Federico Viticci

8544 posts on MacStories since April 2009

Federico is the founder and editor-in-chief of MacStories, where he writes about Apple with a focus on apps, developers, and mobile software. He can also be found on his two podcasts – Connected and Virtual.

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Connected, Episode 87: Ticci on the Scene

A sleep-deprived Myke joins Federico and Stephen to talk about WWDC, new MacBooks and App Store search.

On this week's Connected, the first details of our upcoming trip to San Francisco for WWDC, some fun speculation on Apple's announcements, and some hints on what we're announcing tomorrow at MacStories. You can listen here.

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Apple Announces WWDC 2016: Kicks Off June 13 with Sessions Live Streamed Daily

After confirming the dates via Siri earlier today, Apple has announced the official dates for WWDC 2016 with a press release and a website update. This year's WWDC will start in San Francisco on June 13 and runs through June 17.

“With four innovative operating systems and a new, intuitive programming language powering over 1 billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

For the first time, the initial keynote address and Monday's kickoff events will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco; the rest of the event, including the technical sessions, will be held at the usual Moscone West location (the company's traditional Bash event will also be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Thursday).

Apple writes:

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for an unforgettable Monday as Apple’s renowned developer community comes together to learn about the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The Keynote and State of the Union promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world. End the day by honoring the most remarkable developers of the year at the Apple Design Awards.

Like last year, Apple will be awarding tickets to attendees through a random selection system (effectively, a lottery). Developers will be able to apply today through April 22 at 10 AM PDT, and they will know their status by Monday, April 25 at 5 PM PDT. There are also 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and members of participating STEM organizations a chance to get a free ticket.

This year, Apple will celebrate apps that apps that "demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design" with Apple Design Awards for all their major software platforms – iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.

In addition to a heavily Swift-themed website, Apple has also confirmed that they will live stream sessions from WWDC daily through the WWDC app and website. Those interested in attending WWDC can check out the dedicated webpage here.


MLB’s At Bat iPad App Live Video Viewing Up 86% Thanks to Picture in Picture

Sarah Perez, reporting for TechCrunch, on the effect iOS 9 multitasking had on MLB's At Bat app since they added support for Split View and Picture in Picture two months ago:

During these first two weeks, MLB fans spent 20 percent more minutes per day, on average, watching live video on iPad compared with the 2015 season, when multitasking was not available. (MLB says that any form of multitasking behavior was counted here, not just spilt-screen viewing.)

In addition, fans who were using the new multitasking features and watching live video of MLB games in the At Bat application were spending 162 minutes per day on average consuming MLB.TV on iPad. That’s an increase of 86 percent from the 2015 season.

Picture in Picture fundamentally transforms the video experience of an iPad. Now imagine if two of the biggest video services around also realized this.

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Slack Making It Easier to Add Reminders to Messages

Slack is a fun product to use (and company to observe) because they're constantly challenging how things should get done in a team collaboration service. Their latest addition to the desktop client lets you easily attach reminders to messages with a contextual menu:

Once this becomes available on iOS too, I think I'm going to use it a lot.

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Connected: A Tangerine in My Trunk

This week, Myke speaks about his two-iPad setup, Federico discusses his Telegram usage and Stephen interviews Kristen Gallerneaux from The Henry Ford Museum about their working Apple I.

This was a fun one: Stephen had a great interview with Kristen Gallerneaux of The Henry Ford Museum and we talked about Myke's dual iPad setup. I also offered a bit of background on why we're trying a Telegram channel for MacStories.

You can listen here.

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With Version 1.1 and an iPad App, I’m Switching to Airmail

When I first covered Airmail for iPhone, I noted how the vision of an email client for power users on iOS was only halfway there due to the lack of an iPad app and a variety of glitches and technical issues. Airmail showed that it was possible to build an email app for power users on mobile devices – asking for a fair price in the process – but I couldn't switch to it as my full-time client yet.

That's changing with today's update to Airmail for iOS, which I've been using as my only email client on the iPhone and iPad for the past several weeks. In addition to an iPad app – which mostly follows in the footsteps of its iPhone counterpart in terms of UI and navigation choices – Airmail 1.1 brings powerful new features such as saved searches, customizable keyboard shortcuts, support for send later and read receipts, and more.

While the majority of "modern" email clients are focused on reinventing email with new display options for the inbox and novel interfaces, Airmail wants to redefine how much control you're given over your email on iOS. Which is to say – Airmail is the most powerful email app for iOS out there right now, treating iPhone and iPad users with the same respect and attention other developers would only show for their Mac apps.

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