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    Apparently Apple's new design for tabs in iPadOS 18 app windows is not going over well. Reading these posts I would agree, this looks like a regression. Yuck.

    Nico, the developer of the Gamery app has a post, Let's talk about the new tabs and sidebar in iPadOS 18.

    Viticci also posted about it, specifically about the design of the new Books app.

    Effectively, by eschewing a sidebar, the app has returned to feeling like a blown-up iPhone version – something I hoped we had left behind when Apple announced they wanted to make iPad apps more desktop-class two years ago.


    Apple Matches Donations to IDF and Illegal Settlements, Employees Allege

    An open letter from Apple employees and shareholders demands the tech giant stop matching employee donations to organizations with ties to the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip and ongoing illegal settlement development in the West Bank. The letter, building on a previous demand by Apple employees for a ceasefire in the conflict, calls on the company to “promptly investigate and cease matching donations to all organizations that further illegal settlements in occupied territories and support the IDF.”


    Mac Nerds: It’s time for you to move on

    It’s been a couple days since the WWDC24 keynote when Apple offered no hope to the Mac users of the Apple Nerd Herd that they would be getting any of iPad features they’ve been clamoring for. Folks, it’s time for you to move on. Apple isn’t going to let you put macOS on the iPad. You’ve got at least a year to wait for any hope of being able to put your Final Cut Pro export in the background while you do something else. You’ll have to keep using your Mac for your podcast production. Need to format a drive? Yep, you’ll have to use your Mac. And there’s no sign from Apple that you’ll get any of that next year.

    But there is some good news for you: You’ve still got your Mac! There’s no need to continue tormenting yourself. Mac users, I implore you, please, move on. Those of us happy to use the iPad will continue to do so. The Mac is your computer and it’s time for you to accept that.


    The clever, cynical, self-satisfied snark at 12:38 (in the podcast) 11:50 (in the YT video) of this Vergecast is much of what’s wrong with tech media. It’s almost as if they think they are the only humans that use technology. It’s why hot takes are often so ridiculous. Maybe take a minute and think about other humans and other use cases? Students, kids, my aunt, will LOVE some of this stuff. It’s okay for some aspects of tech to be cute and fun. But no, they just shit on it right out of the gate.

    Also, they clearly don’t fully understand what’s happening and are guessing/speculating as to how it works. They’ll offer plenty of opinions on something they’ve not taken the time to research and understand because, you know, clever snarky hot take wins.


    A bowl of small pink plums sit in a mostly white porcelain bowl Guessing I missed out on all the snarky bullshit the Apple nerds have been cleverly spouting for the past few hours. No, wait, actually, I didn't miss it. I spent the time more wisely, harvesting plums from the fruit tree in my yard. Far sweeter than the sourness I would've been subjected to.


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    A good take on the iPad and iPadOS for computing.

    @thatchriscarley COULD Apple give it macOS? Maybe… I don’t think it’s likely. #ipad #tech #apple #fyp #foryou #ios #tips #rant ♬ original sound - Chris Carley

    The myth of the over-powered iPad

    I came upon iPad enthusist Riley Hill’s website Slate Pad a couple days ago via his post about the new M4 iPad Pro. He asks: What Does iPad Pro Taking Advantage Of the M4 Even Mean? – SlatePad

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “The iPad has class leading hardware, but we’re just waiting for software that takes advantage of ”. No matter what changes and improvements Apple makes to iPadOS, they are still not enough to make proper use of the hardware. I come across this idea so frequently on social media, more so since the M4 iPad Pros were released. The idea got me thinking…what does “taking advantage of the hardware” really mean?

    Yep.

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    My Siri Confession

    Amongst the Apple nerds and pundits, Siri is one of the most disliked Apple technologies. It’s been a constant complaint for years. “I found this on the web, check it out” is the most commonly repeated quote to deride the experience of using Siri. I’ve certainly gotten that response more than a few times.

    But I still use Siri everyday with generally excellent results. Unlike popular AI chatbots that suggest eating rocks and glue, Siri actually performs simple tasks effectively and provides helpful facts and information when I request it.

    I’ll illustrate with the following Siri exchange I had yesterday afternoon. I was on a walk and my neighbors were sitting outside so I stopped for a few minutes to visit. During the conversation they asked if I’d watched any interesting movies or shows recently. At some point in the ensuing conversation about movies and tv shows something they said reminded me of a Denzel Washington movie I couldn’t remember the title of. After sharing a few things about the movie with them the title had not come to me so, via Air Pods to my iPhone I said “Siri, Denzel Washington was in a movie around 2005 that was set in New Orleans and involved time travel, what was it?”

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    The iPad is the touch first computer for the rest of us

    Well, now, this is an interesting iPad headline and different from most that I've seen: Why Reviewers Lament iPadOS While Users Absolutely Love It | PetaPixel. Jeremy Gray at PetaPixel writes:

    In the days and weeks after the launch of the new iPad Pro from Apple, I noticed quite a bit of discourse responding to critical reception of the tablet that boils down to this: If iPadOS is so bad, why are so many creators using nothing else?

    Hmm. I'm familiar with the reviewer opinion that iPadOS is too simple, too locked down. I'm not sure I've seen reviewers ask why so many creators are using iPads.

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    If I’m in the cabin my favorite place to work is the futon and Rosie’s favorite place is my lap. A stand to suspend the iPad above her provides a partial solution though I still have difficulty positioning the keyboard and trackpad. 🤣

    A brown cat is curled up on a pillow. An iPad is suspended above the cat. On the screen of the iPad Affinity Publisher.


    Semafor recently posted a story suggesting that Apple News is proving to be a significan source of income for some publishers. It’s a default app on Apple devices so I’m not too surpsised that it is popular. Tech enthusiasts tend to use RSS readers and I don’t hear much said about Apple’s News app.

    Like many digital publishers, The Daily Beast was struggling at the end of 2023. Facebook, long a primary driver of clicks to the publication, had turned away from news. Search traffic had become increasingly erratic, as Google adjusted its algorithm to combat a flood of AI-powered junk.

    But it had a new lifeline: Apple.

    I really like the magazine grid style of the visual design of the News app. It’s very well done! The display of articles is also well done. And when you follow a publisher you can tap into their publication for a very nice display of their specific articles.

    There are four two downsides:

    • The lack of support for RSS means I can’t read blogs so I still need a reader app.
    • Lots of ads in articles and the magazine grid view of the articles
    • The display of articles is littered with Apple+ articles I don’t pay for and don’t want to see
    • The display of articles shows placeholders for articles from publishers I’ve hidden

    That’s a poor experience. For non-tech folk who don’t want to bother with RSS it’s an easy option. But for anyone that’s used an RSS reader it’s a downgrade from an an ad-free experience that allows for easier sharing and more customization.

    Corrections! It’s possible to resolve two of the above mentioned downsides:

    • There is an option for Apple News in the settings app to “Restrict Stories” which will hide stories from sources you do not follow.This fixes the problem the blank placeholders I mentioned.
    • It’s possible to use an app like NextDNS to block Apple’s ads in the news app: 1. Download app 2. Create account at NextDNS 3. Add these domains to the deny list of your configuration (you set this up on their website) news.iadsdk.apple.com, iadcontent.apple.com, iadsdk.apple.com 3. Open app and enable it.

    Concerning the state of iPadOS and a very tired Federico Viticci

    Federico Viticci’s recent post, Not an iPad Pro Review: Why iPadOS Still Doesn’t Get the Basics Right, has been circulating this week and I finally finished it. While I agree with some of his suggestions in various sections, most of it reads to me as his personal wishlist of nice-to-haves rather than the basics he deems essential.

    His concluding paragraphs made me chuckle. Apparently he’s tired of people disagreeing with him and any of us that do are deluded. Look, my dude, I’m not sure I’ve come across anyone suggesting that iPadOS is perfect, is anyone actually saying that? I am someone who is actually quite satisfied with iPadOS and the path it has been on. It’s okay that people disagree, we can do that. And I guess he can just continue being tired of hearing opinions that do not agree with his.

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    After WWDC 2022 Federico Viticci was very loud in his advocacy that Stage Manager should be optimized to run on older iPads many of which had only 4 to 6GB of memory.

    In his recent post about Why iPadOS Still Doesn’t Get the Basics Right - MacStories he’s complaining that Stage Manager should do more because new iPads are more powerful.

    Which is it? Build features that take advantage of more powerful iPads or restrict features to accommodate older hardware?

    Stage Manager is still limited to four windows at once. Despite the iPad Pro becoming more and more powerful over time… Stage Manager still forces you to work with only four windows shown on-screen at once. Imagine if a 13-inch MacBook Air could only let you see four windows at the same time.


    The perception of the iPad is stuck in a rut created by the Apple enthusiast community

    I’ve been thinking about the dynamics of the Apple enthusiast community in the narrative of the past 8 years evolution of the iPad and Mac as Apple platforms. In particular, the role of podcasters and publishers in the creation of the narrative and how it evolved and has been stuck in a rut for awhile. This isn’t a post about the hardware or iPadOS as it is about a community’s tension, excitement and concerns as it grappled with potential disruption. Warning! This post is very much of the inside baseball variety as it pertains to the Apple enthusiast user “community”. No, really, inside baseball here. But I think it’s interesting and I had some unexpected free time time today so, yeah.

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    This comment from a thread at MacRumors about Joanna Stern’s iPad Pro review explains a point I’ve been trying to make for awhile:

    It can be frustrating to repeatedly highlight that many tech reviewers overlook that their use of a computer is not the only use of computers. Apart from digital artists, who may prefer to use an iPad over a traditional laptop for some of their work, several other mobile professionals use the iPad Pro because, for their specific needs, it provides a superior computing experience.

    For instance, if you frequently scan and mark up documents for work, the iPad Pro is a better option than a MacBook Pro. Similarly, if you conduct virtual real estate walkthroughs with clients, the front and rear-facing cameras on the iPad Pro can be useful. If you’re an event producer, the iPad Pros has a better color-accurate screen and powerful audio. Finally, if you’re an architect or contractor working on-site, having a lightweight, powerful computer to conduct integrated location scans with LiDar measurements is a feature only available on the iPad Pro.

    The iPad Pro is not a limited laptop; it is a high-performance tablet computer. It’s important to note that the majority of users on these forums, as well as tech journalists, are basic iPad users. Therefore, it is important to recognize that the iPad Pro may not be the ideal device for them. Fortunately, Apple offers the base iPad at a very reasonable price, which is a great alternative for those who don’t need the advanced features of the iPad Pro.


    Apple’s iPad Pro Marketing Failure — They don’t even try

    Discussing Apple’s recent iPad marketing on his website Tedium, Ernie Smith discusses what’s wrong with Apple’s marketing to creatives in 2024, particularly the marketing of the iPad to creatives. He and I had had a conversation on Mastodon the day before and he mentions me in the context of this point:

    I am not convinced that Apple is doing a great job targeting users like him with their marketing—there was a scene in Tuesday’s keynote where an iPad was being used to manage a video shoot that struck me as particularly off-key—but I will not deny that they’re out there and they exist. I think the real problem is that Apple has not done a particularly good job of closing the gap between iPad users, many of whom did not grow up with traditional computing experiences, and Mac users, who did and have largely been left out of the touchscreen revolution for what feel like purely business reasons.

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    Currently Apple’s iPad playlist on YouTube has 4 videos. Let me say that again. Apple’s YouTube playlist for iPad has FOUR videos and one of those is for the “all-new iPad Mini” from two years ago.

    THAT. IS. RIDICULOUS.

    Apple, make an effort to demonstrate how an iPad can be a useful computer.


    Doc Rock on the May 7th episode of MacBreak Weekly is the first podcaster I’ve heard to clearly call-out the ridiculous iPad hot takes so common these days, especially in regard to the iPad Pro.

    “It’s funny when a lot of the conversation around the pro or the not pro is always about productivity. The people don’t talk about what type of productivity you’re doing, right? If you’re doing everything in notion or Evernote or something of that nature, then again, maybe it doesn’t matter, right?

    But if your productivity is based around SketchUp or they showed, not Blender, they showed ZBrush, some other things like that, those all count. Those all count and they do actually tax pretty hard. If you’re a logic person and you’re running pretty heavy logic action, which a lot, as an ex DJ, I would tell you, a lot of music people use iPads.

    What happens, the general tech person in our circle and the general YouTuber, also my circle, they always talk about it like the way it matches them. People forget about Bechtel, who’s doing civil engineering and their iPads are running really high level tests. People forget about all the restaurants, which is why you want 128 gigabyte model, because all they do is use them for retail.

    And they run one app and one app only. “People forget about education, healthcare, occupational therapies, all of the things that you use an iPad for other than you who just use it to watch Netflix. And I get that and knock yourself out player.

    But like, don’t be like Apple doesn’t have the knowledge of who they’re selling to when they make these devices. And it cracked me up every time because people always have these weird hot takes. And one of the ones was, why put the M4 in this first?”


    Exploring how others use and view the iPad

    Buckle in, this is a longer post based on a couple of very interesting iPad-related conversations I’ve had recently. It begins with an email from Justin Harter, who is a graphic designer, teacher and writer. We had an enjoyable exchange largely focused on our workflows for image processing and file management on iPad. I had a look at his blog and knew immediately that I wanted to mention some of his recent iPad posts.

    Right off he caught my attention with a post that expresses something I rarely see from fellow tech enthusiasts: A concern for the environment. Why is this so rare? I appreciate that he is writing about it and that his environmental ethics are a part of his decision making in regards to his consumption of technology.

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