Feature Pissing Contest

Recorded one year ago today, this was originally intended to be episode six of series three. Until now it has remained unpublished because it just isn’t up to the usual Anodised quality; it was hastily thrown together and poorly researched.

This episode is being published today because while the informational content isn’t up to scratch, it still has good entertainment value. Also, let’s face it, S3E4 and S3E5 aren’t being recorded any time soon.

Episode S3E3 Pre-Show Notes

Lion dislikes

Appearance
— Greyscale Finder sidebar icons
— Mission Control
—— Windows not ordered in a grid like Exposé
—— Windows hidden behind other windows
—— Messy interface
— Skeuomorphic design
—— Stitched leather in iCal and Address Book
Massive performance issues
— High RAM usage
— Mouse and keyboard input ignored up to five minutes after logging in
Launchpad
— Launchpad opens when installing or updating applications from the MAS
— Not optimised for mouse usage
—— Can’t drag select multiple applications
Lion only applications
— Remote Desktop
— Aperture
— CameraRAW
— iBooks Author
— AirPort Utility
— App•net clients
Changes to Save and Save as
Documents and windows reopening
— Previously opened Preview and Quicktime files reopen upon application launch
—— Apple obviously oblivious to how people use Preview and Quicktime
Full screen mode
— Animation takes forever
— Hides the menu bar
—— Can’t see the time
— Application interface pretty much unchanged
— Offers questionable benefits
Mouse
— Reversed scrolling
— Four finger gestures changed
— Moving mouse no longer wakes screen up
— Smaller click targets
— Scrollbars hidden by default
— Scrollbars look fugly when enabled
Technical
— Rosetta support removed
— Sandboxing
—— Applications required to ask my permission to do their job
— Back to my Mac not supported on Snow Leopard after updating to iCloud

Rob:

— Full screen mode was simply stupid with more than one display. (Still is stupid even in Mavericks.)

What it’s like for a user to be a version behind

— Fellow Mac users think you’re mad
— Older OS not supported by Apple or devs
— Feel abandoned, misunderstood, unappreciated
— It’s much harder to be a version behind because everything is connected
— CameraRAW updates not supported on Snow Leopard
— iCloud
— iOS devices

What it’s like for a dev to support users who are a version behind

— One version is generally OK, but two versions is nearly impossible. Apple tends to remove support for compiling for n-2 generations, so it gets harder to make apps work for two versions old.
— Even at one version old, often there are features we can’t make available to the older OS. Users don’t seem to understand why we can’t.

Why did we upgrade (and what version)?

Clinton

— Upgraded to Mavericks
—— Impressed with RAM compression
—— Impressed with performance improvements
—— Liked enhancements to Stacks
—— No skeuomorphic bullshit
—— To get AVCHD and Nikon D5200 RAW support in Aperture
—— All the iCloud stuff
——— Notes, iCloud tabs, bookmark syncing, shared photo streams

Rob

— Upgraded to Mountain Lion
—— Couldn’t fall two versions behind as a developer
—— Fixed many of the things I found most annoying about Lion, though I can’t recall now exactly what those were (Save/Save As, opening previous docs by default?)
—— Generally went well and wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be. Still hate the gray sidebar, though.

Are software updates a good thing?

Pros
— New features
— Security updates
—— Important in a connected world

Cons
— Feature creep
—— See iTunes
— Change for the sake of change
— Removal of features one relied upon

This Man Has Tried to Scroll Down Fifteen Hundred Times in Twenty-Two Seconds

On the third episode for Series 3, Clinton is joined by Rob Griffiths to discuss the effects of Apple’s aggressive upgrade strategy. We discuss what we didn’t like about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, why we didn’t upgrade and what it’s like to be version a or two of OS X behind, both from a users’ perspective and a developers’ perspective.

Also discussed on the show, our thoughts on Yosemite, problems with the Mac App Store, sandboxing and the benefits and drawbacks of software updates.

Thanks, for joining me on the show, Rob, I had a great time talking to you.

You can find Rob on Twitter, visit his personal site Robservatory and check out The Committed, a great podcast Rob hosts with Ian Schray and Kirk McElhearn.

Rob also works with Peter Maurer at Many Tricks to create great applications and utilities that make working on your Mac easier.

Applications by Many Tricks mentioned during the show

Moom

Witch

Name Mangler

Usher

Show notes

Scrolling in Lion

The dialog box presented to users upon using Lion for the first time.

Exposé Snow Leopard

Exposé in Snow Leopard. Note the uniform and orderly arrangement of windows.

Mission Control Lion

The muddled mess that is Mission Control in Lion. OMG WHAT IS GOING ON HERE I DON’T EVEN

Mission Control Bug

Mission Control being helpful.

Yosemite Beta Finder icon

Above: The Finder icon as shown on Apple’s Yosemite Preview page. Below: The Finder icon as it appears in Yosemite.

Booting OS X Lion GM: No Welcome Video, New Introduction to Scrolling

Bartender

Sparkle

Wouldn’t it be Nice to Have a Video?

Coda 2.5 And The Mac App Store

The Unarchiver

Excited For The Future Potential

Clinton is once again joined by John Chidgey to discuss all the news to come out of WWDC. Including the new presentation format, Craig Federighi’s presentation style, Tim Cook ragging on Windows 8 and Android, iOS 8 not available on the iPhone 4, Australian place names for OS X releases, OS X Yosemite, Continuity, Photos for Mac, iOS 8, HealthKit, HomeKit and Swift.

Thanks for coming on the show again, John, it’s always fun discussing Apple events with you.

You can follow John on Twitter, don’t forget to check out his site, TechDistortion and his Podcast, Pragmatic.

Show notes

2014 WWDC Keynote

If I Was as Clueless as RIM

OS X Yosemite Preview

OS X Beta Program

Mac OS X Public Beta

Continuity

iOS 8 Preview

Damn You Autocorrect

Half-Baked Ideas And Nonsense

Turn The Damn Light Off

Introducing Swift

John’s Australia Themed OS X Release Names

OS X Mudgeeraba

OS X Mooloolaba

OS X Kingaroy

OS X Kilkivan

OS X Barcaldine

OS X Meeandah

Clinton’s Australia Themed OS X Release Names

OS X Oona Whoop Whoop

OS X Mungerannie

OS X Kondoolka

OS X Strzelecki

OS X Minagoona

OS X Ediacara

OS X Pinkawillinie

OS X Buckleboo

OS X Yumbarra

OS X Wahgunya

OS X Yeagarup

OS X Tallaringa

OS X Gundagai

OS X Yackandandah

Episode S3E2 Pre-Show Notes

Extensive notes compiled for S3E2

Overall Thoughts on The Keynote

The Apple Presentation Formula
— Introductory video
— Tim Cook onstage to talk about the business
— Phil Schiller/Craig Federighi/Eddy Cue onstage to announce hardware/software/service/product
—— Demo of announced hardware/software/service/product
—— Another video
——— Possibly featuring Jony Ive, Big Bob Mansfield and other Apple execs
— Tim Cook onstage to introduce next speaker
— Phil Schiller/Craig Federighi/Eddy Cue onstage to announce hardware/software/service/product
—— Demo of announced hardware/software/service/product
——Yet another video
——— Possibly featuring Jony Ive, Big Bob Mansfield and other Apple execs
— Tim Cook onstage for further announcement or wrap up

— Distinct lack of Phil Schiller, Jony Ive and Eddy Cue in this presentation

— Craig is a very good presenter
—— He can work an audience
—— Knows how to keep people interested
—— HOWEVER
——— The hair jokes are getting a bit much

— More awkward comedy segments from presenters
—— Kinda like dad jokes but way worse
——— Like, super cringing

Tim Cook Ragging on Windows 8 and Android
— You’re not the underdog anymore, Apple, as much as you’d like to be
— Jab at Windows 8 install base
—— Mac install base of 80 million
—— 40 million copies of Mavericks installed
—— 51% of Macs running Mavericks
—— 14% of Windows PCs running Windows 8
——— Yeah that’s a nice stat, Tim, but what you haven’t taken into account is the overall Windows install base is significantly larger than the overall Mac install base
——— Based on my research (five minutes on Google) I’ve determined that the overall Windows install base is around 1.25 billion to 1.5 billion
——— And the install base of Windows 8 (which isn’t even the current shipping version of Windows) sits at around 58.6 million to 88.5 million
——— Last time I checked, both 59.6 million and 88.5 million are bigger numbers than 40 million
———— So suck on that, Tim

Jab at Android updates
—“We make … our software updates for the OS available to as many customers as possible”
— BULL-FUCKING-SHIT YOU DO
—— You only stopped selling the iPhone 4 last year
—— You sold the iPhone 4 for nearly four years
—— No other iPhone has ever been on the market for as long as the iPhone 4
—— ANYONE who bought an iPhone 4 WITHIN THE LAST YEAR is UNABLE to run iOS 8
——— THAT’S NOT AS MANY CUSTOMERS AS POSSIBLE, TIM

Continuity, Handoff And The iWatch
— Before I saw Continuity I doubted Apple’s ability to create a product that was so dependent on another product to be useful
—— I’m more willing to believe it now but still think it’s bullshit

Clinton’s List of Australian OS X Names
—— Oona Whoop Whoop

— South Australia
—— Mungerannie
—— Kondoolka
—— Wilpena
—— Strzelecki
—— Callabona
—— Marree
—— Minagoona
—— Ediacara
—— Woomera
—— Pinkawillinie
—— Wudinna
—— Caralue
—— Carappee
—— Buckleboo
—— Thurlga
—— Mangalo
—— Yardea
—— Koolgera
—— Yumbarra
—— Wahgunya
—— Moomba
—— Nullarbor
—— Naracoorte
—— Coorong
—— Moonaree
—— Maralinga
—— Ooldea
—— Tarcoola
—— Wertaloona
—— Quondong
—— Tintinara
—— Pinnaroo
—— Wallaroo
—— Yankalilla
—— Strathalbyn
—— Kapunda
—— Tallaringa
— Western Australia
—— Kalgoorlie
—— Busselton
—— Yallingup
—— Yeagarup
— Victoria
—— Warrnambool
—— Geelong
—— Dandenong
—— Bendigo
—— Grampians
—— Yarrawonga
—— Wangaratta
—— Glenrowan
—— Yackandandah
— New South Wales
—— Wollongong
—— Jindabyne
—— Gundagai
—— Narrandera
—— Murrumbidgee

Thoughts on Yosemite

Key features
— New look
— Improved Notification Centre
— Improved Spotlight
— Improved Safari
— iCloud Drive
— Improved Messages
— Continuity
—— Make and answer phone calls from your Mac
—— Send and receive text messages from your Mac
—— Handoff
—— Automatic hotspot configuration
— Swift

New Look
—— Translucency on title bars and sidebars
——— Looks a lot like Aero
———— I like it
— Various shades of grey
—— Some UI elements lack contrast making them hard to see
–—— Or making them appear inactive
— New icons
—— Looks like a 3rd party icon pack
— Dark Mode menus
—— Not available in betas yet
— Dock no longer 3D
— Finder sidebar icons still not colourful

Notification Centre
— More useful
— Widgets in Notification Centre
—— Dashboard still available
Spotlight
— Spotlight icon still in menu bar
— Looks a lot like Alfred

iCloud Drive
— Accessible from the Finder
— Apps will need to be updated to support it
— YOU WILL GET A MILLION DIALOG BOXES INFORMING YOU OF HOW DOCUMENTS IN THE CLOUD WORK NOW
—— IT’S REALLY ANNOYING
——— YOU’D THINK WE’D GET IT AFTER THE FIRST ONE BUT NO
———— WE HAVE TO BE TOLD EVERY SINGLE TIME WE OPEN AN ICLOUD ENABLED APPLICATION

Messages
— Doesn’t sync conversation history between devices

Continuity
— Make and answer phone calls from your Mac
— Send and receive text messages from your Mac
— Handoff
— Automatic hotspot configuration
— Is available in Yosemite beta but not in iPad iOS 8 beta
— AirDrop between Macs and iOS devices

Extensions
— Extensions preference pane in System Preferences

Photos for Mac
— Coming next year
— How much does the 1 TB plan cost?
— How do i get my photos into Photos for Mac?
— Will it replace iPhoto?
— Where’s Aperture 4, Apple?!

Thoughts on iOS 8
— Key features
—— iCloud Photo Library
—— Improved Messages
—— Improved interface
—— QuickType
—— Family Sharing
—— iCloud Drive
—— Health
—— Continuity
—— Spotlight
—— Extensions
—— HomeKit
—— Swift

iCloud Photo Library
— How is it different from Photo Stream?
— Screenshots still not separated from you photos
—— So you will still get a screenshot of your iMessage conversation for submission to damnyouautocorrect.com mixed in with your holiday photos

Messages
— Send voice and video messages

Improved Interface
— Not available on iPad yet

Notification Centre
— Missed Notifications gone forever!
—— YAY!
— Widgets in Notification Centre
— Bug Reporter in Notification Centre

QuickType
— Also not available on iPad yet

Family Sharing
— One credit card is shared between family members
—— Not sure if you can enable Family Sharing without sharing credit card details
—— Everyone in my family has their own credit card, I’m not sharing my CC details, they can pay for their own stuff!

iCloud Drive
— No central location to retrieve files
— No apps support it yet
—— So I can’t put an image in iCloud Drive on Yosemite and retrieve it on my iPad yet

Health
— Not HealthBook
— Collects data from 3rd party apps
—— Nothing to do with iWatches
——— This is bigger than that smartwatch shit ever could be

Continuity
— Can’t test it, not available on iPad

Spotlight
— Not working ATM
—— A search for “X-men” did not yield any X-men

Exentsions
— Holy shit this is exciting!
— Apps will be able to offer services to other apps!

HomeKit
— Automate your house from your iOS device

Thoughts on Swift
— I can’t believe they actually made a new programming language!

WWDC Keynote Detailed Notes

— Oh great, another video

Tim Cook
— 25th anniversary of WWDC
— 9 million registered devs
—— 47% increase over last year
—“We’re shipping the best Macs in our history”
—— Disagree, Tim. While these are the most technically capable Macs ever, they’re not the most iconic. Some of your best designs were shipped a decade ago
— Mac install base of 80 million
—— 40 million copies of Mavericks installed
—— 51% of Macs running Mavericks
—— 14% of Windows PCs running Windows 8
——— Yeah that’s a nice stat, Tim, but what you haven’t taken into account is the overall Windows install base is significantly larger than the overall Mac install base
——— Based on my research (five minutes on Google) I’ve determined that the overall Windows install base is around 1.25 billion to 1.5 billion
——— And the install base of Windows 8 (which isn’t even the current shipping version of Windows) sits at around 58.6 million to 88.5 million
——— Last time I checked, both 59.6 million and 88.5 million are bigger numbers than 40 million
———— So suck on that, Tim

Craig Federighi
— Hey Craig, you still had a few good big cat names left
—— Like lynx and ocelot
— “Aw shit you guys, we used the cool name first. Quick! Let’s make fun of other places in California to make Yosemite seem cooler by comparison!”
— Look, it’s a Jony Ive video without the Jony Ive
— Focused on clarity
—— Yeah sure, I can tell by your continued use of various shades of grey that you’re all about clarity
— Translucent window titles and sidebars
—— Subtle enough to not be distracting
—— Looks like Windows Aero
— Dark mode
—— Not available in the beta as yet
— Improvements to Notification Centre
—— Now has widgets and Today View from iOS
— Spotlight
—— Looks like Alfred
—— Local and remote search
—— Automatic unit conversion
— iCloud Drive
—— Collects files stored in iCloud enabled apps into one accessible place
—— Files and folders can be added at will and organised as the user desires
—— Mail Drop
——— Storage for large mail attachments
— Safari
—— New UI
—— Supports RSS again
—— New Private Window
—— Faster performance

Some Brian Guy
— Safari Demo
— Awkward joke

Craig Federighi
— Continuity
— AirDrop works iOS to Mao OS and vice versa
— Handoff
—— Seamlessly work on documents across devices
— Automatic hotspot configuration
— Sent text messages from your Mac
— Answer phone calls from your Mac
— OS X Yosemite
—— Available later this year
—— For free
—— Public beta available now

Tim Cook
— 800 million iOS devices sold
—— 100 million iPod touches sold
—— 200 million iPads sold
—— 500 million iPhones sold
—130 million customers new to Apple
— Android switchers
—— Tim’s trying to paint Apple as the underdog
—— And I’d love to introduce you to my friends
——— All of them were iPhone 3GS owners, they’ve since switched to Android
— 97% of iOS 7 users satisfied with iOS 7
—— Not in the circles I move in
——— It’s all gripe gripe gripe gripe gripe
—“We make … our software updates for the OS available to as many customers as possible”
—— BULL-FUCKING-SHIT YOU DO
——— You only stopped selling the iPhone 4 last year
——— You sold the iPhone 4 for nearly four years
——— No other iPhone has ever been on the market for as long as the iPhone 4
——— ANYONE who bought an iPhone 4 WITHIN THE LAST YEAR is UNABLE to run iOS 8
———— THAT’S NOT AS MANY CUSTOMERS AS POSSIBLE, TIM
— 89% of iOS users are running iOS 7
— 9% of Android users are running KitKat

Craig Federighi
— Notification improvements
— “In iOS 7 we gave you quick double tap access to get at your most recent apps”
—— No, Craig, this feature was introduced in iOS 4
— Because everyone has perfect portraits of everyone in their contacts
— That tab view in iPhone Safari is shit, I hate it
— Mail
—— swipe to unread
—— Swipe to flag
—— swipe down to hide drafts
— Spotlight
—— Spotlight suggestions
— Keyboard
—— QuickType
——— Displays auto correct suggestions above the keyboard
—— Australia is a language
— Continuity
—— Answer calls across devices
—— Do work across devices
——Automatic hotspot configuration
— Group messaging
—— Catching up to Facebook messaging
——Tap to talk

Possibly Some Brian Guy Again
—Selfie jokes
— Hair jokes
— Don’t quit your day jobs guys

Craig Federighi
— iCloud Drive
—— Open supported documents in multiple apps
—— Edits saved to original location of document
— Enterprise stuff
— HealthKit
—— An API for health and fitness apps
—— Health
——— An app that aggregates data from 3rd party apps
———— Not HealthBook
—— Allows patient data to be sent to doctors
— Family sharing
—— Grey hair or great hair?
—— Automatic photo sharing
—— Shared calendars
—— Shared reminders
—— Find my friends and find my iPhone
—— Shared iTMS purchases
—— Up to six family members
—— Shared credit card details
——— Permission required from card holder
— Photos
—— iCloud Photo Library
—— Smart editing
—— Photos for Mac
——— What happens to iPhoto?
—— Original format and full resolution images supported
——— So my 24 megapixel 16-bit RAW files are supported?
—— Uses iCloud storage
——— First 5 GB free
——— 20 GB for $0.99 a month
——— 200 GB for $3.99 a month
——— Tiers up to 1 TB
———— TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS 1 TB PLAN!!!!!!!!
— Siri
—— Shazam song recognition
—— Purchase iTunes content
—— More responsive
——— See results as you speak
— China stuff

Tim Cook
— App Store
—— 1.2 million apps available
—— 300,000,000 visits to the App Store
—— 75 billion apps downloaded
—— Explore tab
—— Continuos scrolling search
—— Trending
—— Editors choice badge
—— Screenshots in search results
—— App bundles
——— “I do read your emails!”
———— Yeah, sure you do, Tim
—— Videos now supported alongside screenshots
—— TestFlight beta testing

Craig Federighi
— Extensibility
—— Allows apps to extend iOS and communicate with other apps
——— e.g. Pintrest share button, Bing translate, photo filters, cloud storage, widgets in Notification Centre and system wide 3rd party keyboards
— TouchID
—— Now available to 3rd party apps
—— Unlocks keychain
— Camera
—— Manual controls
—— Read and write to photo library
— HomeKit
—— Does home automation stuff
—— Common network protocol
—— Secure pairing
—— Control multiple devices at once
— CloudKit
—— Does server side stuff
—— Effectively free with limits
— Metal
—— 10 ex
—— Similar to AMD’s Mantle
—— Reduces overhead for 3D graphics

Epics games guys
—Zen garden demo
—— Available in App Store for free

Craig Federighi
— SpriteKit
— Xcode
—— Swift
——— New programming language
———— SUPER EXCITING!

Definitely not Some Brian Guy
— Swift demo

Craig Federighi
— Wrap up of iOS 8

Tim Cook
— Keynote wrap up

Back to Ballmer’s Microsoft

On the first episode for Series 3, Clinton is once again joined by Zac Cichy to discuss the recently announced Surface Pro 3. We discuss the new hardware design, the Surface Pro as a gaming device and the presentation announcing the Surface Pro 3. We also ponder rumours of a smaller Surface tablet, the future of Windows RT and what Microsoft can do to make the Surface line more successful.

Thanks for joining me on the show again, Zac, always fun to have you on. You can follow Zac on Twitter. Don’t forget to check out his site, Whole And Part.

Show notes

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 hands-on: bigger, thinner, faster

Surface Pro 3 by the numbers: a deep dive into configuration details

My Microsoft Surface Commercial

Further reading

Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Update

iTunes Review

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