39: Developers do a Lot of Running


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00:00:25   My name is Myke Hurley and I am joined by Mr. Jason Snell.

00:00:29   Hi, Jason Snow.

00:00:31   - Hello, Myke Hurley, how are you?

00:00:32   - I am very well, how are you?

00:00:34   - I'm doing fine.

00:00:35   It is, it's another Monday.

00:00:37   We are starting the week together.

00:00:38   A week from now, as we record this,

00:00:42   the Apple WWDC keynote will be happening right now.

00:00:47   - Yeah, this is the big week.

00:00:48   Like, you know, you think WWDC week is like the busy week

00:00:52   of all the, you know, all the crazy stuff happening.

00:00:54   This week is the busy one, trying to get ready for WWDC.

00:00:59   And the week of like, not really the same work,

00:01:03   that's the one that I struggle with, you know?

00:01:05   'Cause there is work stuff happening,

00:01:07   but there's also a lot of not work stuff happening

00:01:10   and just trying to get everything together,

00:01:11   like pre-recording shows this week and stuff like that,

00:01:14   as well as getting ready for me to travel across the globe.

00:01:19   It's a daunting thing,

00:01:20   but it's something that I look forward to every year

00:01:22   because this week is also the run-up to next week,

00:01:25   which makes me very excited.

00:01:26   - Yeah, next week's gonna be really exciting.

00:01:28   I'm fortunate oftentimes my kids last week of school is WWDC week and I have these commitments

00:01:34   to various kid things that are in the middle of WWDC, which is really inconvenient because

00:01:40   I have work I have to do.

00:01:42   And this year, I don't know what happened.

00:01:44   I got really lucky.

00:01:45   Their last week of school is the week after WWDC.

00:01:48   And most of the events that they're doing in terms of, you know, end of school performances

00:01:53   or trips or things like that are happening this week and a little bit last week. So next

00:01:58   week ended up being almost clear. I think I have one thing on Friday night that I have

00:02:02   to do for my son and otherwise all their stuff is other times. So that's good. I can focus

00:02:08   on WWDC. This will be my first WWDC week without an office in the city. That will also be interesting

00:02:19   because that's a totally different, I think, good,

00:02:22   because I'm not going to have--

00:02:23   people in my office didn't really care

00:02:25   that there was a developer conference going on.

00:02:27   They just wanted to invite me to meetings,

00:02:29   and I wasn't marked as out of office

00:02:30   because I wasn't traveling or anything,

00:02:33   and so I ended up being pulled into meetings

00:02:35   about things that had nothing to do with it.

00:02:37   This year, I could just be focused on WWDC

00:02:41   and everything surrounding it,

00:02:42   so I'm looking forward to that, too.

00:02:44   - That is actually going to be a topic today.

00:02:46   I want to kind of talk to you a little bit about how you're planning for this one.

00:02:53   Alright, but we should do some follow-up first, and then we'll get to it.

00:02:57   How about that?

00:02:58   I would love that.

00:02:59   Format.

00:03:00   It's important for a podcast to have a format.

00:03:02   Our format is that we do follow-up at the beginning.

00:03:04   It's new, it's crazy, I know, most podcasts do their follow-up in the middle, backward,

00:03:11   but we do it at the beginning.

00:03:14   Let's see, we've got a whole smattering of follow-up here.

00:03:17   Is that how you have a smattering?

00:03:19   Is it a whole smattering?

00:03:20   I don't know.

00:03:22   We talked about watching, looking at your Apple Watch in a movie theater.

00:03:27   That came up last week.

00:03:30   And I got a good piece of feedback from Justin on Twitter who said, "You can go into the

00:03:34   Settings app on your Apple Watch and turn off the Activate on Wrist Raise, and that

00:03:39   pretty much will do it, and you don't need to power down."

00:03:42   And that's absolutely true.

00:03:44   You have to go to the app view, find the settings app,

00:03:46   tap on the settings app, scroll down to general,

00:03:49   scroll to activate on wrist raise, and then turn it off.

00:03:52   Powering it down, you know, you press the one button

00:03:54   and hold it down and then slide it to power it down

00:03:56   or put it in the, you know, the power, low power mode.

00:04:00   And then you press and hold and it reboots.

00:04:02   So it depends on what you want to do.

00:04:05   That was a little more fiddly,

00:04:06   but it does keep your watch working during the movie.

00:04:10   and then you go turn it back on when you're done.

00:04:12   So that's a perfectly reasonable approach.

00:04:16   I don't think it's bright enough for it to make a difference.

00:04:18   And I'm warming to my idea that I suggested last time

00:04:22   of creating a face with almost nothing on it,

00:04:25   like a modular face with just the time and have it be red

00:04:27   and just switch to that one when you're in the movie theater

00:04:30   and nobody's gonna notice some red text

00:04:32   popping up every now and then.

00:04:33   - Then we also, we had a bunch of suggestions

00:04:39   about joint list managers.

00:04:41   You remember we talked about grocery apps last week?

00:04:44   - I knew this would happen.

00:04:46   We said all those things about Google

00:04:47   and we got more feedback about grocery lists.

00:04:50   - Yeah, very peculiar.

00:04:51   (laughing)

00:04:53   So the first comes from Lee

00:04:54   and Lee suggests Wunderlist as an option.

00:04:58   Wunderlist is very good.

00:05:00   It has a watch app.

00:05:01   I like Wunderlist.

00:05:03   I've used it for some joint task stuff

00:05:06   and I've been very happy with it.

00:05:07   So I would suggest that.

00:05:09   So this is the thing, that's the kind of thought that I didn't put into it last week, because

00:05:12   I was thinking about like grocery list apps, but where the list is like a task management

00:05:18   app, but it can be used for that for sure.

00:05:20   Sure, there are lots of ways to share lists. One of the nice things about the grocery,

00:05:25   the purpose-built grocery apps is that you can do things like Grocery IQ will let me

00:05:30   scan in a barcode and add that product. And that can be useful when one of the people

00:05:35   shopping doesn't know the exact brand name of the one, what's the one we buy,

00:05:39   what's the size we buy, and that can be really useful when it's got a whole

00:05:42   database. And something freeform like Wunderlist is not going to be able to do

00:05:46   that quite as well, but if you're using it for other things and also you can

00:05:50   use it to do a shared list for shopping, that's absolutely true.

00:05:53   And Harlequin suggested an app called Bring, and there's a few people that

00:05:59   actually suggested this. Yeah, more than one. It looks very interesting.

00:06:04   Like it looks quite nice, it's quite a visual app and it looks like you know you

00:06:08   kind of put in your groceries and your items by using these little icons. Yeah it

00:06:14   looks pretty good. It does look pretty good. It has a watch app as well so that actually

00:06:17   comes with a few recommendations so that's definitely one to check out. And

00:06:21   then Tom Mango who has the perfect name to suggest a grocery list app suggested

00:06:28   paprika. Yeah, which is a recipe app but also has a grocery feature. I do have paprika.

00:06:37   It's not bad. I used to not like it as much. I think it's gotten a lot better. But I was

00:06:43   not even aware that it did groceries, although I'm a skeptic of meal planning. I probably

00:06:49   should be better at meal planning, but a lot of times the stuff that I need at the store

00:06:52   was not, you know, get me the stuff to make a meal. It's I need baking powder. No, I need

00:06:58   some more juice. And so I'm skeptical about grocery apps that are built around meal planning

00:07:07   as the primary, but I can see why that would appeal to some people. And Paprika is a fun

00:07:12   recipe app too. We have one more piece of list follow-up too.

00:07:17   from Casey List. Yeah Casey List yes yes it's in his name Casey List he makes

00:07:26   lots of lists. He suggested an app called Anylist which makes me unhappy because

00:07:31   the only reason that I use silo is because he suggested it and I don't know

00:07:35   why he didn't then update with me personally to tell me about Anylist.

00:07:41   But I like Sylo and this app to me, I mean I find Sylo very simple and visually appealing.

00:07:50   This app to me doesn't have that same visual appeal, but it's there if you want it.

00:07:56   It comes with the list recommendation.

00:08:00   It's on Casey's list.

00:08:04   All right, so there's our meal planning follow-up out of the way.

00:08:11   I can't believe comparatively how little Google follow-up we got.

00:08:15   Well, in fact, our biggest Google follow-up was that Marco wrote a post and then John

00:08:19   Gruber linked to it that was specifically about our discussion.

00:08:23   So that was nice.

00:08:25   Marco Arment wrote a thing called "Why Not Google" over on Marco.org and then Daring

00:08:29   Fireball linked to that.

00:08:32   So that was big.

00:08:34   We also got some feedback.

00:08:37   After the IO keynote, which I should say the Google IO keynote happened last week, we did

00:08:44   talk about it a lot on Clockwise 89, so you can go to relay.fm/clockwise/89 to listen

00:08:49   to that. Me and Dan Morin along with Anjay Tomich and Andy and Iko.

00:08:54   Yeah, that was a really great episode.

00:08:56   Yeah, those guys are both Android users, so that was really helpful to have them in the

00:09:00   mix.

00:09:01   And also just entertaining.

00:09:02   Yes, they are. They're both entertaining. So Andrew wrote in to say, "Do you think using

00:09:10   Google Photos is giving up too much privacy considering what you said in upgrade 38?"

00:09:15   And I thought it was interesting that when Google announced Google Photos, they made

00:09:18   a point of saying that by default, everything that you are using Google Photos for is private,

00:09:25   and it's just for you. Now, their systems can access it all because they do intelligent

00:09:31   things to try and categorize them all. So you have to feel like, you know, comfortable

00:09:36   with the fact that Google's—it's not like some of the Apple stuff where it's encrypted

00:09:40   up on the server and Apple can't see it, so they can't do anything with it. Google doesn't

00:09:43   behave that way. But I would say what—I'm experimenting with Google Photos and I'm interested

00:09:49   to see how it works. And I think what I have said about Google last week and what Myke

00:09:54   said kind of goes, which is, you know, it's being built like Gmail. Their systems are

00:10:02   reading my content and trying to do things with it to make me able to find things faster.

00:10:09   But I don't feel like that there's a Google employee flipping through my photos. That

00:10:14   said, you know, would I be reluctant to have photos that are personally embarrassing, let's

00:10:23   say or compromising in some way, upload it to a cloud service? Well, yeah, any cloud

00:10:27   service, I would say that. Not just Google. I would say it with Apple, too. If you've

00:10:31   got, you know, if you kill somebody and you get pictures of the murder scene, don't put

00:10:34   those in the cloud. Don't do it. Just don't do it.

00:10:38   So on that, though, it is kind of private and solid at the moment, but I think quite

00:10:44   fairly Google has said that that doesn't necessarily mean it will be that way forever. There was

00:10:51   a great interview with Bradley Horowitz who's currently in charge of like

00:10:55   streams and photos I think is what his decision his division is called with

00:11:00   Steven Levy on his Medium blog back channel and so Steven Levy asked is is

00:11:06   that information in photos siloed or is that going to be available to enhance my

00:11:10   Google experience number products so like this is the information that that

00:11:14   they're able to glean via their like their learning but that it was it called

00:11:19   Machine learning, that's it. Yes. Deep neural networks. Yes. Bradley's answer was

00:11:25   the information gleaned from analyzing these photos does not travel outside of

00:11:29   this product, not today. But if I thought we could return immense value to the

00:11:33   users based on this data I'm sure we would reconsider that. For instance if it

00:11:37   were possible for Google Photos to figure out that I have a Tesla and Tesla

00:11:41   wanted to alert me to a recall that would be a service that we would

00:11:44   consider offering with appropriate controls and disclosure to the user.

00:11:47   Google Now is a great example. When I'm late for a flight and I get a Google Now

00:11:51   notification, my flight has been delayed, I can chill out and take an extra hour

00:11:53   breathe deeply. I like the upfrontness and I mean you know this goes back to

00:11:59   that thing again. I see the value in that. I am happy with that. You know? Yeah. Yeah

00:12:04   and this is their game. I think if I had to qualify or let me say if I

00:12:14   I had to summarize the arguments I hear most often about why people don't use Google services.

00:12:21   It's that they're creeped out by the fact, and Marco said this, and I think he's right,

00:12:28   that Apple has its issues, and he says, "Always arrogant, controlling, and inflexible, and

00:12:36   sometimes stingy." And then there's Google, "Always creepy, entitled, and overreaching,

00:12:40   and sometimes oblivious." I think there's truth to that, but I do think that people

00:12:44   see conspiracies where there aren't any. And so I or believe things yeah believe things

00:12:49   that are happening that aren't necessarily happening like we got one piece of feedback

00:12:52   from somebody who said they were searching on Amazon for a product and then later they

00:12:57   went to a different site and they saw an ad for the product they were searching and that

00:13:00   it was creepy. But you know that's not Google that's Amazon and I think I think a lot of

00:13:06   creepy things on the internet get ascribed to Google that I think the creepiest stuff

00:13:10   that happens on the internet is not happening because of Google. I think the creepiest stuff

00:13:13   on the internet is happening because of ad tracking and ad networks. And then I might

00:13:19   put Facebook and then I put Google down on the list. I do think Google does some things

00:13:24   that feel creepy, but that's because I think Google tries very hard to mine information

00:13:31   and apply it in clever ways. And some of the people, let's say the engineers who build

00:13:37   their products, I think don't always consider or and don't have a product manager necessarily

00:13:42   who's considering how that will be viewed by people. Like, this is a great advance.

00:13:47   We can know everything about them. And there's nobody to say, and that will creep them out.

00:13:52   And I think they're getting better at that, actually. I think the Google Photos product

00:13:57   is very cool. I think it's the fact that they don't want you to do any categorization yourself,

00:14:03   and that it just sort of does it for you. It's really cool. They had some of that before

00:14:09   it was inside Google Plus, they'd make their animated GIFs and things like that.

00:14:14   Apple tries to do this stuff too, but the difference is that Apple is doing that on

00:14:16   the Mac, basically, instead of in the cloud. And I think that's the difference in approaches.

00:14:21   The problem right now is that all that metadata doesn't really sync. So you can find faces

00:14:26   on photos on your Mac, but if right now, you know, there's no faces view on the iPhone.

00:14:35   data doesn't sync. So there are some issues with Apple's approach versus the power that

00:14:42   Google can apply to it. But yeah, you know, I get it when people say it's creepy. I just

00:14:47   -- I don't know. I see them applying value and this is the way they have to do it, and

00:14:52   I don't think there's a grand conspiracy that Google's going to learn everything about you

00:14:57   from your photos and then that's a privacy risk or, you know, I just -- you can see it

00:15:03   if you want, but I think Google gets blamed for a lot more than they actually deserve

00:15:06   for creepiness.

00:15:08   Brandon wrote in to say one thing, that this is another thing that Google do get criticized

00:15:16   for and I think in some instances rightly so, that you can invest your time into these

00:15:21   products that they make, but they don't have a real problem with killing things. And you

00:15:29   know you can kind of understand that if it's not working then you got to kill it

00:15:33   but it is a problem that sometimes if something doesn't necessarily meet

00:15:38   whatever the goals are at Google they kill it off and you know I've seen a lot of

00:15:43   people say that about photos I don't think that Google Photos is gonna go

00:15:46   that way because I saw Stephen say this to someone on Twitter and I totally

00:15:51   agree photo management now is a key part of big company strategies like it's just

00:15:57   a thing you have to have now, which is why everybody's doing it.

00:16:01   Absolutely.

00:16:02   And Google has to have it because they have Android.

00:16:06   Well, yeah, I mean, first off, they've got the platform, and that's the most natural

00:16:11   thing for photo integration is on a cell phone.

00:16:15   And it is, I think I wrote a piece about this at some point, maybe last year, that photos

00:16:20   is the nuclear bomb of the internet.

00:16:22   Photos is the thing that everybody wants, and everybody wants everybody's photos.

00:16:27   That is the powerful connection we have.

00:16:30   That's why Facebook wants your photos, that's why Yahoo wants your photos, Google wants

00:16:33   your photos, Apple wants your photos.

00:16:36   Everybody wants your photos because once, if you are the place, everybody puts all of

00:16:40   their photos, then that is basically your home on the internet, at least for this chunk

00:16:46   of your life.

00:16:47   It's a powerful thing.

00:16:49   Dropbox wants all your photos, everybody wants your photos.

00:16:53   So Google has to do it.

00:16:54   Plus, Google is the operating system vendor for a smartphone operating system.

00:16:57   So you have to, you know, you have to integrate it there too.

00:17:02   So it's a natural that this would happen.

00:17:06   I do agree about the spaghetti against the wall problem with Google, that they—

00:17:11   They're kind of too big to do that.

00:17:14   They try a billion different things, and if you adopt all of them, you know, some of those

00:17:20   things are going to get killed.

00:17:21   And I appreciate the fact that they--

00:17:24   how should I phrase this?

00:17:25   I appreciate the discipline that goes with Google deciding

00:17:27   to kill products.

00:17:28   I don't appreciate the lack of discipline

00:17:31   that goes with Google thinking about the products

00:17:34   before they launch them.

00:17:35   I feel like that is a place--

00:17:38   that's a part of Google's personality that I don't like,

00:17:41   is I feel like sometimes they launch stuff

00:17:43   without thinking it through.

00:17:44   And I think that's--

00:17:46   if we talk about sort of arrogant behavior

00:17:48   of large corporations in the technology world,

00:17:50   I think that is one of Google's most arrogant bits of behavior, is we're so big that we

00:17:55   can have these kind of half-assed ideas for products and put them out there and see what

00:18:01   happens.

00:18:03   And the consequence of that is a lot of people waste a lot of time building products and

00:18:08   using products that are crippled, that are never going to make it, and that end up being

00:18:14   colossal failures.

00:18:15   And this is, I mean, yeah, I'm coming as somebody who has really watched Apple for a long time

00:18:20   time. This is one of the places where Apple is better. Apple's not pristine at this either,

00:18:25   but Apple is better at having discipline about the products they release that they're not

00:18:29   going to a year later go, "Oh, never mind." Now, you know, we can always come with examples.

00:18:34   Ping is a good example of a badly thought out product that didn't work. And I, you know,

00:18:40   we can, we can talk about and many, much ink has been spilled about why Ping was a failure

00:18:45   and what that said about Apple at the time. But I do think that that makes you gun-shy.

00:18:50   It's like people who said they won't watch any more sci-fi shows on Fox after they cancel

00:18:54   Firefly. It's like there's a lack of trust. They're just going to cancel the show that

00:18:56   I love, so I'm just not going to watch any other shows because they're just, they're

00:19:00   cancellers. They're going to cancel me. And, you know, there was some truth to that and

00:19:04   some of it was just paranoia. But I totally get the emotional reaction to that. And I

00:19:09   think Google, that is a problem with Google. Is Google Voice, if you rely on Google Voice,

00:19:13   certain are you, as Brandon pointed out, that Google Voice is gonna be there next

00:19:17   year? They don't talk about it. They kind of aren't into it. So is it just gonna

00:19:21   fade away? Yeah, if I was a Google Voice user I would start seriously thinking

00:19:27   about not being a Google Voice user. Yeah. Like, they bring out everything at I/O

00:19:32   and they do not bring that out. You know, they put products on, they put products

00:19:37   and people on stage at I/O that don't have to be on stage at I/O. They could make

00:19:42   cover features about. Like for example I think it's great that they did it but

00:19:47   you know all the stuff where they were talking about like trying to help the

00:19:50   developing world things like that. That was fantastic but didn't necessarily fit

00:19:55   the developer conference because it was kind of just like this is stuff that

00:19:58   Google's doing. To what I saw there didn't really seem to be any tools they were

00:20:02   giving but it was like the world's view is on them so basically let's tell the

00:20:11   world the incredible things that we do? Does that make sense? But I very

00:20:17   much enjoyed that part of the keynote but it didn't necessarily fit with what

00:20:23   the overall theme of the day was. So basically what I'm saying is

00:20:28   they bring out stuff that they think is important to them. They do not ever talk

00:20:33   about Google Voice, which used to be something that was very important.

00:20:37   No, it'll probably survive as a feature inside Hangouts. It's already integrated

00:20:41   with Hangouts now. But yeah, I mean, if your business relies on Google Voice and you've

00:20:45   got a whole workflow based on Google Voice, you've got to be nervous about that. Ben Thompson


00:20:49   Yeah, look at Hangouts instead.

00:20:50   Yeah, Ben Thompson had a good piece at Stratechery about how he thought that the second half

00:20:54   of the keynote was much more representative of Google's strengths about machine learning

00:20:57   and deep neural networks and doing really smart things with data. That's what they're

00:21:01   good at. The first half of the keynote felt like it was like the stuff — it was obligatory.

00:21:06   They had to talk about Android. And I thought it was really interesting that Android M is

00:21:11   pitched largely as a bug fix release and then the features that they did add are

00:21:15   sort of just like trying to unify things that where they're perceived as being a

00:21:19   little bit behind Apple and I'm hoping that from Apple's side we get something

00:21:23   similar at WWDC which is bug fixes are important, stability is important, as

00:21:28   Google you know Google went on stage and said that that that these operating

00:21:32   systems have been moving really fast they've added a lot of features to them

00:21:36   we need to shake out some of the bugs now and I was I was happy to hear them

00:21:40   say that. Yeah. And a bunch of my, like, on Clockwise, Anjay and Andy both

00:21:44   both said the same thing, which is, "Yeah, please, you know, please make them more

00:21:48   stable and fix the battery life problems," and, you know, Android users, they

00:21:53   were, they were very pleased to hear Google say, "We're gonna slow down and fix

00:21:58   some bugs." Is it bad for me to say that whilst I want that on Monday, that isn't

00:22:05   all I want. Well, is that bad to say? No, I would go back to when they did Snow Leopard,

00:22:13   when Apple did Snow Leopard, they pitched it as about features and stability and bug

00:22:18   fixes and things like that, and in the end there were still a hundred new features. I

00:22:23   think you can get more than that, but I think having a focus on it, saying look, instead

00:22:28   of having eight amazing new features, we're going to have four amazing new features, and

00:22:33   then feature five is bugs and, you know, decreased bugs and more stability.

00:22:39   I think that's what you do is you scale it back a little bit.

00:22:43   After iOS 7 and 8, I feel like there was so much in those that scaling it back is still

00:22:50   going to add a bunch of stuff, but they also have added so much stuff that kind of works

00:22:54   that probably needs to actually work.

00:22:57   So I feel like that's the other piece here is let's fix up some of the stuff that we've

00:23:03   left kind of half-built and let's also take some of our old stuff that's

00:23:06   falling apart and rebuild it. So that's what I'm hoping for. I mean we're sort of

00:23:10   jumping ahead here but I'm hoping for a mixture of those things.

00:23:13   One thing that they could do, I mean probably developers will think I'm crazy

00:23:19   here, but like the problem is it seems to be adding like things that are core to

00:23:26   the OS is making more problems, right? The more core OS features you add the more

00:23:32   complexity you add and you're taking people that could be fixing bugs and

00:23:36   making them make new features. But what if you just had people that were building

00:23:39   cool apps that came with iOS 9, right? So they don't necessarily affect the OS but

00:23:47   could be other things. And when I say that I mean like the music streaming

00:23:50   service, right? I mean yes it takes work on the music app but that's just the

00:23:55   music app, you know? And then they have like a service that goes alongside it.

00:23:59   Like let's say they do TV stuff and then they have a new entertainment app on the

00:24:03   iPhone or something, so they feel like OS features but really they're kind of just

00:24:08   like things that they just release with the OS. Is that crazy? Am I like am I

00:24:13   totally barking up the wrong tree?

00:24:15   No, it depends on where they put their emphasis but I mean we've

00:24:19   definitely looked at some of the apps that Apple ships are not up to the

00:24:24   standard of the best apps on the platform right and they probably should

00:24:28   be. So I think that's reasonable and that stuff that doesn't necessarily interfere with

00:24:33   the infrastructure. There is a delicate line Apple needs to walk between, and they always

00:24:40   move from one side to the other, which is do we create apps that are just going to kill

00:24:45   other app opportunities or do we create things that only Apple can create? And they do a

00:24:48   little bit of both.

00:24:50   - Yep. Are we out of follow-up now?

00:24:55   And there was one other thing I wanted to mention briefly, which was just, uh, uh, Williams,

00:24:59   who identified himself as an upgrade-er-oo, not acceptable, um, said that, uh, "We use

00:25:05   Google Drive at work and have hundreds of gigabytes of data from several years of projects."

00:25:08   And he says, "Searching it is surprisingly terrible."

00:25:10   Yeah, it's weird. I've started doing that recently, 'cause I'm getting more and more

00:25:14   and more files in Google Drive, so I'm just searching them. And it doesn't work as well

00:25:19   as you'd think it would work, which doesn't make sense.

00:25:21   screwed up Google Drive. This is an example where Google, you know, if there are people,

00:25:26   are there people with blogs about Google services like there are about Apple stuff? Because

00:25:30   this is where people should be howling. I should write a story about this at some point.

00:25:34   They've screwed it up. The fact that you've got Drive and Sheets and Docs and Slides,

00:25:40   and they behave differently on those different pages, it used to be like everything was in

00:25:44   Drive and Google Docs was essentially the same, it's synonymous with Google Drive and

00:25:48   everything was in there and you could search for it and you can find your spreadsheet,

00:25:50   You can find your document.

00:25:52   And now they're all separate.

00:25:54   The search behavior is different in different ones.

00:25:57   I try to find a file that I know is a spreadsheet

00:26:01   and I can't find it in one place,

00:26:03   but I can find it in another place.

00:26:04   And then I've got the version of it that's on my,

00:26:07   that syncs onto my Mac,

00:26:10   where I actually launch a bunch of things.

00:26:12   I have Launch Bar searching the file names there,

00:26:14   but there's no content there.

00:26:15   And what's William said is that, you know,

00:26:17   it's better to just download the whole thing locally

00:26:19   search in the Finder, which is kind of sad.

00:26:21   Yeah, because what it does, for anybody that doesn't know, if you do the Google Drive thing,

00:26:25   it just downloads links to the web pages, basically.

00:26:30   Yeah, it's little file names and links.

00:26:33   So that's actually great for LaunchBar, because I can launch something based on a file name

00:26:38   in Google Drive and it opens it.

00:26:40   But yeah, that's something where they are—I assume this is just all fallout from their

00:26:45   transition to the—they want to have this idea that Google Drive is a cloud drive, and

00:26:49   It used to be that Google Drive was really just Google Docs, which was really a collection

00:26:52   of files that were in the web app, and now it's more complicated than that.

00:26:58   But on iOS, they've got the Drive app plus all the different individual Docs apps, and

00:27:02   then on the web, they've got the same thing.

00:27:04   And you know, yeah, it's hard to search and it's hard to scan for files.

00:27:11   And I will agree with Swilliams that it's kind of a mess right now.

00:27:14   I imagine it'll get better.

00:27:16   They tend to go through this period with Google apps, especially on the web where they work

00:27:22   really well and then they release some new features and they're not that good and then

00:27:25   they get better.

00:27:26   But with web apps, you can never not upgrade.

00:27:29   So you just have to go along for the ride.

00:27:31   And yeah, it's kind of rough right now.

00:27:33   So I wanted to mention that one too.

00:27:35   >> Yeah.

00:27:36   It frustrates me knowing that I have to have four apps installed.

00:27:40   I just don't understand.

00:27:42   Because then like I use Launch Center Pro to launch all of my, I use Launch Center Pro

00:27:46   as basically a launcher for Google Drive.

00:27:50   So I have links to my most used files in there.

00:27:54   But then every time I open it, and then opening three applications to get to one document,

00:27:59   because I have to open Launch Center Pro, then Drive, and then Docs.

00:28:04   Because like, yeah, I could just open Drive and it's two apps, but then it takes way longer

00:28:10   to find the app.

00:28:11   So it's just like, why? Why don't I just, why isn't this all just one app? Like it's

00:28:16   crazy making.

00:28:17   Should we take a break?

00:28:19   I think so.

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00:31:02   supporting this show and all of Relay FM. So this is your first WWDC as the

00:31:10   editor-in-chief of Six Colors. It is, yes. Have you received an invite? Yes.

00:31:16   Congratulations. I did, I got a very nice email from Apple PR asking me to appear

00:31:21   at the keynote, so I will do that. I will present myself on Monday morning, June

00:31:26   8th at Moscone Center and yeah so I'm looking forward to it so I'll be there

00:31:33   I'll be in attendance in person. So is it just you? Well the massive Six

00:31:43   Color staff of me and Dan, Dan is coming but I don't think Dan got an invite so I

00:31:47   think I'll be the only one in the in the room for that. It won't just be me at

00:31:52   the keynote, there'll be like several thousand other people there though.

00:31:55   I didn't think you were handling nameplates for everybody.

00:32:00   I'm just, I'm taking care of it. I'm the pool reporter at the developer conference. I do

00:32:05   type fast. I could do that. Yeah. So I'll be there. And the question that we've had

00:32:12   since we've been doing Six Colors is how do you cover the keynote? Because it's going

00:32:16   to be live cast. And in the past what we've done is we've had a

00:32:22   Six Colors event Twitter account that it will probably be where what I do is I'll

00:32:30   be watching the event and taking some pictures and putting things in the

00:32:34   Twitter account and that'll be it. Although I have thought about

00:32:40   gauging how much of that I do. I've always envied John Gruber who sits there

00:32:45   with a, you know, like a Moleskine or a Field Notes or something and just sort of takes

00:32:49   notes with a pen and ponders what's going on. And the problem with live blogging is

00:32:54   that you don't have time to ponder. You have -- you just type furiously. The nice thing

00:33:00   about the tweeting is knowing that everybody can, you know, not everybody, but many people

00:33:04   have access to the video. The tweeting, you can hit the highlights and not -- and not

00:33:10   go into like verbatim quotes about what's happening on stage and so that's better but

00:33:16   I also sometimes wonder whether I should just not worry about live. But you know Dan and

00:33:25   I have had so much fun doing live blogging of events in the past that I kind of don't

00:33:30   want to give it up entirely but there's always that question of like how much do I want to

00:33:34   focus on covering the event moment by moment and how much do I want to think about the

00:33:41   event and think about what the highlights are so that I can write some things afterward

00:33:46   without having to reprocess the whole keynote in my mind from a different perspective because

00:33:51   I was too busy kind of like tweeting or live blogging during it. It's a tough one and honestly

00:33:58   as the proprietor of Six Colors what I'm really thinking is what's best for Six Colors. Is

00:34:03   Is it better for our tweets about what's going on to get circulated around so that people

00:34:08   know we exist and hopefully that'll improve our readership?

00:34:12   Or is it better for us to bypass that or not be as focused on that in order to generate

00:34:19   some better stuff later?

00:34:22   That's something that I grapple with and I have since I left Macworld.

00:34:26   I mean, it might be interesting to try out, you know, obviously not right now

00:34:33   because it's a bit soon, but like, you know, you could be the drone grouper in the

00:34:37   audience and you could have Dan and somebody else maybe take over the

00:34:40   Twitter stream because it's all, we'll watch a video, we'll see the same thing now.

00:34:43   Yeah, well that's the thing is what Twitter gets you is if you're in

00:34:49   the room you can break news. It's stupid because it's just on

00:34:54   Twitter but you can do it and I've had that experience where I'll say you know here's

00:34:59   the new MacBook and it does this and it costs this and I'll have that retweeted hundreds

00:35:03   or thousands of times because I was one of the first people to make that to break that

00:35:07   on Twitter. That's nice I'm not sure if that leads anywhere in terms of our business right

00:35:12   but it's it's it's kind of nice in the moment and you are you are using the fact that you're

00:35:16   one of the people in the group that got invited to be in the room as opposed to on a potentially

00:35:21   janky and delayed buffered video stream. At the same time, yeah, the other approach would

00:35:30   be to say it's not worth it and focus on, you know, your deep thoughts and the experience

00:35:36   of being there so that you can write something. And this is the challenge I've got, you know,

00:35:40   there's only one Gruber and he was he made a comment about how, you know, he is the only

00:35:46   person who's ever written anything on Daring Fireball and, you know, the fact is like I

00:35:49   I have Dan and I've had some other contributors and Federico has some contributors on Mac

00:35:53   Stories and you know there's only one Gruber and he has reached his place because he deserves

00:36:00   it.

00:36:01   He's very good at what he does and this is one of the things he does is not play that

00:36:05   game and I always ask myself that it's like you know I could I could try to be Gruber

00:36:10   but I'm not Gruber I'm my own person with my own strengths and weaknesses that are different

00:36:13   from his.

00:36:14   Although I admire his ability to sit there and just ponder and write things in his notebook.

00:36:22   And seriously, my memories of these keynotes are, there are five of us frantically typing,

00:36:27   and then I'll look over and I'll see Gruber, and he's just sitting there, you know, like,

00:36:31   pondering, nodding, writing a little thing down on a piece of paper with a pen.

00:36:35   And you know, the envy that shoots out of you as you're frantically typing.

00:36:41   So it's, you know, it's a good question.

00:36:44   But I don't want to do the verbatim kind of stuff.

00:36:46   That's kind of ridiculous.

00:36:47   And yeah, I do sometimes think it would be better if I said, "Hey, Dan, you know, you'll

00:36:51   have access to a live stream.

00:36:53   Why don't you do some tweeting?"

00:36:55   And I'm just gonna—I'll interject every now and then, but I'm not gonna do all the

00:36:59   heavy lifting.

00:37:00   I'll take some pictures, but I'm not gonna do a live photo stream from the event either,

00:37:05   because in the end, what's most important is that I'm here paying attention.

00:37:08   So you know, that's a difference between breaking—covering it as breaking news and covering it from the

00:37:14   the big picture perspective and probably given what I am doing now and what Six Colors is

00:37:21   I'd be better off focusing on the big picture than on the breaking news because breaking

00:37:25   news everybody's doing it. Ben Thompson is out there nodding if he heard that. Yes Jason

00:37:32   yes do analysis don't do breaking news breaking news is a commodity everybody can do breaking

00:37:38   news. It's true.

00:37:39   it's true. I'm finding myself a little bit conflicted about this conversation

00:37:43   um because I feel like my opinion keeps changing

00:37:47   so like well because like a moment ago I said to you like you know anyone can do

00:37:53   the breaking news because everyone's got the video feed

00:37:56   but like part of the benefit of having people in the audience like John is

00:38:02   he could see the people on the stage and could get the feel of the room and the

00:38:05   understanding for what's happening but now again we can all do that now to a

00:38:11   certain to a certain I mean it's not exactly the same but like we can all see

00:38:14   the video so like it's just I wonder because at the same time do you find

00:38:20   that your that your think piece is like is is less effective because you were

00:38:30   like frantically typing no but it takes more time I would say to process what

00:38:35   happens because I do have to sort of go back and replay it. If not, like, literally, I

00:38:40   have to replay my memories of it and think about it in terms of what my analysis is,

00:38:46   because there's not a lot of room for analysis when you're typing frantically. But that's

00:38:50   the question too about, like, what's the difference between being in the room and not? If they

00:38:55   announce products, it's possible that we'll get briefings afterward, but this is a WWDC

00:38:59   keynote. It's not like other Apple events where there's a demo room every time because,

00:39:04   know, there's a conference afterward. So what's our purpose in being there versus somebody

00:39:09   watching on the live stream? That's why I've thought about covering it is that we are ahead

00:39:14   of the live stream. So that's an advantage to it. But at the same time, you know, there

00:39:19   are lots of people there who are covering it for news outlets who are going to break

00:39:22   the news. Do I really need to do that? So it's, you know, there's no easy answer here

00:39:28   because all of us get to see the keynote. It was different when it got posted hours

00:39:31   later or didn't get posted at all, right? But it's not like that now, so that's the question.

00:39:38   Because it was one of the most interesting things to me about these most recent events was

00:39:46   after the Apple Watch event where I was telling you and Federico what was happening afterwards.

00:39:52   You know, like we did the show and you hadn't been online. And I was having to explain to you both

00:39:57   like things that had happened in the keynote and information that came out afterwards. And it was

00:40:01   - It's really interesting that you've been in the room,

00:40:03   however, you were in this like bubble.

00:40:05   - That happens more when there's that hands-on area

00:40:08   afterward, 'cause then you're in the hands-on area

00:40:10   getting your hands on the products,

00:40:11   which is something that nobody else,

00:40:13   people who aren't there don't get to touch the products.

00:40:15   So that's like your number one advantage

00:40:17   in being there live.

00:40:18   But at the same time, when you're doing that,

00:40:20   you're not pawing through all the PR and all the tech notes

00:40:24   and finding out all these other weird details

00:40:27   that are coming out from other sources

00:40:31   because you're just busy looking at the Apple Watch

00:40:33   or typing on the MacBook

00:40:35   or whatever the new product is at the time.

00:40:38   - I would challenge you, Jason Snell,

00:40:42   the next special event to not live blog it,

00:40:47   to have people do it for you and you think.

00:40:52   - All right, we'll see.

00:40:53   - I think that would be interesting.

00:40:54   - We'll see.

00:40:55   - Try and get the best of both worlds out of it.

00:40:57   - I always consider it.

00:40:59   that may happen. We'll see.

00:41:01   - So let's talk about WWDC, the actual,

00:41:03   I'm interested in your preparation.

00:41:06   So I would like to do a kind of day in the life,

00:41:09   if you don't mind.

00:41:10   - Okay.

00:41:11   - So what time of day does WWDC start for you?

00:41:16   Like the keynote day?

00:41:17   - Well, let's say the keynote starts at 10.

00:41:20   They start doing registration, I think at eight.

00:41:23   Is that right?

00:41:24   Something like that.

00:41:24   I should look at-

00:41:27   - You should look at your invite.

00:41:28   - I should look at my invite and see, right?

00:41:30   - Oh, it was yesterday.

00:41:31   - Yeah, did I miss it?

00:41:35   Did they, no, I think it's the,

00:41:40   it starts at the keynote thing opens at,

00:41:44   check-in begins at eight, doors at nine, keynote at 10.

00:41:49   So what I'm gonna do is aim to be there

00:41:51   between eight and nine, you know,

00:41:53   be on the eight side of eight and nine.

00:41:55   And that means getting to the city by 8.30,

00:41:59   I'll give myself an hour.

00:42:00   I probably don't need all of that.

00:42:01   So that's 7.30.

00:42:02   So leave the house at 7.30, and then you back up.

00:42:05   How long does it take for you to get up and shower

00:42:08   and get ready and get out the door?

00:42:11   Which for me is generally not a lot of time.

00:42:14   But yeah. - 7.15, I'll wake up.

00:42:16   - I'll set the alarm for 6.30 or something like that.

00:42:18   Yeah.

00:42:19   And I'll pack up.

00:42:21   The night before I will hopefully have packed up my stuff.

00:42:24   camera, again, especially if I've decided that I'm going to be taking pictures and

00:42:28   things, camera and laptop and the right cables, all of that sort of thing in a

00:42:35   bag ready to go so that I'm, you know, I don't have to pack my bag when I'm

00:42:40   leaving in the morning. Usually if I'm taking pictures too, I've got this tethering

00:42:43   set up using aperture, and so I will end up the day before, you know, running a

00:42:48   test with that on a Sunday afternoon where I've got my camera open and it's

00:42:52   tethered to my laptop and I'm taking pictures to make sure that all my

00:42:55   scripts and stuff to upload that stuff actually works.

00:43:00   What do you do when you get to Moscone? Like, what actually happens?

00:43:05   Well, it used to be I'd drive to the office and then I'd walk over, but I don't have an

00:43:09   office anymore, so I will park somewhere probably in the mission garage, which is

00:43:13   right next to—it's right around the corner from Moscone, it's an enormous

00:43:15   parking garage. And you get there, and if registration has opened, then, you

00:43:22   know, you basically you walk in, you say that you're with the press because

00:43:24   there's a long, long developer line that's waited for hours and hours. With

00:43:28   the press you just walk in, say I'm here for media registration, they

00:43:32   point you down, and then there are, you know, two or three people from

00:43:36   Apple PR sitting at a table, and if you go at eight o'clock there'll be a long

00:43:40   line of media people who are waiting in that line, and if you go at at 840

00:43:44   there's probably nobody there. That's how it works. People get there really early

00:43:49   and wait in the line, and then if you go a little bit later there's often no line

00:43:52   at all. And they'll give you a badge and send you upstairs. And you go up to the third floor,

00:43:57   so you go up two long escalator rides to get to the top. And there's an area where the press is.

00:44:04   So on the way up, you'll often see they'll stage some of the line for the developers will be on the

00:44:09   second floor. So they'll be going up one set of escalators, you're going up another set. You'll

00:44:13   see people sometimes waiting in the queue on the second floor to come up. And then you-

00:44:19   - I kind of imagine everyone going up the press escalator,

00:44:23   like, "Yeah."

00:44:25   - Yeah, there's a little bit of that.

00:44:27   There's a little bit of that.

00:44:28   And then you get up to the third floor

00:44:29   and that's where all the keynote guests are

00:44:32   that are not the developers.

00:44:34   So that's your media and VIPs and analysts

00:44:36   and stuff like that.

00:44:37   And there's usually, you know, it's WWDC,

00:44:40   so there's a refreshment station there.

00:44:42   So there's juice and some food and stuff like that,

00:44:44   which I tend not to drink

00:44:47   because then you have to go to the bathroom

00:44:49   during the keynote, which is a bad idea.

00:44:51   Although the other way to do it is to,

00:44:53   also sometimes that you can't get to the bathroom

00:44:56   on the third floor before the keynote doors open,

00:44:59   and that's difficult, 'cause then you have to go back down

00:45:01   and you have to negotiate your way back down

00:45:03   and then back up and it's a whole thing.

00:45:04   So this is not interesting.

00:45:06   Anyway, that is, so you end up waiting up there

00:45:08   and then at some point the doors open.

00:45:11   What they'll do is they'll load in the photographers first,

00:45:13   'cause they get to go to the special photographer area.

00:45:15   And then at some point they just let you go

00:45:17   and everybody sort of, as it gets closer to that time,

00:45:20   all the press are just sort of massing

00:45:21   closer and closer toward the door,

00:45:23   closer and closer toward where the doors are gonna be,

00:45:26   and then the doors come up and you walk in.

00:45:28   And some people run, but that's really undignified,

00:45:30   and there's usually a lot of room,

00:45:31   and you get up there and you try to find a spot

00:45:36   that's close and not a terrible angle

00:45:38   'cause they put us off to the side.

00:45:40   You know, and then, and if you've run into some people

00:45:42   and you wanna sit near them,

00:45:43   then you keep eye contact with them

00:45:46   and find where they're all sitting,

00:45:47   and you sit there and that's it.

00:45:49   And then usually what happens is we all get seated in there

00:45:53   and then there's a roar and that's the rush

00:45:55   of all the developers running in.

00:45:57   - Is there a lot of running?

00:45:58   - Developers do a lot of running.

00:46:01   That's where Fist Pump Guy comes from.

00:46:02   Fist Pump Guy is a runner.

00:46:04   Fist Pump Guy runs to the point where he can be on camera

00:46:07   going, "Whoa!" and pumping his fist, that guy.

00:46:10   They, yeah, no, the developers are excited

00:46:12   and they wanna get good seats so they run.

00:46:14   Lot of running.

00:46:16   They've also been standing a long time in a line.

00:46:18   And finally they're let loose.

00:46:20   They're unchained to run.

00:46:22   And they do.

00:46:23   Run developers, run!

00:46:24   - What do you do afterwards?

00:46:29   - Afterwards is funny.

00:46:33   So the lights come up and you're standing there

00:46:35   and some people go to the front

00:46:36   and try to get a moment with Tim or something like that

00:46:38   or overhear what Tim is talking about.

00:46:40   That happens sometimes or Phil Schiller

00:46:41   'cause usually at the front of that area,

00:46:44   There'll be sometimes with a product that got announced,

00:46:49   that'll be at the front.

00:46:50   WWDC is a little bit different in that you have this event

00:46:54   that's going on afterward.

00:46:55   A pure press event isn't quite like that.

00:46:57   So yeah, you maybe chat with some of the people

00:47:00   you know in the media or some developers you run into

00:47:03   and share some thoughts about it.

00:47:05   Back when I was doing Macworld,

00:47:06   then we had multiple people there.

00:47:08   There would also be some like, who's doing what?

00:47:10   Where are we going?

00:47:11   Are we gonna meet at back of the office?

00:47:12   So we're gonna do a podcast, all that sort of thing.

00:47:14   - Like a one, two, three break.

00:47:17   Go that one.

00:47:18   - So as a solo person, I don't have to worry about

00:47:21   that kind of game planning stuff.

00:47:24   But yeah, so, and then eventually you kind of wander out.

00:47:27   And if you've got a briefing with Apple PR,

00:47:29   you might hang around and wait to be called into the back

00:47:32   to get a briefing.

00:47:33   And if you don't have a briefing,

00:47:35   then you may be chat with developers

00:47:37   and media people that you see.

00:47:39   But, you know, eventually you realize that, you know,

00:47:42   one, you need to get yourself some lunch,

00:47:44   and two, you probably got a half a dozen stories to write.

00:47:46   And, you know, you go downstairs and you head out.

00:47:49   And those badges are only good for the keynote.

00:47:52   Sometimes they let press have conference badges

00:47:56   to hang out for the week,

00:47:57   and I've had that the last few years,

00:47:58   but I don't think that's happening this year,

00:48:00   at least not for me.

00:48:01   So, and I wasn't gonna buy one.

00:48:03   I didn't even put in for that.

00:48:05   So, then you leave, and this year will be different

00:48:09   because there are people around and there's Alt-Conf

00:48:11   and there's layers

00:48:13   and there's a lot of other stuff going on too.

00:48:15   I'll be looking for you, Myke,

00:48:17   so that we can do our special post-keynote edition of Upgrade.

00:48:20   - I'll be hiding.

00:48:21   I'll probably be at Blue Bottle or something.

00:48:24   I don't know where I'm gonna be.

00:48:26   I haven't decided where I'm gonna watch the keynote yet.

00:48:30   I should probably make that decision.

00:48:31   - The Relay Hotel Suite.

00:48:33   - Well, I really enjoyed last year.

00:48:38   was a guy in English and Singleton, so Luke and everybody, put on an event at Twitter's office

00:48:45   to watch the keynote. And I really really enjoyed watching it in a room with people.

00:48:52   So I know that Release Notes and Alt Conf are doing a thing where they're going to be showing

00:49:02   lot of sessions and the keynote for free I believe in the alt-comp venue.

00:49:08   So I might do that, I don't know yet. Because for example if it ends up

00:49:14   being like 10 or 15 friends can get into one hotel suite or whatever and watch it

00:49:19   then that might be perfectly fine. But I'll see. I just haven't really put

00:49:24   that thought into it yet but I should probably make that decision soon enough.

00:49:29   Let's take a break and then I want to actually talk to you about what you

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00:52:07   So I've had this topic in the document for a couple of weeks because I'm interested in

00:52:12   getting your thoughts on OS X and one of the reasons I want to talk to you about this is

00:52:17   I listen to lots of shows that focus on iOS.

00:52:19   I have other shows that focus on iOS.

00:52:21   Yeah.

00:52:22   But I really believe that you are probably a person that is in a good place to think

00:52:27   about where OS X is going.

00:52:30   Remember the Mac, Myke?

00:52:31   Remember that?

00:52:32   I have no idea what you're talking about.

00:52:35   So do you think that we're going to see OS X 10.11 at WWDC?

00:52:41   I think we'll see a new version of OS X.

00:52:43   I mean, I wrote that piece on Macworld about how I feel like it's a great time for them

00:52:48   to drop the OS X branding and start calling it Mac OS again, and then they can make it

00:52:54   11.0.

00:52:55   And, you know, but I do think there'll be a new version of OS X, and that'll have a

00:52:59   California location as a code name or marketing name or whatever they want to call it.

00:53:04   I do think that'll happen.

00:53:05   I think that they—I would be shocked if they said, "Yeah, we're not gonna—we're

00:53:09   just gonna keep on iterating on Yosemite for another year."

00:53:12   It wouldn't surprise me if they called it 1011, it wouldn't surprise me if they called

00:53:15   it 11.0, it wouldn't surprise me if they called it 1015, honestly, it wouldn't surprise me.

00:53:23   I'm still hedging my bets eventually for it to be Apple OS, because that just feels like

00:53:30   that's the route that current Apple is, like moving away from i and stuff.

00:53:35   It sounds horrible, but that's...

00:53:36   But the iMac is not going to become the Mac and the iPhone is not going to become the

00:53:39   Apple phone. It's just, it's, I, as they're stuck with the I on some of their top level

00:53:44   products. So I, I, I don't believe that will happen, but you know, shine on you crazy diamond.

00:53:51   You know me. If I throw enough crazy things out there, one of them is going to stick one

00:53:55   day. Well, I know I just listed all of all the possibilities that I think will happen.

00:53:58   So I'll be able to point back and say, see, I mentioned that one. I told you that was

00:54:03   one of the possibilities. Yes, it'll all explode or won't. I got that one

00:54:09   right because it'll be one of those. Very, very binary.

00:54:12   What do you think is really likely to come to OS X? I find it harder and

00:54:19   harder these days to think of what OS X features could be. The one that I

00:54:23   always thought are, you know, a redesign. And they've done that now.

00:54:29   Well, the rumors are that they're gonna bring the San Francisco font that's in the

00:54:31   Apple Watch, and that's going to unify across the Apple Watch and iOS and Mac

00:54:35   OS. So that's one. They have gone, you know, Yosemite did a lot, and

00:54:42   they changed the font to Helvetica Nolia, but this will sort of

00:54:47   change the typeface again and have it be more unified across Apple's product

00:54:52   line. So that's a thing. That's a really minor thing, but that's a thing. I think

00:54:55   there's a lot of—not to get back to the boring bug fixes and stability, but

00:55:00   But keeping things in step with iOS and having the iOS and Mac OS and Apple Watch, frankly,

00:55:08   integration all just kind of have all the handoff stuff, have all the inter-device communications

00:55:12   work better with one another, fix a lot of bugs, support whatever new initiatives that

00:55:18   Apple's got that will be on the phone and the watch and the iPad in the future.

00:55:23   I think all of that comes into play.

00:55:27   I agree that there's not a lot of low-hanging fruit.

00:55:32   I mean, I wrote a piece,

00:55:34   my column on Macworld last week was about,

00:55:39   I was just gonna write a link about this rumor that Apple,

00:55:42   or this, it was like a patent report of Apple

00:55:44   doing a keyboard that had touched the keys

00:55:46   or are itself a track pad.

00:55:49   So you don't necessarily need a track pad.

00:55:50   You just move your finger across the keys

00:55:52   and you move your cursor.

00:55:53   And it ended up being this totally different article

00:55:57   that was essentially saying,

00:55:59   as I was writing it, I was realizing that the Mac now

00:56:06   has this weird position for Apple,

00:56:07   where I don't think the best and brightest at Apple

00:56:11   are spending huge amounts of time looking at the Mac

00:56:14   and saying, "What can we do on the Mac

00:56:17   to revolutionize the PC in the next 15 years

00:56:21   of the existence of the personal computer?"

00:56:23   Because in some ways, a lot of those ideas

00:56:27   make the Mac not the Mac anymore.

00:56:29   Makes the Mac into something else,

00:56:30   probably an iPad, essentially.

00:56:33   And they already have an iPad.

00:56:34   They already have iOS.

00:56:35   One of the great factors in the popularity and success

00:56:40   of the Mac as a product at this point in its life, in 2015,

00:56:44   is that it is a traditional computer, right?

00:56:48   It's like a laptop with a keyboard and a screen.

00:56:51   It has a pointer that you use, you move around, a cursor.

00:56:54   It's got all the classic kind of software on it.

00:56:56   It has that, that paradigm is strong on the Mac.

00:57:00   And I feel like that is great.

00:57:02   I am a Mac user and I love my Mac

00:57:04   and I couldn't survive without it, I think.

00:57:07   But, you know, if you put too much innovation into it,

00:57:11   you've broken the metaphor.

00:57:12   And the reason people want this product

00:57:14   is that it's like it is.

00:57:16   It, you know, it is what it is.

00:57:18   It's a computer.

00:57:20   And so a lot of the real innovation that Apple's doing

00:57:24   in terms of like what's the computer of the future gonna be

00:57:27   is happening on iOS, it's not happening on the Mac.

00:57:29   So that puts OS X in a difficult position

00:57:33   because while they wanna evolve the hardware

00:57:35   and the software on the Mac,

00:57:36   they can only do it to a certain point.

00:57:38   Because beyond that point,

00:57:40   what's the point of even having a Mac?

00:57:41   If it's totally gonna be radically different,

00:57:44   then it's eliminating the number one appeal of this product,

00:57:48   which is that it's a computer,

00:57:50   that it works like we expect a computer to,

00:57:51   and it's got more power,

00:57:53   but it also has that interface that we're used to.

00:57:56   So I think it's tough.

00:57:58   I think it's really tough for them to push the platform,

00:58:01   which is why I think the last few years,

00:58:03   what OS X development has largely been about

00:58:06   is integration with Apple's other devices,

00:58:09   like Handoff and things like that,

00:58:10   which when they work are spectacular,

00:58:13   but they don't work as well as they should.

00:58:15   And so I feel like the more they can do with that,

00:58:17   Given how the Mac App Store is not super exciting,

00:58:20   maybe the more that they can do in terms of continuing

00:58:22   to improve their apps that come with the system

00:58:27   would be welcome.

00:58:28   I mean, we saw that with photos,

00:58:29   where they're trying to push that forward,

00:58:31   integrate it with their other devices,

00:58:32   integrate it with the cloud,

00:58:33   but also make it a better experience on the Mac.

00:58:35   But I'm with you.

00:58:37   It is harder and harder to come up with things

00:58:39   where you can say, "Oh, I know that feature

00:58:41   "that's just sitting out there that I wish the Mac would do."

00:58:44   It's a lot harder to think of that now.

00:58:47   Now, you know, there's somebody at Apple who's probably paid to sit there and think about

00:58:50   it all the time, and they've probably come up with more ideas than we have, but still,

00:58:56   I think it's a really hard problem because there's a barrier beyond which you can't go.

00:59:01   You can't be too innovative because then it's not the Mac anymore.

00:59:04   Does that make sense?

00:59:07   It does.

00:59:08   What does it take to go to 11?

00:59:09   Well, it's just one louder, isn't it?

00:59:13   When you need that extra thing, go over the cliff.

00:59:15   You just go one louder.

00:59:16   It's 11.

00:59:17   You see what I mean?

00:59:18   Like, at this point, you've gone for OS X for so long, you've gone to OS X to the point

00:59:23   where it doesn't even make sense, like, to call it OS X anymore.

00:59:27   I don't think you need to justify the change to 11.

00:59:29   I think it's a branding change.

00:59:31   I think what it takes to go to 11 is, unless it's something totally crazy, like, "You can

00:59:37   run iOS apps now," or something like that, and every Mac's gonna get a touch screen and

00:59:41   you're gonna run iOS apps, and I don't think that's gonna happen.

00:59:44   So if that one happens, then I'll say, "Look, I didn't say it.

00:59:47   I said it wouldn't.

00:59:48   I was wrong."

00:59:50   I think all it takes—that was what my piece was that I wrote—I think all it takes is

00:59:54   a rebrand.

00:59:55   It's to say, "Look, this is Mac OS, and the number doesn't matter, right?

00:59:59   It's Mac OS Big Sur," or whatever it is, and it's version 11.0, but the number no longer

01:00:05   is part of the branding.

01:00:07   Now that Windows 10 is apparently going to be here forever, because Microsoft may never—they're

01:00:12   going to do with Windows what Apple did with the Mac 15 years ago and just say, "It's 10.

01:00:17   10's a good number. We're going to stick with 10 for a long time. Maybe it's time for Apple

01:00:22   to just make it not about the number." I feel like that X branding is kind of old. So just

01:00:25   say it's macOS. I think that's what it would take is just saying, "Look, we're not going

01:00:29   to call it OS 10 anymore. We're going to call it macOS. We have iOS. We have macOS. Those

01:00:32   are our two operating systems. And this is, you know, and this is Big Sur," or whatever

01:00:37   it is.

01:00:38   didn't really feel to me like Yosemite was the time to do it. Like, the change

01:00:43   was big enough. Like, I mean, you know, if you look at previous versions, if you

01:00:49   look at Mavericks and you go back to Leopard and Lion, it doesn't look

01:00:53   massively different. Like, it's just different enough. Like, everything's still

01:00:58   there where it was, you know, but it just looks different. But I feel like

01:01:02   considering how long it had been, like, small changes is the biggest UI change

01:01:07   that there's been for a long time. I wonder why they didn't do it then,

01:01:12   especially because this was 10 10, which is just like so crazy.

01:01:17   We don't, we don't, I, there are a lot of mysteries of Apple OS marketing. This is,

01:01:22   this is another thing I mentioned and that story is, I wonder about why they

01:01:26   changed the name from Mac OS 10 to OS 10 and dropped the Mac from it. I'm unclear

01:01:32   whether they felt like some lawyer said, "Well, they may affect your trademark," or

01:01:36   or whether there was a software executive who said, "This is all part of our grand plan,

01:01:41   that we're going to unify the operating systems," but that software executive may be financing

01:01:46   Broadway shows instead now. I don't know. And so there are great mysteries about why

01:01:54   Apple has done what it's done in the past, and maybe they just weren't ready to make

01:01:59   that change. But I agree, it is sort of increasingly ludicrous that this thing is named 10.11, 10.12.

01:02:05   On the other hand, maybe it doesn't matter

01:02:07   'cause it's not, you know, it's just software versioning.

01:02:10   It's not a decimal, it's just software versioning.

01:02:12   It could go 10.90 and nobody would care,

01:02:16   but I just don't understand why 10 is a thing

01:02:18   that needs to be a marketing point with a big X.

01:02:21   It feels very last decade, maybe even very 20th century.

01:02:24   It's totally extreme operating system.

01:02:26   It made a lot of sense in 2000.

01:02:28   I'm not sure it makes sense in 2015.

01:02:30   And since what Apple has is two platforms,

01:02:33   They have the iPhone and pad platform,

01:02:37   and they've got the MacBook, iMac,

01:02:41   you know, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro,

01:02:43   they've got the Mac platform.

01:02:45   Calling it iOS and macOS,

01:02:47   if you're not gonna merge them together,

01:02:49   seems to be a much better approach,

01:02:50   and you get out from under the X.

01:02:52   - I agree with that. - And you just go back to Mac.

01:02:53   So I'm a real believer in that.

01:02:55   I don't know if they'll ever do that.

01:02:57   And they're probably, if anybody at Apple's listening to me,

01:03:00   they're probably like, yeah,

01:03:00   that guy has no idea what he's talking about,

01:03:02   because something that we don't see.

01:03:05   But I would just, I think 10 just needs to come out

01:03:07   of the equation and just let's not,

01:03:09   and then you can increment it to 11 if you want to

01:03:11   and nobody cares.

01:03:12   - I do think it's, yeah, I get what you mean

01:03:17   about like the version numbering,

01:03:18   like it is just version numbering,

01:03:20   but I think version numbering is a bit more awkward

01:03:23   when the name of your product is also a number.

01:03:26   - I agree, OS 10.10 is crazy.

01:03:30   Like if it was called OS X, if that was how it was said,

01:03:35   it would be easier to accept the numbers, I think.

01:03:38   - Right, but it's not, it's OS X.

01:03:39   And so the name of the product is OS X 10.10,

01:03:42   unless you use the marketing name, which is Yosemite,

01:03:44   which is what we all should do.

01:03:46   Only computer nerds really care about the version number,

01:03:49   except when you go to the about box

01:03:51   and you're doing tech support and you say,

01:03:53   "What version do you have?"

01:03:54   And it says, "Well, I have Yosemite."

01:03:54   "No, I need the version number."

01:03:56   And it's like, "Well, it's 10.10.2."

01:03:57   Like, "Oh, well, you need to update to 10.10.3

01:04:00   because X. So, or 10. How's that pronounced? Has that letter pronounced? So I don't know.

01:04:07   It's still there. You can't make it disappear even though normal people don't care about

01:04:12   it. It still has to be there for tech support and things like that. But it shouldn't matter.

01:04:16   I just think, yeah, it could go on forever and I'd be okay with it, but I just think

01:04:20   that the X10 branding is just kind of old and unnecessary. And the Mac is what it is.

01:04:26   It's all about the Mac.

01:04:28   I think OS X was a name when they stripped the Mac out of it,

01:04:32   when they were visualizing that other devices

01:04:34   that weren't Macs would run OS X.

01:04:36   But that's not like Apple TV ran OS X,

01:04:40   and it really was based on the Mac version originally

01:04:42   until they did the new generation little black box

01:04:45   that ran on a version of iOS.

01:04:47   I just feel like you got watchOS, you got iOS,

01:04:50   you got Mac OS. Just call it what it is.

01:04:53   There's never going to be another device

01:04:55   that isn't a Mac that runs Mac OS.

01:04:56   So just call it that.

01:04:58   I have one more question, and then I

01:05:01   want to do a quick fire round with you.

01:05:03   All right.

01:05:04   So what are your review plans for OS X currently?

01:05:07   What do you think you will want to do with that?

01:05:09   Because there is a big hole to fill.

01:05:11   Yeah, I'm still thinking about it.

01:05:12   I mean, in the past, what I've written

01:05:14   is the 3,000 or 4,000 word review of OS X.

01:05:17   And I'm open to that.

01:05:19   At one point, I talked to Susie at Macworld

01:05:21   about the possibility.

01:05:22   I mean, just writing that again, except this time,

01:05:24   you know, it would be something they would pay me for,

01:05:27   as opposed to it being part of my job as a salaried employee.

01:05:29   So that might happen, you know, and the Mac will review

01:05:32   in the, you know, four or five thousand word,

01:05:34   that's what I call that, that's the sweet spot

01:05:37   where there'll be a group of people

01:05:39   who think that's way too many words

01:05:41   to spend on an operating system,

01:05:42   and there'll be another group of people

01:05:43   who think it's way too few words,

01:05:44   but I think that there's also a group of people

01:05:46   where it's like, yeah, that's about right.

01:05:48   I don't need to read, for some people,

01:05:49   they don't need to read 25,000 words

01:05:51   about the operating system, 5,000 will do.

01:05:53   It's a nice read, it's substantial,

01:05:54   but it's not kind of just everything but the kitchen sink

01:05:58   and oh, there's the kitchen sink two kind of review,

01:06:01   which is the Syracusean length.

01:06:04   I've also thought about doing something longer.

01:06:07   There is a hole to fill with John Syracuse at GONE.

01:06:09   I've thought about writing something at length

01:06:12   and posting it on Six Colors or making it an e-book or both,

01:06:17   and that's possible.

01:06:20   In the past too, Dan Morin has reviewed iOS for Macworld.

01:06:24   And I got to talk to Dan about how he wants to do that.

01:06:27   Dan too is in the market for freelance writing,

01:06:30   but he and I may try to collaborate

01:06:33   on some stuff in that area.

01:06:34   So nothing is certain yet.

01:06:35   I certainly will review it somewhere in some form,

01:06:38   but I think that after we see the announcements,

01:06:41   I'll have a better idea of where I might do it.

01:06:43   And it's possible that Adam and Tanya Angst

01:06:45   will come to me and say,

01:06:47   "We want you to do something as a take control book."

01:06:50   and I would be open to that too.

01:06:52   So I'm just kind of waiting to see

01:06:55   what the announcements are, what the scope is,

01:06:58   and what my options are.

01:07:00   If Susie comes to me and says,

01:07:02   "We really want you to do it for Macworld,"

01:07:03   then maybe I'll certainly have to make a decision

01:07:06   at that point of if I want to do that or not,

01:07:08   but she may not ask.

01:07:09   So there'll be something.

01:07:10   I will definitely be writing something

01:07:13   with thousands of words about OS X,

01:07:17   assuming that there is a release.

01:07:19   I will definitely do that.

01:07:20   - So I wanna do a rapid fire, quick predictions with you.

01:07:26   - All right.

01:07:27   - So I wanna see where Jason Snell's head is right now,

01:07:30   going into WWDC.

01:07:31   So basically, I've got a bunch of little headings here,

01:07:36   and I wanna see what you think about each.

01:07:38   So this is kind of, what are we gonna see?

01:07:41   What do you think are the main things

01:07:42   we're gonna see in iOS?

01:07:46   iOS, San Francisco font, and I'm gonna say

01:07:51   lock screen complications, a la Apple Watch.

01:07:54   And beyond that, I don't know, improvements to extensions,

01:08:00   improvements to the stuff that was introduced last year.

01:08:05   You know, extending the functionality of extensions

01:08:08   and the today view, maybe getting rid of the concept

01:08:12   of the today view in Notification Center

01:08:15   calling it, you know, calling it something else because it's more about today than it

01:08:19   is about notifications at this point.

01:08:21   Overhaul of Notification Center I'll put on that list too because I think with the Apple

01:08:24   Watch here, notifications in general could probably be handled better and be more granular

01:08:31   and I think Notification Center has gotten kind of too big to be managed right now.

01:08:37   Do you think we're gonna see any specific improvements to the iPad?

01:08:44   My gut feeling—the old Apple, I would say, no, absolutely not, because if they've got

01:08:48   a new iPad coming, they'll announce those improvements then.

01:08:53   My gut feeling now is they may announce that iOS 9 on the iPad has split screen or some

01:09:00   other kind of weird format like that in order to—and it works on the current iPads.

01:09:05   could totally build it for the current iPads, and everybody will be like, "This seems somewhat

01:09:10   impractical for the current iPads," because the story is that there will be a big iPad

01:09:14   that will also be out. Something like that could totally happen. So I'd say probably

01:09:19   not, but it's possible that you might see something that is kind of applicable to the

01:09:26   current iPads, but also points the way toward developments in the iPad world in the fall.

01:09:31   But I'd say the old Apple would probably have held off and maybe been coy in saying, "We've

01:09:36   added some new behaviors like they did with the iPhone 6," where it's like, "Well, you

01:09:40   know, dynamic app design and larger screen sizes," not that there are any larger screen

01:09:46   sizes coming.

01:09:47   You usually see hints of that.

01:09:49   I think we'll see hints of what's going to happen with the iPad, assuming something is.

01:09:53   But you know, newfangled Apple might just go out and say, "This is a feature we're going

01:09:58   to add, not and not pre-announce the hardware, but you know, let us all kind of

01:10:02   go "I see what they're doing there." We'll see.

01:10:07   HomeKit. Yes, lots. HomeKit was essentially a pre-announcement. They

01:10:13   needed a year to prime the pump. I wrote about that for iMore a

01:10:19   week or two ago. It's taken a year. They'll probably have the first HomeKit

01:10:24   products that are shipping to talk about at WWDC because they're supposed to

01:10:28   start really shipping in June. It took a year for HomeKit stuff to ship, so I think

01:10:32   they will tell the HomeKit story and that there will be more HomeKit demos

01:10:36   whether it's apps that are built around HomeKit or whether it's a home app in

01:10:40   iOS 9, but yes for sure HomeKit's gonna be a thing that they're gonna talk about

01:10:45   because it's really, you know, it's the missed promise of last year's keynote

01:10:50   where they had to announce it because they needed to get the ball rolling, but it's taken

01:10:55   a year for that ball to start rolling.

01:10:58   WatchOS.

01:10:59   Yes, absolutely. I think we're going to get a WatchOS 2.0 announcement or 1.5 or whatever

01:11:05   they want to call them. Again, version numbers, who cares? But I think there'll be a new WatchOS

01:11:09   beta that will be available to developers then or shortly thereafter, and an app kit

01:11:17   for native app development on watchOS.

01:11:19   I do think that that's coming.

01:11:21   Maybe they'll call it 1.1.

01:11:22   I don't know whether they'll call it 2.0 or not.

01:11:24   But yes, I think the app development story

01:11:27   that has been promised for a long time

01:11:29   about the Apple Watch, we'll hear about it at WWDC.

01:11:33   - Will we hear or see more about Swift at WWDC?

01:11:38   - I think we will hear more about Swift.

01:11:40   It may or may not be in the keynote.

01:11:42   They may mention, since it's a developer keynote,

01:11:44   they'll probably mention Swift in the keynote and say,

01:11:47   And we've done a lot more and there's a new spec

01:11:49   and it's great and everybody loves it

01:11:51   and you can find out more in a later session.

01:11:53   I doubt we will go into a lot of detail

01:11:55   about Swift at the keynote.

01:11:56   I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

01:11:57   But I do think they'll mention it

01:11:59   because it'll give opportunity for developers

01:12:02   to cheer about Swift and for them to thank the developers

01:12:05   for their interest in Swift and do a very brief sort of like,

01:12:09   here's where we're going with Swift,

01:12:10   we're adding all these new things, find out about it later.

01:12:13   And then, you know, the nitty gritty will happen

01:12:16   outside the keynote where they'll, I would imagine,

01:12:19   have a lot more about what they've learned

01:12:21   and any changes that they're making to the format.

01:12:24   - CarPlay.

01:12:27   - I'm on the fence about that one.

01:12:29   Yes, I think it has to be because iOS 9

01:12:35   will have to have improvements to CarPlay

01:12:36   because CarPlay desperately needs improvements.

01:12:38   And there've been some rumors about them updating CarPlay

01:12:41   to have Bluetooth and not just by wire support

01:12:44   and all of that.

01:12:45   So I think there'll be CarPlay.

01:12:46   Will it be in a keynote? I don't know. It depends on how good they feel about it. Having tested

01:12:51   CarPlay, I don't think the current version is anything Apple would be proud about, but maybe

01:12:57   a new version is. Apple TV? I hope so. I hope this is when we get the new hardware and developer

01:13:06   story for Apple TV. All the rumors say that that may actually happen. I will continue to hope,

01:13:13   as I have for the last three years that that will finally happen.

01:13:17   Will we see announcements of a music streaming service?

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01:13:22   - Uh...

01:13:25   (inhales)

01:13:28   I don't know.

01:13:28   - Heavily rumored. - I don't know.

01:13:29   - Heavily rumored.

01:13:30   Even as we're recording today,

01:13:31   The Verge is posting new reports apparently.

01:13:34   - Yeah, well, you know,

01:13:36   if they're gonna integrate it into the operating system,

01:13:38   then this would be the time to announce it.

01:13:41   I could also see them, yeah,

01:13:43   it's probably gonna be something

01:13:44   where they announce that it's happening,

01:13:45   and then it, but it's gonna launch later.

01:13:47   But who knows?

01:13:48   They could just release it on iOS 8

01:13:51   with an update as well.

01:13:52   - The rumor is announced now releasing in a few weeks time.

01:13:57   - Yeah, all right.

01:13:58   - That's the kind of the rumors.

01:14:00   - Who am I to deny the rumor?

01:14:01   I mean, I don't feel like they have to do it

01:14:04   other than the fact that the clock has been ticking

01:14:05   for so long since the Beats acquisition.

01:14:07   - Hey, before that.

01:14:10   - It would be great to see,

01:14:11   and actually to go back to Mac predictions

01:14:16   and what's going on with OS X,

01:14:18   a streaming service app or better streaming service integration in iTunes, this might

01:14:24   be a good opportunity to revamp iTunes too as a part of this.

01:14:30   Don't dangle that dream in front of me, Jason.

01:14:33   I know, I know.

01:14:35   Will we see any hardware announcements at WWDC this year?

01:14:39   I'm going to say yes because I think the Apple TV thing is going to happen.

01:14:43   It's also possible that they might, you know, mention Mac Pro update or something like that.

01:14:47   things can happen too. But I think if we're banking on this Apple TV thing finally happening

01:14:54   because there's a developer story around it, then that seems to me to be the most likely.

01:14:58   In terms of Apple hardware, there will probably be some like HomeKit announcements and support

01:15:03   for CarPlay announcements, but that's not what we're really talking about.

01:15:06   Will we're going to see anybody new on stage, do you think?

01:15:11   I hope so. I hope so. Apple's keynotes have had have been a largely a parade of middle-aged

01:15:18   white men for the past forever.

01:15:21   Which I meant to say earlier, hand it to Google.

01:15:24   Yeah, Google, you know, Google has diversity in their ranks and diversity on their stage.

01:15:33   I don't know enough about Apple to know how diverse their ranks are. I know enough of

01:15:38   what I've seen on stage to see that there's not a lot of diversity on the stage.

01:15:43   And although I appreciate them bringing Christy Turlington on stage last time, she doesn't

01:15:49   work in Apple.

01:15:51   And although she does admirable charity work now, she's famous because she's a supermodel

01:15:56   or was a supermodel.

01:15:59   Apple's got to do better.

01:16:01   Now I think that the representation in WWDC panels and events, the presentations, has

01:16:08   actually been much better.

01:16:10   I've seen more racial diversity and gender diversity at WWDC, so those people are there,

01:16:18   at least some of those people are there, it would be nice to see more diversity on the

01:16:21   stage.

01:16:22   I know we've got our cast of characters that are the Apple executives, but I think they

01:16:28   need to up their game there. Any chance that we will see the chief design officer?

01:16:34   No. You still don't think so? It seems that Johnny and Angela Arendt don't want to be

01:16:41   on stage. That's my guess. It seems to me. There was part of me that was wondering like,

01:16:46   you know, that was maybe one of Tim's demands. I wonder if Angela Arendt's, you know, I'd

01:16:52   like to see her and maybe she just does not do stage presentations but they always do

01:16:56   the CEO does the retail update, and that would be a really easy way to get to say, "I want

01:17:00   to introduce Angela Ahrendts, who's going to tell you about what we're doing in retail."

01:17:06   That would be a pretty good win right there if they would do that, because that's a prominent

01:17:11   woman executive on the management team at Apple.

01:17:14   The only.

01:17:15   Yeah, right?

01:17:16   But she's got things to talk about.

01:17:18   And in fact, I think she's doing a really good job.

01:17:20   Just I know we've run along with the show, but I went to the Apple store yesterday because

01:17:24   my wife, it's been two years since she bought her iPhone 5, so she got an iPhone 6. It's

01:17:29   very exciting. Myke was wrong. I actually tried to push her to the iPhone 6 Plus, Myke.

01:17:34   I said, you know, you keep it in your purse most of the time, and then when you take it

01:17:39   out you're gonna have the bigger screen and all of that, and she held that iPhone 6 Plus,

01:17:43   and she was like, yeah, no. It's too much.

01:17:44   - You should have waited to have this conversation until I came.

01:17:48   - No, it's too late.

01:17:49   - And then I did extoll the real virtues of the 6 Plus.

01:17:52   - No, I was in there for you.

01:17:53   I was sort of playing the part of mic

01:17:55   and explaining the virtues of the iPhone 6 Plus.

01:17:57   But anyway, we went and it was a really great experience.

01:18:01   The only things that were bad about it

01:18:03   were involving the carrier,

01:18:04   which is the carrier stuff in the US is a complete mess.

01:18:07   AT&T is trying to move to a little more sane approach

01:18:13   where they have these plans that are explicitly,

01:18:16   basically financing plans for your phone subsidy.

01:18:21   Instead of it being hidden in your bill, they just say,

01:18:23   look, you can, for two years, you pay off your phone,

01:18:26   and then it's paid off and you stop paying.

01:18:28   That's a move forward, but we still had a moment

01:18:30   where I would have rather just paid the full price

01:18:33   unsubsidized for the phone, but it was unclear to me

01:18:36   whether our plan would actually go down if we did that,

01:18:40   or whether they'd keep charging us the rate

01:18:42   as if we were paying a subsidy,

01:18:44   which would totally be like AT&T to do.

01:18:47   And the guy, at one point, the guy at the Apple store

01:18:48   was like, "Yeah, that's complicated enough

01:18:51   that you need to talk to AT&T about.

01:18:52   I can't answer that."

01:18:53   But he answered so many questions.

01:18:55   I was very impressed because I feel like

01:18:56   the last couple of years at the Apple Store,

01:18:58   with Ron Johnson gone, whether that was connected or not,

01:19:02   that service has declined where it's like,

01:19:04   it's harder to get a person,

01:19:06   it's harder to get straight answers,

01:19:08   you have to wait, there's confusion.

01:19:11   And with the Apple Watch stuff,

01:19:13   and then with this experience upgrading her phone,

01:19:15   I felt like my last two experiences at the Apple store have been really good.

01:19:21   And I wonder if this is Angela Ahrendts at work kind of like fixing some stuff that was

01:19:28   that was drifting in the Apple retail experience.

01:19:30   I don't know.

01:19:31   I only have those two anecdotes, but they both been very good interactions with Apple

01:19:36   store employees.

01:19:37   And you know, it was, we talked to the guy, he walked us through, he asked us what model

01:19:41   we wanted that got radioed to the back.

01:19:43   He walked us through everything else we needed to know.

01:19:46   Guy appears with the phone from the back and says,

01:19:48   "Here's your phone."

01:19:50   Set it up. It was -- Yeah.

01:19:51   I was very impressed.

01:19:52   And I've had much less impressive interactions

01:19:54   the last couple of years in the Apple Store,

01:19:56   but not my last few.

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01:22:48   The first Ask Upgrade question this week comes from Chalakan, who asked, "Do you prefer the

01:22:53   regular sport to Jason or the space grey black Apple watch?"

01:22:59   So I got the regular sport with a green band on day one because my friend Sean had an extra

01:23:04   basically and let me buy it from him.

01:23:06   And then I ordered the night of the ordering a the space gray sport with which comes with

01:23:11   the black sport band.

01:23:14   And that that came a couple weeks ago.

01:23:15   So the answer is I kept the space gray and I sold the the original green banded sport

01:23:25   on to your compatriot Brad of the pen addict, Myke.

01:23:29   - Yeah, he finally got an Apple Watch,

01:23:31   which I'm happy about. - He did.

01:23:32   He has my old Apple Watch.

01:23:34   That Apple Watch is on its third owner.

01:23:36   (laughing)

01:23:38   And he's liking the green band.

01:23:40   I like the space gray.

01:23:41   For me, I wanted a leather band

01:23:43   and I actually pre-ordered the leather classic buckle.

01:23:46   And when I got that, although the lugs don't match,

01:23:48   much to Steven Hackett's chagrin,

01:23:49   he hates the fact that the lugs don't match

01:23:52   and would never be seen wearing such a thing

01:23:54   and I'm wearing it right now.

01:23:56   Although I don't love that the lugs don't match the body,

01:24:00   I wanted that black leather watch band,

01:24:03   and it looks better, in my opinion,

01:24:06   with the space gray than with the silvery sport.

01:24:10   Because the silvery sport's got the black face,

01:24:14   and then it's got the silver body,

01:24:16   and then you've got a black band on it,

01:24:17   and this is why it doesn't come with a black band.

01:24:19   And you get this really weird two-tone effect

01:24:21   where it's like dark, light, dark,

01:24:23   that is not so great, whereas the black leather band and the black body and the black watch

01:24:30   face all go together, even if there's a little bit of a stainless steel highlight there too.

01:24:35   So you know, I'm looking forward to maybe a third party that'll let me put a leather

01:24:40   watch band on color-matched space gray lugs, but until then I'm pretty happy with the space

01:24:47   gray.

01:24:49   And the black sport band is nice too, and I use that sometimes too.

01:24:54   So the next question comes from Craig.

01:24:59   Now that summer's coming, do you guys use any grilling or seasonal apps for summer?

01:25:07   Grilling and seasonal apps.

01:25:08   Well, I will say, the thing I use the most when grilling is Siri.

01:25:13   And now I use it on my Apple Watch, which is setting timers.

01:25:15   So I'll go put meat on and I'll say seven minutes, set a timer for seven minutes.

01:25:19   And I do that a lot.

01:25:21   So that's my number one thing is not even an app.

01:25:23   It's just to use Siri.

01:25:24   I think that's the thing I use Siri for the most is setting a timer.

01:25:28   Myke, do you have any grilling slash seasonal apps?

01:25:32   I don't have any grilling apps.

01:25:33   I can't think of anything that's like that I think, oh, summertime, time to use the X

01:25:38   app, you know?

01:25:40   I don't really think of anything like that.

01:25:43   No, I, uh, yeah, I agree.

01:25:45   I don't—I move apps away.

01:25:47   I make sure the Major League Baseball app is installed,

01:25:50   and I make sure that all of the Dark Sky

01:25:52   and the related apps go away because it doesn't rain.

01:25:55   Although it's raining today,

01:25:57   it generally doesn't rain in the summer in the Bay Area,

01:26:00   and they do play baseball in the summer.

01:26:02   So that's the difference there.

01:26:04   But I don't have any grilling seasonal apps of any kind.

01:26:08   And most of my recipes that I keep on my iPad in Paprika

01:26:12   are baking, not outdoor stuff.

01:26:17   - Next one comes from Andrew.

01:26:20   How do you feel about the lack of a Nest app

01:26:22   for the Apple Watch?

01:26:23   Are we seeing a strategy tax here?

01:26:25   - I don't think so.

01:26:28   Google's got like 50 apps,

01:26:30   but they haven't really built a lot of Apple Watch apps yet.

01:26:34   I'm sure they'll get there,

01:26:36   but there are so many Google apps out there.

01:26:39   Google supports the platform.

01:26:40   I don't think this is one of those cases

01:26:42   where Google is withholding integration with Apple Watch. They just may be a

01:26:46   little bit slow. In my experience, Google are slow with any UI OS features.

01:26:53   Like, it took them way longer than many apps, including like apps from just single

01:26:58   developers to update for the iPhone 6. Like, they were just, they were

01:27:03   languishing around for a long time with the, you know, with like, not updated.

01:27:10   there you go, UI elements, they just wait. And I think, I actually don't know if they

01:27:18   have any watch apps at all. I think that they don't have any, and I'm wondering if they're

01:27:28   waiting for native.

01:27:32   It's possible. They may have said, "Look, let's just wait until we can do something

01:27:35   even more cool, but I have no doubt that they'll do them because there are, like I said, Derek

01:27:41   Walter wrote that piece on Six Colors last week about being an Android user who has moved

01:27:45   back to iOS, and we talked about it when we were talking about Google last week.

01:27:51   There are more than 50, I believe, Google apps for iOS, and iOS was prominently mentioned.

01:27:56   If you didn't watch the Google I/O keynote, Google's goal is to be everywhere, not just

01:28:02   to promote Google services.

01:28:03   So well, everywhere except Windows Phone, they don't care.

01:28:08   But iOS and Android, iOS was mentioned on stage many, many, many times at Google I/O.

01:28:16   Google wants to be your pal on iOS.

01:28:20   They do.

01:28:21   And so I have no doubt that there will be good Google Apps integration with the watch

01:28:26   eventually.

01:28:27   But it may take them a little while.

01:28:30   I think Microsoft's only got integration for PowerPoint and OneNote right now.

01:28:35   So Microsoft's kind of ahead of the game there.

01:28:37   >> I said here in the chat, just pointed me to Google News.

01:28:41   It is updated.

01:28:42   >> Google News updated for Apple Watch, see?

01:28:44   So it has begun, and that'll keep happening.

01:28:48   >> Also another piece of real-time follow-up, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that

01:28:54   Microsoft has bought OneNote.

01:28:55   >> That one Microsoft bought will under list.

01:28:57   Yeah, Sex Wunderkinter in Berlin, which is the maker of Wunderlist.

01:29:01   Because I know that's follow-up to what we mentioned them earlier, but also the idea

01:29:05   of wanting to be everywhere, Microsoft is getting that hunger.

01:29:09   Yeah, yeah.

01:29:10   And they're picking up features that, you know, tools like they did with, what is it,

01:29:15   Sunrise?

01:29:16   They bought Accomply, which is known as Outlook.

01:29:20   They bought Sunrise, the calendar application, and now potentially they're buying...

01:29:25   Wunderlist.

01:29:26   So they are building a very compelling suite of applications.

01:29:33   And that again is being everywhere.

01:29:34   I mean the funny thing about Google and Microsoft is the success of iOS has meant that Google

01:29:38   and Microsoft want to be on iOS and they want to be good on iOS.

01:29:41   And I would actually argue that they are both good on iOS.

01:29:44   Yeah, but you can be even better if you buy up really interesting companies that are doing

01:29:48   this completely.

01:29:49   Yeah, I mean, well the Sunrise, that calendar keyboard thing that they did, it's just crazy,

01:29:54   But it's really innovative and interesting and buying a Wunderlist.

01:29:59   I really wish that was a separate app, though.

01:30:01   I agree, although the challenge is that it would just be a standalone keyboard app that

01:30:06   says you should install this as a keyboard because keyboards have to be apps.

01:30:09   It doesn't have to be a keyboard, though.

01:30:11   Like the keyboard UI...

01:30:12   Well, that's true.

01:30:13   It could just be an app.

01:30:14   It doesn't have to be a keyboard.

01:30:16   Well, but the idea there is that you're responding to email and you're saying, "When are you

01:30:20   free?"

01:30:21   And you go, "Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop," and it puts it in an email and you send it.

01:30:24   I don't know. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff going on with Google and Microsoft these

01:30:28   days. And I met some of the people at Six Wunderkinder. There you go. All right. Let's

01:30:37   just do that. In Berlin, I saw them. And I actually met... I don't know if people know

01:30:44   that that prominent person works for Wunderlist, but there's a prominent person in our business

01:30:51   who moved to Berlin and, well, I mean, so James Duncan Davidson, who used to live in

01:30:57   Portland?

01:30:58   He's open with that.

01:31:00   Okay, yeah, so he's working there in Berlin.

01:31:03   So I think the question is, are they going to stay in Berlin?

01:31:05   Are they going to move them to Seattle?

01:31:07   What's going to happen with that and what's their philosophy there?

01:31:09   But I think it's cool.

01:31:11   That's an interesting group of developers.

01:31:15   That's a cool development.

01:31:18   What else do we have on Ask Upgrade?

01:31:21   Have we reached the foretold Apple Watch band question?

01:31:23   Yes, from Gabriel.

01:31:25   Gabriel asks for a budget-conscious office dweller.

01:31:28   Where do you stand on wearing a color watch sport with a suit?

01:31:33   I think it's fine.

01:31:34   I think if you're going to wear a suit day in and day out, you might want to consider

01:31:38   the black or white straps as well as a color so you can be, you know, plain.

01:31:46   But I like the colors.

01:31:47   Did we consult with Matt Alexander?

01:31:49   We should do that.

01:31:50   Matt says. I think keeping it monochrome is a good idea, and like I said, I like the letter.

01:32:01   Having seen people, I've seen stylish people, dressed up people, I think the stainless

01:32:08   model looks great. But you know, if you are budget conscious, I think you'd get away with it. But

01:32:15   yeah, I think the black or white straps, that's good advice. I've seen them more, like I think,

01:32:19   Matt has a stainless one. I saw him a couple of weeks ago, saw him last week, and it looks really

01:32:23   nice. I still maintain that it's not the one for me. I think it looks fantastic. It's just not what

01:32:27   I want. It's not what I want either. Well, I would say, and this is to Stephen Hackett's horror again,

01:32:32   is you could also get something, you could get a leather loop maybe, which doesn't have the lug

01:32:36   problem, I think. Or I'm gonna get the Milanese. Like, I'm going, I'm going all in. Yeah, so I think

01:32:40   there are options there if you wanna, if you wanna dress up that watch too, to make it work with a

01:32:44   the suit even if it's not a perfect match to make it look nicer but you know

01:32:50   black sport band would be a thing you could do that would be pretty subtle.

01:32:54   So mine came with the blue and I've been you know keeping my eye on the store so I know I

01:32:59   want to get a black I want to get a black sport band so I was in town today

01:33:03   and I went into the Regent Street Apple store and they had straps well we call

01:33:07   them straps here by the way and they're actually called by Apple here they're

01:33:11   called straps, not bands, because that's just the, you know, it's the correct vernacular.

01:33:16   All right. And I ended up leaving the Apple Store with two, and neither of them were black.

01:33:21   Wow. They didn't have the black in stock there. I bought the white band, the white

01:33:26   sport band, and the green sport band. Ah. And I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep them

01:33:32   both, but I bought them both. I want to try them and then maybe I'll return them,

01:33:36   and I want to see what my girlfriend says. I don't love the white one. I kind of love

01:33:40   the green one. When I had the green one, that's a fun color.

01:33:44   I have the blue and having the green feels good. I think I will keep the white though.

01:33:48   I like the way the white looks. Adina has the white. She has white with hers and it

01:33:52   looks really, I think it always looks really, really fresh.

01:33:55   It's good for summer. You can have a Pimm's cup and with your white band on.

01:33:59   Definitely.

01:34:00   Strap. White strap. Pimm's cup, white strap.

01:34:04   Do you want to go for the last one from Jason?

01:34:08   Jason Martin was asking us about international travel

01:34:13   because he's going to Italy and they have,

01:34:16   so number one question is we both have iPhone 5Ss

01:34:18   on Verizon, my understanding is unlocking a Verizon phone

01:34:20   is not necessary because they will work

01:34:22   with foreign SIM cards out of the box.

01:34:24   That is my understanding too,

01:34:26   that you don't actually have to unlock them.

01:34:27   You can just pop a foreign SIM in and they'll work

01:34:30   because Verizon's technology doesn't use a SIM

01:34:32   and you can just pop in a SIM on the 5S

01:34:36   and that's what they call the roaming SIM.

01:34:38   And when you're in a foreign country

01:34:41   where you don't have Verizon's frequencies,

01:34:44   it uses the SIM card.

01:34:48   -My simple understanding of this is the network

01:34:51   is not locking the handset.

01:34:52   They're locking the handset to a network,

01:34:55   and by network, I mean like a band type.

01:34:57   And because Verizon is CDMA, not GSM,

01:35:01   where practically the rest of --

01:35:03   basically everywhere else in the world uses GSM.

01:35:05   except like South Korea or something.

01:35:07   - Yeah. - Yeah.

01:35:08   - If you use CDMA, you'll be fine

01:35:09   to use a GSM network as well

01:35:11   because Verizon have only locked you to a CDMA band.

01:35:14   That's my understanding. - Yeah, exactly.

01:35:15   So you should be able to do that, which is great.

01:35:17   That's the great advantage of international travel

01:35:19   with a Verizon iPhone is you can do that.

01:35:21   And then he asked,

01:35:23   best procedure of getting Italian SIM card.

01:35:24   I don't have an answer to this.

01:35:26   He asked about pre-ordering and all that.

01:35:29   Generally, what I've done is I've just gone in country

01:35:31   and there are kiosks or stores where you can go in.

01:35:34   You can do some research beforehand

01:35:35   about what the best deals are.

01:35:37   Maybe ask your Twitter followers,

01:35:38   see if there's an Italian Twitter follower

01:35:41   who can help you out.

01:35:42   But I think you'll be able to get something in country

01:35:47   when you get there.

01:35:47   And maybe even they're starting to have them in airports,

01:35:50   just kiosks in airports where you can go and pay some money

01:35:53   and pay a few euro and get a SIM card and pop it in.

01:35:57   That's what I did when I was in Heathrow

01:35:59   is I paid 15 pounds or something and I got a three SIM.

01:36:03   That was great.

01:36:03   I wanted to ask you, Myke, what's your SIM strategy

01:36:07   because you're coming to WWDC, what do you do?

01:36:09   - So every single time that I come,

01:36:14   I end up buying a SIM card.

01:36:18   This time I will find a way to keep the SIM card,

01:36:22   so I have to keep doing this every single time.

01:36:24   So I am going to grab a,

01:36:27   I'm going to Memphis for a couple of days.

01:36:31   So I'm gonna grab a T-Mobile SIM when I'm in Memphis.

01:36:36   And that's what I'll use.

01:36:37   My iPhone is unlocked now,

01:36:39   after I had a whole big problem with it

01:36:41   a couple of months ago, it's fully unlocked.

01:36:43   So I will be just throwing a T-Mobile SIM in.

01:36:45   And I go with T-Mobile because they give,

01:36:48   they're the easiest to get in and out of the store with.

01:36:51   They give good data bundles for a decent price.

01:36:54   And I just go with that.

01:36:55   It works fine for me.

01:36:57   I want someone that's gonna let me tether.

01:37:00   just want to be able to do everything and I just want a big chunk of data and

01:37:04   just go crazy with it. That's what I'm gonna be doing this time and I'll be

01:37:07   keeping it for next time for sure. So I keep having to buy them every year.

01:37:11   It's frustrating. So I'm looking... there was a company that I had seen

01:37:18   previously on the talk show called Symporium. They were a sponsor a long

01:37:24   long time ago and I'm trying to use their website right now and it's

01:37:28   currently not loading but I I want to just I want to see before we close out

01:37:33   today to see if they still exist because it was a company that you could pre-order

01:37:38   a SIM card and it would be like you could order to your hotel or whatever

01:37:45   hmm it's not looking very it's not looking good. They may be dead. I think

01:37:49   they're dead. Yeah I think they're dead. Oh well. So there you go.

01:37:53   there is not a market for that.

01:37:56   - No. - There we go.

01:37:59   - No, they've realized international travel is a thing

01:38:01   and are figuring it out.

01:38:04   It's become, every time I've gone to Europe,

01:38:06   it's been easier to get online.

01:38:09   And you know, it was, first it was,

01:38:11   I had to track down a store somewhere

01:38:14   and figure out the best one and all of that.

01:38:16   And then the next one, there were stores all around me.

01:38:18   And the next time I didn't even need to go to a store

01:38:20   'cause it was at the baggage claim.

01:38:22   So they know there's a market for Americans to buy SIM cards

01:38:27   when they're traveling abroad,

01:38:29   and other people from other places

01:38:30   that also have onerous roaming fees.

01:38:33   And so it's a thing, yeah. It's not a big deal.

01:38:35   - I think that's it for this week.

01:38:40   - I think so. Big show.

01:38:41   So next week, we'll be in person again,

01:38:43   somewhere in San Francisco, at the Relay Suites.

01:38:47   - Yep.

01:38:48   - And we will do a special post-keynote upgrade sometime

01:38:52   and I'm looking forward to it.

01:38:53   It'll be nice to have our third in-person upgrade

01:38:56   out of the next week.

01:38:57   - Such an occasion.

01:38:58   So you can look out for that on Monday,

01:39:00   as always next week.

01:39:02   So we'll be first to the podcast presses, as it were,

01:39:05   with upgrade.

01:39:07   So you can look forward to that.

01:39:10   I wanna thank our sponsors again for this week's episode

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01:39:16   If you'd like to find us online,

01:39:17   there's a couple of ways you can do that.

01:39:18   You can find Jason's work primarily at sixcolors.com

01:39:22   and he has links to lots of the other stuff that he does there.

01:39:24   And you should also go and check out the incomparable.com as well

01:39:27   for Jason's great cavalcade of podcasts.

01:39:30   You can find those out there for all of your pop culture desires.

01:39:33   And Jason is @jsnell, J-S-N-E-L-L on Twitter, and I am @imike, I-M-Y-K-E.

01:39:38   Keep it locked to relay.fm.

01:39:41   We've got some exciting stuff coming this week,

01:39:43   which I think that you're going to be very excited about.

01:39:45   So you should keep it checked there, because we've got some stuff that we're working on.

01:39:49   And we'll be back next week live and in person from San Francisco.

01:39:53   Thank you so much for listening.

01:39:54   Say goodbye Jason Sal.

01:39:56   Goodbye everybody.

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