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?
Continue reading Remote App: A Modest Proposal
Dan Moren over at Six Colors lists a few really good fixes for Notification Center. First let us set a time out for notifications (presumably either by app or global) The add the oft requested “clear all” button. Finally a sort feature.
Why iOS needs better backup. Problem is restoring just individual small bits.
In no particular order my wishlist for iOS9.
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Overview of iOS prototyping apps. If Pixate does come out with a version that exports source code that’d be killer.
Cache clearer jailbreak tweak will clear the application caches on iOS. Great if Apple’s video bug (among several) has you with a bunch of Other space you can’t reclaim.
The Ignition jailbreak tweak lets you run CarPlay on your iPad. This is very helpful for those developers who might now wish to pay $700 for a Pioneer CarPlay system. You can test on an iPad. However playing with it I found that it was actually helpful for driving in your car. There are subtle differences that do make the experience better. I’m not sure it’s worth jailbreaking your iPad for, but it is something to check out. (If only to find out what the limits of CarPlay are)
A chemistry keyboard for iOS. Say what one will about the buggy keyboard APIs, but there’s some real clever innovation out there.
The perils of writing a 3rd party keyboard. Sounds like Apple’s third party keyboard APIs just aren’t ready for prime time. As you might expect given App Store dynamics the developers get all the blame.
The more I use iTunes 12 the more I find equal parts annoyance and happiness. There are a lot of little UI fixes I wished they’d done years ago. Yet, continuing the process started by iTunes 11, heavy tagging by power users has become more difficult. In particular using the Get Info window to tag numerous files with the same tag no longer works. Fortunately Multi-Item Edit from Doug’s AppleScripts comes to the rescue. This gives you a window akin to the old school Get Info window to make batch changes in iTunes.
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