In the category of “The New iTunes is Here” . . .

The new macOS High Sierra has arrived and brought with it a new iTunes. People have long asked Apple to reduce the bloat of the iTunes app on macOS, and this new version does that. Whether it does that well or not is a matter for discussion.

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Two Final Thoughts Before WWDC 2017

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference begins today (5 June 2017), kicking off as always with the Keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

This article started out this morning as a list of five things to look for at this year’s WWDC, but time constraints have reduced it to just two. So here are the two I think most significant.

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The Mega ShowNotes for WitGlass Unfiltered Episode 25

The show notes I assembled for Episode 25 of WitGlass Unfiltered are so detailed that I thought I’d offer them as their own WitGlass Drafts post, as well.

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In the category of “nice little article on the history of Apple’s Newton PDA” . . .

Twenty years ago, I was deep in pursuit of my undergraduate degree, and as much as I loved technology, my budget for technology was $0, so I didn’t spend much time thinking about technology except for what I perceived to be of immediate use to me.

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In the categories of “great piece by @Gruber on the Mac Pro” and “viva la MAC Pro!” . . .

Despite my lack of Pro Mac products, I have watched and listened in pain as Apple remained silent on the Mac Pro, as users complained about the status of the Mac Pro. I have always felt that at its core, Apple is a “Pro” company; its products are designed to reach as close to the ideal as possible for all-around usability. So more recently, as I listened for word from Apple about their ultimate Pro Mac machine, I felt that this could be a watershed moment for the company. In my humble opinion, if the company were to abandon the Mac Pro market, it would signal the end of the company as we know it.

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In the category of “here is @Gruber’s take on the Lightning vs. USB-C reports” . . .

 

 I think Gruber is right on with the shift to USB-C chargers, a point that I didn’t address in my earlier post

Switching chargers to USB-C—and switching the charging end of the Lightning cable—makes sense. Switching the iOS devices entirely to USB-C doesn’t make sense.

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In the category of “I prefer lightning connectors to USB-C, but I’m not a technical expert” . . .

I’m not a technical expert about why USB-C may or may not be “even smarter and more capable” than Apple’s Lightning port. If the USB-C port truly is more capable than Apple’s Lightning port, that would actually be a mark in favor of switching to USB-C. 

I have had Lightning devices for nearly four years. I have had a USB-C MacBook for nearly two years. The USB-C works fine. I have often thought, however, that I wish they’d simply used Lightning connectors instead of USB-C. The Lightning connectors are smaller and (only slightly) easier to insert into their respective ports. The Lightning connectors are also sexier.

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In the category of “old Apple inter-office memos” . . .

Software Security from Apples Friends and Enemies

I was at the Seattle Goodwill outlet recently and noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time.

These are fascinating. They are very ordinary, but that’s part of what makes them so fascinating.

I first saw them in 9to5Mac here. You can also find a deeper look at them on Gizmodo here.

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In the category of “so do we have a problem with company reps taking a political stand—or not?” . . .

The obvious question is merely one of consistent application of principles, which unfortunately, most in the politically correct camp do not seem to have beyond their underlying religious principle: if it is politically correct, we hold these things to be self-evident.

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What I’m Listening to Now: Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2:25 p.m.

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In the category of “curved phone screens are objectively superior, huh?” . . .

 
The curved S7 Edge is simply more attractive than the flat iPhone 7.

I understand that some may really believe the curved edge is more attractive on the Samsung Galaxy S7, but to make it a simple declarative seems too definite of a statement. Is the S7 screen very attractive? Yes. Is it more attractive than the iPhone 7? I don’t think it’s more attractive. Is it equally attractive? I would grant that as a simple declarative.

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In the category of “reports like this actually give me hope for @Apple” . . .

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In the category of “if you don’t like the product, don’t buy it” . . .

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