardware beyond three generations old doesn’t tend to receive any upgrades under the iOS model. This encourages a regular pattern of upgrading your hardware. Apple loves regular upgrading because that’s where they make their “real money”.
Hardware that runs OS X tends to be more expensive than hardware that runs iOS, so it should last a bit longer. I don’t think it’ll last much longer, though. Perhaps 4 years compared to iOS’s 3.
On OS X Mountain Lion, 1-generation-old 2011 MacBooks cannot run AirPlay, and my 4-generation-old early 2008 MacBook is the newest computer on the list of computers entirely incapable of running Mountain Lion. Yes, it can keep happily running Lion, but if you’re the kind of person who enjoys regular updates, that just won’t do.
Looks like this plan is already in action. OSX just isn’t “free” yet.
From OSX to iOS
OSX is the granddaddy, but it can still teach the young iOS a trick or two.
Twitter integration is already in Mountain Lion, and will be coming to iOS6 in the fall. It’s already making me use twitter.com much than before, and it makes TweetBot feel like a 2nd class citizen. *2
The Mac has long been a connected machine, with no carrier-supplied “voice” connection. This tradition will carry over to iOS. The iPhone will not be disrupted by a new phone from Samsung or Google. It will be disrupted by a free software update. Apple will start selling iPod Touches with 3G/4G, and enable FaceTime & Skype over Wi-Fi+3G+4G for all OSX & iOS devices. It will prevent the carriers from being able to make this optional. It will not require you to have a phone number associated with the device, just an iCloud account. This will turn all iPod Touches, iPads, Macs, and MacBooks into a massive global “carrier replacement system”. Voice will cease to be a feature. Finally, everything will just be data. You’ll be able to purchase data plans on the device itself, just like you can now on the iPad. You’ll be able to call any other OSX or iOS device for free, from anywhere, any time, and the person on the other end won’t have to be running an app to receive your call. It’ll work just like FaceTime does now, except that it won’t ever have to touch the phone network; it’ll be pure VOIP. For contacting people who don’t have iOS or OSX devices, Apple’s massive DataCenters will also turn on a massive PBX, which will create IP-to-Phone connections for you, the same way Skype-Out currently works. It might also give you a number where people can reach you, in case they only have a phone. Contacting telephones will either be very very cheap, OR free with your iCloud account. This will force the Carriers to adapt or die. They’ll need to change to a data-only model ASAP, because their voice business’s days will be numbered. Customers will love it. Carriers let the Trojan horse through the gates years ago, when they started letting Apple devices on their networks.
Adding 4G to the iPad costs $130. I bet most of that is profit. Apple could add it for as little as $50. Now let’s look at the prices for iPod Touch as it exists today. All models are Wi-Fi only. 8GB for $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399. Earlier this year, Tim Cook said Apple would not leave any price points open. We all assumed this meant and iPad Mini, but what if it also meant iPod Touch 4G. Watch what happens if we add it to the mix: 8GB Wi-Fi $199. 8GB 4G $249. 32GB Wi-Fi $299. 32GB 4G $349. 64GB Wi-Fi $399. 64GB 4G $449. Off-contract 16GB iPhone $649, 32GB $749, 64GB $849. This whole theory is starting to look likely.
iOS has sandboxed its apps since the beginning, but much to the chagrin of seasoned Mac developers, this is now the rule on OS X, too. This means that apps are black boxes that can only see their own files. For it to see a file from outside itself, you have to “give it” the file, which the app then becomes the new owner of. If you want to email that file, you can’t do it from Mail. You have to do it from the app that created or last edited the file, using the “sharing via email” feature. What implications does this have? Users are going to stop editing certain types of files with multiple programs, and heavily invest in mastering just 1 program for each type of file, so that they’ll always know “this type of file is in this app”. I used to work with text in textedit, textwrangler, and sublime text. I’m not sure which one I’ll choose as a default. Image & video editing will be similarly tricky. Preview cannot see images unless they were saved by Preview. A file created in Photoshop won’t be ‘seeable’ by iPhoto or Fireworks. I believe this is why Apple used to reject apps that duplicated Apple functionality, and why they have not let people change their default browser or mail client on iOS: it could result in documents of a single type being owned several different applications, which would make the user experience less straight-forward. This introduces a bit of a paradox. Apple is at the same time encouraging Developers to build smaller single-purpose apps that sell for a pittance, AND creating a system where users will require large behemoth apps that can do anything and everything one might want to do with a particular type of file.
Some people think iOS will eventually get “traditional” multi-tasking, where you can have multiple apps open on the screen at the same time. I don’t think that will ever happen. Notification Centre widgets are Apple’s answer to that. Part of what makes iOS so usable by everyone is that everything runs full-screen. No distractions. No stuff to manage. Pure focus.
The New iPod Touch & The New iPhone
will have a 3G/4G SIM option (same chips as the iPad3)
In the past, Apple has added sensors nobody thought they needed, such as the compass. This trend will continue. Android already has a barometer, and Apple will add one to help enhance their Maps and weather apps with real-time crowd-sourced weather overlays.
Apple will add other technologies that no other company has in mass production at this time: ** low latency multi-touch: you only need to see this video to know that it’s something apple would be interested in. ** haptic feedback: there were many rumours of this being present in the iPhone 4S just days before it launched. Some of the arguments were extremely convincing. Imagine being able to feel the UI and change tracks when your iPhone is in your pocket. It could also help with touch typing, and would be a huge win for the visually impaired (a group we have seen Apple striving to empower). Imagine all the neat tricks we can’t even imaging yet ;) ** Apple will develop a smart-stylus that’ll work with their devices. It won’t require adding a capacitive screen to the device, because that would increase device cost. Instead, the stylus will be expensive. It will cater to artists, students, creatives, and business users. It will not be required for any apps, but it will provide higher resolution than a fingertip, and unlike other iOS styli, it will have true pressure sensitivity (like Wacom tablets/styli). Coupled with low-latency multi-touch, this will be killer.
The more iOS can do, the more people want to do with it. iOS needs an implementation of inter-application data sharing similar to Android Aspects or Windows Phone Contracts.
Enhanced Do Not Disturb: I don’t know why they haven’t done this yet, but I would love to be able to create something like “smart lists” for my phone. If it’s a number not in my contacts, always send it to voicemail. If it’s my family, always let it ring. Let people flag certain phone numbers as spam, and maintain a central anti-phone-spam list. If a caller is on that list, let the user blacklist them and send a “number disconnected” tone ;)
The New Mac Pro
The current tower design has been around for ages. It’s time for a change, and this one’s going to be huge. I believe the new Mac Pro won’t be a computer; it’ll be multiple computers interconnected by optical Thunderbolt. I believe you’ll be able to, essentially, stack Mac Minis on top of one another ad infinitum. Want more RAM & CPU & GPU & disk? Slap another Mini on the stack. The ones you have will never become obsolete. You can just keep adding on. Power requirements might get a bit crazy, but that’s true of increasingly huge towers, too.
It will debut at the same time as retina Cinema Displays, and retina iMacs.
OS X 10.9+
Continue bringing iOS apps to OS X (iBooks & Podcasts please!)
Continue breaking apps into smaller apps (Mail -> Notes + Mail) ** get all the cruft out of iTunes: *** eBook management should be moved out of iTunes & into iBooks *** podcast management should be moved out of iTunes & into Podcasts *** video purchasing & rental out of iTunes & into Videos. Call it VideoStore.
Continue renaming apps (System Preferences -> Settings) ** re-name iTunes to Music ** re-name iTunes Music Store to MusicStore (like AppStore) ** re-name QuickTime to Movies ** re-name iBooks to Books ** re-name iBookStore to BookStore (like AppStore & MusicStore) ** not sure what to do with iPhoto, since there is already a Photos app on iOS.
Continue making apps have “active backs”: ** the BookStore will continue to be the back of the Books app ** the MusicStore should be the back of the Music app ** the VideoStore should be the back of the Video app
Unify OSX’s Dashboard so that it’s similar to the search screen on iOS. Both are highly under-used. I originally thought that’s where iOS notifications would go, but they didn’t. On OSX I thought LaunchPad & search would move to the Dashboard area, but that didn’t happen either. For years, Apple has wanted to get rid of the desktop, because it tends to become cluttered & unsightly. I think the ‘Dashboard’ might eventually become the new desktop. It’ll have a search area just like iOS’s. Everything will be auto-aligned. There won’t be files there, just launchpad + widgets.
Allow Non-AppStore apps to send notification centre notifications and use iCloud storage APIs, BUT require them to have a developer certificate, AND charge them a nominal per-user fee to cover the costs of iCloud usage. That fee would be < 30%, because Apple would not be processing their transactions or managing their upgrades. I think this is one of those things Apple will do, but hasn’t had the bandwidth to do… yet.
I think the dock will become an application switcher, like iOS’s multi-tasking tray. It’ll show the apps you’ve used recently, not apps that are currently running. You won’t purposefully put things there in order to click & launch them. You’ll do the launching from launchpad by clicking on them, or typing and hitting enter. Trash will appear in the dock whenever items are in the trash (so that they can be restored or emptied), but it won’t be there the rest of the tiem. Finder will be just another launchable/switchable app. I’m using it this way now, actually. I removed all icons from the dock (except finder & Trash, which you can’t remove) and I set it to show/hide. I launch all apps by pressing [F4], which opens LaunchPad, and then by typing the first few letters of the app’s name, and hitting enter. Only running applications show up in the dock. Coupled with Mission Control ,AppSposé, and Cmd-Tab, this is incredibly flexible and useful.
Messages is horrible. What I love about Adium is that even though i have 3 of your IM accounts on it, they’re merged, and there’s just one “Jeff”. On Messages, every time I want to IM him, I have to choose which one of his accounts I want to send the message to… and if it fails, i have to repeat the process with another account. It won’t be worth trying until iOS6 launches and they unify FaceTime/phone# into a single thing. It really should have been part of the free Mountain Lion update that’s coming with the fall launch of iOS6. BUT THERE IS HOPE. I believe that when Apple finally does roll out some kind of NFC, Messages will work properly. Your devices will be able to sense if your phone is near your mac, and if it is, and your mac is being used (typing is happening/it is not asleep), then the message will only make a sound on your mac. It will also be delivered to your iPhone & iPad, but it won’t make a sound on them. If you’re not currently using any of your devices, and none of them are near one another, it’ll deliver the notification to all of them. If you’re not currently using any of them, but some of them are near to one another, it might deliver the message to the one you’re most likely to have with you (phone, then tablet, then mac — small to large — most portable to least portable). Or maybe it would deliver the message to the one that’s currently moving, or the one that moved last. Or simply deliver it to all of them.
Both iOS & OS X
Keychain in the Cloud. It’d be great if iCloud could sync my browser passwords AND sessions and somehow tie them to my device login. If I require a password to login to the device, I should be automatically logged-in to everything. I THINK Facebook’s upcoming app might be the first app to do this. If you’re logged-in to Mountain Lion, you won’t have to provide a login on iOS devices that use the same iCloud account. I hope this is the case.
There will be a better way to get files onto your iPhone & iPad. A combination of AirDrop, iCloud sync, and smart-searches/mailboxes/playlists could become the way to achieve that. Define sync rules in iCloud, and let them constantly keep things sync’d on all your devices. But that seems power-user-ish. They need a way for the masses, too. It’s likely that a version of iBooks for OS X would solve a lot of those problems. Drag your PDFs & ePubs into iBooks for OS X, and they become available on all your devices. Now that I think about it, having truly universal apps would solve this. If each app existed for iPhone, iPad, and OS X, BOOM, that solves file sync. It doesn’t solve how to use the same file with multiple apps in a sandboxed world, but that’s another story.
A Frightening Idea
Apple recently announced that it will be building a second massive datacenter. Why, when its first probably still has extra capacity? I believe it’s a failover for disaster recovery.
A friend said to me the other day “You know, if terrorists really wanted to terrorize people, they would bomb the single building that houses all of iCloud”. That sent shivers down my spine. It’s true. If the Statue of Liberty were destroyed, it would be shocking, and sad, but it wouldn’t effect me.
Vapourizing all my documents, family photos, videos, and music in one fell swoop would most certainly traumatize me.
Apple is encouraging everyone to “trust the cloud” more each day. All companies are. They need to be doing all they can to ensure that the cloud is as pervasive as the atmosphere: all-encompassing, protective, and without a single point of failure.
P.S. - this is the first time i’ve tried to use markdown to do a post, so please forgive any formatting issues.
Footnotes: 1: When I only had a 2008 MacBook with button-sporting plastic trackpad that didn’t support gestures, I thought they were a gimmick. Now that I have a new MacBook with buttonless glass trackpad, gestures are a revelation; so much so that I’m considering ditching my magic mouse. : This makes me think that twitter will confidently kill all 3rd party clients
Comments from my old blog:
Breslin said: Your “Frightening Idea” paragraph has indeed frightened me… Excuse me while I go back up all my pictures, documents, music etc… :P at 2012-08-15 16:18:18
Ian said: Nice post. I agree with pretty much everything.
I agree that there is a strange problem, with apps tending to be smaller and more single task, while at the same time there is no mechanism to really have more than one app edit the same file type. I think the solution though is already partially in place. It’s there already for calendar, contacts, photos and partially for music. Apple controls the database of a certain type, and then any app can see and edit it by using an API (which may ask the user for permission to do it first). This way, there is some security to the sharing because Apple controls the API. This works pretty well. There are tons of photo apps and they allow editing and viewing of the same photos from the camera roll (encouraging the whole simple app thing). I can’t imagine how boring photo apps would be in iOS if it weren’t like this. On the Mac, iPhoto and Aperture now use the same photo database.
I’ve long thought this same idea would be further expanded to books, podcasts, PDFs, Pages docs, etc.. The question to me is how far they will let this idea go. Will 3rd party apps be able to create their own databases, and have other apps access them? My feeling is this will happen, but I’m surprised it hasn’t happened more fully yet. at 2012-08-15 17:32:52
Complaints- I can’t help but think that Messages & FaceTime toggles should be in the same place as the Notification Center toggle.
- I find it odd that only AppleTVs show up in the new system-wide AirPlay menu icon in the top right corner. It took me a while to figure out that in order to AirPlay audio to my AirPort express, I needed to option-click the Volume icon. All AirPlay destinations should appear in the AirPlay menu, and Audio+Video destinations should have mirroring on/off toggles beside them.
- Tweet sheets don’t auto-shorten links, so they take up much more of the 140 characters than they would through other clients
- Dashboard doesn’t have a linen background to match iOS & Notification Center.
- Mountain Lion silently removed Subversion and Java. Things that had been working fine started crashing without notifying me as to the reason. Figuring out why and how to fix it was not fun.
- Safari6 keeps giving me “this video is not available” messages on Youtube. I have a feeling this has more to do with Youtube/Google not encoding stuff in alternatives to Flash-format, but it’s still annoying.
- I would love it if Apple stored all my iCloud logins/passwords as a preference. That is, it should know that my main iCloud account uses account X for FaceTime, and account Y for my App Store purchases. I shouldn’t have to set that up repeatedly, on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
- There are issues with multiple monitors. It’s complicated, so I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that before Lion introduced full-screen mode, multiple-monitors worked fine. A solution might be for Apple to treat each monitor as a distinct machine with its own set of spaces, while at the same time maintaining a unified list of running apps you can cmd-tab through.
- Messages is horrible. You don’t know what device the other person is on. You expect that if you IM their phone, it won’t show up on the iPad their wife or children are currently using. It’s a confusing mess.
- After they fix it, Messages should run 24/7 in the background, just like FaceTime.
Comments from my old blog:
r/d said: Yes please update SoundSource for Mountain Lion. We need it!! at 2012-08-14 19:54:18
Ian said: I agree about the audio airplay. It’s not obvious how to do it. And option-clicking has flaws too.. it only shows 3 output speakers in the menubar. I have 4 speakers listed, so it just arbitrarily chops one off.. and guess which one is chopped off for me? The Airport Express! I need to open System Prefs, then select it from there. Hopefully SoundSource will be updated. at 2012-07-30 22:58:57
(Zaid Rasid)[http://www.zaidrasid.com] said: Great post brother. Best of luck. I always thought you looked hot;) It really is about how you look as a person on the inside. A family member of mine had a run in with ecoli and I’m back on watching the diet again. Somehow i’ve been off pop for the longest time. I drink coffee black or with one cream. Pollan has helped and even Leo from Zen taught me to incorporate one habit a day, so I put in one veg/fruit a day. Working my way from there.
What would you say is a good starting resource for Paleo? at 2012-08-08 20:53:57
(SewTara)[http://www.sewtara.com] said: D you’re a rock star!! Keep it up.
I too was surprised how eating like this can make you feel great, drop pounds and honestly (after the first few days) it’s pretty easy.
I never would have thought 6 months ago I would be able to walk through a bakery and not want anything I see, but I can. Plus once the scale starts going down it’s addictive and all ‘challenge accepted!’.
Hang in there, you’ll look great at your wedding and I’m sure you’ll have one of those crazy loud little things in your life soon :) You’re an awesome Uncle Carrot, you’ll be a great Dad ;) at 2012-07-09 18:44:06
(Derek)[http://www.derekmartin.ca] said: The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf is a good intro, but what’s even easier is just going through and listening to some back episodes of the “Latest in Paleo” podcast during your commute :) http://5by5.tv/paleo/ at 2012-08-09 01:04:37
Julian said: My best advice on weight loss is this. Don’t listen to anyone who
thinks they can tell you the best way to do it.
The most easily established fact is this: To lose weight you need to
run a calorie deficit. You need to output (exercise) more than you
intake (eat). This is the very basic fact of the matter. The truth is
that how you achieve this deficit is largely immaterial.
Nobody - no pre-determined program, trainer, study, excersise routine,
or supplement can determine the best way for you to achieve this
deficit. It’s highly personalized and your ability to manage it will
determine how sustainable it is.
During your last effort, if I recall, you had a personal trainer who
advocated intervals. Intervals are great if you don’t mind doing them
(I like them on my bike but hate them on a treadmill) but you can only
grin and bare it for so long.
If it hurts too much or is boring or causes too much displeasure of
any kind you will stop doing it.
Similarly with diet if it’s too uncomfortable or causes to big of a
shift in your lifestyle you will stop doing it.
Whatever technique(s) you use will eventaully be subject to a
sub-concious approval rating by you. They will only pass if they are
of a certain level of acceptability (also determined sub-conciously by
I’ve replaced my morning meal with a cup of coffee. There isn’t a
nutritionist in the world that would advocate skipping meals but it
happens to be the one way I’m able to restrict calories comfortably
long term. It works for me so I do it.
I do hill repeats on my bike or go for runs at night with my ipod
shuffle because that’s the sort of excersise I enjoy/tolerate but lots
of people hate running and cycling. It wouldn’t work for them.
You have to find a way to do it that you can tolerate. Experimentation
is necessary. You may find something you like only to find the need to
switch it up down the road. The bottom line remains that sub-concious
you has to tolerate it and if he doesn’t it’s game over.
My best advice is to not listen to advice on how to achieve your
calorie deficit. Simply understand that it’s necessary (do a little
research on the number of calories you need to be in deficit if you
wish) and that you need to tolerate any method you use to get there. A
bit of introspection might turn out to be the hardest thing you have
to do. at 2012-07-06 20:08:55
Power User (nerd, developer, administrator, Pro Account?)
All accounts will be created as normal “User” accounts by default, and you will be able to change them to Power User accounts in system preferences. - If you have a User account, you will interact with OS X exclusively through Lion’s Launchpad app and iCloud. You won’t have a dock, and you won’t have a Finder.
- If you have a Power User account, you will interact with OS X through the dock (with stacks), iCloud, the Finder, and the filesystem. You’ll be able to use Launchpad if you want to, but you certainly won’t have to.
There are still lots of unanswered questions about when this will happen (Lion? OS 11?), and how we’ll deal with groups of related files of different types (i.e. my project uses pages documents, powerpoints, images, and video — can i still zip them up together? can i tag them with the same project name?). The future is very different, but I think it’s bright.
Comments from my old blog:
Ian said: Agreed on the app versus the filesystem. Arguably, iTunes is pretty much like this as well, since you need to manage it using the app and not files. I agree, they are tending more towards ‘databases for an app’. iTunes is more natural to browse using albums and songs than folders and files. The whole appliance thing is exactly right. Anyone who disagrees should switch to a thermostat where you have a folder full of various configuration files to select your temperature. And then give it to grandma. It’s absurd. Sure, files can be there behind the scenes, but regular people shouldn’t need to deal with them. The UI needs to be tailored to the appliance.
It is true that sometimes it makes sense for two different apps to interact with the same data. But it is instructive to look at how iOS partially deals with this problem. They make most of the function in the music app accessible via an API to other apps. So, other apps can just see the albums and songs as if they were part of that app. How would that work in the old PC days? You’d go through your folder hierarchy until you found your music folder, than drilled down and ‘opened’ the appropriate files with the different app. That stinks even for power users. Look for this notion to be extended as time goes on. App specific databases that other apps could access if you make something like an API.
The whole ‘power user’ idea may come to be. It seems possible that only a power user could install stuff not from the app store, etc.. As a power user type, I’m ok with all of this (in fact, I think it’s better) as long as there is a way to see the files in some fashion if you’re an expert. I’m fine with most of my documents being in the cloud too, as long as I feel like I own the data. And for me, owning the data means, it is stored somewhere (probably sync’ed with the cloud) on my machine, and I can get at it, with Finder or Terminal. But I suspect, and I’d totally be ok with, those two apps being hidden away somewhere and not on the dock by default. The ‘power user’ idea would be one way of taking care of that. Or at least, stuff Finder and Terminal in the Utilities subfolder. at 2011-06-16 21:00:31
(Zaid Rasid)[http://www.zaidrasid.com] said: Wow, great post. You nailed this head on.
I actually think that Power User will have there own OS totally separate from the dumb down machines. They’ll work with more powerful machines for the niche audience. I don’t think it will be combined in one. at 2011-06-24 19:29:56
Use Apple ID to authenticate - You can now use an Apple ID to authenticate with another Mac running OS X Lion to start a screen-sharing session. This is perfect for giving others access to your Mac without creating separate user accounts. Simply add their Apple IDs to the list of authorized users, and they can log in with their credentials.
Merge folders - When you try to combine two folders with the same name, the Finder now offers to merge them into a single folder. This will make Windows converts very happy. No more WTF moments.
All My Files - Instantly view all the files on your Mac in a single window in the Finder. All My Files gathers all your files — no matter where they’re located — and displays them in an organized view. It’s smart about what it collects, showing only files you commonly open, such as documents, images, and videos, while leaving out system files. If Steve had mentioned this, there would have been some power user backlash.
Questions:****1. When my files AutoSave, where are they saved to? can I choose?
2. How do i open a document other than last one i was working on in iOS? Can i browse Pages docs?
3. How much will additional cloud storage space cost? what is the maximum? (i want as much storage as Gmail offers)
4. Will the cloud match against other people’s uploaded tracks, so i don’t have to upload everything iTunes doesn’t already sell?
5. How should I manage my family’s AppleIDs so that our content (photos,mail,reminders,documents,etc) is only synced to our own devices? Right now we all use the same AppleID to purchase everything. I also don’t want my fiance’s apps to auto-download onto my device.
6. If you can only download Lion from inside OS X, how can you install it on a new, empty hard drive?Final Thoughts1. **Lion is a steal at just $29 per household (not per Mac)
2. BlackBerry is dead meat. iMessage duplicates the one thing that made people call their BlackBerries “crackberries” - BlackBerry Messenger (aka BBM). The lack of BBM on iPhone is what has kept so many people on Blackberry to this day. Those days are over.
3. There’s still room for competition in the “cloud music” space. Amazon & Google’s cloud music lockers can’t compete with Cloud iTunes on ease of use (iTunes Match) or price BUT they do offer streaming, where Apple’s doesn’t. Spotify is still a force to be reckoned with.
4. iTunes Match monetizes pirated music. You pay $25/year to store it in the cloud, and Apple gives 70% of that to music labels & publishers. For the first time ever, artists will make *something* when you pirate their music. This will (presumably) also ensure that all your music has proper album art, so your CoverFlow no longer looks ridiculous.
5. iTunes Genius is about to get much better - it can now harvest all this info about songs that iTunes *doesn’t* sell, but which iTunes users listen to regularly. That will tell Apple which music to add to the store next.
6. Only Apple has anything close to iCloud, and it’s going to keep getting better (ok, linux probably has an equivalent, but who wants to use it & manage it?)
7. iOS becoming PC Free will lead to a nice spike in iOS device sales. I know at least 3 people who want iPads, but don’t have computers capable of running the latest iTunes.
8. The future of OSX, iOS & iCloud is clear: “login to any apple device and have all your apps and content appear” will happen. Yesterday’s announcement was a huge first step in that direction. It will be the killer feature of OS XI, iOS6 & iCloud2.**
Comments from my old blog:
(Zaid Rasid)[http://www.zaidrasid.com] said: You forgot to mention that Canada sucks when it comes to the availability of content. I really hope we’re in sync with the US. With regards to Questions 4, my assumption is that there is a universal database, so you don’t have to upload anything that is already there.
I also think for the music industry that the iTunes cloud is the first incentive I have seen yet to pay for music. From a consumer point of view, if I know that I can purchase a track and access it from the cloud, I would rather pay the convenience fee than to illegally download it.
The integration with Twitter is going to bring a lot more people onto twitter and start using it more. Wow.
Great post. at 2011-06-13 15:48:22
(David)[http://www.davidschultz.org] said: One sucky thing is it appears that the itunes match feature will not be available except in US. at 2011-06-07 16:45:53
(Derek)[http://www.derekmartin.ca] said: I think (and hope) it’s US-only just while it’s in beta, and when iOS5 & iCloud fully launch, then it will be available in more locations. That being said, I have heard that it won’t get to the UK any time soon (maybe Spotify has an exclusive agreement in the UK?) at 2011-06-07 18:06:24
960/640 to 9216/6912 = approximately 10x as many pixels.
3.5-inch to 35-inch = approximately 10x as large.
Assuming price scales linearly (which it probably doesn’t), $28.50 * 10 = $280.50 for a 35-inch RetinaDisplay, plus $50(?) for an aluminum housing, plus the $64 it costs to build an AppleTV.
Apple’s cost *could* be as little as $394. Yes, that’s close to the retail cost of a lot of 32” LCD TVs, but still at least $100 less than the best ones available.What about remote controls?Remote controls (yes, even Harmony Remotes), are a nightmare right now, and the current AppleTV remote is no exception. Unlike GoogleTV and every TV that has ‘widgets’ built-in, Apple’s new remote will be as easy to use as the old pre-remote CRT televisions; yes, the ones where you had to get up out of the chair, and turn the knobs. Touch interfaces make this possible, as evidenced by countless youtube videos of babies using iPads & iPhones. The new AppleRemote will take the form of a very stripped down iOS touch-screen device. I believe this device is the cause of all the “iPhone Nano” rumours. It’s not a phone or an iPod Touch — it’s a remote. A dedicated iOS remote device makes sense because iPhones & iPod Touches tend to leave the room as people leave the room. Inevitably, someone’s left with no way to control the screen. With a dedicated remote, that won’t be a problem. It will only be able to run apps from the new AppleTV ChannelStore. It will have a very weak graphics card, just enough to render UIs, and tell the AppleTV itself what to do. Because the remote offloads all the hard work to the AppleTV, it will have amazing battery life. It won’t come with the regular suite of iOS apps, and because it’s designed to be shared, it won’t come with the email app either. It won’t have much built-in storage; no cameras; no sensors; no headphone jack or speakers. The only thing it has lots of, is minimalism. It will have Wi-Fi for downloading ChannelApps & controlling the AppleTV. Unlike regular apps, all Channel Apps will do is display an interface. They don’t actually display the video. The remote will tell the AppleTV what video to display, and the AppleTV will grab the stream directly from the internet. The interface that displays on the remote will probably be limited to 2D or simple 3D, and an on-screen keyboard will pop-up when required. It will be very much like a physical remote, but more flexible. This is what makes it so usable. If that sounds crazy, here’s an example of it from real life: It will work very similar to adventure games on the Nintendo DS — you manage your inventory etc on the lower screen (remote) while you actually see what’s happening on the upper screen (AppleTV). The Nintendo DS has been the number one portable for years, and I’m sure Apple knows that and will capitalize on it. Want another example? This one comes from the AppStore!? Yep. Check out the game “Real Racing 2 HD” on the iPad2. When you connect the iPad to an HDTV, you see the racetrack’s layout on the iPad, and you control the game using the iPad, but you actually see what’s happening on the TV. The iPad is effectively just a really big remote control. AppleTV episodes won’t contain advertisements/commercials (at least not in the traditional sense/manner), because it detracts from the video watching experience. Downloads of complete commercial-less seasons TV, and the increase in demand for TV-on-DVD are evidence of that. Apple will implement some kind of innovative business model around this strategy. Yes, TV is extremely competitive market, BUT this AppleTV strategy drive sales of iOS devices (to use as remotes), and content revenue from apps, and increase the iOS developer adoption. Selling the actual devices at or near cost (as they do with the iPad) will help keep competition at bay for forseeable future. When you look at the TV market like this, it seems just as ripe for disruption as the cellular market was before the iPhone. People knew an Apple Phone was coming, but nobody foresaw the effects it would have on the mobile landscape.
Comments from my old blog:
Derek Martin said: My friend Zaid pointed out that my math is wrong. I increased both the length AND width by 10x, giving a 100X increase in pixels, not a 10X increase. Oops! I still think they might support 2x 1080p, which wold be 3840x2160. Apple originally said the iPhone4 was “Retina” because at the distance you normally hold a phone, you could no longer see the pixels. Well, we sit much further from TVs than we do from phones. Maybe 2x 1080p would be dense enough to qualify a TV as a Retina display.
Interestingly, one of the default desktop background images that ships with OS X Lion measures 3800x2000. Maybe “Retina” will be coming to the Desktop and the TV at the same time. Tim Ricchuiti seems to think so - http://theelaborated.net/blog/2011/4/13/consider-the-retina-display.html at 2011-04-22 19:24:03
Ian said: Their new data centre is a little mysterious. At the bare minimum, I see a limited free version of MobileMe, with, at least, contacts and calendar syncing hosted from there. And from what I understand, none of the iTunes content is served from their servers right now, so they might just start using their own servers for that as well. I would love them to get better content deals, a la Netflix. I don’t think the current $1 to rent, $2+ to buy is a good model. Netflix has a much better model, in my opinion (certainly it is used much more than iTunes).
In terms of resolution, there is no way they’ll up it to anything above 1080p in the short term because of Internet bandwidth. I would pass my 60 GB cap with one movie. Plus, you can’t see the extra pixels from 8 feet back, unless you’ve got a gigantic tv. For 30-35 inch TVs, 720p is “retina” already (in that you can’t see the pixels).
I am doubtful they will enter the tv market in the short term. I think the Apple tv is their answer. It’s cheap enough that people will get one on a whim. I strongly expect an app store for it though. I think that will be the next thing. All the video apps for iOS will be able to write apps for it in a couple of weeks. at 2011-04-20 15:07:06