July 27, 2021

News: Apple Reports Q3 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2021 third quarter ended June 26, 2021. The Company posted a June quarter record revenue of $81.4 billion, up 36 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.30…

July 13, 2021

Snippet: Apple’s Weather App Not Nice ☍

Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge:

If you’re an iPhone user, the weather is always a particularly nice 70 degrees. Or 68 degrees. Any temperature but 69 degrees, actually, because it turns out that the built-in weather app on some versions of iOS — including the current version, iOS 14.6 — will refuse to display the internet’s favorite number, even if the actual temperature in a given location is, in fact, 69 degrees, along with several other (less meme-able) numerals like 65 and 71 degrees.

It’s not clear if this is a bug or an intentional attempt from Apple to cut down on 69-related humor. The rounding is only visible in the weather app itself: clicking through to Apple’s source data from Weather.com will show the proper temperature, as do Apple’s home screen widgets. But the iOS weather app will refuse to show 69 degrees anywhere in the forecast, whether it’s for the current temperature, the hourly forecast for the day, or the extended forecast.

That’s it. Time to break-up the company! Apple has gone too far with its power! Shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.

Jokes aside, it seems it might be a bug related to conversion of Celsius to Fahrenheit, but I did notice this myself due to a stretch of mild weather in the Midwest—my Home Screen widget would show 69 degrees, but opening the app would always be 70 (yes, my humor is juvenile).

May 12, 2021

Snippet: The Death of Panic’s Code Editor ☍

Panic:

Code Editor — originally called “Diet Coda” then later “Coda for iOS” — was our powerful and full-featured iOS editor for developers. Introduced in 2012, it was packed with innovation, like our “Super Loupe” designed to make iOS cursor placement more precise — even fun, and an “iPad Preview” that let you use your iPad as a dedicated website preview screen long before Sidecar. The goal was to make a great code editor for iOS that anyone could use on-the-go.

Unfortunately, like Transmit iOS and Status Board before it, we’re discontinuing Code Editor as it doesn’t generate enough revenue to cover its continued development.

This was a gut-punch, mostly because I use Coda Code Editor on my iPad for this site and a few other projects and it’s the perfect mix of design and features for me. I’m not even sure there is a proper replacement from someone else (feel free to email if there is!)

For what it’s worth, I would’ve loved to pay a subscription to keep Transmit and Code Editor going, but I also understand that there just may not be enough people to even do that. Apple’s heavy-handedness with the App Store played a role to prevent adding additional tools, but I think there’s also the disconnect that people aren’t willing to pay for professional, complex software on mobile like they are on desktop operating systems.

Being able to run many iOS apps on the M1 Macs, along with this announcement has me wondering some random thoughts for the first time in awhile—should my next computer be a MacBook Air and replace my iPad and Mac mini with one machine that can do it all?

April 28, 2021

News: Apple Reports Q2 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2021 second quarter ended March 27, 2021. The Company posted a March quarter record revenue of $89.6 billion, up 54 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.40. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue…

March 25, 2021

Snippet: Area-Codeless Local Calls Will Largely Go Away in October—But For a Good Reason ☍

Mitchell Clark for The Verge:

In many places, you can call up a neighbor or local pizza parlor just by dialing seven numbers, as long as you have the same area code — but that ability will soon be going away, in order to make the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline easier to reach. If you live in one of the areas where the change is taking place, you’ll soon have to dial 10 numbers whether you’re making a local call or not.

Each cellular carrier has a support page explaining the change (we’ll link to all of them below, and a list of the area codes will be included at the end of the post), but the basic gist is that, starting October 24, 2021, anyone trying to call a local number using only seven digits will be met with a recording telling them to hang up and try again with the full area code. The change will apply to landlines, cell phones, and VoIP systems.

While most people would argue that we don’t really even think about phone numbers if they’re stored on smartphone contact lists or found via a favorite mapping app, there’s still plenty of office jobs that dial numbers by hand. Either way, phone numbers have ten digits, have for a long time, and anyone still thinking in terms of seven digits needs to get with the times.

There will probably be a handful of people grumpy about this, but it’s for a good reason and also means that phone numbers that use the 988 prefix (i.e. (###) 988-####) won’t need to be changed or reassigned. In many other places, ten-digit dialing has become the norm due to new area codes overlaid on top of existing ones (or having a phone number from an area code that’s different where you live).