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WWDC Predictions: iOS

This is the second of my WWDC predictions focusing in on iOS. Obviously given the amount of shared code a lot of this will apply to OS X as well. My Apple TV WWDC predictions can be found here. My old iOS9 wishlist can be found here. I think this WWDC will be at least as significant as the introduction of iOS7 and its new UI. So I’m splitting these predictions up into product line.

I think iOS9 will have changes both fixing UI issues and long standing bugs but also with a much bigger focus on productivity apps. Apple knows the iPad is in trouble. It’s growth curve hasn’t just slowed but is decreasing year over year. Expect Apple to give one more big push on the iPad. If sales don’t pick up next year prepare for it to be “neglected.” This really is a turning point for Apple’s whole strategy going forward. Most suspect OS X and iOS will merge. But the very notion of a merger depends upon what happens with iOS in terms of productivity. Will we get a more productive iOS or will Apple simply make running iOS apps on the Mac easier? Expect moves in both directions but primarily on supercharging iOS.

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WWDC Predictions: Apple TV

AppleTVThe blog’s been pretty quiet of late as I’ve been extremely busy on other projects (including butting heads with trying to put an ObjC front end to a C++ project in Xcode). In past years though I made my WWDC predictions a few weeks out from the keynote. That’s far enough away so as to not be swayed by the flurry of rumors (often leaked) in the final few weeks before WWDC. Yet close enough so as to not be shooting entirely in the dark. Not wanting to break a tradition, here are my predictions. Since I think this will be a big year – even bigger than last year with the long awaited release of extensions – I’ll break it up into a few posts.

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Apple with TB on USB-C

Apple filed a patent for using a USB-C connector as an universal connector including thunderbolt. No idea if that means they’ll do it. But it is interesting given some were predicting this.

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Remote App: A Modest Proposal

I’ve not written much of late primarily due to just being so busy. However Gruber put up a tweet that made me think about the Remote app for the Apple TV. Apparently the Apple Watch has a remote app that’s actually useful for controlling the Apple TV. Color me surprised.

Now in some ways I love the Remote app. It makes typing quite easy however it’s just so clumsy because it takes so long to connect to the AppleTV. That lag means you’re apt not to reach for your phone. Throw in that it doesn’t have modes for the various oft used apps on the Apple TV and you end up with just a dumb remote. Typically I only draw out my phone when I’m going to be using YouTube and doing a bunch of searching.

Gruber mentions that the Apple Watch Remote stays active when it was the front most app. So every time you raise your wrist it’s ready to go. Why can’t they do that with the phone?

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Changes in Apple Blogging

One thing I notice as I read my rss feed and twitter. Posts about computers have changed a lot in recent years. The types of posts I used to love — hacks or tweaks that make things work better — are much rarer now. I thought about why and it’s largely because things either work or they don’t. When they don’t often there’s not much you can do about it anymore.

Tech is Dead

Oluseyi on Tech is Dead. Really insightful analysis on how the whole tech business but especially Apple has changed. Analogy is probably car enthusiasts even as working on cars becomes tied to diagnostic computers and fewer and fewer things people can fix. The Apple Watch feels so alien to many of us because it’s Apple’s first steps outside of the general tech market. (I’d say it bridges the worlds, but definitely isn’t just tech)

On Tomorrow’s Event

I’m not too excited about tomorrow’s event. I know it’ll primarily be about watches and I also know I’m not apt to buy a watch anytime soon. I just hate jewelry — watches especially. Back in school I’d wear one so I’d know the time and always take it off during class. I just hated the feel of it on my wrist. And of course after a few months I’d invariably forget it and loose it. By the time I went to college I just stopped wearing watches and have never regretted it since. 

For the Apple Watch to matter to me it’d have to do a lot. I like the idea of workout stats. But it’d have to do a lot more and most importantly do them well. Inaccurate sensors are worse than no sensor at all.

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Ive

Still reading the New Yorker article. However the following comment by Nick Heer was, regardless of the details of the article, pretty perceptive.

Ive certainly has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. After Steve Jobs resigned his CEO post, and again after he died, Apple’s stock price was — perhaps surprisingly — unaffected. But if and when Jony Ive leaves Apple, I can’t imagine their share price and their perceived future viability would be unaffected to the same or greater extent. Jobs left a willing and public successor, Tim Cook, in his wake; Ive doesn’t have anyone like that. He is both irreplaceable, and yet he must eventually be replaced.

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Seeing Snow Leopard Through Rose Colored Glasses

Surprisingly the griping about Yosemite is still going on. As I’ve frequently said I think people are remembering Snow Leopard through very rose colored glasses. Indeed the stories about Yosemite if anything remind me of all the griping about Snow Leopard at the time. Consider for example this Gigaom story “Snow Leopard: This Cat Has Fleas” (Great title)

After nearly a year in release, Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard still seems be a work in progress.

I keep trying to upgrade to Snow Leopard, but always end up back with Leopard. I have both operating systems installed, using separate partitions of my MacBook’s hard drive, and keep thanking myself that I didn’t cut the umbilical cord to Leopard when I installed Snow Leopard late at OS 10.6.3.

This was hardly alone. A quick Google from the era found lots of stories about people downgrading to Leopard from Snow Leopard.

Even major news outlets like the Christian Science Monitor compared Snow Leopard to Microsoft’s Vista disaster.

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