Apple has updated the storage options and pricing for their iCloud Drive service. It’s a lot more reasonable now, though still not competitive in the market on pricing alone. Fortunately, iCloud Drive will have the benefit of working seamlessly with all your Apple devices. No other vendor will be able to offer the accessibility that Apple will with iCloud, and that (in my mind) justifies a little more in cost.
Watch is finally here! We can finally put the rumors and speculation behind us, and start reading article after article from the usual suspects about how great it is, what a huge failure it is, and how Samsung had the smart watch first. Good grief.
As I watched the keynote video, my initial thought was that it was ugly. But then they showed the various bands that will be available, and the smaller size watch that will also be available. I found at least three that fit my personal style. I think this will be key to the Watch’s success. My only concern with regard to the bands are with the ones that use magnetic closure. How strong are those magnets? Will they hold tight with vigorous exercise? Time will tell.
The next question I had about bands is “will I be able to buy different bands?” I suspect Apple won’t sell bands separately, but I’m betting 3rd party vendors will make bands that fit the Watch almost immediately. And I predict it will be a huge market.
Some initial questions immediately came up on Twitter and Facebook as the keynote went on. In reading follow-up articles yesterday, at least some of those questions were apparently answered by Apple reps in the demo hall. Here are just a few: (more…)
Some great video of the current construction progress at the Apple Campus 2 site. Apple certainly isn’t wasting any time here. The size of this thing is just amazing. The “raised” circular area will be the courtyard in the middle of the building and will actually be the ground level. The area around it will eventually be sub-ground level floors and parking.
The latest version of Safari not only adds speed increases, notification center integration, and reading list/shared link access, but it adds a feature that many of us have wanted for years. Plug-in management on a per-site basis.
Topher Kessler has the scoop on Safari 7’s per-site plug-in management over at Cnet.
When Apple released the new version of iWork, people immediately noticed the new icons, new interface, and the features that Apple inexplicably removed from previous versions. What most people didn’t notice is that Apple has a completely new file format. Drew McCormack offers his opinion on why Apple chose to change the iWork file format.
I tend to agree with him. Apple didn’t change the format just to be a stick in the mud.
“For $13,000 — $5,200 up front, and $7,800 on delivery, and no additional royalties — Shepardson Microsystems would build Apple’s first DOS. For its money, Apple would get a file manager, an interface for integer BASIC and Applesoft BASIC, and utilities that would allow disk backup, disk recovery, and file copying.”
It’s always fun to look back on computing history.