Apple announced their passkey implementation at WWDC 2022 — iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and iCloud Keychain. And... you know that feature that automatically fills in text message tokens for you, the one that everyone on Twitter says should get the team that made it a raise. It’s basically a meme. Yeah, passkey’s is being driven by that exact same team, with every bit as much thoughtfulness and delight. And as part of the same, familiar, auto-fill interface and experience all of us have been enjoying for a good long while already. Here's how it works!
M2 is here and if past is at all prologue, that means M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra… and maybe the cherry-on-top that would be M2 Extreme! But... what if they aren't what we expect?
Why is Stage Manager M1 iPad Only?
Flashback to WWDC 2021, and tech twitter and tech YouTube were livid — borderline apoplectic — that iPadOS 15 didn’t deliver any new features that took advantage of the M1 chipset Tim Cook had mission-improbable’d into it just 2 months before
Flash-forward to WWDC 2022, and tech twitter and tech YouTube are every bit as livid, as borderline apoplectic, that iPadOS 16 has just delivered exactly that kind of feature, a feature that requires M1 — Stage Manager
Right now your YouTube Homepage looks like... it always does. Filled with recommendations based on the videos you chose to watch in the past, and that other people like you have engaged with and enjoyed.
YouTube’s Discovery system works super hard to figure out the videos you personally, individually, would like to see the most, and then offers them to you.
But, in the near future, there’s a good chance your Homepage won’t look like that anymore. It’ll look more like this. At least something like this. Because it won’t be based on what you like to watch anymore. It’ll be based on what the government decides you should watch.
And that can't be allowed to happen. So, I need your help...
Apple M2 Chipset — Deeply Explained
4 Avalanche high-performance cores. 4 Blizzard high-efficiency cores. Up to 10 G14 Graphics Cores. 16 5th generation Neural Engine Cores. But, we’re increasingly living in a post-big-core world, and Apple recognized that earlier and better than anyone, so tack on a new image signal processor, or ISP. New Secure Enclave, and expanded video encode and decode blocks, including hardware acceleration for 8K ProRes video. Basically increasing performance while preserving battery life, and kicking off the next generation of Apple silicon Macs!
It's WWDC 2020 and Rene, Andam, iJustine, Alex, and Aure are answering all your questions about M2, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, dev tools, API, frameworks, and more!
WWDC and ‘No New Hardware’
Forget the early days of new iPhones, 2017 and everything from iMac to MacBook Pro to iMac Pro to... HomePod... that really highlighted for me how “it’s a software event” has never been more than the baseline. The sure thing. The guarantee. And then, on top of that, there’s always been a zero to… crapton chance of new hardware as well, depending on just what exactly Apple needed any given year. Even if it meant, every once in a while, letting it slip that there’d be “no new hardware”
That’s the second most famous line in WWDC history, right after “One more thing”
So, does that mean we're missing the whole entire iOS, macOS, and software forest for the Mac Pro, MacBook Air, and VR headset trees?
I’ve been asking for an always-on iPhone display… it’s gotta be… 5 years now. Basically, ever since Apple took it OLED with the iPhone X back in 2017.
I mean, Nokia phones have had it since 1812… or 2010… one of those years. And Android phones from Samsung to Google to Moto have been… yoting them out for what feels like half to a decade by now. Even the Apple Watch managed to get its always on back in 2019. You know, the before times…
And yet, it feels like every year, on the year, someone goes and says this year, no, this year, the iPhone will finally be getting always on. Like, just keep saying it, and it has to come true eventually, right? And who knows, sure, maybe. I’m honestly so far beyond burned out by all the leaks constantly flooding my feeds these days anyway.
But it does raise a super interesting question. Why is it taking Apple so damn long, so damn always, to just give us all these features anyway? And is rapid adaption of new technologies maybe, just maybe, something Android handles way better?
iPhone Design is Compromised
The iPhone Design is… compromised. I know it. You know. Apple sure as hell knows it. iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 14... mini, Pro, Max. It doesn't matter. From the mmWave RF window on the sides to the notch on the top to the camera bump on the back to the display on the front. Compromised by trade-offs. Even when there are alternatives. And we need to talk about it
Making iPad Apps… on the iPad!
For some people, a computer is a device that you can use to make apps... for that computer. And, for most of its existence, that’s counted the iPad out, almost completely. At least until last year… That's when Apple gave Swift Playgrounds the ability to use SwiftUI to create honest-to-Craig iPhone and iPad apps... on the iPad. And now, just this month, the Mac version of Swift Playgrounds has gained the ability to make SwiftUI apps as well!