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X accolade, Ive argues, glitch fix, Vimeo HDR, post PC, HomePod delay, Texas Ranger warrant, iRig Keys I/O, X wallpapers, watchOS 1 no longer


Vimeo has added HDR support to its app

Time includes iPhone X in its list of ’25 Best Inventions of 2017′ — Time Magazine has named the iPhone X as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017, calling Apple’s flagship mobile device ‘arguably the world’s most sophisticated smartphone’ over its new display, its augmented reality applications, and the inclusion of Face ID.

Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X — In an interview published late last week, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company’s sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies – in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favour of touchscreen gestures. [Apple has always done this – will continue to do this. Either get used o it or use inferior tech.]

iOS 11.1.2 released with fix for iPhone X/cold weather glitch — Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather.

Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K — Popular streaming video service Vimeo has updated its official iOS and tvOS apps to take advantage of Apple’s recent support for high dynamic range video across its platform of devices, including the iPhone X.

New Apple video blurs the line between iPad Pro and computer, repeats Steve Jobs ‘post-PC’ concept — Apple has published a new YouTube video, and with it is repeating the message that “a post-PC world may be closer than you think.”

Apple delays HomePod launch until ‘early 2018’ — Originally scheduled to debut in December, Apple has pushed the launch of its Siri-equipped HomePod speaker into early 2018, saying the company needs more time to complete the home audio accessory.

Apple is served search warrants in connection with church shooting in Texas — Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have served search warrants on Apple, seeking digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data that might have been stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself.

IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI interface that can record microphones and other instruments — IK Multimedia has added another device to its audio interface line, introducing the iRig Keys I/O as pair of MFi-certified MIDI controllers that can be used to create music on an iPhone or iPad, using its included keyboard or via another instrument or microphone using the device as a preamp.

5 Places to find cool iPhone X wallpapers — The iPhone X OLED screen is beautiful, so how do you show off its visual awesomeness? With really cool wallpapers, of course. Read on to see some of the cool free iPhone X wallpapers Mac Observer found. [I always just shoot my own.]

Apple announces that it won’t accept app updates built with watchOS 1.0 SDK after April 1, 2018 — Apple has issued guidance to developers, suggesting it will discontinue support for watchOS 1, with updates for apps limited to that version no longer accepted after April 1, 2018.

Tuesday Talk ~ Post PC and iPad toast


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Steve Jobs would have turned 62 last week, and among many of the quite revolutionary things he said, in this case near the end of his time, was that the PC era was over. He imagined iPad would embody its replacement. However, Macs are still selling in large numbers, although sales aren’t growing, while iPad plateaued a couple of years back and has been sitting at the same level. In fact, all device sales have plateaued; the point is Mac sales took a whole lot longer to level out. So today, it looks like iPads haven’t replaced Macs, and although some people use them as their primary devices, they tend to accompany rather than to replace, at least for users with needs beyond the superficial.

For those who only browse, email/message and read, iPads are ideal tablets. For those wanting to do serious work, it really depends on the work. Apple’s beefy, powerful iPad Pro is really just an untethered Cintiq-style drawing device. Sure, you can also browse, email/message and read, and you can conceivably rough-out a sound or film project, but serious users will soon end up on a PC of some sort because the manipulation, although direct (via fingertips and maybe a stylus) on a tablet, still lags behind what’s possible with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad/etc.
As soon as you start adding physical input devices (apart from the Pencil) to iPads, well hell, you may as well have a Mac and be done with it.

It’s the portable Macs that have really worked for Apple. As Apple Insider points out, If you’re still wondering why Apple hasn’t updated its desktop Macs (the mini and Pro), their relative importance to Apple’s revenues certainly plays a factor. Apple sells truckloads of portable Macs, and comparatively few iMacs and even less of the overpriced, underperforming Mac Pros.
Many think the Mac Pro will soon disappear altogether, especially since it needs a monitor as a separate purchase, and Apple’s nomination for that vaunted position, in place of its own overpriced but excellent monitor, is the very troubled LD UltraFine.
This sounds doom and gloom, but the fact remains the large iMac is all-round wonderful: beautiful, powerful and with a truly excellent display. Most videographers and audio engineers are more than happy to work on these, and they’re saving money. Apple could do a lot to make these even better, if the Pro gets the heave-ho. 

Gloom and doom? I don’t think so. It’s easy for me to sound sour in these columns, but around the time Apple releases a great new iPhone, we could also be getting Kaby Lake MacBook Pros, awesome new iMacs and an iPad revision. To me, that’s good times and lots to look forward to. I won’t be missing the Mac Pro, and most  pro users have abandoned these long ago anyway, for cheaper faster PCs. They might be pleased to come back to Mac just for the superior operating system.