Craig Federighi Also Spoke to Ars Technica About Swift and Objective-C →

December 4, 2015 · 08:53

Andrew Cunningham:

“Objective-C is not going away. We still love Objective-C as a language; we still very much depend on Objective-C and do a tremendous amount of work in Objective-C here internally at Apple,” Federighi told Ars. “We’ll be supporting Objective-C and continuing to evolve it as necessary to fit into this evolving world. We do think that Swift is the language that we recommend for new developers to our platform who are investing for the future and building new apps. We think Swift is absolutely the right place to start. But we’ll continue to maintain, advance, and support Objective-C for as far as we can see.”

Craig Federighi Talks to The Next Web About Swift →

December 4, 2015 · 08:00

Nate Swanner:

Craig Federighi: We think Swift is the next major programming language; the one people are going to be programming in for the coming several decades. We think it’s a combination of it being a great systems and apps programming language that’s fast and safe, but also being really expressive and easy to learn.

It’s the perfect programming language for anyone who is learning to program all the way to writing systems. We want everyone to learn Swift as their primary language, and we want — when developers invest in Swift — to be able to use it everywhere from scripting to apps for mobile down to writing code in the cloud.

Apple Open Sources Swift →

December 3, 2015 · 21:34


The Swift open source code is available via GitHub and includes support for all Apple software platforms — iOS, OS X®, watchOS and tvOS™ — as well as for Linux. Components available include the Swift compiler, debugger, standard library, foundation libraries, package manager and REPL. Swift is licensed under the popular Apache 2.0 open source license with a runtime library exception, enabling users to easily incorporate Swift into their own software and port the language to new platforms. For more information about Swift, and access to community resources visit the new

Pedometer++ 2.3 Can Replace the on Apple Watch →

December 3, 2015 · 20:44

David Smith:

Lastly, the Watch App now includes a step count oriented workout mode designed to replace the built-in Apple Workout app. I’ve always found the process of starting a workout from the Apple Workout app a bit fiddly. You have to press the crown, find the Workout app, launch it, find the type of activity you are doing, choose a duration, then start your walk. With Pedometer++ you instead simply tap the complication then tap Start Walk.

For walking, this is a great replacement for the standard I wonder when David will figure out how to start the workout with one click, instead of two.

You can download Pedometer++ here.

Nick Bilton About ‘Steve Jobs’ →

December 3, 2015 · 20:39

Nick Bilton:

Here’s the thing: They didn’t know Steve Jobs. None of us did. I don’t care if you had a sleepover party at his house once a week while you watched rom-coms and did each other’s nails. Or if he granted you a 15-second interview after one of his product introductions. The reality is, Steve Jobs was trying to sell things, and he was an absolute master at using the media to do that.

MacBooks Most Reliable According to Consumer Reports →

December 3, 2015 · 08:33

Donna Tapellini:

Apple laptops are the most reliable brand out there, and by quite a margin, according to our latest survey of 58,000 subscribers who purchased laptops between 2010 and 2015.

Add one more satisfied customer to that list. They’re naturally not perfect, but at this point in time there isn’t anything else out there that I would even consider purchasing.

Also, whoever took that stock photo, which was used by Consumer Reports, should consider retaking it with a better manicure.

Twitter Is Trying to Solve the Apple TV Login Problem →

December 3, 2015 · 08:25

Sean O’Kane:

With Digits, developers can get rid of the need to type out email addresses and passwords when logging into tvOS apps. In place of all that hunting and pecking, Digits-powered apps will give users a unique code and prompt them to enter it at on their phone or computer. It’s essentially the same idea that Facebook proposed last week when it announced its own SDK for tvOS, and while it’s still a bit wonky, it will definitely save users some time — especially those with long email addresses and passwords.

The Apple TV should realistically just show a pop up on the user’s iPhone, and ask for permission use his/her login data from there. Whatever Apple should or can do, they could do better than what’s currently implemented.

Alleged Racist Attack on British Sikh’s in Poland — His Response Goes Viral →

December 3, 2015 · 08:00

Priyanka Mogul:

A British Sikh’s response to an alleged racist attack in Poland has gone viral, with nearly 3,000 people sharing his Facebook post. Navjot Sawhney claimed he was punched by a nightclub bouncer in Krakow on 28 November after being denied entry because of his appearance.
Aerospace engineer Sawhney, 25, described how his friends were allowed into the nightclub, while he was refused entry. When Sawhney questioned the bouncer’s decision not to let him in, he was allegedly told that it was because he was wearing a turban and that meant that he was a “terrorist”.

“I was refused entrance to Shakers Krakow because my face and dress didn’t correspond to a man’s view of what humanity should look like,” Sawhney wrote on his Facebook page. “I listened while the bouncer verbally abused me, spat at me, and called me a terrorist.”

Despite this, Sawhney said there are “racists and bigots in every country, every religion and every ethnicity”, and it would be “racist in itself to tar an entire population with the same negative brush, and rather misses the point of my post… I called for solidarity, not division.”

Sawhney said that the bouncer punched him, causing his turban to be knocked off his head. Two police officers arrived at the scene but allegedly refused to arrest the bouncer because Sawhney was not bleeding.

“The police officers did tell me that white and brown people in Poland are different,” Sawhney told IBTimes UK. “They also told me that I should have thought about the attacks committed in Paris before I chose to come to Poland. People are angry, they said – aggression towards you is to be expected.”

Sawhney said that their comments were “ridiculous” as he was not a Muslim. However, he also pointed out that the sentiment was “offensive” regardless of what his religious faith is. He said that his “heart goes out to Muslims all over the world who are being persecuted because of the actions of terrorists”.

The Polish Embassy in the UK was among those to respond to Sawhney’s Facebook post, apologising for the “racist” incident. Thousands of others have commented as well, expressing solidarity with him and many sharing their own experiences of racism in Poland. However, Sawhney insisted that he does not intend to criticise Poland…

I’m Polish and not proud of my countrymen in situations such as this. In this case I believe Sawhney’s version of the incident — bouncers are generally the worst idiots you can find, and they’re most definitely limited intellectually. As to the Police part of his story: it sounds more than plausible. I personally needed the help of the Police three times in my life, and I regret every time I turned to them for assistance. They’re mostly useless and completely unprepared for their line of work, in every way imaginable.

“As stated by our employees and eyewitnesses, Mr Nav reacted emotionally to the entry refusal,” a spokesperson for Shakers said. “Mr Nav was not being offended, spat at or beaten. The club managers would like to abstain from judgment which version of events was the true one or if the allegations of Mr Nav were reasoned. We simply want to apologise for him feeling offending during his visit in our club.”


Parents Are Naming Babies After Instagram Filters →

December 2, 2015 · 10:58

Michael Zhang:

The website reports that “Lux” has jumped 75% as a baby boy name and is slightly up as a girl name as well. It’s not a filter, but Instagram chose “Lux” for the name of its one-tap photo enhancement feature.

For names that are used for Instagram filters, Ludwig is up 42%, Amaro is up 26%, Reyes is up 10%, Hudson is up 4%, and Kelvin is up 3%.

Do Snapchat filters have names?

Last One to Leave Turns Off the Lights →

December 1, 2015 · 20:12

Bohemian Coding:

Today, we’re announcing an important change in how you receive updates to Sketch. After much thought, and with a heavy heart, we’re moving Sketch away from the Mac App Store.

I’m sad to see this happen more and more often. Ultimately, the Mac App Store will be full of the leftover “fart” apps, which have no value whatsoever. This should be a concern for Apple, because of the negative picture this paints for new Mac users who are visiting the Mac App Store for the first time. I hope something changes before it’s too late, if it isn’t already.

Apple Watch — a Stalled Platform →

December 1, 2015 · 15:02

Dan Frommer:

Here’s what’s working: I’ve learned to rely on the watch, without thinking, for a handful of functions. These are as basic as quickly telling time to as futuristic-seeming as watching my Uber approach on a tiny map before it swings around the corner.

Notifications, one of the early big-idea purposes of a smartwatch, are pretty reliable and, with some attention to their frequency, very useful. One night at a restaurant, when a handful of things I’d put up for sale on eBay were closing around the same time, the sensation of an arm buzz every few seconds as a new bid rolled in was an amusing delight. (Another round, garçon!)

I reply to a large portion of text messages from the watch, using customized quick responses. Tracking my exercise has helped me lose 10 pounds.

But that’s about it. And they are pretty much the same ways I used the watch when I first got it.

That’s more or less what I use mine for, with the fitness functions still being most important. And quite frankly, I’m not looking for more distractions.

Workflow for iOS – Publishing Linked Posts to WordPress

December 1, 2015 · 12:21

I bought Workflow for iOS [App Store] on the day it came out. The app was already amazing back then, but lacked a few features which could help me use it on a daily basis. The most recent update added WordPress support however. It took me a little over thirty minutes to put together a rough workflow for publishing linked posts on Infinite Diaries. I’ve been perfecting that workflow ever since and I’m finally ready to share it with the world.

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Why They Call Him ‘Gramps’ →

December 1, 2015 · 09:56

Don Melton:

I explained that I was christened as such when I was only in my mid-thirties at Netscape, “Years ago when I got that name, I was actually young enough for it to be ironic. These days it’s a Human Resources policy violation.”

Great story, including Craig Federighi and Tim Cook. You have to read this.

A Few More Details on the A9X From Andrew Cunningham →

December 1, 2015 · 09:12

Andrew Cunningham:

Imagination’s chart for the Series 7XT GPU puts a hypothetical 12-core design in the same general performance neighborhood as an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M, a low-end discrete GPU that’s a bit slower than the stuff Apple is shipping in its high-end MacBook Pros. Our own graphics benchmarks place it a bit higher than that, but as some of you have pointed out, iOS may have a small advantage in some of these tests because of differences between the mobile OpenGL ES API in iOS and the standard OpenGL API used in OS X.

He also mentions the probable cause for the lack of an L3 cache.

Quite frankly, I’m a bit surprised it’s as fast as it is in benchmarks, because it doesn’t feel that fast — many animations which are as smooth as silk on the iPad Air 2, stutter on the Pro. Apple obviously needs to further optimise iOS for the new screen size and resolution.

‘If journalists reviewed Macs like iPads’ →

November 30, 2015 · 22:00

Fraser Speirs:

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the MacBook Pro and, in particular, whether it can replace an iPad Pro for getting real work done.

Firstly, consider the hardware. The huge issue with the MacBook Pro is its form factor. The fact that the keyboard and screen are limited to being held in an L-shaped configuration seriously limits its flexibility. It is basically impossible to use a MacBook pro while standing up and downright dangerous to use when walking around. Your computing is limited to times when you are able to find somewhere to sit down.

Not that you would want to use a MacBook Pro while standing anyway. The sheer weight of these devices means that your shoulder is going to take a beating if you switch from iOS to OS X. The current 15″ MacBook Pro tips the scales at 4.49 pounds – or three iPad Pros – despite having a lower-resolution screen and one less hour of battery life.

Only those with very specific workflows could realistically switch from iPad Pro to a MacBook Pro.

Pure gold.

‘It’s Easier on the Web’ →

November 30, 2015 · 14:00

Alex Austin:

In the past four weeks, there were 45,000 new apps submitted to the iOS App Store alone. The chances that any of them will ever break into the top 1000 are effectively 0%, and even if they did, they’re still not seeing any amount of traffic to build a successful business.

MacBook Air in Two New Sizes Rumoured for Q3 2016 →

November 30, 2015 · 11:07

Eric Slivka:

The new MacBook Air is said to take on a slimmer design and arrive in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, but it is unclear whether an 11-inch model will also be included. The slimmer design will be enabled by “fully redesigned” internal components across the board, and Apple is reportedly currently working with its suppliers to develop these new components.

I full expected the Retina 12″ MacBook to drop in price in the future, replacing the Airs completely, and the MacBook Pros to be redesigned with thinner and lighter cases. If Apple chooses to refresh the Air lineup with a 15″ model in addition to the 13″ one, I would assume they’d both get Retina screens. The differentiation would have to happen predominantly at CPU level. The current 15″ rMBPs are all i7 quads, which leaves room for dual-core i5 and i7 CPUs. I’m assuming that the rumoured 13″ Air would get the ULV1 CPUs, which are placed between the Core M from the 12″ MacBook and i5/i7 dual-core in the current rMBP 13″, in terms of processing power.

While this wouldn’t simplify their MacBook line-up, it would separate the consumer models from the MacBook Pros. Also, perhaps an updated 13″ rMBP would get quad-core i5 and i7 CPUs, further distancing itself from the Air.

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