MyAppleMenu - Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Thu, Apr 16, 2015The It-Is-Done Edition

Leaving Siracusa County

Though Apple will presumably announce the next major version of OS X at WWDC this coming June, I won’t be reviewing it for Ars Technica or any other publication. [...] There is no single, dramatic reason behind this. It’s an accumulation of small things—the time investment, the (admittedly, self-imposed) mental anguish, the pressure to meet my own expectations and those of my readers year after year—but it all boils down to a simple, pervasive feeling that this is the time to stop. I’ve done this. It is done.

With this move, @siracusa guarantees 10.11 will have a new file system.

— Greg Koenig (@gak_pdx) April 16, 2015

Word on the street is that @siracusa is giving up OS X reviews in favor of 15,000 words on each Apple Watch band.

— Chris Hokanson (@chris_hokanson) April 16, 2015

Education Woes

"While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it," David Holmquist, the school district's attorney, wrote in a letter to Apple's general counsel. [...] Holmquist said the district is "extremely dissatisfied" with the work of Pearson on its technology initiative to get computers into the hands of each of the district's 650,000 students.

Apple partnered with IBM to deal with businesses and corporations; me think Apple need to find a tech-savvy educational partner.

Questions For Photos

To Apple’s credit, the company did post an iCloud Photo Library FAQ, and it’s worth reading for several basic details. Unfortunately, that FAQ didn’t answer any of the questions I had personally, and judging by the email and comments we’ve received from readers, confusion over this feature is widespread. I’ve compiled a list of those missing questions, along with answers based on my own testing and research, and the experiences of others on the TidBITS staff.

Now, go ahead and shoot some photos.

Apple's "Shot on iPhone 6" ads are a great reminder to spend disposable income on travel, instead of Apple products.

— Marc Hedlund (@marcprecipice) April 15, 2015

Street Smarts

Getting around in London usually means diving into the murk of the London Underground train system. The Underground is usually faster than walking or the bus, but is also vast and confusing. MxData’s Tube Map [...] can help tourists make the most of this transport option.


[Pasquier] is also an élite money hunter. He started out casually picking up coins, bills, and dropped MetroCards. “But then I said, Be scientific, keep track of this.” From 1987, when he began recording his findings, through 2014, he retrieved a thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars and eighty-seven cents. From 1987 to 2006, he averaged about fifty-eight dollars a year. Then Apple introduced the iPhone, and millions of potential competitors started to stare at their screens rather than at the sidewalks. Since 2007, Pasquier has averaged just over ninety-five dollars a year.


The low cost mobile app goes free May 11 and, the company says, is part of ‘an ambitious plan to transform into a nimble, mobile-focused organization’.


If Apple had negotiated with retail banks to get access to their money-transfer infrastructure, Apple could have introduced Apple Pay as a disruptor, instead of as a reseller.

Painting International Orange

What Allan is wary about is the motion of the ocean. There's something about the way the waves undulate through the Golden Gate strait that can discombobulate a distant observer. "That water can actually throw you off a little bit," he says. "If you're having one of those days, you learn to focus on your work."

Parting Words

Every morning I copy my todo list to a new sheet of paper, free of tear-stains.

— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewbaldwin) April 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.