98: My Brain is Cruising eBay at Night


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00:00:06   From Relay FM, this is Connected, episode number 98. Today's show is brought to you by Squarespace and Ring.

00:00:15   My name is Myke Hurley and I am joined by Steven Hackett.

00:00:19   Hey buddy.

00:00:20   How are you?

00:00:21   I'm good, how are you today?

00:00:22   I'm very good. Since the two of us right now, there is a rumor on the streets that Federico partied really hard for the 4th of July.

00:00:29   He ate lots of hot dogs, I think lots of pineapple pepperoni pizza, stuff like that.

00:00:37   So he's going to be joining us a little bit later on in the show, which is good because

00:00:40   that gives us a clear path to talk about Hackintoshes.

00:00:44   So that's on the way.

00:00:47   That's coming.

00:00:48   And everybody just hit pause and it was like, we're done, we're done.

00:00:52   Where's the Federico section?

00:00:53   No, Hackintosh is a little later on in the show today, which is not a thing I thought

00:00:58   we'd be discussing in 2016, but here we are.

00:01:00   - TLDR.

00:01:01   - Exactly, but before any of that,

00:01:04   you sent me an iMessage yesterday

00:01:06   about a weird dream that you had.

00:01:09   Or was it this morning?

00:01:10   Who knows, time is irrelevant.

00:01:12   And I figured that you should tell this story

00:01:15   to our audience because it's kind of amazing.

00:01:18   - I told it to my wife as well,

00:01:19   and she just sort of looked at me

00:01:21   as if I may have been hit in the head with a brick.

00:01:24   - It's probably not the first time.

00:01:26   - I am one to have dreams.

00:01:27   know about you Myke, you know, I think like my kids don't really remember their dreams

00:01:30   but I dream vividly and remember them. And tell me them. Most of the time. And tell them

00:01:37   to you. And since it's July and there's no tech news, and this is a tech-related dream,

00:01:41   we're gonna talk about it. Federico is never going to miss another episode after this.

00:01:45   He's like, "What am I letting them do?" So I had a dream that I was at the Apple store

00:01:52   and had to have an iPad repaired and they needed me to remove my SIM card, which is

00:01:58   bogus because they could just do it themselves. Anyways, so I was invited to the back of the

00:02:01   store to do that because I'm a very important person at the Apple Store apparently in my

00:02:05   dream and I discovered that the new Apple Store in Memphis includes an Apple Museum

00:02:12   and my brain, this is really what's interesting, my brain populated the shelves of this dreamland

00:02:18   Apple museum with models and machines on my wish list.

00:02:24   So basically my brain is cruising eBay at night, I guess is what's happening now.

00:02:30   I think the thing that is the most interesting to me about this is that like your brain has

00:02:35   internalized that wish list.

00:02:38   You know, like deep down in your subconscious somewhere that entire list is written out.

00:02:42   To be fair I looked at it like just a couple of days ago because I have a new machine coming

00:02:47   my way thanks to a reader who's sending me a computer. And so I was actually just on

00:02:54   that list because I was marking it off the list. And so I guess it just got absorbed

00:02:58   into the part of my brain in charge of dreamscapes and fired it up a couple days later.

00:03:03   What are you getting now? An original MacBook Air. It's not a good computer.

00:03:10   Any specific reason that you want? Why was that on your wishlist? It wasn't even really

00:03:15   a good computer.

00:03:16   super strange and has a little flappy door, which is fun. And they didn't make them very

00:03:21   long and it only runs three operating systems, 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7. Just an unusual computer

00:03:26   and you know it's definitely like a archetype for designs that were to come.

00:03:32   Flappy door sounds like my game follow-up to 123 Notetaker.

00:03:36   Yeah, flappy door.

00:03:40   Based on the original MacBook Air and you just have to keep tapping the screen to get

00:03:46   get the door to open and close and then like whilst it's open before it closes

00:03:49   up again on its own you have to try and like throw a USB in there or something.

00:03:53   And it gets the longer you use it the hotter it gets until it shuts down. Yeah

00:03:57   exactly you have limited time before the MacBook just singes your legs which

00:04:03   happened to my brother with that exact computer by the way. That's not good at

00:04:08   all. Yep and he drove that thing into the into the absolute ground. We do have a

00:04:14   little actual follow-up. We had email from... Let's go with Yuri.

00:04:20   Yuri? I was going to go with Yuri. You're learning but I just feel like I just want to help you.

00:04:25   I don't want to put you in the situation where you say "jiri".

00:04:28   Yeah. You know? "Jiri". "Jiri" sounds like how people from South Carolina say "jerry".

00:04:34   Goodbye South Carolinians. Anyways, they write in to say iOS 10...

00:04:39   talk about iOS 10 international keyboards. So Federico was talking about

00:04:44   this in the last episode that you can now switch between multiple languages on

00:04:49   the keyboard and iOS 10. Obviously a huge addition for somebody like Federico who

00:04:53   works in English but lives his life in Italian. So Yuri wants to use this with

00:04:58   an English keyboard and with a Czech keyboard but he can't because the Czech

00:05:03   keyboard does not support predictive typing which seems to be a requirement

00:05:07   for iOS 10 to use this bilingual setup.

00:05:11   Yeah this required a little bit of research from me and you today because

00:05:15   we had this follow-up come in and Yuri basically just said "oh I can't use it

00:05:20   because of predictive typing" and we were like "it doesn't make any sense"

00:05:24   so we did some looking around and apparently I didn't know this the

00:05:28   predictive typing in iOS I guess that came with 9?

00:05:32   I think so.

00:05:33   It only supports a handful of languages really.

00:05:36   It's like English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese,

00:05:40   Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish. That's all it supports.

00:05:43   When like language support is like three times that amount so

00:05:47   interesting.

00:05:48   Yeah so there's a big page, we're going to link to it in the show notes right to the

00:05:52   section we're talking about

00:05:54   but if you scroll up and down this page it's basically

00:05:56   iOS feature availability based on language so like spotlight suggestions

00:06:01   are only again in a handful of countries

00:06:04   Of course the music stores in a lot of countries TV programs are only available

00:06:10   in six Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the USA.

00:06:14   I knew that their features were based regionally but I didn't know there

00:06:19   was a single page on Apple's website that explained all of it so it's super

00:06:22   fascinating and to Yuri's point there seems to be some sort of conflict with

00:06:28   this new system and predictive type and so I don't know if predictive type is

00:06:31   coming to more languages which obviously would be a huge win for international

00:06:37   users or maybe that you know you're in users like you're just going to kind of

00:06:42   be stuck where because the features aren't fully there in the other language

00:06:47   that they can't fully take use of what iOS 10 has to offer but either way it's a

00:06:52   really interesting page and one that I like you not aware of until today.

00:06:57   No. And these things, I assume, they come to other languages, but I think when you have

00:07:02   languages that have smaller populations, they unfortunately, I suppose, just get deprioritized.

00:07:09   Oh, absolutely.

00:07:11   Sorry Czechoslovakians.

00:07:12   Yeah, it's rough. I've been to the Czech Republic.

00:07:15   Good.

00:07:16   It's a lovely country.

00:07:18   So you've done a great thing this week. You've done an incredible thing. You've joined, maybe

00:07:26   if only temporarily definitely temporarily maybe if only temporarily the

00:07:31   multi-pad life style which is fantastic I would like to welcome you of open arms

00:07:36   to the world of multiple iPad pros congratulations I'm not sure it counts if

00:07:41   the big one is like in a box somewhere because I'm moving like still counts

00:07:46   it's not it's been off for a week doesn't matter still counts so so I've

00:07:51   been spending time with the 9.7 inch iPad pro this week and talked a little

00:07:55   bit on Twitter the other night but it's

00:07:58   really, I mean, as you guys have already

00:08:00   discovered it is a great device and the

00:08:02   thing that I am sort of rediscovering is

00:08:04   that 9.7 inch size because when I went

00:08:08   to the 12.9 in the fall I haven't really

00:08:12   even picked up an Air 2 since then. My

00:08:14   wife has one so one's in the house but

00:08:16   you know at most I'm picking it up to like

00:08:18   fix her iCloud backups when they explode

00:08:20   every six weeks. Not using it whatsoever.

00:08:23   you know it's it's way more portable than the big one the trade-off of course

00:08:28   is that multitasking especially when you have the software keyboard up is just

00:08:33   um you know a lot it's difficult it's cramped just like what I was saying last

00:08:38   week you end up with kind of two quarters of applications yeah yeah it's

00:08:43   uh that's a that's a little rough but I gotta say it's it's way more portable

00:08:48   and I'm not one to use an iPad at my desk like Federico is I mean I'm using

00:08:52   it up and around through the house but

00:08:54   it's great and the true tone is

00:08:58   amazing and at this point I only have a

00:09:02   couple of days left with this I'm really

00:09:04   kind of borrowing it from somebody. At

00:09:08   this point if I had to choose I may

00:09:11   choose the 9.7 moving forward but I don't

00:09:13   know what I'm going to do I'm not doing

00:09:15   both I can't justify it but I wanted

00:09:18   to understand why you guys spoke about

00:09:21   about it so highly and I definitely have done that.

00:09:24   I feel like over the history of this show and the prompt, you have done this about a

00:09:30   billion times.

00:09:31   I like to just fill things out.

00:09:33   You change sizes of devices constantly.

00:09:36   You go from 15 inch to 13 inch to 15 inch and then you go from big iPad to iPad mini

00:09:41   to 12.9 inch iPad now to 9.7.

00:09:44   Very indecisive.

00:09:45   Very indecisive.

00:09:46   It's true.

00:09:47   you also buy 13 colors of iMacs because you can't pick the one you like the most.

00:09:51   As each morning I can choose which anti-computer I want to do my work on.

00:09:56   So you have the multi-Mac life I guess right? Is that your thing? I guess that's your thing.

00:10:01   We hadn't thought of that before.

00:10:02   I'm the only one doing it.

00:10:04   Well you and nobody else would. So about the 9.7 again like I will underscore this,

00:10:09   like I said this to you the other day. This is I believe the best all-purpose computer

00:10:15   you can buy today. Like if you just are a person that wants to surf the web and do some email

00:10:22   and maybe check a calendar like this is the computer with the keyboard especially I think

00:10:28   it is like the ultimate computer for someone these days like I know a lot of people including you

00:10:33   have laughed about Phil Schiller saying like this is that the 9.7 is the perfect replacement for

00:10:38   somebody who's looking to move from Windows to a new personal computer I believe it I'm so in on

00:10:44   it. I'm, you know, everybody knows this by now, but like I think it is just a fantastic

00:10:49   multipurpose all around machine that you can do basically anything with if you put your

00:10:55   mind to it. And most people don't have to put their minds to it because the things that

00:10:59   they want to do are very simple. And I hope that Apple can continue to try and crack this,

00:11:05   like this nut, but they really have to attack their own devices before they can do this.

00:11:10   I'm not confident they're gonna go that far.

00:11:14   - One thing that really has surprised me

00:11:17   is the smart keyboard on the 9.7 is totally usable.

00:11:21   I wrote this big thing before they shipped it

00:11:23   saying this is gonna be janky.

00:11:25   - Everyone, like Jason said the same, right?

00:11:27   Like he had absolutely no hopes for it, but you use it.

00:11:30   And it's like, oh, this is perfectly fine.

00:11:33   - It's not as, I don't think it's as good

00:11:35   as the 12.9 keyboard.

00:11:37   I prefer the larger one.

00:11:38   In fact last night I was using both.

00:11:40   Okay, I've been using the small one for like a week.

00:11:43   - Oh, I thought it was in a box.

00:11:45   - Ah, box it.

00:11:46   - Sneaked out of the box, ah, yeah.

00:11:48   - It's nuts, back in the box.

00:11:49   The smaller keyboard is not as good,

00:11:53   but it's perfectly serviceable,

00:11:55   and definitely a lot lighter.

00:11:56   You pick up the little one,

00:11:58   and then you pick up the big one,

00:11:59   and you're like, holy moly,

00:12:00   this one is made of lead and concrete.

00:12:02   - Yeah.

00:12:03   - Anyways, so that's going on.

00:12:05   I will follow up with what I decide to do.

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00:14:49   So some news broke last week, which is not big news, but I think it kind of follows on

00:14:54   for a bunch of things that we've spoken about in the past, which is Evernote has announced

00:14:58   some new pricing tiers.

00:15:02   It's kind of a bit tricky, I think, to understand what's happening here, which is part of the

00:15:07   problem.

00:15:08   Like if you're going to announce some pricing changes, make them clear, and at least I don't

00:15:11   feel very clear on this.

00:15:14   Do you have a handle on what's going on?

00:15:16   Yeah, they're discharging more.

00:15:18   Alright but there's also like the free plan now you can only have

00:15:23   certain amount of devices or something like that.

00:15:25   So it's really two things so the the if you just sign up and sync it for free you are now limited to two devices

00:15:33   so if you are using a phone and six iPads and a computer like you are you have to pay

00:15:40   and if you are paying those prices have now gone up a noticeable amount.

00:15:46   It's actually the second time I think that Evernote's bumped pricing in the last 12 months.

00:15:51   You know they've...

00:15:54   I think the bigger more interesting thing is here is like how is Evernote doing as a business?

00:15:58   And my guess is not super well.

00:16:02   I think anytime you put up prices like this it's because you need the money.

00:16:06   Yeah and...

00:16:08   Something isn't balancing right? Which is why you put up the price.

00:16:10   And you know they've let some people off which is always hard to see and

00:16:15   got a new CEO and you know Evernote is in the unicorn club of the valuation

00:16:23   over a billion dollars but a lot of people have speculated I think including

00:16:27   us that they may be the first of those companies to to not make it and I think

00:16:32   that the the reasoning is that you know they are now competing in a space that

00:16:39   has many more options than it did when they launched and Evernote has

00:16:44   not focused on in my opinion not focused

00:16:46   on the things they need to focus on to

00:16:48   stay ahead where if they had made their

00:16:51   clients better and had worked on

00:16:54   importing and exporting and worked on

00:16:56   syncing without conflicts multiple

00:16:58   people as opposed to a weird retail

00:17:01   business then maybe they wouldn't be in

00:17:04   this place but many Apple people at

00:17:05   least including myself have completely

00:17:08   moved to notes which is built in and

00:17:09   free and works with iCloud and does

00:17:12   everything I needed out of Evernote

00:17:13   except for sharing and now that's coming this fall.

00:17:16   So they have increased competition, they haven't focused on what made them great, and now I

00:17:21   think they're suffering for it, which really stinks.

00:17:24   I hope them well.

00:17:28   And I hope that they can figure it out, but it just really seems like it may be too little

00:17:31   too late.

00:17:32   So I am an Evernote subscriber and I'm very confused.

00:17:36   This is part of the problem.

00:17:37   I don't know what's happening here.

00:17:38   So I've not got any email from them about this yet.

00:17:42   And I am currently on Evernote Premium,

00:17:45   and I pay three pounds 99 pence a month.

00:17:48   But when I look at their subscription plans,

00:17:50   that's what Plus is now, and Premium is a different price.

00:17:53   So I have no idea what's gonna happen.

00:17:55   Like I'm kind of a bit confused

00:17:59   as to what is happening with my Evernote account.

00:18:02   And I'm happy to pay, like, I mean, even now,

00:18:04   like I'm looking at like $3.99 a month

00:18:06   when I honestly use it a few times a year.

00:18:09   And I'm thinking about trying to see

00:18:11   if I can migrate stuff away from Evernote.

00:18:13   What I use Evernote for now

00:18:15   is just to email travel documents to.

00:18:18   So when I book rooms and I book flights,

00:18:21   I like to save the PDFs basically somewhere.

00:18:25   And I've always done it in Evernote.

00:18:26   So then, you know, they're not PDFs,

00:18:28   but like they're full rich text,

00:18:30   like forwarded versions of the emails, which I do.

00:18:32   and that requires plus or premium to be able to do that and

00:18:36   Also because I have so many devices I would have to have plus or premium now

00:18:40   $3.99 a month like I'll keep playing that for now like if that's what it's gonna be

00:18:45   But if they want to put up my pricing which they've may very well

00:18:49   And I don't know if it's like because I pay through iTunes or something like they're struggling to get in contact with me

00:18:54   I don't really know what's going on

00:18:56   But if they're gonna put it up

00:18:58   I don't know how I feel like I might stick with $3.99

00:19:02   But it's making me think like I'm moving a lot of stuff away like so when I take a trip now

00:19:07   I make like a plain text note of all of this stuff like all of my confirmation

00:19:11   Numbers and all of my addresses and stuff because I like it all to be in the notes app

00:19:15   but I'm considering

00:19:18   changing and as

00:19:20   In an out land says in the chat room

00:19:22   Maybe this will be one of the key features of one two three note taker is to allow all of this

00:19:26   Rich text import clearly that I can pull this in there and then I don't need Evernote at all

00:19:30   But it's making me rethink it simply because like Evernote has now popped themselves back into my brain again

00:19:36   Where previously they were kind of just like a dumb silo, but now it's like oh company's here forgot about you

00:19:41   And now I don't know I'm thinking about it

00:19:44   Like I really wished that Apple would have some kind of I don't know like

00:19:48   Way to make this work for me in the notes app like take an email and save it there and maybe I just need to

00:19:53   Find a new like locker of some description, you know

00:19:56   I use airmail and airmail could turn those into PDFs super easily.

00:20:00   So maybe I just have to take these PDFs of these emails that I get and save them

00:20:05   to something else that stores this stuff. I don't know.

00:20:08   Yeah I make PDFs and just save them to Notes directly because you can

00:20:13   double tap them and open them as full screen PDFs.

00:20:17   That's a good point. Maybe I should just do that.

00:20:18   That works really well for me.

00:20:19   Yeah I hadn't thought of that. I always forget that the Notes app can handle PDFs.

00:20:23   Yep, it's great. So that's how I do it. And so I had a WWDC notebook. I actually

00:20:31   just got rid of it the other night. And so there was a note for flights, a note for

00:20:34   Airbnb, and I could go in there, I could open the PDF, and it was, you know, straight

00:20:39   from my Expedia account telling me, you know, all my flight information. Not as

00:20:44   seamless as forwarding an email, but it's pretty quick. And, you know, for me, we've

00:20:49   talked about when it came out, I wrote a big thing on it, notes is really good. And

00:20:53   And there are a few things that bug me,

00:20:55   especially in the Mac client,

00:20:56   but a lot of those, including the font size,

00:21:00   are actually fixed in Sierra.

00:21:02   And so they have continued to work on it,

00:21:04   and adding sharing is a huge thing.

00:21:07   And they're slowly chipping away at these other services,

00:21:11   but seeing Evernote struggling to make sense

00:21:16   of a business model in a world

00:21:18   where that particular business model

00:21:22   not be relevant anymore is hard to watch and it'll be interesting to see if they

00:21:28   can pull it off and maybe they can do this and the hardcore

00:21:31   event people will stay and it's enough maybe they have to continue to tinker

00:21:36   with it but either way it was it was disappointing to see and difficult to

00:21:39   see because I used it for years and and really did enjoy it I just you know have

00:21:46   have moved on. Yeah for sure. So talking about moving on. Hackintosh's. Why are we

00:21:55   talking about hackintosh's again? Because it's 2009. I forgot about that. No so this guy

00:22:04   Myke Rundle. Myke Rundle wrote a medium post. We'll put a link to it and my

00:22:12   article in the show notes. Basically Myke put together a $1200

00:22:18   hackintosh and he writes all about it in this medium post. He goes into like a

00:22:22   lot of nerdy detail about the processor and the RAM and power supply, all

00:22:26   the stuff. He has a picture of like these boxes from Newegg with all of

00:22:31   his computer guts in it and he puts it together and it runs OS X. And I found it

00:22:37   really interesting for a couple of reasons.

00:22:39   firstly I did this back in 2009 on a couple netbooks and back then it was

00:22:45   the Dell Mini 9. It was super simple to do. You basically just put a disk in and

00:22:52   had your drivers and you were you were good to go.

00:22:55   And I kind of assumed when I left that behind that it had sort of faded away

00:23:00   and you would hear every now and again about it but building a cantoshes is

00:23:05   like still going on and really in a big way. And so there's this website he

00:23:12   Myke links to it and talks about it called tonymacx86.com that has tutorials

00:23:17   and forums and updates and like parts lists that they put together every month

00:23:22   so like they keep up with all these different parts you can use and so if

00:23:26   you just want to go and like go down their shopping list and buy all these

00:23:28   parts put your own computer together.

00:23:31   Well what's most interesting to me is why people do this.

00:23:35   I think there are primarily two reasons, and I'm curious Myke to see what you think about

00:23:39   these.

00:23:40   The first is I think that people just like to tinker.

00:23:42   There's something that people find really attractive about putting their own anything

00:23:48   together, especially computers, right?

00:23:49   That knowing every component, knowing every connection, being able to go in and take a

00:23:54   part out and replace it with something new.

00:23:57   That is very enjoyable to a lot of people and I totally get that.

00:24:03   I have things in my life that I am that way about, just not my Macs.

00:24:08   But I think too, and I think that Myke writes about this, is that I think some of this comes

00:24:13   from a frustration with the stagnation of Mac hardware.

00:24:17   I feel like on the Mac rumors buying guide everything is lit up red.

00:24:21   The Mac Pro hasn't been updated in about 72 years.

00:24:25   And there are people who need high-end Macs that Apple can't service because their stuff

00:24:30   is all aging.

00:24:32   And you know maybe we're right around the corner from all this stuff being updated.

00:24:35   I surely hope so.

00:24:38   But you know if you need a custom built computer for like a very particular thing then maybe

00:24:45   hackintosh is the way to go where you can squeeze a lot more CPU out of a machine running

00:24:50   OS X than anything you can buy from Cupertino.

00:24:53   And if you are in that situation and you're willing to take the trade-offs, which we can

00:24:59   talk about in a second, then maybe it's a viable thing.

00:25:02   I don't know, what do you think, Michael?

00:25:04   How do you feel about the tinkering thing in particular?

00:25:07   I don't feel it.

00:25:10   For hardware products, I just don't get it.

00:25:14   The idea of...

00:25:16   The reason I'm a Macintosh owner is because I don't want to build a PC.

00:25:20   One of the clear reasons that I love my Macs is because I don't have to think about buying

00:25:26   the correct graphics card, buying the right RAM that will work with the CPU that I'm buying.

00:25:31   I just don't, I've never really had a feeling for that.

00:25:33   I've never built a PC.

00:25:35   It's just not something that I'm interested in doing.

00:25:37   But I know that there are people that want to do it.

00:25:39   And I guess for people that were PC users maybe in the early 2000s and used to build

00:25:45   their own gaming PCs and stuff, and then they've moved over to the Mac because they like OS

00:25:50   10. I can see how it is a thing that you might be difficult to let go of, so you might want

00:25:55   to get back into it. And I don't really think that's why Myke Rundle did this. He seems

00:26:00   to be more in the camp of "I'm upset of how long I'm waiting to buy this hardware that

00:26:06   is more expensive and then it just sits on the shelf and gets old." And I can understand

00:26:12   that, but I know this will upset the people that feel this way. I just feel like that's

00:26:18   part of what you're doing here. This is just something you need to accept if you're in

00:26:23   the Macintosh world. That products are updated maybe once every couple of years and sometimes

00:26:30   you're going to be on something that's not so great for you. And I know that there's

00:26:33   been a lot of discussion on ATP recently about the Mac Pro and trust me I get it. There are

00:26:37   certain computers that Apple makes that just fall by the wayside and if you're the type

00:26:43   of person that wants hardware to be at the bleeding edge, you shouldn't be buying a Mac

00:26:48   Pro, maybe the iMac is the right machine for you because it does get updated more frequently.

00:26:55   But I can see how it can lead someone down the path of wanting to build their own computer

00:27:00   because then they can dictate how fast it is and they can upgrade it as they want to.

00:27:05   And I know that was why the cheese grater was so popular with a lot of people because

00:27:09   it was expandable.

00:27:10   And whilst the Mac Pro is kind of to a point, the current one, a lot of the parts that people

00:27:16   want to be able to upgrade they can't because either it's one that is not upgradeable or

00:27:22   is a very specific type of part that just isn't really made right like there are some

00:27:26   weird connectors and stuff that people don't really make a lot of stuff for am I right

00:27:30   in thinking that? Yeah I mean everything is like custom inside

00:27:36   that the new trash can design and Apple's point of view is like if you want to expand

00:27:41   do whatever Thunderbolt was like great no one wants to do that so it definitely

00:27:46   was a big step backwards from the the cheese grater design where you could

00:27:50   open it and put you know like Syracuse is still in life support with a new

00:27:54   graphics card and you can put SSD in over the PCI bus so you can do lots of

00:27:59   stuff in it that you just can't do even in the current one and it's you know

00:28:04   it's something to think about when when you're buying a system of when was it

00:28:09   last updated and and I generally am one

00:28:12   to say if you need a computer go buy a

00:28:13   computer and fine print by the most

00:28:17   computer you can afford like my macbook

00:28:18   pro is almost decked out I didn't do the

00:28:22   dual GPU thing but other than that like

00:28:25   the biggest SSD I could put in it like

00:28:27   because I'm going to use it for a long

00:28:29   time right and I know that if I spend a

00:28:32   little money on the front end I'm gonna be

00:28:33   happier in the long run because because

00:28:34   I can't open it and put a bigger drive

00:28:36   anymore but what's where these people are falling into the pressure point is

00:28:43   that I need a computer to do X right these these high-end applications and

00:28:48   Apple's hardware is just just languishing and that's really frustrating

00:28:53   if you need to get work done on something that you know just can't just

00:28:57   can't cut it anymore but it's kind of the other side of this is all the the

00:29:03   trade-offs right so you can go you can go build something. Well part of it is in

00:29:07   trying to actually put OS X on these machines. OS X people may remember this

00:29:13   from the the Intel switch there was a lot of hubbub about it then there's

00:29:18   actually in the hardware of a Mac there are checks that OS X looks for and says

00:29:26   am I running on a valid Macintosh computer yes or no and so you have to

00:29:30   fake that. Apple uses some weird stuff with the Broadcom Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

00:29:37   chipsets for like continuity and handoff that are really difficult to to mimic

00:29:44   with third-party hardware. And the holy grail in this article is iMessage. I

00:29:49   didn't know this till I read this. iMessage apparently is tied to your

00:29:53   computer's like serial or MAC address and so they like spoofing that is very

00:29:59   difficult and there's some people have figured it out but it seems super

00:30:02   sketchy. If you're going to build something like this you have to be aware

00:30:06   that you are doing something outside the bounds of what Apple says you should do.

00:30:10   And so some things aren't going to work. Things like software updates are going

00:30:14   to be your enemy. You can't just run you know the new version of El Cabotan if

00:30:20   it comes out you know 10.11.6 or whatever because it could explode your entire

00:30:24   thing and so you're waiting on the community to say this update is safe if

00:30:28   you run these components, you may need this patch file to run it, login to change your

00:30:34   GPU driver, there's all these little things and there are people who, if you're into this

00:30:40   then that's fine, right? But this is not, like what I'm getting to, this is not a casual

00:30:45   users type solution. It also isn't really the solution for the

00:30:51   the majority of Mac owners. The majority of Mac power users aren't interested or in this

00:31:01   camp at all.

00:31:03   There are people that do this, and all of the things that don't work are flat out one

00:31:09   of the reasons I wouldn't do this. I don't want any of that stuff to not work. I don't

00:31:12   want graphics card issues, I don't want audio issues, I don't want iMessage problems. But

00:31:16   even just like the steps that Rundle runs down and how you actually install OS X onto

00:31:22   the computer, it's like, no. It makes me remember when I, you know, would unlock the bootloader

00:31:28   on an Android phone. It's like here is like ten steps where you don't fully understand

00:31:33   what you're doing and you just got your fingers crossed that you put everything in the right

00:31:35   order because otherwise it's all going to explode into a ball of flame. You know, I

00:31:40   am not criticizing anybody that does this. It's just merely pointing out that like there

00:31:45   is no bone in my body that wants to be involved in this. Especially like, I can't imagine

00:31:50   making the stuff that I need to make to earn my living on a computer that is sketchily

00:31:56   put together. I would be so scared that like at any moment it's just gonna stop.

00:32:01   Yeah, no, I agree. And when I was doing it back in 2009, that was not my main system.

00:32:07   I had a MacBook Pro, then I had this little Dell Mini 9 that was adorable with a leopard

00:32:12   on it that I would take the class and take notes on and knowing that you know

00:32:16   updates would would break it and that the battery life wasn't very good and

00:32:21   sometimes audio didn't work until you reset the PRAM like all this you know

00:32:25   all this stuff. It's interesting though that it's still a thing right that's

00:32:31   like the whole underlying thing of my post about it was like I had just assumed

00:32:34   this had all gone away but clearly it's still a a vibrant community and it'll be

00:32:41   interesting to see what happens in this community long term. I don't think Apple is

00:32:45   playing cat and mouse with this like they did with iOS jailbreaking

00:32:50   back in the day. Like do you remember like it's a jailbreak would

00:32:55   come out and then Apple would update just to block that jailbreak and to go back

00:32:58   and forth. And for a while Palm was sinking the PalmPourri through iTunes

00:33:02   and then cat and mouse it. Like I don't think Apple's doing that here. Maybe if

00:33:06   you run one of these you feel differently but from the outside my

00:33:09   My guess is that Apple just doesn't pay attention to this very much and that they're gonna do

00:33:13   this stuff for their hardware and if it breaks, Hackintosh is too bad, but if it doesn't,

00:33:17   then, you know, this very small community got off lucky.

00:33:21   Yeah, I mean, the thing is, I think Apple probably feel about it now, is like, we know

00:33:25   we're gonna break this.

00:33:26   Like, people that do this, they're not like setting out to do it, but yeah, this is definitely

00:33:31   gonna happen, it's gonna break.

00:33:33   Right.

00:33:34   And what will happen to this community if Mac switched to ARM processors? Like, if

00:33:41   the MacBook ends up running the A12 system-funded chip from Apple instead of an

00:33:47   Intel chip, like, what happens in this community? Is it going to be even

00:33:54   possible to do? I guess it's no, or that it'd be much more difficult. And so it's, you

00:33:58   know, this community really didn't exist in the PowerPC days. It is a byproduct

00:34:04   product of Apple switching to Intel for the most part and what happens if Apple

00:34:08   switches away from Intel at some point and you know this is gonna be a thing

00:34:12   that is just locked to this period in the Mac's history but anyways still a

00:34:16   thing today I learned. What do you think about the idea of the Mac's going to ARM?

00:34:25   It's complicated I am looking at something like the MacBook you know the

00:34:33   the Intel Core M is just so slow could Apple deliver a faster MacBook for it

00:34:37   right on ARM then it would be a win for the MacBook.

00:34:43   If Apple could build ARM chipsets that were powerful enough for the MacBook Pro, the iMac, the Mac Pro

00:34:50   let's just say that's possible.

00:34:52   There's still a lot of trade-offs you have obviously you have another developer transition

00:34:58   even though they handled power PC to Intel really well. We'll put a link in the

00:35:02   show notes, actually just wrote a thing about that. It was fun reliving that.

00:35:06   There'd be a developer transition to deal with, but also you would lose

00:35:12   compatibility with Windows and while a bunch of us don't care about that,

00:35:17   people do need to run Windows and virtualization, they need to run

00:35:23   boot camp for things like cross-browser

00:35:26   development. You know, Casey Liss, our good

00:35:30   friend of the show, used to work on the

00:35:33   Microsoft stack. So he had a MacBook Pro

00:35:36   that he ran Windows on to get his work

00:35:37   done and he had to do that at work. It

00:35:40   was his job. And so what about all those

00:35:43   people? You know, all those people would

00:35:44   lose out because running Windows on a

00:35:47   virtualizing Windows on an ARM-based Mac

00:35:49   wouldn't work. It would be, you know, you'd

00:35:52   have to do all sorts of crazy stuff like we used to have to do in the PowerPC days. So

00:35:56   they're trade-offs. My hope is that Intel and Apple can work through these issues they

00:36:01   seem to be having and that we can stay on Intel because there are lots of benefits.

00:36:06   Why put developers to a transition on a platform that already is seeing developers slow down?

00:36:12   So you know what I mean? Why put a tax on Mac developers? You should be making Mac development

00:36:20   easier than ever. No, I didn't think of that. Mac development is slow now anyway. Imagine

00:36:27   what would happen if all of your Mac apps had to be re-engineered to run on the new

00:36:34   architecture. How many of them just wouldn't come with it? I think of all the tiny little

00:36:41   things that I use, like the streaming software that we use and stuff like that. I just can't

00:36:46   imagine a lot of that surviving. And that was true when they switched

00:36:52   until 11 years ago. A lot of stuff died off because a lot of developers had older

00:36:58   power PC apps that maybe they carbonized so they ran on OS X and all those just

00:37:02   kind of went away and a lot of them were replaced with new stuff right there's

00:37:05   always new developers who are foolish enough to get into it but it's like I

00:37:10   I just don't see the strategy tax being worth it.

00:37:17   So I don't know.

00:37:18   I hope that they stay on Intel.

00:37:20   I hope that Intel can figure it out.

00:37:21   I hope the MacBook gets better.

00:37:24   If Apple switches to ARM, am I going to light myself on fire?

00:37:27   No, of course not.

00:37:28   We'll work through it as a community.

00:37:30   But either way, I don't think they're close.

00:37:32   There could be a ton of benefits, right?

00:37:35   Just a huge amount of benefits if they did do it.

00:37:39   if you remove all the bad stuff. Right, well they would have, they'd be able to do it in-house,

00:37:46   assumably, and Apple clearly likes that. They could really fine-tune it for what they

00:37:51   need. You know, a lot of the product decisions that go into the MacBook that people just

00:37:55   get mad about, there's a product decision that's dictated by the Intel chipset they're using.

00:37:59   Right, people are like, "Why is this in a Thunderbolt?" Well, the Core M doesn't support

00:38:02   Thunderbolt, so you don't get it. Like, Apple is working within the framework set up by

00:38:07   And yes there are things, yes chat room I'm aware of Rosetta, like there are things that could

00:38:13   that could ease this transition but I think that it'd still be too big of a

00:38:19   hurdle for a lot of people to do to jump on their own. Irrespective of something

00:38:26   like Rosetta existing, Rosetta went away. It did. You cannot run PowerPC code

00:38:34   anywhere. I think it went away in... I think in Lion.

00:38:39   And also like there's nothing to say that something like this could exist.

00:38:43   Right? Like I don't know about the architecture and why it could work, right?

00:38:48   Like the virtualization and that sort of stuff, but you know, there might just be not a way

00:38:51   to do it. You could run Windows on an ARM Mac but it would be like running

00:38:55   Windows on a PowerPC Mac way back in the day. It's gonna be very slow because you're

00:38:58   actually virtualizing the processors and everything as opposed to just creating a

00:39:02   virtual machine that runs on the same hardware. But I mean going back to the

00:39:06   the benefits for a second you know you would have something really fine-tuned

00:39:11   for the system you would have something where you control all the parameters you

00:39:14   would have something where assumably you could you could tune up for like the

00:39:20   right things so if you wanted a system that was really all about battery life

00:39:24   you could build a system with that in mind if you could look at the Mac Pro

00:39:28   and say we just need something that has more GPU power than anything else you

00:39:31   could build something to serve that. So

00:39:34   there are opportunities for Apple to

00:39:37   sort of more be more flexible with the

00:39:39   Mac hardware if they control the entire

00:39:41   thing but is that benefit worth the cost

00:39:45   to users the cost of developers the cost

00:39:49   to Apple in doing this like I have no

00:39:51   doubt that no doubt at all

00:39:54   the Mac OS Sierra is running on our Mac

00:39:55   somewhere now at Apple. They did it they

00:39:58   kept it up from next step to Tiger when

00:40:01   they switch to Intel, no doubt someone is doing that but there's a great cost in

00:40:08   making that change. I just don't know if Apple would see it was being even worth

00:40:11   it for the Mac at this point. I'm kind of hoping that the Mac's relative

00:40:16   popularity to iOS means that Apple's going to kind of leave the Mac alone in

00:40:19   this regard and just let it keep doing its thing and because you know while we

00:40:23   have stress right now about no updates

00:40:25   overall the Mac line is really good and it's better than it's ever been.

00:40:29   You look at something like the iMac you're sitting in front of now, Myke.

00:40:32   It's one of the best computers Apple's ever made. It's hands down.

00:40:35   Oh, yeah. I mean, I'm very happy with my iMac.

00:40:40   And I'm hoping that the next MacBook Pros would make me very happy too, right?

00:40:45   Yeah, me too.

00:40:47   I mean, so there's lots of opportunities for the Mac to continue to be great running on Intel.

00:40:53   They've got to get Skylake figured out. They've got to get stuff shipping again.

00:40:57   So I don't see this being a thing that we gotta worry about anytime soon.

00:41:01   Yeah, yeah. I do feel like we would probably sooner be all iOS than Apple switching to ARM

00:41:10   for the Mac. I just don't see it, right? I just don't see that those two things are gonna happen

00:41:17   right other than that. I just feel like we'll be... iOS will be the dominant platform before

00:41:23   Apple makes a huge change from Intel to ARM for the Mac.

00:41:26   That's how I feel about it.

00:41:27   It would be interesting to see if I'm proved wrong,

00:41:30   but it just doesn't feel like it's gonna happen to me.

00:41:33   It just feels like a lot of work for the smallest platform.

00:41:38   - Well, yeah.

00:41:40   - In sales, in current sales now, right?

00:41:42   Like what they, I know that I kind of upset a lot of people

00:41:46   there, but like if you look at what's being sold, right?

00:41:50   - Oh yeah, no, no, no, no, I'm not upset about that.

00:41:52   I was going to make a watch OS joke.

00:41:54   Hey, we don't know, man.

00:41:55   Maybe they're selling more watches.

00:41:57   They're not selling more watches.

00:41:58   But maybe they are.

00:41:59   We don't know.

00:42:00   That would make me sad.

00:42:01   Oh, can you imagine?

00:42:03   If they sold more watches than they sell iPads, I would cry.

00:42:06   At that point, we can all just quit.

00:42:08   Me, you, Federico, we're done at that point.

00:42:10   Yeah.

00:42:11   So that's a--

00:42:13   I mean, I did not expect to talk about ARM versus Intel

00:42:16   today with you.

00:42:17   I don't feel like I'm sufficiently qualified

00:42:19   to have that discussion.

00:42:21   I apologize to you.

00:42:23   - It's called John.

00:42:24   So it's, anyway, so the hagintoshing is still a thing.

00:42:27   People are still doing it.

00:42:29   I don't have any desire to round all this out.

00:42:33   I don't have any desire to do this,

00:42:34   even though it would seem on paper

00:42:36   like this is right up my alley.

00:42:37   How I closed my blog post was like,

00:42:39   this is a young man's game.

00:42:41   Like I'm with you, I need my Mac to be rock solid every day.

00:42:45   And even though my MacBook Pro has like sketchy old

00:42:47   Intel stuff in it, that makes me a little sad.

00:42:50   it is reliable and it is consistent and that's what I want out of my Mac. I want

00:42:56   to be able to open it each day, I want to come up to my desk and wake it up and I

00:42:59   want to get my work done on it. I don't want to have to worry about a software

00:43:05   update that ran overnight and broke my audio driver because I'm a podcaster I

00:43:09   need that to work and you know for me like as great as this is and it's like

00:43:13   part of my brain is really tempted like buy a bunch of parts and build a computer

00:43:17   I need my Mac to be a workhorse and I don't have time or the like patience

00:43:26   patience or like the ability to be distracted enough to to deal with all

00:43:32   the sites if they would come with it.

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00:45:29   Federico you've returned! I have. I'm alive. I'm here. We told the world that you party

00:45:35   too hard for 4th of July, so they all know now, so you can't hide the secret.

00:45:39   Why would I do that?

00:45:41   Exactly! Why would you do that? It doesn't make any sense.

00:45:43   No, it was just an ISP thing, and I know that now Steven's gonna make a joke about ISP on

00:45:50   fire, but yeah, ISP travels again, but now it sort of works, but I'm still waiting for

00:45:59   Anyway, I don't party for the 4th of July.

00:46:02   I just watch the tweets go by with the pictures of the fireworks and hamburgers and whatever

00:46:09   it is that Americans do.

00:46:11   Flags, I guess.

00:46:12   That sums it up.

00:46:13   I watched the John Cena video, which was pretty awesome.

00:46:16   Yeah, I freaking love that video.

00:46:18   Yeah.

00:46:19   I'm back just in time, guys, for a change.

00:46:25   And that change is the second beta of iOS 10, finally.

00:46:28   Yeah, so that's out now. We have the second beta and there are some changes that are notable

00:46:35   that I think might be worth mentioning today. One of them is a bunch of changes to messages.

00:46:42   And a lot of it is focused around stickers. So over the weekend, in the actual app store,

00:46:51   the current app store, the sticker packs started popping up quite randomly. And I think unexpectedly,

00:47:00   right? We had Smiley's, Hans and the Hearts and the classic Mac sticker packs pop up.

00:47:05   Which didn't really make any sense. And if you downloaded them, and if you do download them on

00:47:10   iOS 9, kind of nothing happens. Like you just press download and then it says the word "add"

00:47:16   and then you press the add button and nothing happens to them, which I really like.

00:47:21   And it's cool to see that they put these in there and that we can see now that they've put them in

00:47:26   because there has been I think a bit of an overhaul of the stickers and the iMessage stuff

00:47:30   in beta 2. It's still buggy of course but it is now responsive. I think you would agree with me

00:47:38   Federico that in beta 1 a lot of the sticker stuff was it was basically not worth using.

00:47:43   It was awful, just unusable. They wouldn't scroll, they wouldn't load, and it was just terrible.

00:47:49   I was trying to send stickers to John, an iMessage, and I was trying to send a bunch to you, but it was just terrible.

00:47:58   It wouldn't work. So I just installed iOS 10 on my beta 2 on my iPhone. They do work now, it's still not great, and still clearly not finished.

00:48:10   And it's obviously a beta. And the scrolling is all janky. And opening the bottom drawer

00:48:16   to view the currently installed apps, it's also kind of buggy. Sometimes the... I mean,

00:48:23   all of the issues that you would expect from a beta. And rest assured, we have filed radars

00:48:28   already. And when you go to the App Store, there's some crashes. But I feel like the

00:48:35   basic idea is in there right now, which is you can tap on this grid icon in the bottom

00:48:41   left to open this panel, which is sort of like a whole new home screen just for iMessage,

00:48:46   and with that concept comes also the ability to rearrange these icons on this new home

00:48:52   screen. So you can tap and hold and you can move them around.

00:48:57   It does a weird thing for you to get out of this view though, which is, it's strange to

00:49:01   me that once those little iMessage icons are jiggling, the way that you stop them jiggling

00:49:06   is to press the home button, but you don't go home?

00:49:10   Nice private API used by Apple. I don't think any other app has done this

00:49:14   before, right? Like, you can press the home button and something else happens.

00:49:18   I don't think you can. I mean, like, even an Apple app.

00:49:23   Probably not an Apple app. Maybe the only instance I can think of would

00:49:28   be when you configure Touch ID and if you accidentally click the home button, it tells

00:49:32   you "Oops, you clicked the home button, maybe you're just supposed to rest your finger."

00:49:36   There you go. So the API exists, right? Yeah.

00:49:39   They just haven't used it before and now they use it for this. And it is kind of weird because

00:49:43   when I was trying to stop them from jiggling, I didn't know how to do it. And I was pressing

00:49:47   the home button because I was going to go and force quit the application, and I was

00:49:51   like "Oh, that's how it works!" So I would say that the most notable changes

00:49:57   that are going on and that will continue to happen, I think, is in the images app, which

00:50:05   lets you look up images and videos.

00:50:07   These images are both static images and pictures from Tumblr and Bing, as well as, if you try

00:50:15   beta 2, if you send a GIF to someone else, it says that they come from Giphy.

00:50:20   So we don't know yet if it's a partnership, if maybe Apple has teamed up with Giphy, which

00:50:25   would make sense because a lot of people actually have teamed up with Giphy and other companies

00:50:30   such as RifC. You know, companies are actually paying money to these other GIF companies

00:50:36   to access their databases. So it would make sense for Apple to team up with these folks.

00:50:40   But the interface is kind of terrible because it doesn't tell you when you search for an

00:50:44   image, it doesn't tell you if you're about to choose a static image or if you're about

00:50:48   to choose a GIF.

00:50:49   A 10 megabyte GIF, like the one you sent me.

00:50:52   multiple ones in fact. What is nice is, what I've sort of discovered is you can mix and

00:51:00   match these images and even animated GIFs with stickers. So as I tested with Myke, you

00:51:07   can sort of come up with your own personal creations of GIFs combined with the stickers,

00:51:13   with the Apple Hands and the Apple Smiley stickers, which can lead to some interesting

00:51:20   results. So I wouldn't be surprised if people will kind of have fun combining and mixing

00:51:26   these images and the GIFs and the stickers and whatever. Still, the feeling that I get

00:51:32   is that conversations in iMessage, if people start using all of these effects and the stickers

00:51:39   and the apps, can get quite busy. You know, there's a lot of stuff going on.

00:51:44   And also the reactions, which I forgot was there until today?

00:51:47   Tapback, which is also not a good name. But yeah, that's basically Slack reactions.

00:51:55   That's also kind of strange the way that it's implemented so far, because if you tap and

00:52:00   hold on a message that has text, but also a sticker, when you tap and hold, you get

00:52:06   both the reactions and the menu to open the sticker details. So it's crammed into a single

00:52:12   I'm not sure if that's the best choice.

00:52:14   Anyway, this beta 2 sort of confirms the fact that iMessage is going to be the highlight of iOS 10,

00:52:23   if only because there's so much stuff going on.

00:52:25   As of today as well, if you send any of the rich stuff in iMessages to an iOS 9 user, it now displays.

00:52:33   So previously, if you sent a sticker to someone, they just wouldn't see, you would have no idea.

00:52:37   have no idea. But now the stickers show up as PNG files. And when you send through things

00:52:44   like the effects, so if I send a slam, it will send a second message after the first

00:52:50   message that says sent with slam effect in brackets. And also the digital touches, if

00:52:56   you do a digital touch thing where like you maybe take a photo and you draw on it, or

00:53:00   if you send a heartbeat, they all come through as videos. So I think that this is really

00:53:05   interesting like what had to happen behind the scenes in between these two times that

00:53:10   means that this now works right that's an interesting thing to me where like nothing's

00:53:14   happened to iOS 9 in that time period but something has happened now.

00:53:20   On the server maybe.

00:53:21   Or the Mac I mean I got those on the Mac when you were texting me earlier got a little parenthetical.

00:53:26   Yeah it's the same on iOS the same on Mac it's it's it's just interesting that now we've

00:53:30   got this there's something happening in the background.

00:53:33   Yeah, I really hope that Apple changes the way that the behavior of rich links was in

00:53:39   the beta one, which is you need to confirm that you want to load the preview the first

00:53:44   time and then after that the rich links load with the rich preview by default.

00:53:50   And I really think there shouldn't be any confirmation of loading the rich preview.

00:53:55   I really can't think of a downside of having rich links with the preview on by default,

00:54:00   Besides the fact that they make the message bigger, I guess, or maybe that there's some

00:54:04   people who really want to see the raw link instead of a rich preview.

00:54:10   Or it may be that you don't want people, maybe it's like a privacy thing, you don't want

00:54:14   people sending things to your phone that you can't control.

00:54:18   Maybe that could be, or you don't want to waste data loading the featured image on a

00:54:25   cellular connection.

00:54:26   Yeah, that's a good point.

00:54:27   Yeah, that could be.

00:54:28   That could be.

00:54:29   taking notes from my review right now. Thank you Steven. It was very productive.

00:54:34   I really like that you can watch videos in the little preview. It doesn't, you know,

00:54:39   it just plays in line, at least on the iPad. I like that.

00:54:42   Yeah, with YouTube and Vimeo I think it works. Yeah, it's very nice. I almost wish that

00:54:48   Apple would have some kind of more serious partnership with YouTube to have like custom

00:54:52   controls for these video previews in iMessage, but I know that's never going to happen,

00:54:57   So not getting my hopes up too much, but it would be nice.

00:55:00   That ship has sailed.

00:55:01   Yeah, I know, it just loads the HTML video and that's it, but still, you know, in my

00:55:06   dreams that can happen.

00:55:08   There's a bunch of new widget stuff, so I'm so happy that they've made this change.

00:55:14   So with iOS 9 came news in the... what was it called when you said swipe over on iOS

00:55:21   9?

00:55:22   Is it Spotlight Suggestions?

00:55:24   I want to say Proactive page.

00:55:26   Yeah, proactive. I think it's proactive. It would show news headlines at the bottom.

00:55:31   And the only way that you could remove these news headlines if you didn't want to see them

00:55:37   was to disable Siri suggestions, which meant that when you typed in names for people and stuff,

00:55:42   it didn't search Wikipedia or anything like that. So you just lost that functionality if you didn't

00:55:46   want to see the news. Like, I just don't want to see those headlines. Now, that is a news widget

00:55:51   that can be removed, which is fantastic.

00:55:54   So now I can get those Siri suggestions

00:55:56   without having to see the new stuff.

00:55:58   So that makes me very happy.

00:56:00   Widgets can now be accessed from anywhere again,

00:56:02   just from swiping down on Notification Center

00:56:05   and then across.

00:56:06   That would have been removed in certain parts of iOS,

00:56:09   but that's now uniform across everywhere.

00:56:11   And there's a Notes widget that's really cool.

00:56:14   It has your recent notes, and you can see to show more,

00:56:17   and it shows you your three recent,

00:56:18   and you can add new notes from there as well.

00:56:20   I like that, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of a notes widget.

00:56:23   Yeah, I'm really a fan of the whole breaking up all of these widgets,

00:56:31   all of these features from iOS 9 into standalone widgets in iOS 10.

00:56:36   And there's a lot of considerations to make about the design,

00:56:41   the behavior of the compact and expanded modes,

00:56:44   but I feel like it's better if maybe we wait until further betas,

00:56:48   because everything is in a state of flux right now, so even the design of the widgets and

00:56:54   the functionality and the way that legacy widgets can adapt to iOS 10, I feel like that's

00:57:00   going to change down the road.

00:57:02   But from my use over the past few weeks, I've started to use widgets a lot more, if only

00:57:08   because they show you more stuff and because Apple has way more useful system widgets.

00:57:15   For example, the weather one, I use it all the time now, when I'm on the lock screen

00:57:18   and I want to check on the forecast, I can just swipe over and take a look at the weather.

00:57:23   Or I can view the favorites, so I put in a bunch of shortcuts to call my mom with a normal

00:57:30   phone call or with FaceTime audio, and even to send an iMessage to Silvia.

00:57:35   So I feel like Apple has done a good job with the new system widgets, but I want to see

00:57:39   how developers will react and adapt to the new design and the two different presentation

00:57:46   modes.

00:57:47   I think it would have been kind of nice if you could just have these widgets on the first

00:57:51   screen rather than having to swipe to see them.

00:57:55   Like on the home screen?

00:57:56   Yeah, no, like on the screen that you see when you turn your device on or pick your

00:58:02   device up.

00:58:05   What about notifications?

00:58:06   Well, you could find a way to make that work.

00:58:08   Like notifications come in and push them down or something

00:58:11   and you scroll or notifications show in a different way.

00:58:14   But like there is utility there which would be kind of nice.

00:58:16   Like the weather one, for example.

00:58:18   Like the weather one could just live next to the clock

00:58:20   and it'd be no problem.

00:58:22   - I mean, my guess is they want apps to still be the focus.

00:58:27   But all of this work to make them accessible

00:58:31   from a swipe over or a swipe down,

00:58:33   like so much work is being put into making them

00:58:36   nearby, why not just put them on the home screen?

00:58:39   It seems like they're just refusing to do that,

00:58:41   but getting closer and closer to it.

00:58:44   - Yeah, I agree.

00:58:45   It's like, if they wanna keep pushing this,

00:58:49   next, that's what it has to be, right?

00:58:51   Like, the I get the notes widget on my home screen.

00:58:54   - Yeah, I agree.

00:58:55   - It feels like by now, they are trying so many ways

00:59:00   to do this without doing that, right?

00:59:03   Like the notes widget, for example, looks very similar to how a widget would look on

00:59:09   Android.

00:59:10   A couple of recent ones and then some quick action buttons.

00:59:13   Like Evernote widgets and stuff, that's how they look and they live on your home screen.

00:59:17   But they're like getting so close but they just won't take that final step.

00:59:22   And right now it feels like a principle thing, like to not disrupt the sanctity of the home

00:59:26   screen.

00:59:27   Yeah, that's more on principle really at this point because they truly believe in having

00:59:33   the app icons and all the other information separate.

00:59:37   I can see how maybe in the future this wall will come down.

00:59:42   But right now it's more useful than what it used to be.

00:59:46   But if you know how it works on other platforms, it can be awkward.

00:59:51   Because as you say, once you know, you start thinking, why is this not on the home screen?

00:59:58   Why do I need to swipe over?

01:00:01   I feel like we'll get there eventually and this looks like a first step. Or maybe a second

01:00:07   one.

01:00:08   App Store, Federico, is now enabled for Split View.

01:00:14   Well finally. I mean every time I'm putting together the newsletter and I need to switch

01:00:20   from my text editor to the App Store to look up an app description, I cry inside very much

01:00:28   on iOS 9. And now I saw a screenshot someone tweeted that the App Store can be used in

01:00:33   SplitView which makes me very happy. And I have reason to believe that last year it simply

01:00:38   wasn't done because they didn't have the time to update Apple Music and the App Store

01:00:42   with SplitView. So I guess they found it. So good news on the people who found the time

01:00:48   to make this happen. Thank you.

01:00:50   And just a couple of last quick, very quick points from 9to5Mac. Apple News is now a removable

01:00:56   application and the keyboard click sound has now reverted to the previous version

01:01:02   no why I didn't like the sound oh it was really funny no the sound didn't need to

01:01:09   change this is why we can have nice things the sound didn't need to change

01:01:13   why do you people you nerds and your crazy ideas this is the problem well I

01:01:19   would say the crazy idea was changing the sound you gotta turn those sounds

01:01:22   off turn them off it was lovely I have them off why would you keep it off it's

01:01:28   so nice because when I'm typing on my devices at two o'clock in the morning in

01:01:32   bed oh well I got okay sure but what about during the day what's the point in

01:01:37   having them on during the day it's it's feedback my devices are always on mute

01:01:44   no you don't need to hear the feedback because you're such a good typist

01:01:48   Look at you.

01:01:49   Wow.

01:01:50   It's a sick burn.

01:01:51   I don't know how to deal with that so we might as well just move on.

01:01:54   Federico, when these new betas come out, how does it affect the work that you've done?

01:01:58   I hope it ruins it.

01:01:59   I don't really know.

01:02:01   Wow.

01:02:02   It kind of does.

01:02:04   So thank you for reminding me.

01:02:06   So what happens then?

01:02:07   So like you've written a bunch of stuff knowing there's going to be more betas and the new

01:02:11   betas come out and then you have to go and change it.

01:02:14   Like what does that do to you?

01:02:16   Well the tricky part is trying to understand what's going to be a big idea, a big concept

01:02:27   that's not going to change and what is a small detail or a decision that can be reversed.

01:02:33   So during the writing and the research process what I struggle with all the time is trying

01:02:39   to put it all on the table, all of the features, all of the big and small ideas and separate

01:02:45   them into things that are big themes, core changes to iOS that are not gonna go away,

01:02:52   like the Siri API is not gonna disappear, or the seven features that are enabled for

01:02:58   Siri, those are not gonna change, but maybe everything else can be, smaller decisions

01:03:06   can be reversed, or can gain different settings, or can maybe an option is on by default, then

01:03:14   a later beta itself by default. So trying to separate those two aspects is what takes

01:03:20   a lot of my time. I'm going to give you a few examples. So I've started writing from

01:03:26   the introduction to the first sections of my review, which are going to be about the

01:03:34   lock screen and about the first things that you see, so the setup and unlocking a device.

01:03:40   And I had this section, or this mini section inside of the whole unlocking discussion in

01:03:50   the review, where I was talking about the behavior of the lock screen in iOS 10, and

01:03:56   how you need to click the home button, and how you can just rest your finger on the TouchID

01:04:02   sensor, and you can see a lock in the status bar, and it's a different process from iOS

01:04:07   9, because it's now a two-step process.

01:04:10   can authorize without unlocking a device. And in beta 2, the behavior is still the same,

01:04:16   but there's a new option that I don't think is fully working yet, inaccessibility to unlock

01:04:22   a device just by resting your finger, which it's not clear what it does yet, but potentially

01:04:28   that will require me to update my review. And the status bar is also different now,

01:04:33   because besides the lock icon, there's also a message and a new animation. Or, for example,

01:04:38   I had another section that I wrote today, I was writing about lock screen widgets.

01:04:43   And I was covering how legacy widgets from iOS 8 and iOS 9 would be cut off in iOS 10

01:04:52   if they didn't update for the new design, which requires developers to have compact and expanded modes.

01:04:57   When you say cut off, do you mean that they would be shrunk?

01:05:00   Actually cut off.

01:05:01   Or do you mean like they won't exist anymore?

01:05:03   No, no, cut off visually. Like a long list, cut off in the middle.

01:05:07   example, like the fantastical widget if you have a lot of events and reminders, or the

01:05:14   workflow widget if you need to view a long list in a workflow inside the widget, it would

01:05:19   be cut off in the middle because the widget defaults to showing you compact mode.

01:05:24   And now it looks like there's some changes in beta too.

01:05:27   So I had a whole section talking about legacy widgets and the transition from old design

01:05:34   into a new design, and it looks like there are some changes in beta 2 which make legacy

01:05:41   widgets behave better, so they're no longer cut off, even if they don't support compact

01:05:46   mode, at least based on a few tweets that I saw and some tests that I ran on my iPhone.

01:05:52   So that will require me to update that section.

01:05:55   But see, it's one thing for a detail like that to change, because I have two paragraphs,

01:06:01   or maybe even just one, where I talk about this transition and what Apple could have

01:06:05   done to ease developers and users and their widgets into this new design, but that's no

01:06:11   big deal, right? Because I can just rewrite a single paragraph. What would be a problem

01:06:17   would be if a whole section, a whole feature changes in a major way, such as it's no longer

01:06:24   possible to start workouts with Siri. That's gonna be a problem. Or if Apple completely

01:06:30   changes the multilingual keyboard for example, and it turns out by beta 4 "well guys, sorry

01:06:36   we made a mistake, it's no longer possible to type in two languages". That's another

01:06:40   section that goes away. So I need to be careful picking the sections that I stopped writing

01:06:46   before. I felt comfortable starting from the lock screen, because I feel like what you're

01:06:51   gonna be able to do is pretty much gonna stay until the very last few betas, but as we saw

01:06:57   there can be some minor changes occurring between now and September, and I need to be aware of those.

01:07:03   But as long as those are minor changes, such as widgets no longer cut off, or there's a new status bar message,

01:07:10   or there's a new option in accessibility, that's okay.

01:07:15   It's of course a waste of time, in a sense, because I need to redo something that I've already done,

01:07:22   But if the final product is more complete, is more precise, there's a better explanation, I don't mind.

01:07:30   I would be upset if Split View in Safari goes away.

01:07:34   Well, that's a problem, right? Because it's a whole feature, a whole section that needs to be deleted or changed.

01:07:40   So, I would say... This is a very long answer, I'm sorry Myke.

01:07:45   No, I wanted to hear it.

01:07:46   I would say that the hardest part of this writing process is not the writing itself,

01:07:52   it's the decision behind the writing. It's the choosing which features are not going to change

01:07:57   and which ones are subject to potential improvements or reversals and whatever Apple does.

01:08:06   But now though, these changes to the home screen, you're not going to write them up now,

01:08:10   are you? You'll wait because now you know it's in flux.

01:08:12   Which ones specifically?

01:08:16   Any changes that happen on a home screen, like the way it unlocks, there's been an accessibility thing in there.

01:08:21   Like you can see, and the widget stuff, you can see so many things are going to change.

01:08:26   So I assume now you wouldn't make those changes now because there's potential for them to change as the further beta goes on.

01:08:34   So now, right, I have to leave that alone, I'll come back to it in beta 5 or whatever.

01:08:38   Exactly. So what I did is, as soon as I saw these changes, I opened my sheet, the section in Ulysses,

01:08:47   and I added a comment with my comment syntax in the document saying "see if the behavior has changed again in future betas".

01:08:58   Double check this setting. Or make sure that the option is still there.

01:09:02   And I do this all the time. When I come across something that I feel like is going to change,

01:09:08   or if I know that Apple is going to introduce a setting, or if maybe I see a lot of people

01:09:13   complaining about a change in beta 3 or beta 4, I make a note and I revisit by beta 5 or

01:09:19   the GM. I do that all the time.

01:09:22   Yeah, that makes sense. When a beta like this comes out, do you just spend a ton of time

01:09:27   just poking around in the corners?

01:09:29   Yeah, basically what I do is I... So a lot of people tweet at me about the changes, which

01:09:35   I really appreciate, by the way. Don't feel bad about tweeting at me with screenshots.

01:09:38   I love them. And so I fave those tweets.

01:09:42   Saves you work.

01:09:43   Exactly. I'm crowdsourcing the research. So I fave those tweets. I take a look at what

01:09:51   the blogs and the forums are saying around. I spent a lot of time on Reddit, a lot of

01:09:56   different blogs, just even to get an idea of what other people think, because it's my

01:10:02   job with the review is not just to talk about my experience, it's also to describe the potential

01:10:08   changes for a lot of different people and what they mean. So I take a look at a lot

01:10:13   of different sources, a lot of different places, and also what I do is I have a note in the

01:10:18   Notes app where I jot down stuff quickly, such as when Steven was telling me about stuff

01:10:24   that I needed to... we were talking about iMessage. So I made a note in the Notes app

01:10:29   just because it's faster, but then I move everything back into my iThoughts mind map.

01:10:35   By the way, yes, I moved from mind node to iThoughts because every year I do this, iThoughts

01:10:40   just works better for me. Still, mind node is excellent, so it just works better for

01:10:44   the review.

01:10:45   Why don't you just start with iThoughts if you always do this?

01:10:49   See, sometimes you think that you want to do things differently, but eventually just

01:10:53   go back to the old way. So I move everything back into the mind map, which is a huge mind

01:11:01   map at this point, with all kinds of different branches and sections. And when I spot a change,

01:11:09   I make a new node in the map. Then what I do is I collect all of these different tweets

01:11:15   and nodes and screenshots, which the screenshots I also save in the mind map for later, and

01:11:21   I write down like screenshot of Apple Music Beta 2.

01:11:25   Then if it's different in Beta 3, I also add the screenshot of Apple Music in Beta

01:11:29   3 and I follow the entire process.

01:11:31   Because I also want to understand the reasoning of the designers and the developers at Apple,

01:11:36   I want to see what they think.

01:11:37   And keeping track of the betas is a good exercise in that.

01:11:41   And finally what I do is I download the release notes documents from the Apple website, save

01:11:47   it as a PDF and I highlight the differences and I make a note of like if Apple says that

01:11:54   this stuff is broken then I'm not going to write that section because it says so in

01:11:58   the release notes.

01:12:01   Thank you for another look into your review. I find this very fascinating.

01:12:06   I'm pleased to hear that. I hope it's not too boring.

01:12:09   So that's Beta 2 everyone. Steven do you have anything you want to add?

01:12:13   I was gonna say, I'm not running it so I'm being quiet in this section.

01:12:17   Do you guys feel like it's, obviously it's brand new, but does it feel like it's ready

01:12:23   for more people?

01:12:24   Does it feel like it's getting close to where a public beta is possible?

01:12:28   Or do you still think that's gonna be a dev beta 3 like it was last year?

01:12:32   I would say beta 3.

01:12:33   I would be surprised if a public beta comes out tomorrow.

01:12:36   I would be really surprised.

01:12:38   I feel like I poked around for 10 minutes.

01:12:41   I've tried on my iPad Pro and on the iPhone and I don't feel like it's ready for a public beta.

01:12:46   A lot of the things that I've tried are more stable, but it's still super shaky.

01:12:51   Right, like the messages stuff is like way better, but it still needs some work.

01:12:56   And the more I poke around of it, the more and more stuff that seems to be missing on the iPad,

01:13:02   like that was there before.

01:13:03   Like, it just seems like there's just, there's like leaking holes all over the place still,

01:13:08   which is kind of what you'd expect.

01:13:10   But this time the beta itself, even a beta one

01:13:14   was more stable than usual,

01:13:16   but it's still not like, it's still not public beta ready.

01:13:19   - Mm-hmm.

01:13:20   - As Federico said.

01:13:21   - Okay.

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01:13:49   We'll be back next time.

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