Friday, April 29, 2016

Windows 95 On An Apple Watch

When developer Nick Lee realized that the specs of the Apple Watch exceeded those of many PCs running Windows 95 at its prime, how could he resist? That's right, Windows 95 will run on an Apple Watch. Not only that, but he managed to get all of Windows 95 to work within an app. That means it runs within the normal watchOS interface. Unfortunately, due to the emulated nature of the process, booting takes an hour. Not only that, but each swipe only moves the cursor a few pixels as a result of the slowness. Either way, it's a cool experiment to see in action.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

CareKit Now Available

While it's currently only available for four apps, CareKit officially launched today. CareKit is a new Apple API that allows users to share their medical information to their doctors. This allows for real time tracking and daily reports. Patients can look at their own progress over time. Hopefully, we'll see CareKit expand into more apps in the future that are more centralized for overall health.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Instagram Testing A Simpler Design

A growing number of apps are proving that when it comes to app design, less is more. In today's day and age, we have fewer gradients, shadows, and textures in apps. Instagram wants to take it one step further with their next design. They've selected a group to test their app with their redesigns. As you can see below, the layout has replaced the signature blue color of Instagram with white, along with some translucent menu bars. Whether this design does make it into the final product, that is Instagram's call.

Image Credit: Sbonnot

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

iPhone Upgrade Program Now Works Online

A major criticism of the iPhone Upgrade Program was that you'd have to use it at an Apple Retail Store. Now, it can be used at the Apple Online Store. To use it online, select the iPhone Upgrade Program in the "Purchase Options" when buying an iPhone from the Apple Online Store. The iPhone Upgrade Program allows you to get the newest iPhone with AppleCare+ with a monthly fee. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fingerprint and 4K Ads

Today, Apple released two ads about the iPhone 6s. The first one is about Touch ID. It shows how many different things you can do with your fingerprint. For example, opening a physical lock, unlocking a car, and signing a document.


The second ad is about the 4K camera on the iPhone 6s. It's about a girl who shoots a 4K video of her mother cutting onions. The video ends up being so good that everyone goes crazy over it and the short clip gets turned into a feature film. That ad is below.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Feature Request: Instant Export

With several mostly internal updates to OS X and iOS in the past few years, I'm hoping that Apple has some feature-heavy updates for us at WWDC. One of those features should be something along the lines of this. When working with things like editing software, you typically have to export your file to have it be useful anywhere. For example, when you create an image in Pixelmator, you have to export it to a JPEG or a PNG file. You typically can't upload a Pixelmator file to a website requesting an image. However, if Apple added a feature that would take these files and could optionally export it to the appropriate file type for that one instance, that would save me a lot of time. An example of this is if I made an image in Pixelmator and needed to upload it to Tech Talk 4 Geeks, I would just have to drag and drop the Pixelmator file into the uploader, and OS X would ask me if I would like to convert it. Hopefully we will see this in a future update.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

WWDC 2016 Lottery Ends

Those who entered the lottery for the chance to purchase WWDC tickets were selected today. They should've received an email and had their credit card charged $1,599. If you haven't received an email, but have been charged, some emails will take until Monday at 5 PM PDT to send. But don't worry if you couldn't purchase a ticket! You can still watch the live stream free of charge of many WWDC events.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Apple Watch Apps Must Be Native By June 1st

Apple Watch apps started out requiring the iPhone to run them. This made using apps on Apple Watch very slow and defeated the purpose of the smartwatch. Native apps fixed this. They are much faster than regular Apple Watch apps. Luckily, Apple is now enforcing that all Apple Watch apps must be native on the Apple Watch by June 1st, 2 weeks before WWDC 2016. Also, it's worth mentioning that watchOS 3 will likely be revealed at WWDC 2016. watchOS 2 actually introduced Native apps, so perhaps Apple has something up their sleeve this year to make Apple Watch apps even better.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apple Earth Day Ad 2016

In honor of Earth Day, which is tomorrow, Apple released a video about how their iMessage data servers are run on renewable energy, like water, solar, and wind. Because cell towers are powered by regular electricity, you could argue that sending iMessages are much better for the environment than sending SMS messages. Also, I like how this ad uses the a piano cover of the song "Ophelia" by the Lumineers for its music. It's a nice touch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WWDC 2016

Apple announced the date of WWDC 2016 recently. Although there is an official website for it, Siri will also tell you when WWDC will take place. WWDC 2016 will take place June 13-17. Tickets cost $1,599 and will be given out via a lottery system. Register by April 22nd to reserve your chance for a ticket.
"The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. I'm so excited!"
- Siri