Stuart Breckenridge

No New iMac at October 27th Event?

Benjamin Mayo, for 9to5Mac:

Reliable Apple analyst KGI has published a report on Saturday outlining their predictions for Apple’s Mac roadmap ahead of the media event on October 27th. The report says that Apple will launch three new MacBooks at the event, a new 13 inch MacBook, a new 13 inch MacBook Pro and a new 15 inch MacBook Pro.

It goes on to say that new iMacs and the Apple external display will not be shipping this year; those should be expected in the first half of 2017.

This would be unfortunate for those waiting for a new iMac.

Aside: is iMac as a brand name sticking out like a sore thumb? There are no other — and haven’t been for some time — desktop products with i in the name.

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Magic Toolbar: Switching Between Functions

Update: It’s called the Touch Bar.

It seems all but confirmed that the new MacBook Pro will feature a Magic Toolbar: a dynamic touch-screen replacement for the static function row of a keyboard. The mock-ups certainly look impressive.

If it works as rumoured — with the function row changing depending on the application in use — I’m wondering how a user will switch between the application function row and the standard function row to, for example, adjust the screen brightness or volume. Will it add a delay to a process that currently doesn’t have one?

It is different, but is it better? We’ll find out in short order.

Hello Again

After what seems like an eternity, Apple are finally announcing some new Mac hardware on October 27th. I’m up for a new MacBook Pro.

Add it to your calendar.

The Grand Tour: Teaser Trailer

Jonathan M. Gitlin, at ArsTechnica:

Last night, a trailer featuring Messers Clarkson, May, and Hammond hit YouTube, giving us a preview of what to expect when the first episode arrives on November 18th.

The trio decamped to Amazon following Clarkson’s sacking by the BBC after the Top Gear star’s bad behavior became too much to excuse. But the Beeb’s loss is Amazon’s gain if the trailer is anything to go by. Or, as my colleague Lee Hutchinson put it, “Just like how Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were the main magic of Star Trek, the main magic of Top Gear was its three hosts.”

The show’s name should give you a clue to the format—it’s a series of around-the-world adventures in some very cool cars, with plenty of banter and ribaldry along the way.

I’m excited. However, until Amazon announce how it will be broadcast to non Amazon Prime countries, I’m just going to assume it’ll be the most illegally downloaded show since the beginning of the internet.

No Evidence Required

Dash, the popular API documentation app, was removed from the App Store yesterday with Apple accusing the developer of manipulating App Store reviews1. As Apple has offered no evidence, it is only an accusation, and a baseless one at that.

In Apple’s world they don’t have to provide proof, they don’t have to listen to appeals, and their decision is final. As Brent Simmons eloquently describes the situation:

While this is legal, and within Apple’s rights, it’s not what we’ve come to expect from a moral judicial system. No matter what the context, we expect that the accused see the evidence against them, we expect avenues for appeal to be made available, and we expect proportional penalties.

This has to change.

Update: It appears that Apple did have good reason to remove Dash, though, according to the developer, this all happened due to an account that a family member was using that he had paid for. Very strange.

  1. In other words, paying for positive reviews. ↩︎