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By Jason Snell

The pace of summer


It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere. Things are different in the summer in so many ways. And if you’re someone who writes about (or writes) Apple software, it’s different in even more ways.

As someone who works from home, the pace around my house is spectacularly different. My children are out of school for more than two months, and getting the kids out the door in the morning is an important part of our morning routine. Now that’s gone, and I have to exert a lot more effort to keep on a regular schedule, including diligently shutting the door to my office and getting work done when there are other people wandering around my house.

Then there’s the technology side of this. For years now, Apple has used the very start of the summer to announce the new operating-system technology it will roll out in the fall. In some ways, it’s the most warning Apple ever gives anyone about anything—three whole months between product announcement and arrival.…

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