Apple joins financial lobbying group »

Hamza Shaban, at BuzzFeed:

“We believe that if you look at the amount of investment happening in the fintech startup space, which is off the charts right now, there are a lot really smart people working on these challenges and technology is going to be the solution.” Peters hopes the group will capitalize on young people’s dissatisfaction toward traditional brick-and-mortar bank branches and the trust they have for customer-friendly technology companies. Financial Innovation Now also aims to push novel mobile and cloud-based services, with an eye for the tens of millions of “unbanked” Americans who lack access to savings accounts and credit cards. “The companies believe that technology is going to help solve the financial inclusion challenge, which a lot of policymakers are focused on,” Peters said.

Now if they could just force my credit union to get up to date.

A Half-Million Dollar "Oops" »


The story linked above guesses that the cost to replace the glass will be $450,000, based on the bill for renovating the cube in 2011, when it changed from 18 panes per side to 3. Considering that each pane is made up of (I think) 5 layers of ~10’x32’ tempered glass laminated to each other, this cost does not seem surprising.


iOS 7 Adoption Rate »

Shawn Blanc has a good piece about what iOS adoption rates could look like come this fall:

Note that there are two devices on Dempsey’s chart that can currently run iOS 6 but won’t be able to run iOS 7: the iPhone 3GS and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

The question is: of the 93-percent of active iOS users who are on iOS 6, how many of them are using a 4th-generation iPod touch or iPhone 3GS, and thus won’t be able to update to iOS 7 this fall?

It’s certainly not a majority, but also likely non-trivial.

I agree with Shawn here. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. I can only speak for my household and say that of the 5 iOS devices we own, only 3 are eligible to be upgraded. While I don’t know if my 60% translates to the larger group of millions of iOS users, I do think that it will be a large minority. The 4th generation iPod touch was a huge hit, particularly with kids. My 10 year old is a perfect example. He’s a geek like me, and is totally aware of what iOS 7 will (tentatively) offer, but isn’t interested in buying a 5th generation touch mostly because he says he loves the size and doesn’t prefer the 5th gen which my older son has.1

I think developers are in for some growing pains when iOS goes public, and we all know they’ll be able to handle it gracefully, but I really do hope this isn’t the beginning of a fragmentation problem like another certain mobile platform.

  1. He’s a ridiculous money saver, and could actually buy it himself. 

Bringing Safari up to Speed »

Brent Caswell:

I wanted to conceptualize what Safari on iOS could be if it took on the developments that have occurred on other browsers over the last few years, and adjust the user experience to match changes that have occurred elsewhere on the platform.

I want 100% of this. For me, Chrome has leapfrogged Safari in terms of general usefulness, and Brent has pretty much nailed what could put it back on my homescreen.

Trololo? »

Henry Blodget, with some superstar iPhone tips:

Turn your screen off the instant you finish looking at it. If you’re like me, you had no idea you could easily turn your phone’s screen off. But you can! All you have to do is quickly click the button on the top of your phone that (if held down for a couple of seconds) turns your phone on and off. If you click it quickly, your screen will turn off! Then just click it quickly again to turn the screen back on. Importantly, this does NOT turn your whole phone off. Just the screen. I was astounded when I discovered this trick. So simple and handy.

This can’t be real.

All about Finder »

Patrick Welker, at the awesome Rocket Ink

This post is about the Finder. It’s a very basic one too, so you might not find anything new or secret tweaks. However, since I personally enjoy to see how other people use their Mac - especially how they use more common applications - I decided it’s about time to show you my Finder setup.

Some great gems in this post.

Debug Episode 12: iCloud Core Data Sync »

Rene Ritchie at iMore:

Daniel Pasco of Black Pixel, Brent Simmons of Ranchero Software, and Justin Williams of Second Gear talk to Guy and Rene about iCloud Core Data sync, why everyone seems to be in a bad mood about it, and how, if at all, Apple can fix it.

This should be a good one. Time to fire up Instacast.

Apple iTV with a... finger ring »

Peter Svensson at the AP:

In a research note Wednesday, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the “iTV” will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small “iRing” that fits on the viewer’s finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing, White says.

I don’t even.

Another case of the iClouds »

Rich Siegel of Bare Bones Software:

Finally, one of the most maddening issues: the iCloud-just-says-no problem. Sometimes, when initializing the iCloud application subsystem, it will simply return an opaque internal error. When it fails, there’s no option to recover — all you can do is try again (and again…) until it finally works. And when it does initialize successfully, it can take an extremely long time. In some cases, we’ve seen delays of up to 25 minutes while waiting for the iCloud stack to initialize. There’s no discernable consistency or rationale for when it says no and when it finally says yes…you can just keep trying, and eventually it might just work, or not.

Yet another scathing writeup of the shortfalls of iCloud + Core Data.

[via DF]

UI Trends »

Fellow Impromptu-ite, Shadoe Huard:

We might also consider whether skeuomorphic design is even fit for the UIs of modern computing anymore. As we increasingly interface by way of gestures, voice commands, and inputs disconnected from physical analogs, are digital knobs and textures the most efficient or practical solution? Asking these sorts of questions—not wondering what’s changed since Apple released a new iPhone—is how we begin noticing the influence of an entire mobile industry on itself: We can trace the career of Matias Duarte from Palm to Google and see WebOS’s legacy of physicality continuing on Android. It’s why designers at Microsoft can find solace in the fact that designers are apparently taking inspiration from Windows Phone 8′s text-centric, chrome-less aesthetic and adapting it to their software. Point being, it’s pure fantasy to imagine third party iOS developers leading the charge against embossed text on the basis of a single and insularly engineered cataclysm.

Shadoe knocked it out of the park with this piece. It’s long, thoughtful, and incredibly on point.