Apple Arcade Released Early for iPhone

Umm... Apple just released Apple Arcade three days early? Just for iPhone and the iPad, Apple TV, and Mac are coming later it says, I assume that means when they were originally supposed to release September 19th. But everything else is as they promised, free trial for 1 month and then $4.99 per month for the family.

Screenshot from the first loading screen that seems to be in every Apple Arcade game.

Screenshot from the first loading screen that seems to be in every Apple Arcade game.

I believe Apple Arcade is only supposed to be on iOS 13, that means only people on the developer or public beta program can get it since iOS 13 isn't out until September 19th as well.

I will report back as I play a few games, I haven't had a chance in between ending a late day of work, discovering Apple Arcade was released, and going to bed. Good night.


Apple's September 2019 Event

Apple held their annual event to release new iPhones yesterday. They announced phones that we new about from leaks the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. They also announced a new iPad, new Apple Watches and the reales dates and cost of their new TV and Gaming services.

As a more-than-casual but not professional Apple fan I enjoyed the keynote. I was able to watch the first hour of the 1 hour and 45 minute keynote. They seemed to do a good job with the diversity of their presenters, the game demos were not too boring, they highlighted why we would want to buy each product, and they definitely made meaningful upgrades in a number of areas. Features like the always on watch face for the Series 5, the ultra-wide camera, the free year of Apple TV+ when you buy a new Apple product, and many more were impressive and also able to not be totally ruined by leakers and rumor sites.

Despite an overall positive keynote there are plenty of people who have been negative about Apple's announcement. Some seem to think a company shouldn't announce things apparently. Others think Apple should have put 5G in their phone despite there being no 5G in the US yet and in a few years it would probably only be in a few cities at the most. Some people were snippy that Apple's invitation said 'By Innovation Only' and they think Apple didn't innovate enough this year.

I don't mind if people like the Google Pixel more than an iPhone or that Apple's attempt at certain features like social networks leave a lot to be desired. But automatic negativity about a company's annual announcements that makes them billions of dollars is an interesting take. The headlines seem mostly for the clickbait and not an actual analysis of the situation.

Not A Good Look

Jason Fried’s tweet here speaks for itself:

The ability to buy an ad with your competitor’s name to get priority makes google a lot of money, but is a crappy way of doing business.

The Best iOS 13 Feature and the Worst iOS UI

Out of all the new iOS 13 features I think my favorite is 'Silence Unknown Callers', which sends all phone calls that are not contacts in your phone to voicemail, but more importantly, they don't ring. It smartly won't block a recent number you called, like if you called a doctor's office and they are calling you back. It also says it will not block a number from siri suggestions though I have not seen either of these in practice.

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NetNewsWire 5.0

RSS readers are back!

If you are on a mac computer then you need to drop everything you are doing and go download NetNewsWire 5.0.

There is a long story of the original creator, Brent Simmons, getting the rights back because Black Pixel were amazingly generous. They gave Brent back the rights to the name for nothing. That is amazing.

Brent has released NetNewsWire 5.0 as a free, open-source app. So, there is no cost to go try it. I have been using it for a little while and it is great so far. There is talk of an iOS app, which would be great, but it doesn't need one to still be great. Until then I am using Reeder and syncing with Feedbin.

So go download NetNewsWire 5.0 immediately here, do not pass go and do not collect $200.


Apple’s New Accessibility Features - WWDC 2019

Apple's WWDC (worldwide developer conference) was yesterday, June 3 2019, and they introduced some awesome new hardware and software.

Some of what excites me the most hasn't received as much of the praise that the super expensive Mac Pro or the ability to easily convert an iPad app to a Mac app has recieved.

Luckily there has still be a lot of love for accessibility features. These are features that can help users with a variety of disabilities use their devices better.

My favorite is Voice Control which allows you to do exactly what the name says. The video below shows how amazing it is.

There is also some support now for using a mouse with your iPad.

Apple also said they are moving the settings area for accessibility out from the deep recesses of the settings app.

I love seeing the emphasis that apple continues to place on accessibility features.