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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iOS Low-Hanging Fruit   —  iOS has evolved in a fairly predictable manner over the years.  Apple has done a good job tackling the lowest-hanging fruit on the to-do list, year after year.  They crossed off a lot of big obvious features over the first few years: third-party apps, cut-copy-paste …
May 12, 2012, 7:00 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Highest Priority Is Obviousness   —  Good piece from Sebastiaan de With, riffing on my bit last week regarding the tension between simplicity and obviousness.  But I gently disagree with this: … Apple has started using gestures more widely, but they're not requiring them.
Apr 5, 2012, 5:30 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On These Rumors of a 4.6-Inch iPhone Display   —  Reuters: … Lots of attention on this rumor, but no one seems to be pointing out that if it's true, this new iPhone would need way more pixels than the current 960 × 640 iPhone display.  (If they increased the size …
Mar 22, 2012, 12:30 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPad (3)   —  Pixels pixels pixels.  Battery battery battery.  Speed speed speed.  —  That's the new iPad, a.k.a. (for comparison's sake) the iPad 3.  The retina display, significantly faster graphics, and the potential for startlingly fast cellular networking — all with the same renowned battery life …
Mar 14, 2012, 11:00 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mountain Lion   —  “We're starting to do some things differently,” Phil Schiller said to me.  —  We were sitting in a comfortable hotel suite in Manhattan just over a week ago.  I'd been summoned a few days earlier by Apple PR with the offer of a private “product briefing”.
Feb 16, 2012, 8:45 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Walter Isaacson's ‘Steve Jobs’   —  What is Apple at heart: a software company, or hardware company?  —  This is a perennial question.  The truth, of course, is that Apple is neither.  Apple is an experience company.  That they create both hardware and software is part of creating the entire product experience.
Feb 15, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New High-DPI UI Resources in 10.7.3   —  Have you noticed that Safari's hovering-over-a-link pointing-finger cursor looks a little different in Mac OS X 10.7.3?  It's not just that the finger is at a slightly different angle — it's a new UI resource that scales gracefully to larger sizes.
Feb 6, 2012, 8:00 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Soon   —  Seth Weintraub: We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.  No it's not.  No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S.  Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
Jan 25, 2012, 6:10 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
I'ma Set It Straight, This Watergate   —  Ed Bott, “How Apple Is Sabotaging an Open Standard for Digital Books”: … I agree with Bott that Apple is being competitive here, but disagree that it's an example of embrace/extend/extinguish.  Put another way, over the weekend Bott called the iBooks Author EULA …
Jan 24, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Proprietary Nature of the iBooks Author File Format   —  Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of the W3C CSS Working Group, has a detailed technical analysis of the iBooks Author file format: … He thinks these nonstandard extensions are a strategic mistake on Apple's part:
Jan 21, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context

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