Newsletter 1: WWDC 2020

Newsletter 1: WWDC 2020

Welcome to the newsletter! The first edition in the reboot, at least.

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WWDC 2020 Thoughts

The three big takeaways from today's event:

Apple is moving to "Apple Silicon" starting now

Apple moving away from Intel was the most prominent announcement, in my opinion. We are entering an awkward teething period where developers race to get their apps supported on ARM, aka "Apple Silicon," but still need apps on the Intel Mac versions. Apple says this transition will last two years and that they have Intel Macs still in the pipeline. Still, this period will cause some confusion and pain among users and professionals.

The move means Apple won't have to worry about thermal throttling plus make the Mac's both thinner and more powerful. Many of the processors on the iPad Pro are on par, if not better than some base model Mac's. Apple alreadying building its ecosystem of games, apps, and software that will support the new ARM-based Mac OS. They're giving devs access to a kit for transition to the new ARM-based processors.

I am interested to see if any AAA title games attempt to bring their apps to the ARM-based Mac or decide to stay on Windows. Other productivity apps will need to make a move, with Adobe and Microsoft already building their versions of their apps.

MacOS is becoming more like iOS (relates to the 1st point)

In the same vein as above, Apple is making Mac OS 11 Big Sur look and feel more like iOS. They're bringing over new icons, adding widgets, adding an iOS-esque control centner, and updating notifications to mirror how they look on the iPhone.

MacOS Big Sur Updates

Safari is getting a big update focused on speed and privacy - no surprises here. Messages, Maps, and other Apple apps are getting significant updates to mirror what is happening on iOS. The whole OS is getting a redesigned look that I am not a big fan of - rounded corners, gradients, and drop shadows.

I am now waiting to see when Apple announces their new "Apple Silicon" Mac's are touch screens too.

Apple is opening up iOS to fend off anti-trust investigations

Apple didn't mention it in the keynote, but they're going to allow users to set new default apps. That means you can set a new default mail app, browser, and possibly other apps like messages in the future.

Apple is trying to avoid an anti-trust case with allowing users to set new defaults, and opening up to developers more. Apple will allow developers to challenge rules soon. They'll also allow developers access to the Find My app, and they're further opening the OS to how developers can use the platform.

🗂 Tab Dump

Dropbox officially launches its own password manager and a secure vault for your files
Dropbox is launching a bunch of new features today, including the password manager that was first spotted earlier this month and a “vault” within your files intended for storing documents like a birth certificate. There’s also a new Dropbox Family plan and a way to backup your computer’s files.
Another password manager! Sticking with 1Password Personally. 
Basecamp’s founders are trying to start an email rebellion
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson spent two decades telling anyone who would listen that remote work really could work. Now that a pandemic proved them right, they’re shouting about email instead.
Hey launches with a ton of hype! Plus a lot of drama with Apple. 
Amazon says it mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded
Amazon Web Services mitigated against a DDoS attack with a peak of 2.3 Tbps, the largest ever recorded. Amazon said that the attack occurred back in February, and was mitigated by its AWS Shield service.
The largest DDoS attacked prevented by Amazon! 
Apple’s Response to HEY Showcases What’s Most Broken About the Apple App Store
Basecamp’s new paid email service, HEY, has been making headlines recently in a very public fight with Apple over their App Store terms of service. Just as the service was launching, the HEY developers found the new release of the app—which included important security fixes—was held up over a...
Hey got approved by Apple for their app after a ton of drama. 
Apple approves Hey email app, but the fight’s not over
Apple’s fight with Hey developer Basecamp is taking a new twist: the app is approved, and Basecamp has clever ideas about what to do next.
Another great recap over Hey and Apple's fight! 
Microsoft will shut down Mixer, transition users to Facebook Gaming
Microsoft’s Mixer streaming platform is shutting down, and users are being invited to transition to Facebook Gaming. The announcement was made Monday. Phil Spencer says the transition will allow his team to focus on Xbox Series X and other priorities, while giving creators access to a larger global …
Microsoft suddenly shuts down Mixer in-favor of a Facebook Gaming partnership! Wild in the end!!!
The end of tourism?
The long read: The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?
Will we ever get back to global tourism? 

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