Cool findings by Studio Neat, makers of Frameographer:
What Apple means by “dynamically selected intervals” is they are doubling the speed of the time-lapse and taking half as many pictures per second as the recording duration doubles. Sounds complex, but it's actually very simple.
Make sure to check out the table with numbers and the videos. In typical Apple fashion, the default solution is clever and simple, leaving room for third-party apps to offer more.
Evernote released version 5.6 of their Mac app today. Hidden behind a seemingly minor update is a series of important changes to the desktop app that make it faster to sync and that bring welcome new features not available in Evernote for iOS.
The Evernote blog has the details, but, to sum up, I've found Evernote 5.6 (public beta testing started a few months ago) to be faster and more reliable than before both in terms of sync and startup times. I've seen less conflicted copies of notes (they used to be a problem in shared notebooks) and there's a ton of other fixes and improvements in the note editor. For instance, images can now be resized and checkboxes are larger and easier to click.
Two of my favorite changes include an easier way to create tables inside notes…
…and the ability to look for specific notes with Spotlight. Here's how an Evernote search looks like in Yosemite:
Combined with version 7.5 for iOS (which added a great share extension), it's been a good month for Evernote on Apple platforms. I like that the company is making good on their promise of improving their apps throughout 2014.
Georgia and Rene have made the best video about one-handed use for the new iPhones I've seen to date. Short, practical examples (replace the Starbucks cup with an espresso in my case), and I've finally seen what Reachability looks like in motion.
For someone with relatively big hands, this gives me hope:
The iPhone 6 holds up relatively well. Even with my tiny hands I can still walk, type, and drink effectively. I do have to alter my grip slightly, in the same way I had to alter it when I went from the iPhone 4s to iPhone 5, but it remains extremely doable. Part of that is the thinner, rounder body, which is larger than the iPhone 5 but lighter even than the iPhone 4s. So, it might take some getting used to, and you might have to give your brain a few days to wire in new habits, but you you be just fine.
Serenity Caldwell has a great overview of the capabilities of the new iPhone 6 camera.
I’m mostly going to let the demo video I took (starring Hayley Contagious of the Boston Derby Dames) speak for itself. We shot, cut, and posted this in under two hours, using only an iPhone 6—no tripod, no Steadicam, no accessories. In fact, every shot you see in that video was with me running around in boots following Hayley’s motion—I wasn’t even on skates to try and stabilize the camera.
I'm particularly glad that Serenity published several photos and videos shot on the iPhone 6 (not the Plus) in real-life scenarios (dance floor photos? Very welcome example). These give me confidence that I'm making the right decision this weekend.
There are a few interesting tidbits about Tim Cook and the Apple Watch in Businessweek's profile from last week, including this one:
The watch team included hundreds of engineers, designers, and marketing people and was the kind of cross-company interdisciplinary team now common under Cook. Apple, which has more than 1,000 chip designers, built the new S1 processor that powers the watch. Metallurgists responsible for the casing for Macs and iPhones devised a stronger gold alloy for the premium model of the watch, and Apple’s algorithm scientists studied how to improve the accuracy of the watch’s heart rate sensor.
Jason Snell, writing at his new website, Six Colors:
When Apple announced the iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 9, I entertained the idea that it might be a replacement for my iPad mini. At last, the promise of a single device small enough to fit in my pocket, but big enough to satisfy my productivity needs.
Then I used the iPhone 6 Plus. And while it will have its fans—in fact, I’ll wager that the iPhone 6 Plus will have rabid fans—it’s just not for me, because I wasn’t seeking a bigger iPhone. I was seeking an iPad nano, and that’s not something the iPhone 6 Plus is willing to be.
I saw a lot of iPhone 6 Plus reviews suggest that the device can be an iPad mini replacement, and I'm glad that Jason pointed out actual issues with that idea.
I do wonder why iPads aren't getting that special 6 Plus keyboard, though. I would love to be able to customize the keys that show up on my iPad's keyboard (sort of like the latest PCalc for iOS).
This week, Federico and Stephen discuss iOS 8 and some of their favorite things developers are doing with it.
If you'd like a spoken version of my thoughts on iOS 8 that includes a great conversation with Stephen, Connected #5 is here.
This is an incredible collection of photos by Austin Mann for The Verge. Make sure to check out the Focus Pixels and Slo-Mo videos – the difference is stunning.
I loved this bit about the iPhone as a camera:
I really enjoy the challenge and spontaneity of capturing powerful images without directing them. I love to explore, see a moment coming, line up the shot and capture it as it passes. The great thing about carrying the iPhone as my primary shooting device is it’s simple yet so powerful: it's ready to capture virtually any scenario I encounter. It enables images like this in a way no other camera ever could, no matter the cost.
For a comparison, check out Mann's trip to Patagonia with an iPhone 5s from last year.
Update: More at Austin Mann's website.
Ross Gerbasi has an overview of great changes for web developers in iOS 8.
He notes that WKWebView, a new technology to have faster web views in third-party apps, currently has a major bug:
Remember that amazing new WebView I was just telling you all about? The one with the super fast Nitro JS engine and shiny new everything. Well, its broken… The bug here is a security issue which does not allow “WKWebView” to load files from the local filesystem. So what this means is that your embedded index.html is not accessible to the “WKWebView”. This is a blocker for PhoneGap and Cordova applications that are using offline/local files to serve up an application. So currently, if you would like to use “WKWebView” in your application, you must load your files from a remote server. For example, loading “index.html” will not work, but loading “http://www.google.com” will work just fine.
Several developers of apps I was testing told me they needed to disable WKWebView for this reason. I can't wait for a fix.