wwdc 2017

  • The new iOS App Store lets devs choose whether or not to reset ratings when updating

    The new iOS App Store lets devs choose whether or not to reset ratings when updating

    When an app developer releases a new update in the App Store, all their beautiful reviews disappear in the ether. This is about to change as developers will soon have the option to keep app reviews and the rating for the current version when they release an update. Read More

  • Here are the most well-designed apps of 2017, as picked by Apple

    Each year since 1997, Apple has picked a handful of apps that it felt were amongst the best made on its platforms. The apps that best captured or represented the capabilities of a particular device (this year meaning an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or all of the above) — or the ones that were just too pretty to ignore. These Apple Design Awards are usually handed out in a big ceremony… Read More

  • Apple’s HomePod is a cautious approach to the connected home

    Apple’s HomePod is a cautious approach to the connected home

    The new HomePod sounds great. I walked away from WWDC impressed with the full and rich sound the company has managed to get out of such a small form factor. There’s nice hardware on-board and a lot happening on the back end to create an optimal audio experience, including a six-mic array that sonically maps the room the speaker is in. Other smart home hubs like the Echo – and… Read More

  • As the Surface line courts creatives, Apple pushes back with the iMac and iPad Pro

    Apple doesn’t really talk about the Surface, but was pretty clear from yesterday’s WWDC keynote that Microsoft’s line is beginning to have a direct impact on the company. Between the iMac Pro and a rethink of iOS dedicated, in part, to bringing more functionality to the iPad Pro line, the message is clear: Apple’s not giving up any of its market share without a… Read More

  • VR is in Apple’s future, but AR is the logical short term play

    VR is in Apple’s future, but AR is the logical short term play

    For Apple, augmented reality is the clear short term play. It’s not so much that the company doesn’t see any future in virtual reality – it’s just that the tools for a quality AR experience are already here, in the pockets of millions of users. Your smartphone’s cameras, processing and interface are already an ideal delivery service for an enjoyable augmented… Read More

  • Bozoma Saint John heads to Uber from Apple

    Bozoma Saint John heads to Uber from Apple

    Last week, ahead of WWDC, there was a ripple of news when Axios discovered that Bozoma Saint John — one of the more noticeable execs at the company for being a woman of color, who led an Apple Music demo at the previous year’s WWDC to some acclaim — was leaving Apple. Now TechCrunch has learned where she’s landing: she’s going to Uber. We received the news via… Read More

  • The iPhone’s camera app can now read QR codes

    The iPhone’s camera app can now read QR codes

    Remember when QR codes were the next big thing? In the U.S. you used to be able to find them on billboards, business cards — you name it. They were supposed to change the way we use our devices. Remember CurrentC? But the technology never really caught on stateside, mainly because users had to download a totally separate third-party app to scan them, and the whole system was pretty… Read More

  • Everything Apple announced at its WWDC keynote

    WWDC is usually a key event for Apple. This is the company’s developer conference. While Apple has mostly focused on software news in recent years, this one was a bit different. We got a bit of everything — major software updates, new devices as well as a sneak peek at Apple’s roadmap for the coming months. In case you missed it, here’s everything Apple announced today. Read More