Federico Viticci wrote another killer piece at MacStories about iOS 12 automation with Shortcuts. It’s an informative article wherein he explains the difference between “Shortcuts the app and Shortcuts the feature.” The app replaces Workflow, but Shortcuts as a feature is a powerful new way to customize Siri. Apple is optimizing Siri in a different way than Google and Microsoft can, and it leverages the power of people, similar to services like IFTTT.
On the surface, Shortcuts the app looks like the full-blown Workflow replacement heavy users of the app have been wishfully imagining for the past year. But there is more going on with Shortcuts than the app alone. Shortcuts the feature, in fact, reveals a fascinating twofold strategy: on one hand, Apple hopes to accelerate third-party Siri integrations by leveraging existing APIs as well as enabling the creation of custom SiriKit Intents; on the other, the company is advancing a new vision of automation through the lens of Siri and proactive assistance from which everyone – not just power users – can reap the benefits.
Samsung is demanding a retrial and rejects the US$539 million verdict.
With a new software version comes new App Store guidelines, and there are new rules that Apple didn’t publicly announced.
The new version is aimed at customers who don’t have an Office 365 subscription.
Andrew found a website that gives outage stats and a way to report if you’ve been experiencing an outage.
It gives you a bit more information on issues, and it checks the status of each mail server you’re using.
Andrew is excited by the new update and I hope that the Apple Book Store can grow to be as big (or bigger) than the Kindle book store.
Here’s the unique part: your passwords aren’t available on other devices unless you’re in physical range.
At the same time, the retailer is marking down the same models by up to US$150.
There will be a new section called Coming Soon, album launch dates will be displayed, and artist profiles will get a new design.
Developers create these links by using the rebranded App Store Connect (formerly iTunes Connect Platform).
This gives you an option to change the search engine, but also gives you a list of recent searches.
Apple has gotten the rights to develop Gregory David Robert’s Shantaram book as a drama series. It will be produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television.
Susan Kare’s icon designs for the original Macintosh were revolutionary at the time, and made the computer seem friendly. This month Ms. Kare was awarded the AIGA medal, for her “bold and intelligent design of icons for the early Macintosh computers that defined the Apple user experience and set the industry standard with memorable wit and humanity.” A lot of her designs are now displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, and show her passion for finding a balance between simplicity and abstraction. Last month in May 2018, Ms. Kare presented a talk of her work as well.
This fits into Apple’s larger narrative of enhancing privacy.
Craig Federighi schooled Mark Gurman, the originator of the rumor that iOS and macOS will merge.
It appears that the local system for emergency alerts in Virginia may have been hacked.
This is a great choice and will let customers try apps before they buy.
This is perfect if you want to get that Goldilocks-level of perfection.
Passwords on iOS 12 are receiving some enhancements. This includes iOS’s built-in password manager, and third-party password managers.