Essential Apple Podcast 012: #Piehorse..

This week it’s all about iOS 10, the year of only 2 iPhones, Apple doing good for the music industry, problems in Tehran and of course…. Pokémon Go.


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Show Notes

  • From the article
  • Mail filtering
  • Mac style mail view
  • Easy ubsub from mailing lists (yes there are webservices out there)
  • Close many tabs at once in safari
  • Mark up images in iOS
  • Touch id, press the button to unlock
  • Per person read receipts
  • Prioritise downloads
  • Remove stock apps
  • Add to iCloud Drive.
  • New alarms for waking up in the morning, love them!

iPhone bug allows hackers to steal passwords with just a text message – update now to protect yourself – The Telegraph

A prominent gadget leaker says Apple will only release 2 new iPhones this year, not 3 – Business Insider (Wait, the SE was already released this year??)

Tehran threatens to ban iPhones unless Apple officially registers in Iran –

Apple Music and iTunes Match matching methods now match – SixColors

Apple’s song royalty rate proposal would hit Spotify right in the wallet Macworld 

Nemos Hardware Store

This weeks Johns rocking the summer wear with a set of goggles and zippers for your summer fun. Jump straight in at 41:11 if you use Overcast.

The Giggly Goggles, swim goggles, are the most fun and comfortable goggles! Kids can put these goggles on by themselves with no need for any adjustments – the special bungee band on the side makes for an easy fit for most sizes.

FixnZip isn’t your average zipper repair kit. It’s a replacement zipper slider that you can install without tools or sewing.

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Worth A Chirp

Barry : Micro Machines
Karl : Scrivener for Mac / iOS
Mark : MusicBrainz Picard – If you have have songs without artwork, dodgy file names etc this is the one you need. Not the best UI but works a treat.

BMO Drops Apple Target from $118 to $116

There seems to be a trend on Wall Street. Everyone is excited about Apple, but just not excited about Apple right now. Barron’s had BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long issuing a note on Thursday reiterating his outperform rating on Apple shares while cutting his expectations and his price target. The target goes from $118 to $116. ‘Two-Dollar-Tim’ we’ll call him now. As for his lowered expectations, gross margins have got him down in the near-term. He and his now estimate corporate gross margin of 37.5% versus consensus 38.3%, according to his note. He went on to write:

We believe the dilution from the iPhone SE was more pronounced in June, and September will be more driven by initial volume and gross margin on the iPhone 7.

Of course, we’ll out what last quarter held next Tuesday. That’s when Apple announces earnings and hold its Q&A call with financial analysts. Corn dogs to be served after — no reason, I just like corn dogs.

Source : Barrons

IDC: Smartwatches See YOY Decline in 2Q2016. Apple Watch Still Going Strong

IDC is out with some fairly useless smartwatch numbers for Q2 2016. Useless, because companies tend to not actually say how many smartwatches they’ve sold, yet there’s IDC saying it for them. Still it does give us an idea of where the industry analysts think smartwatches are or where they think they’re going. Engadget and MacRumors both ran reports on the IDC release, They say Apple is leagues ahead of runner-up Samsung, though Samsung is believed by the firm to have played a bit of catch-up.

The MacRumors piece says Samsung did close the gap with strong 51% year-over-year growth and a nine-point rise in market share. Big as that sounds, Samsung only sold 600,000 smartwatches in the June quarter, according to the firm.

Apple on the other hand sold nearly three times as many of its watches, yet still managed to lose market share. IDC says the Cupertino company sold 1.6 million of its wearables last quarter. Think back and we will remember that comparing Apple Watch sales for Q2 2016 to sales for Q2 2015 is sort of silly. That’s because Q2 2015 was the first quarter of Apple Watch availability, landing on the heels of over a year of rumor and over six months of hype. The Engadget piece says the lack of updated hardware is a key reason for the drop in numbers for smart watches overall. It’s unclear though whether that’s IDC’s supposition or Engadget’s.

Survey Has Young SKorean Consumers Preferring iPhone

Looking for good new around iPhone? Well, look no further than South Korea — which is probably pretty far for most of you to look. Patently Apple has word of a new survey from the country. According to Gallup Korea, 41% of respondents between 20-29 years old prefer iPhone to phones made by South Korea’s own Samsung. Older consumers favor for the hometown player. According to the piece, 57% of respondents aged 50-59 preferred Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Mostly the country does belong to Samsung. Quoting the report:

In the big picture, 56 percent of the total respondents said that they use Samsung smartphones, 19 percent use LG smartphones and 17 percent use iPhones.

But Apple has got the young people, who will be older people one day. Meanwhile the old people will be… people who no longer need smartphones. And where will Samsung be then? Patently Apple sees the interest on the part of the younger consumers as proof that Apple needs to open a store in South Korea. Add that to the list of things that everyone knows Apple needs to do.

Source : Patently Apple

Essential Apple Podcast 011: So, 6 Months Later after becoming a developer …

So you release an app and it goes to the top of the app store charts world wide.  You leave your job to become a full time developer and what happens next. This happened to Dean Murphy the developer of the content blocking app Crystal. In this episode of the Essential Apple podcast we catch up with him to see how interesting life has been since the release of his app.

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What prompts someone to write a content blocker?
So you left your job… hows that worked out for you?
Travelling and meeting new people.
Dealing with the fall out of acceptable ads.
Are we ever going to get to a place of ‘better ads’?
Whitelisting coming to Crystal version 2. – Who, what, why.
Problems beyond adblocking – 3rd parties and fraud.
Developing on Android – Being contacted by Samsung
Working with Samsung
Google Play experience vs App store.
The choice behind not releasing Crystal as a paid for App on Android.

Going to SanFran to meet the Cupertino Team
Crystal2 – Release date
Subscription pricing thoughts for apps

Links mentioned in the show

In consideration of Ad Blocking – YouTube
Clean Ads IO: Catching Up With Ad Blockers And The Blockers That Block Them – Clean Ads IO 

A huge thanks to Dean for coming on the show again. You can find out more about those stats, his apps and more via and via twitter.



Differential Privacy in iOS 10 to be Opt-In

Apple appears to be going above and beyond with its differential privacy initiative. The company has an understandable interest in knowing what people think. It helps them help Siri anticipate what people will think or ask before those people realize it themselves. At the same time, Apple has this thing about not wanting too much information about its customers. Thus was born Apple’s Differential Privacy plan, announced a couple of weeks ago at WWDC and defined in one article as a ‘statistical method designed to reap useful intel from big piles of data or protecting personally identifying information therein’.

Put a different way, Apple wants to know about users in aggregate but not specific individual users. But they still want the users’ permission – specific individual users’.

Recode says that data collection under differential privacy in iOS 10 will be opt-in. The article lists three things learnt since WWDC about the initiative: (1) Differential data is making its debut with iOS 10, and Apple says it has not yet been collecting such data. (2) The decision to allow Apple use of data will be up to the user and require their opt-in consent. (3) Apple says it is not using iOS users’ cloud-stored photos to power the image recognition features in iOS 10, instead relying on other data sets to train its algorithms.

Even with the self-imposed tunnel vision, Apple is not looking at nearly as much data as other companies might – at least not right away. According to Recode:

Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.

Source : Recode

Podcast Editing Gets Easier on iOS with Ferrite’s Tighten Feature.

Editing a podcast on iOS has just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to a new feature in Ferrite Recording Studio. From the development team Wooji Juice, Ferrite is a nicely featured but not over burdened recording and editing studio aimed at pod casters.

Ferrite comes with a built in feature called “strip silence”. This is immensely handy for those times when recording when a long pause is introduced, maybe by someone gathering their thoughts, a technical issue or something else, where you can automatically detect the silence and strip it out. This is something I do regularly when editing the Essential Apple show albeit within Audacity.

Audacity had a one up over Ferrite with it’s truncate silence feature which took this process one step forward by not only stripping out the silence but deleting the gaps between where you had removed the silence.

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Some will say this style of automation can break the flow of conversation as it leaves no breathing room, removing a natrual feel to the audio. I can’t disagree especially if you go a little too heavy with truncating silence.  Thankfully my co hosts and I tend to be rapid talkers and very little empty air to this works for us. Granted this is also perhaps negated by Overcast and the Smart Speed feature as well.

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With the new “tighten” feature  after you have stripped silence or done your own editing you can now close the gaps between edits easily with 2 dials. Specify the silence duration and the amount you want to close the gaps by and it shows the changes in real time to your audio at the top of the screen.

The end result is that an app which had an annoying omission, at least for my workflow, is being used more even if only for the shorter segments of the show.

Ferrite Recording Studio is a free download from the App store for iOS but you really want to grab the iPad version as Ferrite makes great use of the extra screen real estate.

iTunes Stores Hit By End of Week Outage

Your iTunes Store problems on Friday were not yours alone. The iTunes Store, plus Apple’s App Store, the Mac App Store, and iBooks Store suffered unscheduled downtime at the end of the work week. Took a six-hour nap, they did. The piece, written as the outage was ‘outaging’, I guess, said:

Customers attempting to connect to iTunes are being met with error messages, while others find themselves unable to complete App Store transactions.

Friday’s sleepy time marked the third time Apple’s internet services went down so far this month. Earlier in the month Apple Music was unusable for some people due to authentication problems tied to iCloud Music Library. The next day, the piece says, an apparent server glitch took down a huge swath of the company’s internet services, including almost all iCloud related products.

Dropbox iOS Update Adds Scanning Features

Recently I’ve been embracing the paperless way of life whenever possible. I’m on-line for filling out time sheets, saving copies of bank statements for my account manager and numerous other tasks, most of which are performed using the rather excellent Scanner from Readable. Now Dropbox have gone ahead and added a scanning feature to their latest iOS update to make like easier.

The new feature isn’t exactly glaring in your face on running the app, instead making itself known when in the photos section of Dropbox, tapping the + button.

Like most scanning apps worth their salt, border detection is quick to recognise the outline of your document and conversion from the image to black and white in this example was darn near instantaneous.

There’s not much in terms of editing features but you can adjust the contrast or select from 1 of 3 including a whiteboard mode which I’m looking forward to testing at work.

Dropbox scanning is purely a scanning application with no OCR features, edge cropping or any real advanced settings instead focusing on quick detection, snapping and online saving of your images.

For heavier scanning duties Scanner from Readdle still wins for me and integrates with Dropbox but in this is still a worth addition within a frequently used app.

Dropbox is free from the app store. 

Review: Jabra Move Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

With the recent rumours that Apple might be eliminating the audio jack on the next iPhone we may soon be looking for Bluetooth headphones to replace the standard ones that Apple supplies.

Now I have no issue with Apple’s earbuds other than I’ve never had a pair that managed to stay inside my lug holes for any extended period of time. In fact I often notice folks walking along nonchalantly sporting the famous white earbuds that appear to be glued to their ears without any issues and it has always caused me a pang of jealousy.

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I recently read an article by Serenity Caldwell on iMore that mentioned the Jabra Move Bluetooth Headphones and I thought I’d take a punt on the device. Priced at £53 on Amazon (price may fluctuate) there are many cheaper BT headphones available, some I have purchased previously such as the Bluedio HT, which are available for £18.99

Firstly I was impressed with the packaging. It’s funny but I never even considered packaging until I bought my first few Apple products. I used to only care that the packaging protected the device in transit but now I pay closer attention to how the packaging presents the product as I open it and does it give me that ‘Wow’ factor.

The box contains the headphone (obviously, if not then something had gone terribly wrong), a USB cable for charging, an audio lead (for if you get caught short of power) and an instruction manual (which I glibly ignored….I’m a guy, it’s what we do).

The earphones come in three colours, red, blue and black. Not being that adventurous when it comes to colours, I opted for the black version. I was quite surprised by how small and compact the headphones are. They consist of a padded headband, padded ear-cups and a length of curved metal attaching them both.

The controls are quite limited but essentially cover everything you might need in your earphones. There is a controller on the left ear-cup that controls the volume as well as stopping and starting the track you’re listening too. Next to this is the audio jack to use the earphones if they run out of power.

The right ear-cup contains the USB charging port along with the On/Off switch, which also doubles up as the Bluetooth syncing button.

I haven’t heavily tested out these earphones for accepting phone/Skype calls but they do work for this function, and sounded fine in the limited testing I have done.

Although the headphones already had some charge in them on unboxing, I resisted my desire to try them out right away and attached the USB cable to charge them fully. This didn’t take very long and I was soon ready to pair the headphones to my iPhone.

As it turned out this was simply a case of pushing and holding the on/off switch for an extra few seconds, that placed the Jabra Move set into seeking Bluetooth mode. I then simple went to Settings > Bluetooth on my iPhone and selected the now visible Jabra Move and violin….I mean viola, they were connected. The device can link with up to eight separate bluetooth devices but only two can be active at any one time. It is also very easy to quickly reset to factory settings should you need too.

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Once connected I slipped the Jabra Moves onto my head, slipped my phone in my pocket and headed out for a power-walk.

The first thing that struck me was how comfortable the earphones were. I have a fairly big head (don’t say anything) and earphones tend to crush a little. The Jabra Move felt very comfortable and the cushioning on the ear cups meant that after a very short period of time I hardly even noticed I was wearing them.

Obviously the most important aspect of any earphones is the sound. The Bluedio HT earphones, that I mention earlier, had always sounded fine to me but the Jabra Move just moved the sound quality up several levels. I mainly listen to Rock and Country music, with the odd smattering of Podcasts and Audiobooks, while working out and I have been pleased with the quality of all these formats. I’m sure they wouldn’t win many awards from dedicated audiophiles; but to my ears they sounded fantastic. After all, I was listening over Bluetooth and from a compressed audio sources.

Keeping all of that in mind, I still enjoyed the gentle sounds of the opening to Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ as well as the more pounding beats of AC/DC and Metallica tracks.

It has been a few weeks since I took delivery of the Jabra Moves and I have continued to wear them every time I go out, both for commuting and when training. They remain comfortable and reliable and last for many hours between charges. I have had the odd occasion where the Bluetooth appeared to be dropping out; however I eventually tracked this down to a streaming issue with Apple Music, so it wasn’t the Jabra’s fault at all.

I have synced them with a number of devices during this period and every time the process has been simple and fast.

If you are on the look out for some headphones as a possible replacement for your current audio ear-wear you should really consider giving the Jabra Moves a look.

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Watch OS 3 – The Watch OS we’ve been waiting for?

So now we know Apples plans for the watch for the fall thanks to the recent WWDC event. Just in case you missed it here’s the round up from WWDC

Apple really feels that people who are using Apple watch love it, particularly for quick glances, information and quick interactions and have taken heed of the frustrations of launching an app and waiting. In their own words “our top focus is performance.”

Looking at the demonstrations, yes carefully coreographed, but again when Kevin P said

We’ve made optimizations across the entire system including a serious acceleration in app launch time. Your app should actually respond instantly. The information you look at should be updated before you go look so it’s ready the instant that you are, so you are not waiting.

Almost all agree that those waiting times have been the achilles heel of the Apple watch. In this age of uber responsiveness across product offerings, Apple Watch has almost been an embarrassment. Taking a look at these

In watch OS/3 your favorite apps can respond instantly. So let’s take a look. We are going to accomplish this by keeping your favorite apps in memory, we are going to support background updates of data and refresh the information so it’s ready the instant that you are and then we support quickly launching these apps interacting with them.

This is going to work for both the built in apps and third-party apps. Let’s take a look at an example this is watch OS/2 and were going to look at an app called 1Football. We’re going to launch it from the complication in the bottom left and were going to see how long it takes.

So here we are launching the app, takes a few seconds the launch and then once it launches it loads some data and it updates there we go. So that is pretty typical example on watch OS/2.

Now to take a look at 1Football launching in watch OS/3 are you guys ready? Dont blink

Thats it! That example is about seven times faster but it feels like a million times faster.
So we made it really easy to access your favorite apps you can just press the side button below the crown to show we called the dock. You can choose which apps go here and you can quickly scroll through them. The apps are now both collapsible and interactive rather than separate concepts and this is a dramatic improvement in how it feels to use the watch.

So this increase performance allowed us to have access to have access to our favorite apps quickly we want to be able to access them anywhere to be using the side button and get to them easily.

Another key design goal we had was to make the watch feel more familiar and so we’ve done with the watch face now we have added control center. You to swipe up from the bottom, just like on iOS, and very familiar. This is a giant improvement in how it feels to use apps and to navigate the watch very simply and easily in watch OS/3.

Weve also made it more powerful powerful to reply to messages. So now when you receive a message you can see the ways to respond right there we’ve removed the step you don’t to actually have to press replied just pick the way you would like to reply. If you just scroll down you’ll see your smart replies right below the message so you can tap to reply in less than a second.

Introducing Scribble

Now sometimes you don’t see exactly the response you like and you are not in where you can use dictation so wouldn’t it be great if you could just write your message on the watch. Were introducing a new way to do that with something that we call scribble.

With scribble you have a new way to respond just by writing what you like on the screen you can just quickly draw the letters for your message right there like writing something like Starbucks. You can see the letters go right on top of each other. So it’s a great new way to respond with just a response that you link on your watch.

More Watch Faces

Now the watch face is great for quick looks and it reflects your style and it’s also the character of the device Now we have had Mickey as a fun watch face that I like to use on weekends but I know my daughters gonna love this as Minni is coming to the watch now.

Of course you can choose from a variety of colors for her outfit that match bands perfectly.

Activity and Numerals Watch Faces

One of the most frequent things people do is look at their activity rings were adding a new watch space specifically for that called activity. It’s a great beautiful way to see your rings throughout the day.

It comes not only in the analog version but also really nice chronograph version and a digital version. So a super good way for looking at your progress during the day.

We’ve also added a really simple new face that we call ‘numerals’ which is very beautiful and the hours actually go around the dial during the day and you can choose from a variety of fonts that match your style, so a really simple new watch space called numerals.

Now there’s a lot of watch faces to choose from and finding the people are actually switching between faces for different occasions so were going to make that super easy. You can now just swipe to switch the face you like to use and you can choose which faces you like and how there configured so you can easily get to them.

We’ve also added the ability to add more complications to faces like the weather here on the photos face. So now really simple to navigate and use your watch faces.

SoS on Apple Watch.

It’s so exciting to achieve this new level of performance on the watch and were finding the people who are wearing Apple Watch wear it all the time this. This opens up some new great ways that we can help in one of these is actually getting help in critical situations just by pushing a button that’s actually on you.

You might be a having a medical emergency for example or a safety situation and were going to be able help with that with SOS on the watch adn were going to make it easy to call for help.

To activate it you just press and hold the side button, it’s going to count down to let you know it’s calling 911 and then you’re going to be a live call with the emergency services right on your watch. This works either as a cellular call via your iPhone or directly from the watch if you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

After done talking on the on the phones emergency services the watch will automatically notify your emergency contacts and send them a message. The message also will include a map of your current location they know where you are they can coordinate with each other.

After sending the message your watch will actually now show your medical ID which is also a new feature in and watch OS. It has things like for example your age and allergies and other information you like to put there.

SOS works not only just in the US but works internationally. So for example you might be traveling to someplace like Hong Kong and you might not know the emergency number to the call but your Apple watch does. So in this case it calls 991.

So this is an emergency feature that isn’t one that you’ll use often but when you need it it’s gonna be there and that’s SOS.

Enhanced Activity and Workout

Now one of the primary reasons people are wearing the watch today is for fitness and health and were enhancing the activity and workout apps and were adding a new app that we think you’re going to love.


Breathe is really terrific I was actually using the breathe app backstage to help me a bit. So watch OS/3 is a giant step forward for you as developers. When someone adds your app to dock or to the watch face it benefits from all the instant launch experience that we are showing and you get background time to update your information before someone goes and looks and that will enable really quick interactions with your app on the watch.

You can already build apps that are native to watch thatcan run independent of iPhone but we are also adding a number of new APIs you can take advantage of when you’re building apps for the watch.

Apple Pay Within Watch Apps

One of those is support now for Apple paid within your app on the watch CD purchases right there within their apps

Fitness Apps Can Access Real Time Data

Fitness Apple now be able to run the background during workouts enabling access to real-time heart rate information and motion data. This is going to enable a whole new category fitness apps on the watch.

Sprite and Scene Kit On Apple Watch

Also were enabling a much richer and expressive apps in watch OS including support for sprite kit and scene kit also native event support from the crown and for touch gestures. you can find a good audio video can be embedded right inside your app UI and connect across devices with game center and cloud kit.

So we are really excited about what new apps now can be created on watch and they’re going to be amazing . This is a great new opportunity for all of you.

The preview release for you is available today so you can get going. The free upgrade is coming to all watch users this fall and its going to like a whole new watch that’s just some of what’s coming and watch OS.

Eddy Cue On The Future Of Apple tvOS

So let’s talk about tvOS and Apple TV. Last fall we introduce the next generation of Apple TV and for the first time developers had a modern platform like iOS to develop for in the living room.

We said the future of TV’s apps and the response to Apple TV has been incredible here is what Chris Albrecht the CEO stars had to say

“tvOS has allowed stars to create an experience on Apple TV unlike anything we’ve done before and our subscribers are loving it”

here’s what the CEO of BoomBit a very popular iOS game developer had to say

“we easily extended our iOS game experience to the living room – something that is incredibly difficult to do on traditional consoles”

Our last generation Apple TV had 80 video channels and thanks to many of you we now have over 1300 video channels and we have over 6000 native apps in just seven months and I’ve got some new apps to tell you about

More Stations and Channels For Apple TV

First sling which offers a great selection of live cable channels is coming to Apple TV today. Fox sports go I’m a huge sports fan four sport games all at the same time on one screen coming this summer to Apple TV.

Molotov a revolutionary new TV service in France with over 100 live channels, video on demand exclusively on iOS and Apple TV coming next month.

Great sports games like NBA 2K, adventure games like mine craft story mode and sketch party use your iPhone or iPad to draw and then you sit around the TV to guess it’s a lot of fun do this with your group of friends.

Apple TV remote App

Now we got great updates to tell you about for tvOS and let me start with the Apple TV remote app. Apple TV comes with incredible Siri remote, it uses touch for navigation, Siri to tell it what you want to watch and motion to play games but a lot of our customers have told us that they would love an app on their iPhone that had all the same capabilities and so were making a new version of the remote app.

This is what it looks like it’s got a beautiful now playing screen with playback controls but most importantly all the features of the Siri remote. You have touch for navigation, Siri to give it commands and uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to play games. Of course you can enter text with the keyboard.

Next let’s talk about Siri. Siri changes the way we interact with our television because now we just tell it what we want to watch and were making it even better because now you can search movies by topics.

Now my daughter is actually going to high school this fall and I remember back when I went to high school, been a while, there’s some great movies but I’d love to watch with her and now Siri makes this really easy because I can just say high school comedies from the 80s and there are some of my favorites I have actually watched them all.

Let’s take a look at Ferris Bueller’s Day off and with just one tap we can start watching. Now Siri actually searches over 650,000 movies and TV shows now but what about YouTube?

Well that’s easy to do because now you just ask Siri “Search YouTube for Steph Curry’s three-pointers” Siri launches YouTube and shows you the results but a big part of your TV experience is live channels

We got some great channels on Apple TV like ABC, CBS, FX a lot more than give you wide channels but to start watching you gotta find the app you launch it and then you gotta find the channel. We got a great new feature called live tuning and all you have to do is say “watch ESPN 2” and you’re taken straight to the action.

This is already working with a lot of great channels and were making wide tuning available on both your iPad and Apple TV as well.

Single Sign On

One problem with this is let’s be honest, when you go in and you watch a video channel app for the first time you get something like this and you gotta go find a browser, authenticate with a code and then authenticate your TV provider. Well we are going to make this change a little bit but it’s worst because you got to do it for each and every app and now to make it all go away with a feature we call single sign.

Sign in once on your Apple you get access to all of your network apps and we make it even better, a page on the app store will show you all of the apps that you now have access to and of course for bringing the IOS as well.

Apple TV Dark Mode

In addition to single sign I have some other great updates. Apple TV looks beautiful their times were you wish it was darker because you are in a home theater or dark room and now that’s really easy as you can just switch to dark.

We want to make it even easier for customers to get your apps and so just like when you download an app on your iPhone it automatically downloads to your Apple TV and now automatically downloads to your Apple TV and the this is really great,

Im going to show so I get the major-league baseball app on my iPhone you do nothing and there it is right on your Apple TV. Now there has never been a better time for all of you to build apps for the big screen we got some great new features for you as well

Replay Kit For AppleTV

First of all replay kit where you can live broadcast your gameplay or save the video to share it later.

PhotoKit For Apple TV

Photokit gives you access to your complete iCloud photo library, all the videos all the photos


Where you can create apps to control all the devices in your own at home

and that’s just some of the many features we got things like support for four game controllers, multiplayer game sessions and a lot more

That is a quick update to the tvOS a new Apple TV remote app, great Siri enhancements with topic search, YouTube and live tuning, obviously single sign on so now you get access to all your network apps and great tools for developers

All of you will get a developer preview today. I can’t wait to see all of the apps you start building and our customers will get it this fall and that is tvOS

Decoding The WWDC 2016 invite / Predictions

With only hours to go before WWDC, which just happens to be 30 minutes after Microsoft are doing their E3 announcement, here is our stab at decoding the invite sent to developers

Hello love at first swipe. 

Mark: An update to the lock screen. More information, maybe a more notification style view like you get from swiping down from the top on the home screen? although that might be contradictory with Apple’s your data is private mantra.

Serenak: Some other sort of swiping API? The ability to create “gesture commands” from shaped swipes perhaps?

Karl: Apple is getting into Tinder territory? 

Hello other side of the road

Mark : This could be a sign of iMessage coming to Android maybe?

Serenak : Some form of peer to peer messages. I am thinking both Android and based on some sort of iDrop type technology

Karl: Other side of the road? It’s official! The Apple Car will be unveiled…or Apple Streeview. 

Hello yogi on my wrist. 

Mark : If that isn’t a hint towards more Apple watch faces I don’t know what is. Perhaps Apple has a licensing deal with Hanna Barbera?

Serenak : A yogi is also a practitioner of Yoga… and yoga is about more than just all them “tantric positions” – there is a lot of that “if a tree falls in the forest” stuff too…”. Or perhaps a stream of inspirational stuff messaged to you?

Karl: Your Watch will nag you even more to stand up, except now it will say stand up, walk about, eat more kale, do star jumps and loose some damn weight fatty.

Serenak: Ha ha – no it will demand you assume the Tiger Stance / Now the Crane / And Relax….or perhaps make you sit on a bed of nails 😀

Hello driver, fast as you can.

Mark : Baked in Uber commands. Wonder if this will extend to other cab companies such as in London. Here’s hoping for a worldwide roll out and not just USA only. Also it will translate english into the native language of the Uber driver so it knows there the heck I am.

Karl: Apple Maps with realtime traffic updates like Waze…or a native get-away driver app

Serenak: Something more advanced for the Apple Auto Mode? I like Karl’s idea

Hello workout in my living room.

Mark: Improved fitness tracking. In the far flung reaches of my mind something on the Apple TV (apps) where you can work out to and the Apple watch will gather some stats.

Karl: Mandatory monitored fitness regime. We no longer want fat people using our thin products…’Yeah, we ARE looking at you Madden’

Hello every pitch, every highlight.

Mark : Say hello to a tie in with the MLB coming to your watch. Perhaps you will receive instant notifications with a more video / interative twist that won’t require your iOS device, just a working internet connection. Failing that what about real time Darts updates when someone bangs in a 180?

Karl: Watching all the sports highlights you want. I hope they include THE ENGLISH TIDDLYWINKS ASSOCIATION

Serenak: It will be a live stream of SharkTank / Dragon’s Den… once you sign in you find there is not any “I’m OUT” button 😀

Hello selfcombusting selfies.

Mark: Say hello to sherlocking (part 1) the idea from SnapChat.

Karl: It may be too late for Anthony Weiner but this selfie will selfie-destruct in 5…4…3…2…1…pfft.

Hello double tap heart.

Mark: Can anyone remember how to use the Tap the screen and send it to someone feature?

Karl: built in defibrillator that following a double tap will use all remaining iPhone power to give a bit of a jolt…or double tapping a photo means you really, reeeeeeaaallly like it.

Hello rain in five minutes.

Mark: Say hello to sherlocking (part 2) of Dark Skies coming to Apple watch but more baked in. Localised weather is great providing that it’s not just for the USA as normal to start with.

Karl: updates to the Weather app to make it more real time…or just predicting rain every five minutes for UK users, as it will probably be spot on 90% of the time.

Serenak: Either it is sherlocking Dark Skies et al or Karl’s nailed it – either that or Apple have created weather control and you can order your own weather in advance 😀

Hello 6 seconds of fame.

Mark : I’ll take a pass on this unless we’re back to snapchatting.

Serenak : Vine type video service. who says it has to be to the Watch? I am thinking some sort of 6 second video thing tied into maybe iMessages?

Karl: Because 15 minutes was just too long dammit.

Serenak: Even Andy Warhol admitted that 15 minutes was probably a massive over estimation before he died

Hello big idea.

Mark : Sharing and collaborative working? Will Swift get a new dev environment to work within?

Serenak: What if “Big Idea” is more like the “one more thing” and is actually a BIG IDEA unfortunately I am not Jony Ive or TC so I have no idea what that might be

Karl: Because there are no small ideas, just small actors…no, wait.

Why is it rumoured that the new OS will be called Fuji? That’s not in California… and if they only managed 3 in that series that’s a bit pants boys and girls…