Tuesday Morning News
A number of outlets reported Apple’s involvement with music analytics startup Asaii yesterday, but none received Apple’s usual confirmation that it acquires smaller companies from time to time in line with its overall strategy. Instead, TechCrunch reports that it instead hired the three founders to work at Apple Music, with Asaii announcing back in September that it would shut down on October 14.
Wired’s 25th anniversary event saw Apple Design Chief Jony Ive interviewed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour about Apple’s famed secrecy, Ive’s own future with the company, and a number of other topics. While there’s no video of the interview online or any official transcript, snippets of the interview shared on Twitter give us some insight, summarised by MacRumors as creators not sharing their work until they’re done with it, with Apple having an extraordinary and very exciting energy and vitality.
Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller made his own on-stage appearance, this time at Adobe’s MAX Conference where the company announced and previewed a full version of Photoshop coming to the iPad in 2019 (more on this in a sec). Schiller talked about how the release aligns with Apple’s original wish for the iPad to become part of many creative workflows, with the upcoming launch of Photoshop on iPad made possible by the advanced technologies Apple has built into iPad hardware.
The Verge went hands-on with Photoshop for iPad, with the clarification that Photoshop CC as it will launch on the iPad is “real Photoshop”. While the underlying code is the same as the desktop version of Photoshop, the interface has been cleverly re-thought for a touch interface like the iPad, and Adobe’s work to bring PSD files to the cloud means future apps will reap the same benefits of portable PSDs, despite a lukewarm reception for cloud-based workflows in Adobe’s pro apps so far.
The fourth developer betas of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 are now available, with the corresponding public betas also out. It’s said that this release will be available to the public before the end of the month, perhaps to coincide with new iPads, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Apple is donating 1000 Apple Watch devices to an eating disorder study, to better understand binge eating. The idea is that the Apple Watch will be able to record the heart rate of those affected by binge eating disorders, with researchers hoping the collected data will help them understand the causes behind binge eating.
If you’ve updated to watchOS 5, you may find that some watch apps will no longer work because they’re built against the watchOS 1 SDK. 9to5Mac has a few steps on finding these outdated watch apps and removing them from your watch, although if you’ve recently upgraded to a new Series 4, they wouldn’t have been installed on that device in the first place.
Apple’s official support article on Apple Watch water resistance starts off with the massive asterisk next to the statement that Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof. Shallow water swimming in both pools and the open ocean is OK if you have an Apple Watch Series 2, 3, or 4, and while that means you can shower with your Apple Watch, you should avoid exposing it to soapy water as that can degrade the water resistance.
Macworld’s Glenn Fleishman tells us about the difference between granting an app Accessibility permissions and Full Disk Access in macOS Mojave. Accessibility isn’t just limited to apps requiring access to some kind of input feature, as in the case of Dropbox, but Full Disk Access is a new one in Mojave that you’ll need to grant to any third-party app that does any kind of backup, sync, or clone of your disk.
A quick tip from The Mac Observer says you can create folders with blank iOS folder names using unicode, which MacStories points out you can use to create blank names for Shortcuts, as well as interesting character combinations for your Apple Watch monogram.