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By Jason Snell
May 22, 2018 10:01 AM PT
What was already assumed is now official: The WWDC 2018 keynote will be Monday, June 4, at 10 a.m. Pacific. Media members (including yours truly) received their invitations this morning.
See you in San Jose in two weeks! (And if you won’t be there, I’ll be doing the usual writing-podcasting-liveblogging thing to bring the event to you.)
Jason Snell for Tom's Guide
May 21, 2018 9:03 AM PT
Rumor has it that iOS 12, due to be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4, will have a reduced scope as Apple tries to focus on improved security and reliability. Still, hope springs eternal — and for those of us who are dreaming of new iPhone features, this is prime hoping season. So, before my hopes get dashed, here’s a wish list of items I’d like to see when Apple announces the next version of iOS in a few weeks.
Dan Moren for Macworld
May 18, 2018 5:48 AM PT
Sometimes it’s fun to think big.
Apple as a company usually focuses on products: things that it builds that consumers will end up using. Smartphones, computers, tablets, and so on. While other tech companies sometimes put forth their moonshots—big, costly ideas intended to reshape the world, but which rarely do—Apple generally seems content to operate by pushing the envelope on the here and now.
But that doesn’t mean that the company hasn’t got larger ambitions: it just doesn’t talk about them. In many cases, that’s probably because those ideas haven’t yet reached the point of becoming discrete products that the company can create and ship. When you’re taking on a large idea, especially one in an entrenched industry, it can be tough to distill that big idea down to the atomic level of a product.
May 17, 2018 • 40 minutes
This week, on the tech show that’s sometimes three, sometimes two people, Dan and John do a rundown of iPhone SE 2 rumors (including a bet), class action lawsuits about Apple’s keyboards, cloud storage pricing, self-driving cars, and way, way more about keyboards. Also, John’s collection of vintage storage media and Dan’s extensive backup regimen.
May 16, 2018 • 26 minutes
This week, on the 30-minute tech podcast that’s always allegro, Dan and Mikah are joined by Shelly Brisbin and John Voorhees to discuss DirecTV’s new cloud DVR feature, the one thing we’d like to see in an iPhone SE 2, whether the tablet market is big enough for Apple and Microsoft, and how we’d like Apple to improve notifications in iOS 12. Plus, Mikah can’t resist spreading the meme that’s sweeping the Internet.
Jason Snell for Macworld
May 16, 2018 9:20 AM PT
It’s been a long time coming, but having your Mac tell you that some of your apps will stop working brings some immediacy to the issue: If there’s a 32-bit Mac app you rely on to get work done, and it’s no longer being updated, on forthcoming versions of macOS it will only work with compromises, and ultimately it won’t work at all.
Don’t fear the death of your old software, my friends. Your current long-in-the-tooth favorites, and old friends you said goodbye to years ago, can live on and still be useful, thanks to the miraculous digital afterlife known as virtualization.
By Dan Moren
May 15, 2018 12:27 PM PT
Tapbots released Tweetbot 3 for macOS this afternoon, three years after its last major release, Tweetbot 2. This update features an overhauled UI, a dark mode, and an easier way to preview media. John Voorhees at MacStories has a really in-depth overview of everything that’s new.
My feelings on the update are more mixed. Tweetbot has been my client of choice on the Mac for several years now, and I’ve grown attached to its way of doing things. Tweetbot 3 feels largely very similar but makes a number of smaller changes that are going to take some time getting used to.
For example, the client now shows buttons for replying, retweeting, liking, etc. on every single tweet, rather than simply the tweet that’s selected or that you mouse over. It feels more cluttered to me, though I can see the argument that the features are less hidden than before. Likewise, the retweet indicator for tweets has moved from the bottom to the top, which is a bit jarring.
I had hoped that an update to the Mac version of Tweetbot would add the same Stats view that has long been in the iOS client, but no dice here in version 3, to my disappointment. Furthermore, the Activity and Mentions views are now both sub-sections of the Notifications view, mimicking Twitter’s web interface, which makes them harder to access, and impossible to navigate via the keyboard.
Tweetbot 3 does improve the app’s column management: you can simply drag near the bottom of window to create a second column, or drag back to remove an existing column. It’s a handy feature, but as someone who uses columns only once every few months, it doesn’t do much for me. And though dark mode is attractive, I wish the title bar would change to a darker color as well.1
Of course, the big disappointment here belongs not to Tapbots, but to Twitter itself, which still keeps certain features to itself instead of sharing with third-party developers. Polls, group direct messages, and Twitter bookmarks are all absent here—though, if you ask me, that’s a fair trade for a simple chronological timeline that’s ad-free.
Despite it being 2018, I’m sure there will be some fuss that Tweetbot 3 is a brand new $10 purchase from the Mac App Store, regardless of whether or not you own a previous version of the app. I’m not one to begrudge developers their income, especially as Tweebot 2 was a free update from the original Tweetbot. Shelling out $10 every six years or so is more than reasonable to me.
Though I’m not sold on all of Tweetbot 3’s changes yet, I figure I’ll spend a while using the new app before I decide whether it’ll truly become my new Twitter client of choice.
I also miss the square icon. I’m going to be spending some extra time hunting in the Dock for the next week or so, I’m sure. ↩
May 14, 2018 • 1 hour, 31 minutes
By Jason Snell
May 11, 2018 3:33 PM PT
Six years ago I was in a Berlin hotel room when I wrote about the 20th anniversary of the first release of BBEdit, the program I still use most often to write most of my stuff. Now it’s somehow time for the 25th anniversary of the app—or, more accurately, the 25th anniversary of the first commercial release of BBEdit, version 2.5. (The previous year Rich Siegel released a free version, which was the anniversary I was celebrating back in 2012.)
I probably started using BBEdit at MacUser in the mid-1990s, thanks to the influence of a “prince of insufficient light”, Stephan Somogyi. I’ve been using it ever since. At this point that means I’ve been a user for 88 percent of BBEdit’s lifetime, which may still make me a new user.
I’ve probably written millions of words using it. I’ve sorted and pattern-matched thousands more. It made the transition from Classic Mac OS to OS X, from 68000 to PowerPC to Intel, and kept winning awards and finding loyal customers along the way. Just the other day I found a souvenir from the astounding 10th anniversary of BBEdit—now itself a collectors item! In fact, I wrote most of this post in BBEdit 2 on an emulator on my iMac Pro, all thanks to me unearthing that CD. And coincidentally, I spent a couple of hours yesterday doing some heavy lifting of large text files—sorting, collating, and running grep search-and-replace operations—so I was already appreciating the versatility of BBEdit when the anniversary was pointed out to me.
Anyway, what I’m saying is that BBEdit keeps going strong.
Dan Moren for Macworld
May 11, 2018 5:29 AM PT
Plenty has already been said about the 20th anniversary of the iMac, the computer that played an instrumental role in bringing Apple back from the brink. But the legacy of the Bondi Blue iMac is still with us in many ways today—not just in the computer that shares its name, but in an overriding philosophy that Apple continues to exemplify across its product line.
If you wanted an indication of how Apple would be doing business in 2018, you could do worse than cast back two decades and look at the decisions that it made when it produced that first iMac. (A machine that itself took a page directly out of Apple’s own playbook for the original Macintosh back in 1984.) The line is anything but subtle.
May 10, 2018 • 43 minutes
This week may have seemed slow at times, but it really heats up when we start talking networking hardware. We discuss Apple’s patent for a round watch face and why SOMEONE isn’t wearing their Apple Watch anymore. Then, some reminiscences about the 20-year-old iMac, and Apple’s discontinuation of the AirPort line. Finally, a quick wrist check before we go.
May 9, 2018 • 29 minutes
This week, on the 30-minute tech show that (spoiler) sometimes has more material than fits in 30 minutes, Dan and Mikah are joined by podcast superstars Stephen Hackett and Aleen Simms to discuss Google’s new creepy/cool AI phone calls, the iMac turning 20, Apple’s USB-disabling security move, and app developers’ revenue percentage.
Plus, don’t miss the bonus topic on theme parks that we couldn’t quite fit into the main episode.