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The fine print of WWDC

WWDC 2015 keynote: The fine print

I enjoyed Dan Moren's piece over at Six Colours (sorry, have to use that spelling) about the fine print of the keynote.

Clear as mud. So it replaces iTunes in the Cloud, presumably? But not iTunes Match, because …

This is super weird. Do I have to have both services? I guess I'll find out.

I’m unclear on whether that means the phone itself will act as a card using NFC, or if you can simply top up your existing card using Apple Pay’s contactless payment.

I wondered the same thing.

The iPad productivity features rolled out today are truly fascinating, but here’s a question: how does the new “multitouch keyboard works as a trackpad” mesh with “better hardware keyboard support”? My first instinct says that they’re mutually exclusive.

I thought it was weird that they never showed using the keyboard in either app... I'd love to know, but I don't have an iPad Air 2 so I can't check it out.

You can AirPlay audio from “compatible” (presumably H.264 or other supported formats) videos in Safari without having to show your screen with AirPlay mirroring, or switching all of your audio output.

Nice! It always seems like too much to be mirroring the whole display while on iOS I can just share the video (that happens to be taking up the whole display).

Mistake One

Marco has a post up about his purchase of the new Macbook - as explained in the post he's dubbing it the Macbook One.

Because of the Xbox One being the third Xbox and this being the third major product line named “MacBook”, and because it famously only has one port for all data and power.

He isn't happy with it.

I just hate using it.

I hate typing on it, I hate the trackpad, it’s slower than I expected, the screen is noticeably blurry from non-native scaling to get reasonable screen space, and I don’t even find it very comfortable to use in my lap because it’s too small.

It got me thinking about my impulse purchase. Luckily, not all impulse purchases go wrong.


The last Apple product I impulse bought was the original iPad Air. I went to look at it and immediately bought it. I still maintain that it's the iPad that they were trying to make all along. Apart from my iPhone, the iPad Air has ended up being the Apple device I use the most. Recently I was able to travel interstate for a work meeting with nothing but my iPad Air with great success.

In the latest episode of Mac Power Users, Merlin Mann talks about his iPad Air 2 in much the same way that I talk about my original iPad Air. It has become the computer he wants to use because it is actively better at certain things than other computers.

It's a shame that Marco's purchase of the Macbook One was a mistake for him. I'm lucky that the iPad Air worked out great for me.

Australian Apple Watch Prices

People in the Apple World have been sharing around this link to Robservatory's all in one Apple Watch Spreadsheet. It's a great spreadsheet that goes through all the different models, including prices, sizes, and weights of each individual offering.

The only thing lacking is that the prices are the US prices. And as most Australians know, the US prices are really different from the Australian prices.

So, I've updated Rob's spreadsheet to include the Australian prices. You can download it here. Rob says on his site that it's okay to download and distribute, so I figure that flows to this version of his spreadsheet too.