October 18, 2014

Link: iPad Full of Apps Weighs More Than Empty One ☍

John Brownlee for Cult of Mac:

But surprisingly, an iPad without anything installed on it does weigh less than an iPad that is full.

Why? Because data stored on flash drives has weight. The difference is almost infinitesimally minute, but it is there.

The extra weight comes from flash storage storing more data in memory. The transistors in flash memory distinguish between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons.

The more data a flash drive stores on it, the more electrons are trapped. And these electrons do have weight: For 4GB of data, the difference between full and empty is 10-18 grams. For a 64GB iPad, it would be 12 times that.

These calculations were done back in 2011 by University of California at Berkeley professor of computer science John D. Kubiatowicz for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, but they’d be applicable to any device with a flash drive.

This really won’t be noticeable for anyone using an iPad, iPhone, or flash-based MacBook (most scales can’t even pick it up), but certainly fascinating to think about.

October 17, 2014

Link: The iPad Zombie ☍

Allen Pike (via John Gruber):

The only thing we can do as developers to disavow support for these devices is require a version of iOS that won’t run on them. Unfortunately, Apple will surely continue support for the A5 in iOS 9. If they do so, we won’t have a mechanism to cut off support for these old iPads mini and iPods touch until iOS 10 has reached wide adoption, likely in early 2017.


The original iPad mini is surely the new iPod Classic (or Mid-2012 MacBook Pro in 2014) of Apple’s lineup.

October 16, 2014

Special: Apple October Event Coverage

I don’t want to sound smug, but today’s Apple event was the first in a long time that I had completely guessed ahead of time (complete with an annoying iMessage to my dad before and after, since he was indirectly following while watching CNBC). That being said, let’s take a look at some of the updates, which all were quite positive…

October 14, 2014

Link: Macworld Expo’s Bleak Future ☍

Chris Breen:

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are:

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s still disappointing, especially since “hiatus” is probably used in the same sense as network television shows—it’s over. I remember going to Macworld Expo in New York in 2002 and it was an awesome experience, but I also think that with the Internet providing more resources, Apple handling events on its own, and maybe even the Mac becoming more mainstream, it may have been time to call it quits.

October 13, 2014

Link: Apple Broke Finland ☍

Matt Clinch for CNBC:

Finland’s prime minister suggested on Monday that Apple could be to blame for the demise of its two biggest industries, which in turn led to an economic downturn and a ratings downgrade for the Nordic country.
“We have two champions which went down,” Alexander Stubb told CNBC Monday. As well as the technology firm Nokia, he explained that the paper industry in Finland had fallen on hard times.

Why not blame Apple? Then again, years of Nokia’s innovation practically stalling and the world becoming more paperless couldn’t have helped the situation.

October 10, 2014

Review: FutureTap Where To?

Where To?Chances are, if you have an iPhone, it will serve as either your primary GPS navigation device or a handy spare at one point or another. Unfortunately, the built-in Google Maps-based app is a bit clunky, forcing you to buy a GPS application or deal with its quirks. If you chose the former, costs can skyrocket to nearly $100 for an app. FutureTap’s $2.99 Where To? app offers a much cheaper alternative just for finding things to see and do…

October 9, 2014

Link: How OTA Updates Work (…Or Can’t Update to iOS 8?) ☍

Amit Jain breaks down the specific process for installing an over-the-air iOS update and why you need so much space:

So, there’s this problem on the Internet and its being caused by a seeming lack of foresight. What a shock! I am referring to iOS 8’s (not so) mysterious stall in upgrade pace. The prime suspect is a lack of free space on the target devices. iOS 8 asks for 5GB of free space on the disk for update. That’s a near impossible ask for devices with only 16GB of onboard storage. After the OS taking up about 4 and people using the device for a year taking photos and installing apps, not much is really left. I personally know people who constantly tap “OK” on low space warning on their device. It’s unacceptable that Apple still sells these! Anyway, let’s talk about why iOS 8 needs 5BG of free space.

Spoiler: No it’s not a senseless threshold set by morons.

If you can’t free up space, you can always update through iTunes.

Link: The Magazine is Shutting Down ☍

I was very excited when The Magazine launched almost exactly two years ago. It’s been a fascinating and interesting publication, but Glenn Fleishman has come to the conclusion that the time has come to wrap things up:

My labor of love the last two years has been The Magazine, first as its hired hand and then, in May 2013, as its owner. The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our first-year anthology crowdfunded a bit under a year ago — we couldn’t replace departing subscribers with new ones fast enough. We’re a general-interest magazine that appeals to people who like technology, and that makes it very hard to market. “Pivoting” to a different editorial focus would have lost subscribers even faster.

It’s a shame, but as a consolation, there is a Kickstarter project to fund a second hardcover book. I picked up the first and throughly recommend you getting in on this version if you have some extra cash.