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 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 “and they said skipping the 35mm headphone jack was a bad idea” . . .

Pioneer announces new Rayz line of “smart” Lightning headphones with built-in Lightning port, more

The Rayz and Rayz Plus both use Avnera’s LightX technology, which ensures that they draw the least power possible from the iPhone to which they are connected.

Furthermore, the Rayz line offers a host of “smart features,” according to Pioneer. The company says that both the Rayz and Rayz Plus feature six microphones that allow these features.

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In the category of “this could be pretty cool” . . .

Apple’s new patent hints at an all-over fingerprint scanner

The patent outlines the use of a new type of display technology that uses embedded micro LEDs and an IR diode to essentially scan and detect the position of a finger on the screen. LuxVue, a company Apple acquired in 2014 that specializes in low-power micro LED displays, is reportedly behind the technology.

A bitmap made up of light intensity data generated by "bouncing IR light off of a user's finger and back to sensing diodes" could then be used to authenticate the fingerprint.

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In the category of “I wouldn’t, either” . . .

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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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