Jeff Williams Named COO, Phil Schiller’s Role Expanded and More →

December 17, 2015 · 16:35


Apple today announced that Jeff Williams has been named chief operating officer and Johny Srouji is joining Apple’s executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, will expand his role to include leadership of the revolutionary App Store® across all Apple platforms. Apple also announced that Tor Myhren will join Apple in the first calendar quarter of 2016 as vice president of Marketing Communications, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

“We are fortunate to have incredible depth and breadth of talent across Apple’s executive team. As we come to the end of the year, we’re recognizing the contributions already being made by two key executives,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Jeff is hands-down the best operations executive I’ve ever worked with, and Johny’s team delivers world-class silicon designs which enable new innovations in our products year after year.”

Cook continued, “In addition, Phil is taking on new responsibilities for advancing our ecosystem, led by the App Store, which has grown from a single, groundbreaking iOS store into four powerful platforms and an increasingly important part of our business. And I’m incredibly happy to welcome Tor Myhren, who will bring his creative talents to our advertising and marcom functions.”

Alex Gollner Talks to Randy Ubillos About Final Cut X, Steve Jobs Mentioned →

December 17, 2015 · 11:00

Alex Gollner:

My idea was that Final Cut 7 should stay exactly as it was for about a year, and every time you bought a copy of X you got a copy of 7. They didn’t want to hear it. I knew 16 months before the launch that I was going to have a bunch of arrows in my back. I was going to be blamed for this big transition. It’s the Apple way of doing things: ‘Feet first, jump in!’

The very last conversation I had with Steve Jobs was right after the launch of Final Cut Pro X. I was getting ready to get on a plane to go to London to record the second set of movie trailers – we’d hired the London Symphony Orchestra [to perform the music that was going to be bundled with the next version of iMovie] – and Steve caught me at home: “What the heck is going on with this Final Cut X thing?” I said “We knew this was coming, we knew that people were going to freak out when we changed everything out from under them. We could have done this better. We should have. Final Cut 7 should be back on the market. We should have an FAQ that lists what this is all about.” He said “Yeah, let’s get out and fund this thing, let’s make sure we get on top of this thing, move quickly with releases…” and he finished by asking: “Do you believe in this?” I said “Yes.” He said “then I do too.”

App Store Deals — 17/12/2015

December 17, 2015 · 10:03

A few great apps/games are on sale today, including a few from the Best 25 Games & Apps of 2015 for iPhone & iPad list.

Card Crawl – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €2.99
Dropzone 3 – Mac – Productivity – €9.99 > €1.99
Gamebook Adventures 11: Songs of the… – iOS – Games – €5.99 > €1.99
PDFpen 2 – Highlight, Markup, Edit… – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €9.99
Prune – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €2.99
SimCity: Complete Edition – Mac – Games – €29.99 > €9.99
Sneaky Sneaky – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Transistor – iOS – Games – €9.99 > €2.99

Geohotz Built a Self-Driving Car in His Garage →

December 17, 2015 · 09:51

Ashlee Vance:

With Hotz still holding the wheel, the Acura’s lidar paints a pixelated image on the dash screen of everything around us, including the freeway walls and other cars. A blue line charts the path the car is taking, and a green line shows the path the self-driving software recommends. The two match up pretty well, which means the technology is working. After a couple miles, Hotz lets go of the wheel and pulls the trigger on the joystick, kicking the car into self-driving mode. He does this as we head into an S curve at 65 miles per hour. I say a silent prayer. Hotz shouts, “You got this, car! You got this!”

The car does, more or less, have it. It stays true around the first bend. Near the end of the second, the Acura suddenly veers near an SUV to the right; I think of my soon-to-be-fatherless children; the car corrects itself. Amazed, I ask Hotz what it felt like the first time he got the car to work.

“Dude,” he says, “the first time it worked was this morning.”

George Hotz. The misfit. The rebel.

Kit Hinrichs’s Typography Calendar →

December 17, 2015 · 09:50

Terri Stone:

There are no illustrations or photos in the calendar, named 365. Type plays the starring role, with each month showcasing a different face. Numbered days of the month dominate the page, but look in the upper left-hand corner of the page and you’ll see a small block of text that quietly delivers information about the typeface, its designer, and contemporary technological influences.

Rumour: iPad Air 3 to Be Released in 1st Half of 2016, ‘unlikely to Have 3D Touch Because of Production Issues’ →

December 15, 2015 · 20:56

Seth Weintraub:

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a set of research notes today highlighted by ‘iPad Air 3’ forecasts. Notably, the newest 9.7-inch Apple tablet is expected to be released in the 1st half of 2016, perhaps at the March event we’ve pinned to include the Apple Watch 2 with a possible appearance of the 4-inch iPhone 6c. The bad news is that like the iPad Pro, the new iPad Air 3 isn’t likely to have 3D Touch, which is a big part of the new iPhone 6s/Plus experience, according to the analyst…

How the Star Wars Planets Stack Up Against Our Own →

December 15, 2015 · 09:10

Maddie Stone:

Chris Jones wanted to see how the planets and moons featured in the original Star Wars trilogy stack up against real planets in this galaxy. Turns out, many of them are quite comparable in size to places in our solar system. Endor is Mercury after a massive global cooling campaign, Hoth is Mars before all the water evaporated, and Bespin is a gas giant not so different in size from our Saturn. Yavin Prime seems to be in a class of its own, though—who knows—maybe it’s similar to one of those fabled brown dwarfs lurking in the far reaches of our solar system.

Skip straight to the comments below the article — gold!

John Gruber Scores Amazing Guest Interview on the Talk Show →

December 15, 2015 · 08:58

John Gruber:

John Siracusa returns to the show to follow up on Federighi’s segment on Swift. Other topics include Apple’s new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6S, and our mutual (and perhaps futile) desire to head into this week’s premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens knowing as few spoilers as possible.

Also, some guy named Craig Federighi is on before Siracusa.

Allyson Explains How to Take Great Long Exposure Photos with iPhone →

December 15, 2015 · 08:52

Allyson Kazmucha:

Long exposure photography lets you capture light trails, motion blur, and better low light shots. While the built-in Camera app doesn’t let you control shutter speed and light sensitivity, there are lots of apps available in the App Store that do

I get frustrated to no end by the fact that the iPhone can’t do real 30 second long exposures. This should be possible.

Apple Buys Former Chip Fab →

December 15, 2015 · 08:45

Nathan Donato-Weinstein:

“It’s pretty small for a fab,” said Dean Freeman, research VP at Gartner, where he leads the Internet of Things Center of Excellence. “The only thing I can think that they would be doing is potentially be saying, ‘OK, we need to do some prototyping in some way or form.’ Or they want a clean-room space to do some tweaky development. This isn’t big enough to do anything (production-wise).”

MacKeeper Leaks 13 Million Mac Owners’ Data →

December 15, 2015 · 08:42

Thomas Fox-Brewster:

Anti-virus provider MacKeeper is known for pushing the message Apple Mac owners need protection. It needed some extra protection of its own today, after a white hat hacker discovered a database containing 13 million customer records was accessible by just visiting a selection of IP addresses, no username or password required.

Do not install this crap. Ever. And delete it if already installed. It does not help in any meaningful way, and is harmful in many others.

App Store Deals — 14/12/2015

December 14, 2015 · 23:10

Another day, another set of deals. I strongly recommend getting Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure — I know I am — and Workflow, more of which you can find here. If you haven’t purchased Tweetbot 4 for iOS and Tweetbot for Mac, you can still get them discounted now, although I’m beginning to believe this ‘promotion’ won’t end anytime soon.

868–HACK – iOS – Games – €5.99 > €2.99
AirAttack 2 – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
Blockr – Privacy, Media and Ad Blocker – iPhone – Utilities – €1.99 > €0.99
Duet Display – iOS – Productivity – €15.99 > €9.99
Goal Master – goals and performance – iOS – Business – €6.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D GOLD – iOS – Productivity – €9.99 > €0.99
Maps 3D PRO – GPS Tracks – iPhone – Navigation – €4.99 > €0.99
NAVIGON Europe – iOS – Navigation – €79.99 > €49.99
QuickPlan Pro – Project plan – iPad – Productivity – €17.99 > €5.99
QuickPlan Pro – Project plan – iPhone – Business – €7.99 > €2.99
Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Splashtop Wired XDisplay HD – Mirror – iPad – Productivity – €9.99 > €6.99
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter – iOS – Social Networking – €4.99
Tweetbot for Twitter – Mac – Social Networking – €12.99 > €9.99
VoxelCity – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.99
WBS – Project work breakdown structure – iPad – Business – €6.99 > €1.99
Workflow: Powerful Automation – iOS – Productivity – €3.99 > €2.99
XenoShyft – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €1.99

Wildlife Portraits Captured With Camera Traps and Flashes →

December 14, 2015 · 23:05

Michael Zhang:

Photographer Jonny Armstrong‘s portfolio is filled with some of the most remarkable wildlife photos you’ll ever see: many of the portraits have a studio-like quality to them, and they’re often taken from just a few feet away.

The secret to Armstrong’s work is that he’s a master of camera trap photography, using remote cameras and triggers to catch creatures off guard when they’re going about their business.

Amazing work.

Star Trek Beyond Trailer →

December 14, 2015 · 23:02

I enjoy watching both Chris Pine and Simon Pegg perform, hence I got hooked on J.J. Abrams’ take on the Star Trek universe. The plots could of course be much improved, but since I took pleasure in his first two movies, I will definitely go see the new one.

I never did truly appreciate the Star Trek TV series from the 60’s and 80’s, but perhaps I’ll give them another try now.

Thoughts on the iPad Pro On-Screen Keyboard

December 14, 2015 · 14:51

Since getting my iPad Pro a few weeks ago, I’ve been writing on it a lot, using mostly the software keyboard, but also helping myself out with an external one. I bought an Origami Workstation a few years ago, and since it’s in perfect working order, as is the Apple Wireless Keyboard it contains, I’ve been using that combo quite often. This might change when my Smart Keyboard finally arrives, but in the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the iOS 9 on-screen keyboard a lot.

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UK Citizens May Soon Need Licenses to Photograph Stuff They Already Own →

December 14, 2015 · 11:46

Glyn Moody:

Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects even if you own them. That’s the result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which extends the copyright of artistic objects like designer chairs from 25 years after they were first marketed to 70 years after the creator’s death. In most cases, that will be well over a hundred years after the object was designed. During that period, taking a photo of the item will often require a licence from the copyright owner regardless of who owns the particular object in question.

UK laws are becoming so absurd, that they keep on reminding me to re-watch ‘V for Vendetta’.