There was a time when betas were for developers and daredevil tech journalists. No one in their right mind would run unfinished software on their primary hardware (A.K.A. “production systems”), let alone the smartphones we use to manage our lives.
As of this moment, Apple’s public betas for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are now available for anyone who wants them. …
Apple’s iOS 15 could be the iPhone operating system’s most subtle update in years. It’s also potentially the most impactful, making significant and much-needed changes to web browsing, mapping, notifications, and intelligence-aided search.
Here’s the stuff I’m jazzed about.
Apple had a commercial once that showed a child using an iPad Pro in fun places like at a shop and up a tree then exclaiming, “what’s a computer?” Yeah, it was a weird flex for a company that makes and sells quite a lot of computers. The general theme was that the iPad Pro is capable of doing most of the things a computer can do and in some cases, do it better because of the touchscreen. Then kids will use and forget all about those pesky computers the olds have been using for decades.
But even with…
Apple is bringing so many good and necessary changes to all its major platforms that it seems almost unfair to say Monday morning’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote left me a little underwhelmed.
There are a lot of announcements, including some big ones like Siri on third-party devices and your Driver’s License in Apple Wallet. However, there was no Apple Silicon, M1-level moment. In fact, M1 got little more than a few mentions, without any details on future Apple Silicon platform enhancements. How, for instance, might macOS Monterey take advantage of the M1 architecture? …
Consumers get excited about all of Apple’s big launch events, the ones where the Cupertino tech giant unveils a passel of new products intended to brighten their days, improve their lives, and help them get more done.
I like them, too but the real juice comes from Apple’s annual, information-packed Worldwide Developers Conferences (WWDC). This is where Apple charts the roadmap, not for just current and future products, but the software and code that underpins all of it.
Look at it this way:
Last week, I said goodbye to my (fully functional) Samsung Galaxy A70 and unboxed the iPhone 12 Pro. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look forward to it. Even though transferring data across platforms is a painstaking process, I was positively giddy: I couldn’t wait to see what I’ve missed during the past two years of iOS upgrades.
However, it’s fair to say that the iPhone fell short in several ways.
I shouldn’t even have to say this, but I paid a fraction of the price for my Galaxy A70 smartphone. Using a cheap phone is incredibly…
I usually wait a few days — okay, maybe a week or two — before I update the operating system on my iPhone. But when I heard that, for the first time, Apple allowed for customization so thrilling that it became a TikTok sensation, I downloaded the new iOS the day after it came out.
What should have been a joyous occasion, though, ended up being a subpar disappointment. iOS 14’s customizations are laborious and minor; for those willing to put in the work, these new customizations can transform the iPhone experience, but the rest of us, who are impatient…
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