Thursday Morning News

sierra-concole-mac-icon-100674803-largeThe latest diversity report from Apple tells us about Apple’s workforce numbers for the year. Both female hires and underrepresented minorities in the US are up over previous years, and new hires are also more diverse than current employees. Compensation for US employees has also been equaled across the board, with Apple planning on putting similar efforts into pay for employees worldwide.

The App Store continues to rake it in for Apple and for developers. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about July’s record numbers, with the highest ever monthly billings and payout to developers during the month, taking the total paid to developers to over $50 billion.

Ming-Chi Kuo says 3GB of RAM is likely for Apple’s larger-screened iPhone this year, but the analyst stops short of saying how many models the lineup will consist of, or even whether both models will have 3GB of RAM. Specs for this year’s iPhone remain mostly unknowns, despite the rear enclosure for the device being leaked all over the internet.

Over at Macworld, Kirk McElhearn takes us through the new and improved Console app in macOS Sierra, which becomes an invaluable resource when you’re trying to track down an app crash or some other issue plaguing your Mac.

Apple Music for Android has left its beta tag behind to become a fully-fledged app. The 1.0 update to Apple Music on Android comes nearly 10 months after its original release, and now includes an equaliser feature.

With more and more apps going the way of subscriptions, 1Password has a new subscription plan for individuals. Priced at $3/month, the 1Password hosted service gives you sync across all your devices, data loss protection, access to your data on, and even includes updates for the 1Password apps across all platforms at no additional cost.

Astropad (the app which lets you turn your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac) has kicked it up a notch with version 2.0, which comes with enough speed and efficiency improvements to really make a difference. It’s also a little easier on the battery, which must be the holy grail of any 2.0 update.

MacStories writes about a new app called Modern Atlas, which seems like a great travel companion for whether you’re doing a little recon for your next cross-continental journey or just wandering around a new city.

The Loop says you can perform searches using emoji in Spotlight in iOS, and it also works on your Mac. You know, just in case you’ve stopped using actual words and just use emoji now.

Ben Brooks writes about the state of desktop iPad use. Provided you can use an iPad for all of your computing requirements, putting it on a desk and using it for everyday productivity requires a few accessories to make the experience a little more comfortable, which kind of seems like an area where something like a Surface would excel at over the iPad.

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  1. More power to people who can get by using an iPad over a traditional desktop… although two iPad Pro’s probably isn’t exactly a normal use case :stuck_out_tongue:

    Everytime I read one of these articles they seem to be written by people who really really really want this to be a thing. Mostly ignoring the tradeoffs, mostly discounting the things they can’t do and mostly willing to compromise to make it work at all costs.

    In this case the focus on ergonomics is an interesting one, it either hurts your neck or your arms. As @bennyling has said, something a Surface deals with quite well (although the iPad is still a much better tablet). Like I said yesterday, a hybrid iPad / MacBook that was capable of running iOS apps and working like a tablet while running full desktop apps when needed would be magic.

    On some level I think that if the Surface hadn’t come along we might just of got that… now it feels less likely since they wouldn’t want to “copy” Microsoft…

  2. Erwin says:

    Interesting article - ultimately, the form factor of the SP3/4 with its docking station allows it to be used as a desktop better, in addition to it using Win10, a “desktop” OS - but Win10 is not as good as OSX, and personally, after using the SP1 and SP3 for over 2 years, have gone back to my rMBP and OSX for work.

    The iPad fails as it lacks a proper docking station and iOS will never be as good as OSX (at least for most power users in enterprise situations).

  3. Every time I think of iPad desktop use “its still not there yet.” It’s like proceeding to buy an E46 BMW and then buying a 4cylinder 318i instead of an M3. What’s the point? You’re spending $1250 on a knee caped device. If you’re going to buy a knee capped device then at least buy a Surface that can run legitimate apps that are actually useful.

    Nothing more than a status symbol, and not a very useful one at that. You can be an Apple user and be objective about life at the same time guys. Come on it is seriously not that difficult. iOS will never replace OS X no matter how much Apple wants to it because its a kneecapped POS for most people who do anything more than watch a few movies, check their email and browse the web.

    The iPad is dead for power users Microsoft killed it, this is OS9 all over again, with a bunch of belligerent zealots claiming iOS does everything one needs it to do for everything one could imagine.

    Nup OS X is a brilliant mature OS they would have no problem porting to a tablet device, but Apple has missed the boat. Instead they continue to kneecap OS X because they eventually want to move us all to iOS.

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