Friday Morning News
A closer look at the System in Package S1 in the Apple Watch reveals Apple is still using Samsung’s older 28nm fabrication process. We learned last week the SiP contains 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and an accelerometer and gyrometer, but today’s deeper investigation reveals there are some 30 components in the tiny SiP measuring just 26x28mm, something that’s been labelled “quite an achievement”.
Over at MacStories, Federico Viticci has posted up his list of wishes for iOS 9. He writes that there’s always going to be low-hanging fruit, even on years when we don’t really want any major new features and would just like feature refinements. There’s plenty of aspects of iOS that could be improved, and iOS 9 is the perfect time to get them done — unfortunately, the reality is this close to WWDC it’s unlikely any bigger enhancements will be considered.
Despite what the late Steve Jobs may have told you, there are certain circumstances where a stylus makes sense. If you’re doing particularly arty things on your iPad (or even if you’re just doodling in Procreate, for that matter), The Verge has what they’re calling the best stylus for the iPad. However, they also have a couple of alternatives, depending on your particular use case.
Jason Snell says you can spin the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch to change the volume when using Apple’s Remote app or the Now Playing glance. It’s one of those things that seems so incredibly intuitive, but a lot of people don’t know it’s there because they’d never think to try spinning the Digital Crown in that instance, purely because that’s not what it does normally.
IMore’s Serenity Caldwell says the magic of the Apple Watch is in what it can’t do. Even though I don’t have an Apple Watch, I’m inclined to agree based on previous Apple first-generation products: they’re not packed to the gills with every last feature, but what they can do, they do well — and the rest can always be added later, as is the Apple way.
Pixelmator has announced they will be launching on iPhone. Not only that, but the iPad version of the incredible photo editor is currently on sale for 50% off (making it $6.49 on the Australian App Store), and you’ll even get the iPhone version for free when it becomes available.
Sam Soffes launched Redacted on the Mac App Store and hit the number eight spot in the Top Paid list in the US. Having his friends guess how much he made versus how much he actually made is depressing — I won’t spoil it for you, so head on over to his blog and feel his disappointment for yourself.
9to5Mac recommends a few Mac apps for cutting down duplicates in your photo library, a technique that might come in handy if you’re thinking of uploading everything to Apple’s iCloud Photo Library.
Following recent closures of Apple websites, Minimal Mac has shut its doors. There’s a purchasable book if you want the best-of collection, but otherwise, it’s time to bid farewell to a project that, in Rhone’s own words, “a mindful and intentional approach to technology”.
This week’s weekend game recommendation is Grim Fandango Remastered, which launched on iOS earlier this week. As someone who missed out on the hype of the original, this is one I’m actually looking forward to playing. It’s $12.99 on the Australian App Store).