The Rosy-Forecast Edition Wednesday, October 26, 2016

After First Revenue Decline In 15 Years, Apple Forecasts Return To Growth In Holiday Quarter, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

As expected, Apple on Tuesday posted its first year-over-year revenue decline in 15 years for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, but the company is guiding for a rosy forecast next quarter on strong anticipated iPhone sales.

Apple is forecasting revenue between $76 billion and $78 billion for the three months ending in December, typically a lucrative quarter thanks to the holiday shopping season. The guidance is up from the $75.9 billion performance put in at the same time last year.

Analysts Fail To Perform Jedi Mind Trick On Apple CEO, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Analysts are like the rest of us. They want to know what Apple’s got up its sleeve in terms of new product introductions. The difference between them and us is, every three months they get on the phone with Tim Cook and get to ask him a question or two. And some analysts just can’t resist an attempt to get Cook to slip up or play coy or otherwise violate the first rule of Apple Club: We do not comment on unannounced products.

Tim Cook Says Apple Is Interested In Both Content Creation And Ownership, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

His comments on original content could fuel speculation that Apple plans to make more original content or perhaps acquire a high-profile content maker.

Shooting Pictures

Stress-testing iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode, by Brian L.w. Moore, Medium

Portrait Mode is definitely not perfect! Straight lines and crisp edges in the foreground are Portrait Mode’s greatest difficulty. But, on the flip side, the effect is applied quickly, and seems to focus on exactly the plane I want it at. Plus, its “stepping” between objects in the foreground and background is really impressive.

Why The Golden Ratio Is Better Than The Rule Of Thirds, by Jon Sparkman, Petapixel

A long time ago I was a young art student, being told about the “Rule Of Thirds.” I was told it’s one of the most important fundamentals of art and photography, as it helps you get the right composition in your images.

Overlay a tic-tac-toe/noughts and crosses grid over your image and crop or move your picture around so that the “points of interest” lie on the lines or line intersections. Sounds simple enough. It has been the basis of countless millions of images throughout the centuries. But is it perfect? No! Is there a better, more bada** brother to the grid? Yes! Enter the Golden Ratio.

Watching TV

The Beautifully Annoying Siri Remote, by Ken Segall

Lapses of this type make it difficult to defend Apple when it is accused of favoring design over function. It’s hard to think of the Siri Remote as anything but design run amok. It’s beautifully annoying.

Where The Heck Is My Esc Key?

Images Of New MacBook Pro With Magic Toolbar Leaked In macOS Sierra 10.12.1, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

An OLED touch panel is located on top of the keyboard, where the function keys would normally be placed, and it very clearly supportsTouch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.

New macOS Virtual Keyboard Layouts Confirm Rumors Of MacBook Pro OLED Touch Bar, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Three additional sets of layout files are included in system resources on macOS 10.12.1, with each image depicting a virtual keyboard that lacks the standard tactile row of function keys.

No Hardware Escape Key On New MacBook Pros? Don’t Fret, macOS Sierra Lets You Remap The Escape Action To A Modifier Key, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

In macOS 10.12.1, you can now select an Escape action, and remap it to the Caps Lock, Control, Option, or Command keys.


Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones Now Available To Buy, Featuring W1 Chip And 12 Hour Battery Life, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The Powerbeats 3 feature up to 12 hour battery life on a single charge, with a ‘Fast Fuel’ 5 minute top up charge providing an hour of playtime in a hurry.

Duet Display For iPad Gains 'Pro' Drawing Features, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Duet Display, the app that allows you to turn your iPad into an extra display for your Mac, is today gaining new features designed to turn theiPad Pro into a high-performance graphics tablet able to compete with Intuos or Wacom drawing tablets.

Track And View Your Spending In The Blinq Of An Eye, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go and when it comes to tracking your expenses, it should be an easy task. Apps like Mint are awesome if you need an extensive personal finance app. But, if you are just in the market for a quick way to track and view your spending, check out Blinq.

Elgato Introduces The Eve HomeKit Compatible Wall Switch, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

It transforms any single or multi-bulb setup into a Siri-enabled lighting system, so you can use your voice to control your existing bulbs regardless of their shape, size or color.


The NYT Buying Wirecutter And Sweethome Is So Much More Amazing Than You Think, by Matt Haughey, 15 Minutes In The Morning

The breakthrough is Brian Lam launched a new content site in 2011 that wasn’t ad supported, instead opting for supporting it via Amazon affiliate fees from purchases. He also self-funded the whole thing, never taking investment money and got to plot his own trajectory without having to answer to anyone.

Bottom of the Page

The first iPod shuffle came with a new feature in iTunes (the app): autofill. This was to allow iTunes to automatically fill up the shuffle with random songs from a larger music library on the computer.

Today, subscribers to Apple Music has a much larger music library than the storage capacity of the iPhone. So why isn't there an autofill feature for my iPhone?


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