Richard Burton gives a brief history of Mavericks, the place:
Millions of people are about to update their operating system to OS X Mavericks and will have a photo of a wave as their background. I thought it might be interesting to share the story of the man who pioneered this wave. His name is Jeff Clark
(Via Shawn Blanc)
John Gruber talking about Microsoft’s Frank Shaw:
Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw:
The Surface and Surface 2 are less expensive than the iPad 2 and iPad Air respectively, and yet offer more storage, both onboard and in the cloud.
… come with full versions of Office 2013, including Outlook, not non-standard, non-cross-platform, imitation apps that can’t share docs with the rest of the world.
I don’t want to argue about Shaw’s whole piece; overall, he makes a clear argument for Microsoft’s vision of tablet computing. But that second bullet point quoted above is a doozy. There’s nothing “standard” about Microsoft Office, and there’s nothing “imitation” about the iWork apps. Microsoft Office certainly remains the most-used office software in the world, but its ubiquity makes it no more a standard than Windows itself. But most interesting to me is the accusation that iWork is not “cross-platform” — what then, is the iWork for iCloud web app version of the suite?
Betting against the iPad as a device on which people can work, for any meaning of “work”, is a bad bet in the long run. Shaw though, is doubling down on just that bet.
Dave Mark, over at the Loop Insight also commented on Shaw’s article today:
And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.
In that spirit, Apple announced yesterday that they were dropping their fees on their “iWork” suite of apps. Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant a move. And it doesn’t change the fact that it’s much harder to get work done on a device that lacks precision input and a desktop for true side-by-side multitasking.
Really Frank? How many tablets in the world have Word on them? How many have Pages? I would wager that any iPad productivity app will have more “traction” than any comparable Surface app.
And I use my iPad every single day, all without a single bolted on aftermarket input device, just the ones I was born with.
As to precision, I would love to see a side by side comparison of the iPad and Surface touch precision. I can’t imagine the Surface even coming close. Yeesh.
I have used both the iPad and the Surface… I use my iPad every day, I am writing on my iPad right this minute.
The Surface, I found you had to use the keyboard or a mouse when you entered desktop mode, Precision went out the window..
With the iPad, I do use a keyboard, but I don’t have to.. In fact, I really only use a keyboard when I want to do some heavy writing. I actually wrote the majority of the Twilio Cookbook on my iPad, and I’ve been using my iPad to work on the new book as well.
Jim Dalrymple said it best:
Shaw would do better by getting Microsoft to make a product that people actually want to buy.
As for spreadsheets and presentation software, the only competition I’m aware of is Excel and PowerPoint from the MS Office suite. I’ve never used PowerPoint and haven’t used Excel in almost 20 years, but David Sparks says their AppleScript support was better than iWork’s even before the purge. Now Apple is essentially pushing its power users toward Microsoft. It’s a funny world.
Apple is clearly doing a great job here. Kudos. If you want a device that delivers maximum battery life for light web browsing, there’s no question that you should get something with an Apple logo on it. I just wish somebody could explain to me and Anand why Windows is so awful at managing idle power. We’re at a loss to understand why Windows’ terrible – and worsening! – idle battery life performance isn’t the source of far more industry outrage.
If there was any event in recent memory that demonstrated the depth and scope of Apple’s product, it had to be this one.
That pretty much sums it up.. New MacBooks.. New Mac Pro.. New iPads.. New software releases..
Federico Viticci and Cody Fink have collected a nice set of tips and tricks to maximize your Mavericks usage.
I’ve been using Mavericks throughout the betas, and there are still one or two details that I missed…
After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: the exuberance of youth, gradually maturing into adulthood, and now, perhaps, entering its dotage. When I am an old operating system I shall wear… leather?
The 2011 release of OS X 10.7 Lion seemed to mark the natural endpoint of the “big cat” naming scheme. But Apple couldn’t resist the lure of the “cat, modifier cat” naming pattern, releasing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion a year later. Perhaps it just wanted to give its cat nine lives.
The 10th major release, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, is named after an awkwardly plural California surfing spot, finally ending the feline dynasty. But what part of the operating system’s existence is this? The afterlife?
It wouldn’t be an OS X upgrade without the annual deep dive review from Sircasua…
Also announced today was the iPad 5, aka The iPad Air..
The larger iPad has gained a similar form factor as the iPad Mini, making it the thinnest full-size tablet to date.
This also is the first tine you’ve been able to get a different colour on the back of your full-size iPad, following along the same lines as the iPad Mini here as well.
The latest iPad is now weighing in at 1 pound, making it lighter than ever, and has also gained the A7 processor and the M7 motion coprocessor.
I’m still a fan of the form factor on the iPad 4, but this looks pretty interesting.
Apple has announced the long awaited iPad Mini with Retina Display today.
The new iPad Mini also features the recent A7 processor, the same processor as the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air.
Interestingly enough, the original iPad Mini will continue to be sold at a slightly reduced price, while the iPad Mini with Retina gets a price bump.
This is along the same lines as the decision to keep the iPad 2 for sale while continuing to update the iPad line since the iPad 3 was released last year.
This update to both iWork and iLife apps comes at an interesting time as people have asked for updates to iWork for a while…