Check it out. Samsung is positioning its two-month old flagship Galaxy S9 against an iPhone. And when I say “iPhone,” I mean iPhone 6 [via MacRumors]. The ad appears to be a pitch to owners of old iPhones, but it feels more like a Freudian slip to me. “This,” Samsung appears to believe, “is all we can do.” Even if the psychology behind the ad isn’t as twisted and warped as my Samsung-loathing mind wants it to be, comparing a brand new flagship device to a three-and-a-half year old competitor is terrible, awful, absurd positioning. Perhaps that’s part of why iPhone 7 is still selling as well as the Galaxy S9, let alone the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, all of which handily outsell the Samsung device. Anyhoo, you can watch it and judge for yourself.
Oh, wow. This is so cool! I’m talking about photographs of an original Macintosh unboxing event. It wasn’t a “new in box” Mac, or anything, but it was an immaculately cared for device, including the 34 year old box! The owner recently sold the Mac to Imgur user edifyyo, who then documented his initial unboxing. How cool, right? He posted the pics in two batches, the first focusing on the box and unpacking the device. Part 2 included closeups of the Mac itself. As I mentioned up top, it was immaculately cared for, and even includes the original “ELECTRICALLY SAFETY CHECKED” sticker, which I can’t recall having seen before. Check it out! Thanks to Jim Tanous for the heads up.
The group says it will start by asking Apple for developer-friendly changes to the App Store. Its goal is 20,000 members by early June (i.e. WWDC), and has 182 members so far (16 of whom joined while I was working on this article).
Sure. We can whine. Apple is causing our iPhone addiction. Except, that’s not true. The cause is us. The solution is in us.
We have a deal on on the Chefman Sous Vide Precision Cooker with Wi-Fi. This app-connected device will help you cook your sous vide masterpieces precisely. It’s $89.99 through our deal, 30% off retail.
Jean MacDonald from Micro.blog and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Twitter’s plans to deprecate the APIs third-party client apps use, plus Jean fills us in on Micro.blog.
Marco Arment has an app called Quitter that lets you automatically quit apps by creating a few rules.
The other day I wrote about a keyboard shortcut you can use to scroll in macOS apps. That key combo does work in Safari, but there is an additional combination you can use.
Not to be left out of the mem fun, the New York Times made a tool that lets you hear Yanny or Laurel. Just slide to the right to hear “Yanny,” and to the left for “Laurel.” It’s interesting to hear how the sound changes as you cut out the higher or lower frequencies. The “Yanny” in the NYT tool sounds more like “Hugh-We” to me. Regardless, it sounds less and less like “Laurel” as you slide farther to the right.
Your iPhone and iPad use Location Services to track places you go that it deems important to you. That’s either really cool, or super creepy, depending on your point of view. Here’s how to see the significant locations where your iPhone and iPad have tracked you.
It’s Friday, so that can mean only one thing: Deadpool 2 opens in theaters today. To celebrate—and shamelessly promote—the premiere, Deadpool himself paid a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and took over the opening monologue. Turns out Deadpool can hold his own against a late night talk show host. Makes sense considering he’s a superhero.
With Apple officially dropping its AirPort Base Station product line it’s no surprise the remaining inventory is dwindling. Reports are cropping up saying some models from Apple’s Wi-Fi router lineup are already gone, although we’re still seeing AirPort Extreme, Express, and Time Capsule as in stock in the Apple Store app. Still, if you’re looking into getting a new Wi-Fi router it may be time to check out the wireless mesh network options. Dave Hamilton has done a great job of explaining what your options are, and how to pick the right product for your needs.
Apple owns 6% of the global smart speaker market, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm says Apple sold about 600,000 HomePods during the first quarter of 2018. Of course, that’s only an estimate because Apple doesn’t share sales HomePod figures. Considering Amazon holds 43.6% of the smart speaker market, and Google has 26.5% with far more than a single quarter’s sales, it’ll be interesting to see how many people say this proves HomePod is a failure. It’s possible HomePod is a flop, or it’ll own the market. Either way, a single quarter’s sales isn’t enough to make a definitive conclusion.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just a couple weeks away, and that means the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints concert to raise funds for App Camp for Girls is about to happen. The concert coincides with WWDC every year and is the biggest fund raising event for the coding camp. It’s loads of fun so get your tickets right away before they’re sold out.
A virtual machine environment on the Mac allows one to run a licensed copy of Windows or some popular distributions of Linux. John shows us how to also run macOS as a virtual machine guest OS inside macOS as a host.
LEGO has a new Expert Builder kit coming soon and it looks pretty epic. The Creator Roller Coaster is a functioning roller coaster complete with track and cars, ticket booth, fountain, concession stand, and more. It has a functioning chain to pull the cars to the top of the track and enough force to send them through the entire ride before stopping again at the loading gate. The Expert Builder Creator Roller Coaster includes 4,124 pieces and is priced at US$379.99.
Only three days after iOS 11.4 developer beta 5 for iPhone and iPad was released Apple rolled out developer beta 6.
As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we want to provide some resources for accessible tools.
Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about WWDC’s upcoming iOS and macOS developer betas and how you can prepare for them, plus Kelly tells us about the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints fundraiser concert for App Camp for Girls.
Starting this fall, schools that support students with vision, hearing, and other assistive needs will start providing accessible Everyone Can Code curricula for the Swift programming language.