June 2014

Welcome to AppleTalk, Uh, Again

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You’re probably wondering what happened to the AppleTalk blog over the weekend, seeing as it looks a little bare right now. I would be too, except I’m way too tired from watching the World Cup and the ESL One Dota 2 league to play the what-if game, so here it is.

Over the weekend the AppleTalk website suffered a small outage. After restarting the instance, we discovered that while the forums were fine, our WordPress install was completely hosed. Totally gone, back-to-the-WordPress-install-page wiped, and with it, our posts and content from the last two months, not to mention our theme customisations (which is why this might look a little different right now, different fonts and so on) and any other blog setup we had done.

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Monday Morning News

gallery_organize_events_2x (1)Over the weekend, Apple revealed they were stopping development on Aperture, their pro photography app. Speaking to The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, Apple said that the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library will be the one-stop shop for users to access their photos from anywhere: “when Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.” Apple also said the new Photos app would replace iPhoto, which makes sense: there’s probably no need for two ways to view and edit images. Users concerned that this is the beginning of the end for Apple’s pro apps needn’t fear, however, as recent updates to Apple’s pro apps show they’re still under active development — for now, anyway.

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Good Reads for June, 2014

Shrine Of Apple: Apple Pro Mouse

Let’s face it: there’s so much stuff on the web that you’ll never be able to read it all. Trust me, I’ve tried. Every month we’ll be bringing you no more than a handful of slightly longer — but always worthy of your time and attention — reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Instapaper account not included.

  • Of all the great things about the iOS ecosystem, App Store discoverability isn’t one of them. The problem is, there’s just too many apps — over 1.2 million, at last count — for anyone to discover something new and fresh that you probably haven’t already used or played. Andy Baio argues it’s time to get social with the App Store, something Game Center is currently failing to do:
  • 300 million people visit the App Store every week, but they all see the same handful of apps—a selection hand-picked by Apple staff, along with a stagnant list of bestsellers. Apple’s sole attempt at personalized recommendations—the painfully inadequate “Genius,” which recommended clones of apps you already installed—was phased out last year for the even-worse “Near Me,” showing the same location-centric apps to everyone in your city.

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I’m Switching To Android

I’m switching to Android. But before we get into the what and the how, we have to answer the why.

A long, long time ago, in a different corner of the internet, someone posed a single question: if you had to use something other than Apple products, would you give up Mac OS X and move to Windows, or would you cast your iPhone aside and switch to a competing mobile platform such as Android, Windows Phone, or even — perhaps if you were truly insane, or just liked to live on the edge — BlackBerry?

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Leaps and Bounds

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It’s hard not to be impressed by what Apple unveiled last Tuesday. Their presentation at WWDC 2014 showcased the next versions of OS X and iOS, arguably two of the most important software platforms of our time — while Windows users are wondering whether their new laptop is actually a tablet (or trying to find where the Start menu has disappeared to), the integration between Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems has never been better, and is only going to get improve with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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WWDC 2014 Wrap Up, Sherlock All The Things Edition

The keynote from this year’s WWDC has just wrapped, and Viticci is right when he says this isn’t just Apple skating to where the puck is, this is Apple creating an entirely new ball game. Apple kicked things off by saying it was an even with three main focuses — OS X, iOS, and developers — and then they went on to deliver one of the biggest Apple events in recent history. Let’s dance.

OS X Yosemite

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Apple’s first cab off the rank was OS X, and just like the rumours predicted, the new OS X has a fresh coat of paint, along with improvements to apps across the board. After a few quick quips about the name, OS X Yosemite was announced with a brand new look, one that brings the translucency of iOS and brings it to the desktop. The entire OS now looks fresher, typography has been tightened up, and yes, the icons are now flat (check out that new Finder icon!). But it’s still, more or less, the OS X you know and love — oh, except for that dark mode.

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