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Wed, Sep 16, 2015The Extra-Battery-Life Edition

The Five Biggest Changes Coming To Your iPhone In Today’s iOS 9 Update, by Dan Frommer, Quartz

Apple is scheduled to release iOS 9, its latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today. It is a free update, and anyone with an iPhone 4S or newer will be able to upgrade.

What’s different?

iOS 9, Thoroughly Reviewed, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

iOS 7 and 8 made big changes, and those changes could make the early releases of those operating systems frustrating to use. iOS 7 didn't settle down until version 7.1, and iOS 8 didn't feel quite right until 8.3. iOS 9 doesn't feel like it needs a major bugfix release before we can recommend it without hesitation for every device that supports it (and we should know, we tested it on most of them).

The worst thing we can say about the new release is that its biggest, best new contributions—the things that make the iPad feel more like its own device and less like a big iPad—are only available to a sliver of existing devices. Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture need an iPad from 2013 or later, and the truly transformative Split View mode needs a cutting-edge model. The rest of the operating system is about spit-and-polish, taking existing features (Siri, Spotlight, Maps) and extending them in logical ways.

iOS 9 Review: An Upgrade That Will Save You Time And Battery, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

Apple promises an extra hour of battery life after the update. In our grueling, far-from-typical battery test, which cycles through a series of websites with brightness set to 65%, the iPhone 6 with iOS 9 lasted 40 extra minutes. Those savings come from tweaks Apple has made to better manage the power efficiency of its own apps, including Safari.

Additional savings are promised for when you aren’t using the phone nonstop. Now, when the iPhone is face down on the table (or even in your pocket), the screen won’t illuminate when notifications arrive.

Hands-On With The New, Proactive Spotlight In iOS 9, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

iOS 9 takes it a step further, integrating suggestions from Siri and opening up to third-party developers including their results. It makes for a much richer experience, and more is to come as apps are updated.

Get Started With The New Notes App On iOS 9, by Jason Cipriani, CNET

One of Apple's headlining features in iOS 9 is the brand-new Notes app. Instead of offering a straightforward, no-frills note-taking experience where only text entry is allowed, as has long been the case, iOS 9's Notes app is capable of storing nearly any type of content.

Hands On With Three iOS 9 Content Blockers: 1Blocker, Blockr And Crystal, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

While many consumers will likely gravitate toward AdBlock Plus because of their familiarity with the brand’s name and reputation, there will be a good handful of new apps on the horizon as well, which are also worth a look. Here are a few we’ve tried.

Game TV

Apple Reverses Stance, Says That All Apple TV Games Must Be Compatible With Siri Remote, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This change of heart can be found in the App Programming Guide for tvOS. In the guide, Apple notes that while users can connect game controllers to their Apple TV, all games must also support the included Siri Remote.

Why Requiring Games To Support The Apple TV Remote Is The Right Decision, by Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog

True, there’s not a lot of usable physical buttons on the Apple TV remote, and game controllers just work better for certain games and genres, but developers only need to support the remote.

On Demand Resources And Games, by David Owens II

Now, this probably works better of iOS devices because those are mostly single-user devices. However, the TV is centralized and consumed by multiple individuals.

It’s decisions like this and the game controller decision (which is a fascinating case of stealth documentation changes) that tell me Apple just doesn’t care to really enable high-quality gaming on tvOS.

Tim Cook In New York

Apple CEO Tim Cook On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’, by Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

“I have to admit, I feel little naked,” Cook confessed, as he stared at a huge projection on the ceiling, made to look like a stained glass dome decorated with pictures of Colbert’s face.

“You’re supposed to think of the audience as naked,” Colbert retorted. “Check your settings.”

20 Minutes With Tim Cook, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

“I think that some people will never buy a computer,” Cook says. “Because I think now we’re at the point where the iPad does what some people want to do with their PCs.” Cook is quick to point out, however, that this doesn’t foreshadow the end of the Mac. “I think there are other people — like myself — that will continue to buy a Mac and that it will continue to be a part of the digital solution for us,” he adds. “I see the Mac being a key part of Apple for the long term and I see growth in the Mac for the long term.”

Now at the Upper East Side #applestore I think this guy is following me.

— Eddy Cue (@cue) September 15, 2015


How To Get Rid Of Your Old Laptop, by Anna Attkisson, Laptop

I was tasked with getting rid of two reasonably capable laptops, though now starting to show their age: the Dell XPS 13 (non-touch version), sporting the capable but soon-to-be-replaced Windows 8.1, and the original MacBook Air. For both, the process was surprisingly easy — provided you follow a few simple steps.

How To Remove Bullet Points In The Mail App For OS X, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Fixing Garbled Fonts On Apple Support Pages, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

The tip Michael found pointed out that the problem could be eliminated in Safari with a particular setting. Just open Safari > Preferences > Advanced and deselect “Never use font sizes smaller than.” It’s quite striking — just toggling that checkbox while that page is open reformats it completely.

'Launch Center Pro' Gains Notification Center Widget, Support For New Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With the new Notification Center widget, it's possible to add twelve of your favorite Launch Center Pro actions for quick and easy access. You can do things like call a specific person, add an event to a favorite calendar app, get directions home, scan a QR code, send a group text, and more directly from the Notification Center.

PCalc 3.5 Arrives With Native Apple Watch App, Support For Split-Screen Multitasking In iOS 9, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

PrintLife 3 For OS X Has A Ton Of Additions And Improvements, by John Callaham, iMore

Triber: A Smart Social App For Connecting With Friends And Colleagues, by Joe White, AppAdvice


‘Stop Pushing The Web Forward’, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

“Simplicity, URLs, and reach” — those are exactly the things the web community should focus on. Native apps can’t out-web the web, and web apps should embrace that.

Apple Creating New Software Platform To Unify Its Cloud Services, Based Off Siri’s Open-Source Backend, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has started a new big project in its web services division, according to The Information. The report claims Apple has decided to rewrite its cloud services to all fall under one single technology stack using open-source technologies. This will combine Apple’s services like iCloud, Siri, iTunes and more into a unified backend platform.

Things I Was Unprepared For As A Lead Developer, by Pascal de Vink, Dev-Human

I've been a lead developer for 2 years. It has been quite a ride and there were a lot of things I was unprepared for. I've always been a software engineer, mostly involved with the actual code. People tell me I have a very natural way of leading, which is probably why I was asked for the job. However, I never before considered what it takes to lead an entire team of engineers. I wish I had more preparation beforehand. So to give you, the reader, a head start, these are the topics I was unprepared for, so you can hopefully be a better leader than I was. Mind you, I didn't fail on all aspects, but most caught up with in me at one point in time.


Can Rice Actually Save Your Wet Phone?, by Michael Zelenko, The Verge

That Monday I strutted into the Verge office with my resuscitated phone like a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, parading my very own freak of science. A whole day! At the bottom of a lake! My colleagues asked the inevitable question: Did you put it in rice? I did, I said. Of course, they said, that’s the trick, works every time.

But two weeks later, my phone became sluggish, unresponsive. Then, one evening, it stopped receiving a signal entirely, the word "Searching…" permanently tattooed in the upper left corner of the screen. I brought it to my carrier, where a lady tried this and that, starting and restarting the device ad infinitum. After 45 minutes, she turned to me, visibly frustrated. "Sir," she asked me, with a streak of suspicion in her voice, "did you get this phone wet?"

Why The Internet Won’t Be The Next TV For Advertising, by Miriam Gottfried, Wall Street Journal

Best Song Ever

Siri is on a bad-relationship kick.

— Dan Frakes (@DanFrakes) September 16, 2015

Thanks for reading.