The Comfort-Button Edition Monday, September 11, 2017

A Requiem For The iPhone's Home Button, by David Pierce, Wired

Of course, Apple's largely right. Most people do know how to use an iPhone, in a basic sense, which gives Apple some freedom to teach new behavior. Ditching the home button means one less breakable part to every phone, and more room for more screen. There will probably be commercials about the new home not-button, maybe even a popup when you first get the device. You'll figure it out.

But there's still something distinctly hostile about it, design and features trumping ease of use and peace of mind.

Series Number Three

Select Apple Watch Models Currently Unavailable From Apple Ahead Of Tuesday’s Refresh, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Currently, the 42mm Apple Watch Edition is unavailable, as are all Hermès models. [...] Also worth noting, the Siri Remote for the Apple TV is listed with shipping times of two to three weeks.

Verizon App Briefly Mentions ‘Apple Watch Series 3’ Ahead Of Apple Event, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The accidental leak by Verizon gives a lot of weight to the ‘Series 3’ name but we have to acknowledge the possibility that the carrier is simply preparing its backend for the addition of Apple’s new Watch and it is using placeholder product names until the official name is revealed.

More From The Leak

More iOS 11 Software Examination Shows Evidence Of Wireless Charging In iPhone, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Spotted by developer Guilherme Rambo, iOS 11 includes a new "ChargingViewService" routine. Not only does the routine identify if a model is compatible with wireless charging, it is also in control of displaying some 3d animations while the device is using the feature.

'A11 Fusion' In iPhone X Appears To Be A Six Core Processor, According To iOS 11 Leak, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Unearthed by Steve Troughton-Smith on Sunday, the iOS 11 leak from the end of the week reveal CPUs labeled 0 through 5 —a total of six. Without expanding on further delving, the developer claims that four are the high-powered "Mistral" cores, with two "Monsoon" ones supplementing the four for lesser computational needs.

The 4K Apple TV Appears To Feature An A10X Fusion Chip SoC With 3GB RAM, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple could have been more conservative as it seems like earlier chips could support the necessary HEVC decoding for 4K content. It looks like Apple is future-proofing this box for the next few years.

The inclusion of such a powerful chip could also indicate a renewed attempt to make the Apple TV a better games console with the ability to render graphically rich 3D games to better compete with consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

Who's Leaking?

Apple Suffers 'Major iPhone X Leak', by Leo Kelion, BBC

The BBC has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11's gold master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple's own computer servers.

BBC Confirms iOS 11 GM URLs Were Leaked To 9to5Mac And MacRumors, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

That person should be ashamed of themselves, and should be very worried when their phone next rings.

No Profits? No Problem

France Drives EU Tax Blitz On Revenues Of US Tech Giants, by Jim Brunsden, Financial Times

Currently, US technology groups such as Apple and Facebook are taxed in Europe based on profits rather than total revenues.

Many of these companies have angered European tax collectors and voters for years by using EU governments’ disparate tax codes to record profits in jurisdictions with the lowest effective rates, meaning that some companies have been able to pay little or no tax in countries where they have billions in sales.


Basecamp 3 For iOS: Hybrid Architecture, by Zach Waugh, Signal v Noise

In our use, we’re referring to standard native apps where a significant portion of the content is rendered using web technology. I explicitly say content there because it is an important distinction. We’re not using a framework that attempts to mimic native controls using HTML/CSS. We’re not using a framework that tries to compile another language to native code, or make a cross-platform app from a single codebase.

For us, it means using Xcode + Swift, and conforming to all the platforms conventions regarding navigation/presentation.

Bottom of the Page

What am I looking forward to tomorrow's event? Just two things. One is "confirmed" to be presented. The other? Hope.

a. iPhone X / Pro / Edition
b. New Podcast app that will be perfect for me.

That's all.


Just finished reading: Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett. Happiness and sadness, love and pain, they're all in the book. I do recommend this book to savor on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Thanks for reading.