WWDC 2024 Reactions and Reflections

Nice that they have implemented it. Although, I somewhat disagree with the tweet. Before, iOS would detect when I am writing English with my German keyboard and also do the sentence completion they introduced last year. And what the Italian guy in the answers is doing works flawless in iOS 17.

“Apple’s devices complement each other in a way that makes users want to stay in the garden, no matter how high the walls may get. “ - Macworld

Stockholm Syndrome: a condition in which people develop positive emotions and associations with someone who is keeping them captive :wink:

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For Vitals, I think you’ll need a watch with temperature sensing capabilities to get the full picture. I think that’s an S8 or above?

Training load could be useful if you are increasing or decreasing the intensity or regularity of your workouts. For example, I usually do the 30 minute HIIT-style rowing workouts in Apple Fitness+, but yesterday I rowed for 75 minutes during the keynote. That’s more than double my usual. Average of 28 strokes per minute, which is similar to the Fitness+ workouts. Obviously, it’s a much longer workout, but my heart rate didn’t get anywhere near as high as it does during the Fitness+ rows.

Last night, I slept well, but only got 6.5 hours of sleep, and woke up in the middle of a REM cycle, according to my watch.

OK, so all that in mind: should I do a 30 minute HIIT-style workout today? Should I gently row for a while? Should I just go for a walk? Do I need a total rest?

If, by actual athletes, you mean professional athletes, they surely have trainers that can guide them through some of these decisions. Those trainers will also tell them what to eat and when to sleep. Barring access to any of that, a watch that can approach even 25% of that intelligence is very useful to everybody who takes their fitness seriously.

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I’m not a doctor, but I would guess it could also be useful for someone with, say, a mild heart condition who’s been advised to get more exercise to gradually strengthen their cardiovascular system but to ramp up slowly and not get too intense in any given session.

In addition to that, it’s useful for anybody embarking on a new exercise regime. Or anybody who just wants to keep steady with their workouts and not fall off much when they rest. Lots of great use cases for something like this.

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I suppose that iOS 17.4 (DMA compliance) and VisionOS 1 required a significant amount of development resources, I expected the new OS versions to be affected in some way.

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Indeed! :slightly_smiling_face: But, there is a warm bed, free food and medical care … my captors are nice. :slightly_smiling_face:

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What a great opening paragraph from a recent The Economist article.

Tim Cook has an air of bashful reverence. In his 13 years at the helm of Apple he has created more value than just about any CEO in history, as the tech behemoth’s market capitalisation has climbed from less than $400bn to almost $3trn. But he still acts as if he were there thanks to the grace of Steve Jobs, or the skill of his colleagues, or divine providence. It was in character, then, that when he took to the stage at the iPhone-maker’s annual developers’ gathering on June 10th, he first greeted the cheering throng by clasping his hands together, as if in prayer. He probably would not admit this, but there was plenty to pray for. Apple is suffering one of its periodic bouts of investor angst. Call it the curse of the missing mojo.

No “he” didn’t. He had the top job and an indispensable role, but the people of Apple, including him, did it together.

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It wouldn’t be an Apple event without somebody saying the company is doomed.

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lol just like we can’t have a product launch without a portmanteau of Watergate

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The CEO always gets the ultimate credit and ultimate blame, the “buck stops there,” for good or bad. :slightly_smiling_face:

I like this take on Apple Intelligence.

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The original iPhone had a screen that was about half the size of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 97% less camera quality, 99% less available memory, 68% less battery life, 95% fewer transistors on its chips, and 99.999% fewer available apps.

Obviously, if you had made a judgment about what the iPhone ultimately would become based on the original product, you would have missed the entire vision …
With Apple Intelligence, we are at the original-iPhone stage of the product lifecycle …

But I am confident that, like the iPhone, Apple Intelligence will ultimately end up permeating every facet of our personal and professional lives. Apple Intelligence will be built into all of Apple’s existing form factors (iPhone, iPad, Mac) and those yet to come (including significantly improved versions of the Vision Pro or some other AR/VR/XR headset). The ability to talk to a computer, to let it see what you see, and to let it hear what you hear will be extremely powerful for everyday consumers.

From MarkerWatch

Apple Intelligence today is like seeing the first iPhone back in 2007. You know great things are coming.

If you had judged the iPhone based on the original product, you would have missed the entire vision

By Cody Willard

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I know that’s a common way to look at it. But I disagree that it reflects reality, other than the reality that a lot of people look at it that way.

I just think there is a segment of the market that continue complaining about a device that, “Pro” or not, is not fundamentally suited for them. Rather than just accept that and use the device that is EXACTLY for them, they just keep complaining.

The obvious answer is for those folks to use the Mac and be done with it. No one is forcing them to use a device and OS they don’t want to use. If the time comes that Apple sees fit to bring Xcode or any of the other requested features well then, they could change tools.

Pro on the iPad may never be the same as pro on the Mac in terms of features. For example, top level pro Macs have more memory, more powerful processors and of course, fans. It’s a different market for different tasks.

One interesting aspect of these discussions is that users always have different takes on what should or shouldn’t be, what is or is not a problem. Apple has to decide where and how to direct its resources. I’m just guessing that over the last 1-2 years much of their time was taken up with VisionOS and perhaps changes with EU regulations, etc. But we know too that they probably were also in the process of trying to get their AI efforts going.

I don’t have the first clue about how large corporations manage resources. I’m a freelancer that lives in a tiny house in the woods. I spend my free time talking to squirrels. But just guessing that an organization of humans like Apple does not turn on a dime.

The Apple enthusiast and media creator community has its strongly held opinions but even that’s not uniform. I use the Files app at least 1 hour a day if not more and I think it’s an excellent app. For my use case multitasking is also fine because I don’t edit video. And, to be honest, even if I did I’m the sort that would likely step away to walk my dog or get a cup of coffee if I had a 10 minute video export to wait for.

We have very different takes on all this. It would never occur to me to describe iPadOS 18 as insulting. I already use iPadOS 17 because I think the device and OS are fantastic as is. Apple chose to prioritize AI and Siri this year and that works for me. Much of that looks like it will be useful and/or fun to use.

Apple doesn’t promise or build according to the demands of the tech press. They just don’t. And that’s a good thing because for the past 4-5 years the tech press have been going on and on and on, endlessly, about “what’s Apple’s next big thing?” Rumoring about the car and AR/VR and asking endlessly where is it? What is it? Then AI comes along and everyone switches to that as the new meme. Oh, boy, Apple is behind in AI, they have to catch up. All the while it’s “Oh, iPadOS is terrible…”

The tech press and tech enthusiasts on social media bounce around, constantly in a frenzy about what’s next or what needs to be better, etc. Apple isn’t going to please that audience and they know it. The past 3 years saw them catering to advanced iPad users with some pretty big improvements like full cursor/trackpad/mouse support in 2020. Significant Files improvements 2019-2021. Then Stage Manager and full external display support 2022-2023. Also in 2022, the Freeform app which I would say is an iPad first app. In 2023 Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. But even with those and other new features the reaction was, as usual, meh, not enough.

Unlike Microsoft’s focus on productivity and serving enterprise with Copilot, Apple brought a feast to a very large table at WWDC24. From new features in Notes, Mail, Messages, Safari, Photos, etc to system wide features like the AI text and Image Playgrounds, as well as the range of Siri improvements, Apple 2024 is about bringing a broad range of improvements to all of its users.

So, yeah, specific improvements to iPadOS will have to wait.

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The Notes app in iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 supports colors for typed text for the first time

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I agree with your overall take, but unlike me they don’t see the Mac as exactly for them, because they want it also to work as a tablet with a touchscreen, or the iPad to do the opposite.

But Apple loses nothing financially by not giving them what they want, because most of them keep buying iPad Pros anyway. In fact, it actually comes out ahead, because they often also buy Macs, because they can’t do everything with their iPad Pros.

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It’s only for highlighting. It’s still not plain colored text, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Really thoughtful post — thanks for taking the time to write it. I think I’m coming around to your point of view. I will say, however, I would have liked to see even a tiny bit more progress on the “Pro” of the iPad since they just released monsters of power, but I get where you are coming from.

I try to reflect on what gives me the itch to use either system. To be clear, I don’t do my work on any Apple platform…my work is done on a Windows machine (although my work phone is an iPhone and I use that primarily for Teams and email). So for me, I guess it’s all “casual” or “hobby work”. I use the Mac when I want to work on coding. I also use the Mac because it’s the ultimate fall back if something on the iPad doesn’t work. Finally, I must have a Mac to be the backup source for all our family files.

What do I use the iPad for? 99% of everything else unless I need something niche or a bigger portable screen. I’m perfectly happy to hook the iPad up to my monitor, though, too. I use it primarily for reading, writing, corresponding, creative endeavors, entertainment, etc. And maybe that’s perfectly ok.

The iPad is the thing that when I go back to it, I have a sigh of comfort. I do not dislike my MBP at all. Ultimately I wish Apple would make a Surface-like device…would adore that!

But the iPad makes 99% of what I do easy, super portable (thanks built in cellular), and reliable. Also, silly things like downloading shows from the different services I have…all easy on the iPad. Some have that feature on the Mac, but not all.

Anyway, this felt a little rambly. But it kind of reflects how I feel about the updates this year. I wanted more, but I guess I’m not super sure why.

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