More Tips for Watching the Solar Eclipse

· · Link

iPhone with solar eclipse

There are only a few days left to get ready to watch the August 21st solar eclipse—the first eclipse in nearly 100 years with a path of totality that stretches from coast to coast in the continental United States. TMO put together a list of apps, websites, and other tips to help you get the most out of this once in a lifetime event. We just updated our list with more resources including an interactive Web-based eclipse map, and additional places where you may still be able to find protective eyewear.

Next Generation Apple TV: Rags to Riches

· · Link

We’ve gone from rags to riches: dismay over a seemingly delayed Apple TV with 4K/UHD, to fairly certain of a new 4K version, to learning about its HDR features, and now a possible release as early as September.

The Flawed Logic in Not Upgrading Technology

· · Link

The new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are pretty impressive, but Ashraf Eassa at The Motley Fool thinks upgrading to one is a bad idea. His reasoning: an even better model will come out next year. Of course there’s a new model coming and it’ll have new and better features. But his logic is the reason why people hobble along with computers, tablets, and phones that don’t meet their needs for far too long.

Samsung Plans to Build World's Largest OLED Factory

· · Link

Samsung plans world's largest OLED factory

Pop quiz: What do you do if you want every company, including Apple, to buy your OLED panels for their smartphones? Answer: You build the world’s largest OLED factory, which is exactly what Samsung is doing. Demand for OLED panels isn’t letting up so it’s no surprise Samsung is investing in the future.

How Scott Forstall Selected The People Who Would Create The iPhone’s Software

· · Link

In 2005 Scott Forstall was tasked with finding people to build the iPhone and, due to secrecy concerns, Steve Jobs said he could only pick people from within Apple. From Mark Sullivan over at Fast Company:

“During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me. Forstall said he had been a fan of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor known for her theory that people exist somewhere on a continuum between “fixed mind-set” and “growth mind-set.”

 

How to Sell More iPhones - Build a Global Satellite Internet

· · Link

Satellite with an Apple logo

After selling a billion or so iPhones, Apple would love to sustain growth. One way to do that is to tap into its enormous cash reserves and work with a company that knows how to build a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, providing internet access. Say, Boeing. Many more locations on Earth would open up. In this potential partnership, Apple would manage the consumer side and fund a part of the satellite operations built by Boeing. This is looking more and more real. Particle Debris points to the story at Investor’s Business Daily.

TMO's WWDC 2017 Keynote Live Coverage

· · Link

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose

The Mac Observer is on location at the McEnery Convention Center for this morning’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event. The keynote starts at 20 AM pacific time. You can follow along with our as-it-happens coverage, and then stick around for more news from the event, analysis, and reactions on TMO’s Daily Observations and Apple Context Machine podcasts.

Andy Grignon 10 Years Later, Reflecting on Helping to Create the iPhone

· · Link

Skylar Hamilton*, writing for Mouth of the River, recently interviewed Andy Grignon, one of the original iPhone team members:

“It was terrifying to be honest! Remember we had spent years in solitude working on this thing under the strictest of Apple standards. Seeing it ‘out in the wild’ was surreal, to say the least,” says Grignon. Imagine hiding something so big for years and then the entire world not only knows about it, but they all use it. “After that feeling passed, it turned into sheer terror.”

*Yes, for those of you wondering, this is a “proud papa” moment for me, too. Forget that, though, and go read the interview. Some great stuff in there, including a tip about extending your battery life!

The Good That Has Come Out of Apple's Mac Lapses

· · Link

Mac sales

Apple customers have waited for a long time to get new, updated Mac models. Apple kicked off the resurgence in late 2016 with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, but there remained serious concerns. And that’s a Good Thing™. The development of technology and the approaches by the competition have evoked a strong, clear, intelligent response from the community that amounts to an excellent, thoughtful conversation about what Macs should be all about going forward. Particle Debris page 2 discusses that and ponders more new Mac hardware at WWDC in June.