Thursday Morning News

CHA9fzUW8AMhLcuJohn Gruber of Daring Fireball talked to Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing on a live episode of the former’s The Talk Show podcast. Recordings haven’t been posted, but thanks to The Verge we get a feel for what the pair talked about. Topics ranged from larger capacity devices, the never-ending debate between battery life and thinness, and Phil Schiller’s Apple, one that pushes us into the future by creating products that don’t need things to be plugged in, like the new MacBook.

Also from The Verge this morning is a breakdown of a few iOS 9 features that Apple didn’t announce, pulling dot points from the customary Apple slide that features the names of features that weren’t explicitly mentioned or named.

Similar, a number of WWDC tidbits and links from MacStories breaks down the things we might have missed that weren’t necessarily announced on stage. Keyboard shortcuts get more of a focus in iOS 9, and Mobile Safari is getting a bunch of changes that bring its features up to speed with desktop browser.

Jim Dalrymple’s thoughts on the WWDC Keynote opens with a statement about some of the presenters not being up to scratch with Apple’s standards. Dalrymple jots down his thoughts on OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and Apple Music, finishing by reminding us that as WWDC is primarily a developer’s conference, much of the coolness will be seen weeks and months from now.

Apple has added period-tracking to their Health app, along with, uh, sexual activity tracking. Ars Technica wonders if the new period tracking in Health will replace the other period-tracking apps out there, particularly whether it’ll be more or less useful depending on the amount of info you give it.

Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci says deep linking in iOS 9 is a transformation of how things work on the mobile OS, and will be integral in making things feel more seemless when doing a bunch of tasks and less like a bunch of discrete, separate apps.

Viticci also a published a great overview of the headlining iOS 9 features.

IOS 9 adds a cellular continuity feature, which lets your Mac or iPad receive calls even when your iPhone is on a different network. T-Mobile in the US is the first to support he feature, likely due to it being the first carrier to support Wi-Fi calling, which I’m pretty sure is known as Voice over LTE in Australia.

The keyboard in iOS 9 now makes it easier than ever to distinguish between upper and lowercase keyboard entry, as the glyphs change depending on the status of the shift key. The keyboard in iOS 9 also appears to have removed the little key pop-up bit of visual feedback that told you what key you had hit, but that may just be the first beta for you.

Agile Tortise have made a Terminology plug in of sorts that works with the built in Apple Dictionary app, much like how you can search Wikipedia.

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  1. tcn33 says:

    I think this is my favourite feature. It makes things so much easier to get a notification, act on it, then go right back where you were; or to read an email, tap on a link, read the page or take an action, then go back to your inbox.

  2. Maybe doesn't remember how bad Phil Schiller and Tim Cook were when they first took the stage years ago while Steve was poorly. Or how mind numbing Bertrand Serlet was when he was deep diving into OS X's features (was it Lion? Can't remember now). Or crazy eyed Scott Forstall's first keynote appearance. Everyone gets better the more they take the stage, it's not really fair to be overly critical on their first appearance. And hey, at least they're not Steven Sinofsky!

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