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About That Keyboard

I managed to get my fingers on one of the new MacBook Pro 16-inch laptops at an Apple Store yesterday. As someone who actually likes the butterfly keyboard that preceded it, I thought I’d share my perspective. I know I’m not alone in worrying this new keyboard would be a step backward for me, despite being absolutely the right move for the company.Obviously this is a very short first impression, obtained at those ridiculous Apple Store tables that seem to be the worst possible height for typing…

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It’s not an App. It’s a Store.

Apple TV+ is launching today. We’ve already heard, and will continue to hear, hot takes on how Apple has far too little content, how the shows are hit or miss, that they can’t possibly compete with Netflix and Disney, and on and on.But here’s the thing. Apple TV+ itself is not particularly important to Apple’s bottom line. And it doesn’t have to be for a long time.Take a look at the TV app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. At first, when…

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SwiftUI and PopToRootController Workaround

I’m thoroughly enjoying using SwiftUI. But like any new API, there are limitations that can at times be maddening.One issue I ran into while developing the UI for logging custom and favorite items in my RECaf watch app was the lack of any way in SwiftUI to pop back to the root of the navigation stack.Here’s my scenario: You start with a list, showing items for Custom Entry and Favorites. Tap Favorites, and you are pushed to a list of your favorites. Tap one of the…

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Watch Dependence

I have reached the unfortunate conclusion that RECaf’s watch app will not be able to go fully independent this fall with the release of watchOS 6. While you have always been able to log from your wrist using the app or Siri shortcuts, I was hoping folks who didn’t want to keep RECaf installed on their phones would be able to continue using RECaf on their wrist.There are simply too many things that can’t be done on watchOS alone at this point, however. So for now,…

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If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Grab Your Shoehorn

The internal drama explains a lot about Apple’s dilemma. Its one major new product of the post-Jobs era, the Apple Watch, made its debut five years ago. Its iPhone business is faltering, and more recent releases like its wireless AirPods haven’t been enough to shore up falling sales. It hasn’t had a megahit new product since the iPad that started selling in 2010.via The Wall Street JournalEvery line of that paragraph infuriates me.Its one major new product of the post-Jobs era, the Apple Watch, made…

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