Prediction: Apple’s product event on Tuesday will feature the new, re-designed Apple Silicon iMac. It will be a 24”-ish model to replace the 21.5”, and will be powered by the M1. No new chips will be announced.
I’m always surprised by how much I’m able to suppress. The mind needs space to breath, let things rise to the surface, and be creative. Sometimes it needs freedom from podcasts, work, and endlessly scrolling feeds.
A few hours of shoveling a Wisconsin driveway does the trick! This was also an opportunity to test my iPhone mini’s “Night Mode” photography. This is the road just outside our home:
I’ve long been a fan of MacStadium — a company that provides a cloud service based on macOS.
They’re about to get a run for their money — AWS just announced EC2 Mac Instances. Is there any other cloud provider doing this? Or is AWS the first aside from MacStadium? Either way, it’s neat. It’s also kind of funny to think about a rack of Mac Minis hanging out in us-east-1.
Recently, Apple announced their final event for the year, titled “One more thing”.
“One more thing”, the famous line, hearkens to a generational (as opposed to incremental) moment in a product’s life. And if you’re a fan of the Mac, you know exactly how exciting this moment is.
It feels like Apple is catapulting the Mac into a new era with Apple Silicon. While I’m sure power and performance gains will steal the show, this is also about executing Apple’s belief in building fully integrated machines: hardware and software tightly bound, from squircles to silicon.
Who knows what possibilities this will open?
It’s also about harmonizing Apple’s platforms. As announced at WWDC, these Macs will be capable of running all iOS apps by default. The Mac essentially becomes a superset of iOS!
I’m working my way through trip photos from Glacier National Park. Here’s a goat that paid us a visit with his wisdom and mountain mystique. I was hoping he would share a haiku or proverb, but instead, he just stared at us before continuing on his journey.
From the homepage of Nova, a new code editor for macOS created by Panic:
If we're being honest, Mac apps are a bit of a lost art. There are great reasons to make cross-platform apps — to start, they're cross-platform — but it's just not who we are. Founded as a Mac software company in 1997, our joy at Panic comes from building things that feel truly, well, Mac-like. Long ago, we created Coda, an all-in-one Mac web editor that broke new ground. But when we started work on Nova, we looked at where the web was today, and where we needed to be. It was time for a fresh start.
I’m up late, and I’m making scrambled eggs because that’s what I have left in the fridge.
Here’s a foggy sunset in my neighborhood; this was on my way to the grocery store a few days back. I’ll need to go back in the morning.
It’s not as apocalyptic as it looks of course – just apt timing for the photo. The following afternoon was sunny, with plenty of folk playing/walking/running in the park (with a safe distance between them).
I freaking love macOS. I joined the club when cat names were cool. My first Mac was a Mac mini rocking Mountain Lion.
Apple’s WWDC19 revealed a glimpse into the future of building software for macOS. No longer will it be siloed with its own UI framework. Instead, apps can be composed with UIKit and SwiftUI, neither of which is Mac-only.
As someone that loves a good native Mac app, the future of the platform looks bright.
Before Apple opens the floodgates with the release of Catalina, I wanted to share my list of beloved Mac apps that are here and now.
I was sitting in a large open stairwell, with gaps beneath each stair that led to the lobby area below. I work as a leader at a children’s summer camp, and right now we’re in what we call “small group time”. I’m sitting in this stairwell with several other kids (think 8 to 11 years old) discussing what we learned today.
Clearly bored with the discussion, one kid decides to push objects through the opening in the stairs, sending them plummeting into the lobby below.