490: The Cat Has a Team of Lawyers


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00:00:08   From Relay FM, this is Upgrade, episode 490. Upgrade is brought to you this time by Wildgrain

00:00:15   and ExpressVPN, and I am your host, Jason Snell. Mike Hurley is on assignment. He actually kind of

00:00:21   is. He kind of is on assignment this week, doing, expanding his mind and learning things and doing

00:00:25   awesome stuff. And so joining me this time for the Upgrade program is returning after about a year

00:00:32   since I think he was here the last time in December. As a guest, it is John Siracusa. Hi, John.

00:00:38   You're like a substitute teacher. A little bit. Not your normal, Mike Hurley. I'm a substitute

00:00:43   today, so we'll probably just watch a movie. Class. Yeah, that's right. Take your seats. We

00:00:48   gotta take attendance, and then we can do whatever we want. That's right. John, you know, Mike

00:00:53   actually listens to these. He said last week he really loves listening to episodes of podcasts

00:00:58   that he's not on that he hosts, because they're his favorite podcasts, obviously, and yet there's

00:01:03   one that he's not participating in. And it is, I remember flying home from New Zealand, listening

00:01:08   to the two episodes. Well, I listened to one on the ferry between the two islands in New Zealand,

00:01:13   and then I listened to the other one on the flight home of the two that I didn't do. And it was kind

00:01:17   of like an out-of-body experience a little bit. Other than the, uh, the switcheroo that you guys

00:01:24   did with Rocket, um, or whatever it was called, have all three of you guys been on every episode

00:01:31   of ATP? Yep, that was just the one, the one time we, uh, weren't all there. And I was the one who

00:01:36   wasn't there. And you've never, you've never had that thing where, like, oh well, this week, I mean,

00:01:43   I've listened since the beginning, uh, where it's like, oh well, Casey's not here this week, Marco's

00:01:47   not here this week. Nope, nope. That's remarkable because we, we did the math about, at the podcast

00:01:52   athon, about how many times the three different connected hosts have missed. And, and it's a lot,

00:01:58   like, it's actually surprising. They definitely are living up to the idea that if you have a show

00:02:03   with three hosts, um, oh, you know, only two hosts need to appear at any given time. It's more of a,

00:02:10   two of them are over there in Europe or Europe adjacent areas, you know, they have the whole

00:02:15   thing where they get like, you know, three weeks vacation in August and just, there's more of a

00:02:20   relaxed atmosphere, you know, Federico does actually, I think, take, you know, he, he takes

00:02:26   any stereotypes, but you know, but, but he also writes a, an iOS review during that time. So is

00:02:32   he really taking the summer off at the beach? He's sort of taking the summer off at the beach to

00:02:36   write a voluminous review, but, um, it's, it still counts. I think it's very impressive that you guys

00:02:42   do that show. Um, I know sometimes you bank an episode here and there in order to get it done,

00:02:47   but I, I, we're usually only offset by about a week. Like that's the way we do it. If one of us

00:02:51   can't make it there, we shifted forward or back. And it's usually not a whole week because that

00:02:55   week we have a regularly scheduled show. So we have to have the second one after the regular

00:02:58   scheduled show. I think the worst we've ever had it as like a, maybe a two day gap between episodes.

00:03:04   So we still try to space them out, but yeah, we haven't missed one in 10 years.

00:03:07   No, I'm very, I'm very impressed. I tell people that, that consistency is an important part of

00:03:10   podcasting because you're creating a subscription relationship. And you know, if you're,

00:03:15   if your thing that comes every week doesn't come, people are unhappy about that. They really kind of

00:03:19   bank on the consistency. And with, with you guys, here I am on this weird episode where one of the

00:03:24   two people who's usually here is not here, but until I went to New Zealand, I think I had never

00:03:29   missed an episode of upgrade. I had even like recorded prerecorded segments for episodes. I

00:03:34   missed it on vacation in order to just be there. And Mike finally talked me into it. He just said,

00:03:40   look, you don't have to be on every episode. And I'm on this episode, which as people already have

00:03:46   known while I drink lots of tea, I completely lost my voice on Saturday. Well, not completely half

00:03:52   the words came out. The other half did not, uh, but it's coming back and I'm here drinking tea.

00:03:59   Taking names, talking to Jon. So he doesn't have to monologue on someone else's podcast.

00:04:04   We usually start with a Snell Talk question. I got two questions in that are sort of, I'm,

00:04:09   I'm going to point the spotlight at me, but then maybe point it back at you because you have

00:04:12   opinions about things we do. In fact, a new Robot or Not episode over the Incomparable came out today.

00:04:18   So if you enjoy me talking to Jon and Jon talking to me, we do a silly podcast about stuff on every

00:04:27   other Monday. Basically it comes out on the incomparable. Um, so maybe you can tell me what

00:04:32   you think about this. Brian wrote in to say, Jason, when pouring milk into a bowl of cereal,

00:04:36   do you pour all in one spot or move around? And if you do move around, which do you move the milk or

00:04:42   the bowl? Well, Brian bless you. I've never thought of this at all, but I will, I will say

00:04:49   that when I put milk into a bowl of cereal, I pour it all into one spot. It's generally the center.

00:04:54   And, uh, I'm surprised that you're asking about moving the bowl around because I think the big

00:05:00   question with cereal is how much milk you put in. Cause I think, um, my goal, my goal, okay, we'll

00:05:06   get, we'll get to it. But my, my goal with the bowl of cereal is to get enough milk in that first off

00:05:13   it's not dry. And second at the end, there's very little milk left, maybe even no milk left, but the

00:05:21   stuff that's still there is still, um, still milky. So that's, that's sort of my take on it is if I,

00:05:28   if I really nail it, I used to have a cat who, who, um, who, who drank the, the cereal milk at

00:05:34   the end. And then I put a little more milk in cause he, he actually liked that. Um, but, uh,

00:05:39   bad for cats. Some cats, maybe not. I mean, he, he liked it. Some cats like it. Some cats don't

00:05:46   like it. I think they like it. I'm just not sure it's good for them. I don't know. He was,

00:05:49   he was our retiree adoptee. As it turns out, we didn't realize how old he was. So really he was

00:05:55   at the point in his life where we should just give him whatever he wants. And, and he would,

00:05:58   sometimes he would come up to the milk. When am I going to get to that? And he'd be like, sniff,

00:06:01   sniff. And he'd be like, Oh no. And he'd walk away. And other times he'd be like, yes, please.

00:06:05   I want that milk right now. I don't know what his opinion was. So what am I missing here about

00:06:09   cereal and milk, John? Oh, so the big question was cereal. And this is going to sound ridiculous

00:06:13   to you, but it's a, in the category of secret weird things is a milk first or cereal first.

00:06:17   You just assumed cereal first. People, people just assume whatever they do is a hundred percent

00:06:23   normal. And they didn't even even think of it. Do you realize there are people who are putting milk

00:06:26   in their cereal first, milk in the bowl first, not cereal on top of it. So this is like the tea

00:06:32   debate, right? Which is, do you put the milk into the tea first and then the tea, or do you put the

00:06:36   tea in and then the milk? And in England, I'm told there's actually some classism involved in that,

00:06:41   like upper crust people think that the, which is funny. It's hard to find something in the UK where

00:06:47   classism is not. Well, no, this is absolutely true, but I think it's funny because we think

00:06:52   of tea as English and Americans think of tea as being like fancy and English as fancy people.

00:06:58   But the truth is there's like builders tea that the builders do, and then there's fancy tea. And

00:07:02   so it's all, it's all fine. It spans, it spans is what I'm saying. But apparently one of those

00:07:09   things is like, oh, you're not doing it right. You're putting milk in first. You're a real milk

00:07:12   in first kind of person and it's all, but a cereal floats, right? Like that's like, that's like putting

00:07:19   Well, that's the question about this. You know, like it seems, it seems so strange that you were

00:07:23   done the other way, but the question is, hey, where do you put the liquid in? So first I'm

00:07:27   going to say that Brian may not have been paying enough attention in chemistry class when you went

00:07:32   over the properties of liquids and solids, usually what they teach you in high school. Do you remember

00:07:35   what they say about liquids to tell you like what a liquid is? No, what do they say? Takes the shape

00:07:41   of its container. It's on the test. You got to write that off. Okay. The option that says it's a

00:07:45   liquid because it takes the shape of its container. Okay. So no matter where you put the milk in,

00:07:49   assuming there is cereal already in there, but even if there isn't cereal already in there,

00:07:52   the liquid is going to shake, take the shape of the container and the shape of the container.

00:07:56   Obviously if it's empty, it's the shape of the bowl that it's in. But if there's cereal in there

00:07:59   is going to go in between all the nooks and crannies of the cereal, no matter where you

00:08:03   put it in. But the second question you were getting to is, okay, but what if the cereal floats?

00:08:06   Because now as you're putting liquid in there, the cereal is moving because it starts to float.

00:08:10   That's why you have to have different amounts, different rules sort of for filling things

00:08:15   based on how much you know the cereal floats. Density of the cereal, right. Yeah. And that

00:08:19   happens when you put the cereal in. When you put it in the bowl, if it's a floaty cereal,

00:08:23   you can't put as much in because as you put the milk in, it's going to rise and then the

00:08:27   cereal is going to spill over the edge before the liquid gets to the edge. You know what I mean?

00:08:29   It's true. Yeah. I have precise amounts for all different kinds of cereal brands and I know how

00:08:34   high I have to put the milk in my bowl. And unlike you, my goal is not to be done with everything at

00:08:39   the same time. My goal is to have a little bit of milk left because I like to have the second

00:08:44   little helping of cereal to get rid of the milk that's left because one bowl of cereal is just

00:08:48   not quite enough with the size of my bowls. Oh, interesting. And no, I don't move the bowl or the

00:08:53   pour around. I pour on the edge so I can see better and I don't move the bowl or the pour.

00:08:58   And then the thing that my daughter does with cereal, which drives me just up a wall, is the

00:09:03   final question you didn't ask, which is, hey, when you're doing this with the milk and the cereal,

00:09:08   where are you doing it? She does it on the kitchen counter. She puts the milk and the cereal in the

00:09:12   bowl on the kitchen counter and then carries a bowl full of milk and cereal sloshing as she goes

00:09:17   into the room where she's going to eat it. Yeah. That's not right. Do it at your place setting,

00:09:22   where you're going to eat it. You do not want to be carrying a bowl of cereal and milk around.

00:09:25   All right. So I've got some notes here that you're going to really love. One is the cereal

00:09:29   that we have in the house, which I don't, Lauren eats it every day. I don't eat it every day,

00:09:33   but I do eat it. I have it occasionally. I like, I like some cereal with milk. It's floaty.

00:09:38   Sometimes we'll have Raisin Bran, but usually it's this Kashi stuff and it's good. And I have it and

00:09:44   it's a treat. It's not that floaty. It's flakes, right? No, no. These are little, these are little

00:09:50   hearts and circles. It's the, their puffs kind of like Cheerios. Yeah, exactly. So,

00:09:55   floaty cereal, what you want to do is put the cereal in and then use the milk because what

00:10:01   you want, the cereal is going to float on the milk, right? So you want the milk stream to kind

00:10:07   of pass through the cereal. Cause then what I want ideally is cereal that has been touched by milk

00:10:14   and has absorbed maybe a little bit of the milk, but is not going to get super soggy super fast

00:10:19   so that I can kind of mix the milk and the cereal together while it's all still a little crunchy and

00:10:25   a little milky, which is I think ideal because once it gets soggy, it's, I think no good. So

00:10:30   that's part of the reason I think that I put it in there. Although I think there's some spoon

00:10:33   technique too, where you've got some milk and you've got some cereal and you have them together.

00:10:36   Anyway, but John, here's the thing that's going to blow your mind, which is it leads into our,

00:10:40   our, our second half of the Snell Talk question, which is from Anthony who says, Jason,

00:10:44   you drink your morning tea in bed. The answer is yes, I do. And I eat my breakfast in bed,

00:10:49   which means if it's cereal, I will pour the milk in the kitchen and carry the bowl,

00:10:53   sloshing around with milk in it, John, all the way back to bed and sit in the bed and eat the cereal

00:10:59   in bed. Do you have a little like a tray thingy that goes in your, or are you just holding it in

00:11:04   your hand all the time? We have those trays. I do not use it. I am holding it in my hand. You must

00:11:08   have deep bowls. I can't imagine. They're not super deep, but I will say I'm not filling them

00:11:17   to the top. Right? Like that would be a bad idea. Yeah. And I do drink my tea as well in bed. I am,

00:11:23   my stomach is sensitive enough now in my old age that I have to eat something before I drink tea,

00:11:28   which makes me sad, but I have to, I have to eat something before I drink tea in the morning.

00:11:32   And if you're wondering, milk in first or not, the answer is I don't put anything in my tea anymore.

00:11:37   I used to put honey in my tea, but I stopped even doing that. So I just have it straight up.

00:11:43   Although there's honey in it now because I'm trying to have my voice not disappear during

00:11:49   a podcast. So thank you, Brian and Anthony, for your Snell Talk questions. Just a reminder,

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00:12:46   We have a little bit of follow up, which I know you enjoy, John, although you weren't on

00:12:51   this previous episode, but you were on an episode that did a similar thing.

00:12:56   Basically, Lister Taylor wrote in chuckling, I think the whole time saying, so beeper mini upgrades Monday schedule means you guys got to see the entire lifetime of this product play out between recordings. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Yes.

00:13:11   Beeper mini, the iMessage for Android that came and went between episodes. Might come again. It's possible.

00:13:23   Quinn Nelson, who does such a great job with YouTube videos, he's one of us. He's not

00:13:28   kind of like in the inner circle of Apple commentators or whatever, but trust me, he is.

00:13:37   He's very good at his job. Snazzy Labs YouTube channel. He did a whole video where they actually

00:13:42   got him access and they explained to him how it worked. It's great. The whole time that he's

00:13:46   describing how it works and how it uses Apple's existing technology in order to do this and why

00:13:53   that was going to mean that Apple couldn't break it because it would not only look bad, but it would

00:13:59   break things that Apple already has in place. I thought the whole time, I thought, you know,

00:14:04   this sounds like a great story, but I'm sure they're really confident in it. They told it

00:14:11   all to Quinn very confidently, but it doesn't mean that the high school kid who figured this all out

00:14:16   didn't miss one little thing that allows Apple to pull a pin somewhere and help the whole thing fall

00:14:23   apart because they're very common. It's like, no, no, no, it's all using standard stuff. I think

00:14:28   maybe they believed that, but the danger there is that what they see on the surface is not everything

00:14:35   that's there. I also had in the back of my head the idea that just because Apple currently uses

00:14:42   this system, it's entirely possible that Apple has alternate methods that they could slide in.

00:14:47   You know how when they replace a bridge, they build the bridge to the side and then one day

00:14:51   they shut down the traffic and they slide the old bridge out and slide the new bridge in? They have

00:14:56   the ability to do stuff like that too, where they actually have some stuff ready to go and they can

00:15:00   flip a switch and go to an alternate method. Well, but that was part of their confidence. They were

00:15:04   like, well, but if they change this, they'll break older devices because if they have that parallel

00:15:09   bridge, it would presumably only be in newer versions of the OS. You know what I mean? And so

00:15:12   they're like, well, Apple can't break us because then they'd be breaking all their old devices and

00:15:16   they're not going to do that. But the fact that they listed it all, Apple wouldn't do this because

00:15:21   it would look bad shows either they're not being honest or they don't understand Apple. It's like,

00:15:26   is Apple really, you think it would look bad, but let me tell you the history of Apple doing things

00:15:32   that other people were angry about, but that they did anyway. And then the second thing is,

00:15:36   I don't understand what their technical foundation for thinking that they couldn't break this without

00:15:41   breaking old devices was because they said an ATP. The root problem here is how does Apple figure out

00:15:50   whether something that is connecting to one of their services is allowed to. And the allowed

00:15:56   to rules are pretty clear. If you asked Apple, they would say Apple devices are allowed to use

00:16:01   iMessage and they sell lots of devices and those things connect. But the root problem is, okay,

00:16:06   but how do you tell that this is an Apple device? And beeper was like, we found a way to make Apple

00:16:10   think we're an Apple device. That's great and all, but you're not an Apple device. And so

00:16:15   you're not really using the service the way Apple intended it to. And the way they're getting it to

00:16:22   work is that, well, we have some credentials that were from a legitimate Apple device. So we're just

00:16:27   going to send them. And even though we are not that device, we're going to pretend to be. That's

00:16:31   trivially easy for Apple to stop because they'll just find out whatever credentials you're using

00:16:36   and stop you from using it unless you're the device that was using it for the 10 years prior

00:16:40   or whatever, however old the device is or whatever. And that just starts a game of cat and mouse. It's

00:16:44   like, okay, well, we'll find different value credentials. Okay, we'll do this. And that cat

00:16:48   and mouse game, I don't think Apple wants to play for a long time, but they can play it forever.

00:16:53   Apple has more money than beeper. You know, don't get in an effort war with Apple, right?

00:16:57   This just in, John, the cat and the mouse are continuing to play the game because in our chat

00:17:04   room just sent a link saying that beeper mini now works again, but only if you've got a, an email

00:17:09   based existing Apple ID, not the phone number registration. So they've taken that part out of

00:17:15   the equation and they're like, no, just use your real Apple ID. And so, okay. A cat, I guess it's

00:17:21   back in your corner. The mouse has responded. The cat has another thing. The cat has a team

00:17:26   of lawyers and like, Oh, I guess that an ATP, Apple can play the tech cat and mouse game forever and

00:17:30   they will win it. But they also have another game that is much easier and faster to win, which is,

00:17:34   Hey, you're not legally allowed to connect to our servers and use our service if you're not an Apple

00:17:39   device. Uh, so especially since beeper is trying to make money off of this, it's probably pretty

00:17:44   easy to send a bunch of lawyers and say, yeah, uh, you know, cause there's gotta be something in the

00:17:48   terms of service that you agree to when you get an Apple ID that says you're only allowed to use

00:17:52   Apple services with Apple devices. Like that's in the legal ease somewhere, I'm sure. So they can

00:17:56   just lawyer the way out of this as well. So there are many avenues to shutting down this business.

00:18:00   The idea that the company thinks that they're going to be charging their customers $2 a month and

00:18:04   build a burgeoning business and Apple is just going to look the other way. It just seems

00:18:07   highly unlikely. Well, so I, I have some understanding of the idea of it makes Apple

00:18:12   look bad in that Apple is under pressure in a lot of quarters, especially in Europe about

00:18:17   iMessage, but you're right. The Apple's track record is first off, they make a lot of things

00:18:23   that they do low key and they just say, it's a security issue we fixed because security is

00:18:28   a priority for our users and they just do it like super basic. And also their strategy with a lot of

00:18:36   these, um, regulators has been to push it to the limit and say, you know, uh, not, not compromised,

00:18:42   but instead be like, no, of course we had to do this. This is not opening up iMessage on Android.

00:18:47   This is some company hacking our systems. And that, that is, you know, look, somebody in the

00:18:53   EU is going to use this as an example of Apple being, you know, they're diligent in closing

00:18:59   their system. It'll be in a document somewhere, a politician will mention and all of that, but

00:19:03   it is consistent with Apple's behavior to basically be like, well, no, this isn't an example of

00:19:09   anything except some other company trying to hack into our system. And it's not even hacking. It is

00:19:13   straightforward unauthorized use of network service because the use is not authorized.

00:19:18   It's not, it's not like hacking, it's not like they're exploiting a security flaw or a buffer

00:19:22   overflow or whatever. They're pretending to be an authorized thing, but they are not an authorized

00:19:27   thing. And that I feel like is just so much, much more illegal policy thing. It's like, look,

00:19:32   you're not asking anybody else who runs like WhatsApp or any of the other things to say,

00:19:36   oh, and by the way, you should allow completely unauthorized applications to use your network.

00:19:41   No, no one makes that argument. So Apple is on very firm footing saying,

00:19:44   regardless of the antitrust things or whatever, you can't make it a requirement that we allow

00:19:50   anyone who can figure out how to communicate with our service to use it, because that's not how

00:19:54   anything else works. Like there's not a burgeoning market for third-party WeChat and line clients

00:19:58   that are a hundred percent supported by those companies. At least as far as I know, but either

00:20:02   way, like it's a policy decision based on the network. Do you have a network that's used for

00:20:06   instant messaging? Would you like to allow third-party clients or are you going to look

00:20:10   the other way at third-party clients? Or are you going to be like, we know Apple's going to be as,

00:20:14   no, if we're not supporting third-party clients for iMessage, you don't get to use third-party

00:20:18   client with iMessage. I know you can get it to work, but that's not the terms of service that

00:20:22   you agreed to when you sign up for an Apple ID or whatever. Anyway, the adventure continues, I guess,

00:20:29   Taylor, and maybe the entire lifetime of the product is not yet over, but I don't know. It's

00:20:35   entertaining to watch it, but that's it. The fact that they charged for this product, I don't know,

00:20:44   I appreciate this happening. I feel sorry for everybody who spent money or is working at

00:20:52   Beeper about, I mean, this feels like a doomed thing. I don't quite know why they're doing it.

00:20:58   Yeah, unless they're hoping like Apple would say, oh, we finally decided we're going to make

00:21:01   iMessage for Android, but we don't want to bother making the app. So we'll do a deal with you where

00:21:05   you charge two oils a month and you give us $1.80 of that. You could make legal deals and say, okay,

00:21:12   we're allowing this particular third-party client to use iMessage on Android and it's a financial

00:21:17   deal we worked out because we don't want to develop it ourselves. But that's not an Apple-y

00:21:20   thing to do and they haven't decided to do that. So trying to sort of just wing it and be like,

00:21:25   we're going to get away with it, you know, what is it like, you know, better to ask forgiveness

00:21:30   than permission. Well, Apple is not forgiving in this scenario and they definitely didn't ask for

00:21:33   permission. No, well, the challenge with better to ask forgiveness than permission is when you're

00:21:38   dealing with somebody who won't ever forgive and will never give permission. That's the challenge

00:21:44   and that is absolutely Apple here. One other item, Mike and I do this B-tails thing about betas.

00:21:54   The state of my voice, I don't think I can do it, but it's the B-tails.

00:21:56   Oh boy, wow, that was bad. Okay, I did the hoo-hoo. Anyway, final versions of iOS and iPadOS

00:22:04   17.2 and MacOS Sonoma 14.2, I believe, shipping, expected to ship anyway, this week. I just wanted

00:22:12   to close the book on that a little bit. That journal app for the iPhone is going to be out.

00:22:16   The spatial video recording that we've already, you know, talked about and written about on the

00:22:22   iPhone so you can record 1080p 30 videos in stereo based on two sensors and then watch them later

00:22:30   on the Vision Pro with a big asterisk and footnotes and things like that, but that will be

00:22:36   there. The thing that I've complained about for a while now, these sticker reply and messages, my

00:22:42   feedback ticket got closed, John, as being fixed in the latest beta. And so I'll just point out,

00:22:48   my feedback was very specific, which was your stickers cover the text of the messages,

00:22:54   and a couple betas ago they fixed that. You still can't tap back to get to emoji stickers,

00:23:01   you have to tap and hold. Heard from a lot of people who didn't even know that you can double

00:23:05   tap on a message to do a tap back, which is why it's called that, but surprise, you can, but you

00:23:09   can't do this other part of it through there. You have to tap and hold and then choose, and the

00:23:13   sticker picker isn't very good, and I don't know, like I don't like the implementation of it, but I

00:23:18   got to give it to them. The sticker doesn't cover the text now, it goes just below, and the second

00:23:25   sticker, if there's a second sticker added, it also it goes on the other side and doesn't cover

00:23:30   the text. If some, you know, rascal in your instant messages decides to add a third sticker

00:23:36   and a fourth sticker, well then everything's getting covered up and that's just how it is.

00:23:41   But yes, they did fix the sticker reply in the beta so that if you do a sticker reply with

00:23:47   any sticker, especially an emoji sticker, it doesn't actually cover the message that you're

00:23:52   responding to, which was really dumb. So thank you. I said somebody on Mastodon asked me about

00:23:59   this and they're like, "Well, how do you feel now?" And I'm like, I mean, they took something

00:24:04   that was an F and they made it like a C or a C minus. Like it is usable now. I'm still really

00:24:12   disappointed in how they built it, but I am glad that they at least made it usable and not covering

00:24:16   the content of the messages before they shipped it. So that's in there. Hooray. It's so weird,

00:24:22   like you've said this many times, everyone has, like it's so weird that they didn't do the obvious

00:24:26   thing so long ago, which just allow you to use any emoji as a tap back. Like setting aside the

00:24:30   sticker thing, so that, but that, but like when they're embarking on doing the sticker thing,

00:24:33   didn't somebody raise their hand and say, you know what, before we start talking about stickers,

00:24:37   can we, why don't we just make it so you can use any emoji as a tap back? Yeah. Yeah. But like

00:24:41   everybody else, like I kind of like, there's, there's reasons you can come up with like,

00:24:46   why didn't we do this to begin with? Well, you know, it's a network thing and I only have to

00:24:49   send a small amount of information, tell you which tap back was, but if it's an emoji, I have to send

00:24:53   the emoji character and not every receiving device might have the update on all the emojis,

00:24:57   it might show up as a weird thing on devices that aren't on the OS and like, like, yeah, I know,

00:25:00   that's why you don't do it in version one, but by version, whatever the heck we're on now, it's time

00:25:05   to do emoji tap backs. And then once you have them, are sticker tap backs or sticker thingies really

00:25:11   that important? Like maybe that can wait until later, but instead of the other way, they did

00:25:15   tap backs, then they didn't change them forever. Then they added stickers and did them badly and

00:25:19   still don't know emoji tap backs. My feeling, and this is, I've heard second hand that there's some

00:25:25   truth in this, but I don't actually know directly, is that there was a big argument about this inside

00:25:31   Apple. And you know, my impression is that tap backs are very specifically, were built a very

00:25:36   specific way. They've got animations attached to them and all this stuff. And I think the argument

00:25:41   was probably something like, but if we're going to make every emoji a tap back, we either have to

00:25:46   degrade the quality of our tap back animations and all of that, or we have to build a bunch of

00:25:53   animations for everything else. And there was this whole argument of like, no, you don't, you can just

00:25:57   use Slack and Discord. Just let me put an emoji here.

00:26:01   Like allow the tap backs to be what they have always been. And people will understand,

00:26:05   not people understand the emoji difference. The top backs are monochrome. Like it's not even a

00:26:08   visual confusion thing. It's like, you've got your standard tap backs and do what they always did.

00:26:12   And you can pick from any emoji and no one's going to be like, oh, I can't believe the emoji thumb

00:26:15   doesn't animate like the monochrome one. It'll be fine. I swear. Like people will not be confused

00:26:20   by it. It is a consistency that does not matter. No. And I think ultimately, and this again,

00:26:26   I don't know this for sure, but I have heard some suggestion that it may have some truth at least,

00:26:30   is it sure seems like there was a tap back crew that didn't want their tap backs kind of like

00:26:36   messed up by emoji. And then, and then what got implemented instead was, well, we're not going

00:26:41   to let you mess up our tap backs, but we'll give you this sticker thing almost out of spite, or at

00:26:45   least out of like, we don't want to build, we don't want to break our beautiful thing. And we've got

00:26:50   the sticker thing lying over here that nobody really uses. So we'll just, we'll just do that.

00:26:54   We'll make emoji stickers and call it a day. And, and they're already animated stickers in 17. So

00:26:59   there's like a whole, like it fits with other stuff, but it's the wrong decision, which is

00:27:03   why it's like a C minus because it doesn't cover the content, but like it's a width in terms of

00:27:08   what they should have done, which is literally just let you tap and choose any emoji. And I know

00:27:14   that the space is very limited, but like add a second line, do most recent have a tap that brings

00:27:20   up the emoji picker outside of the basic. I mean, there are lots of ways that this could have been

00:27:24   built to do what literally every other messaging system does, which let you reply with whatever

00:27:29   emoji you want. And they didn't do that, but at least it doesn't cover the content rather than

00:27:34   bare minimum. It before it was like, it was punishing you for using the stickers, right? Like,

00:27:39   ah, see how you like it. You want to put that shrugging guy in there. Well, fine. Everybody

00:27:44   else will be shrugging because they won't be able to read what you're shrugging at. Ha ha

00:27:48   take that you and they fixed that part. So great, but like do better. It's still not very good.

00:27:55   It's just, it's just disappointing, but it is not actively bad. I guess. I don't know.

00:27:59   And I don't think the, these, the tap backs team made the stickers team cover the text. Like that

00:28:04   was their own thing. Like, you know, there's no, there's no reason for that in this whole

00:28:09   drama over should we do emoji tab back in, but there is no, there was never any pressure or

00:28:14   impetus to cover the text with a sticker. Someone just decided to do that and it was a bad idea and

00:28:19   they fixed it. So yeah. Yeah. Also, I think James and I talked about this a couple of weeks ago,

00:28:25   collaborative playlist and Apple music was removed from the last betas. So the idea that you can

00:28:30   invite your friends to a playlist, not yet, apparently. So anyway, check that all out.

00:28:37   Everybody's going to be getting updates probably this week. You can do some journaling. I've had

00:28:42   the journal app since the very beginning. I like how it's built, but it took a while for things to

00:28:48   even show up sort of in the journaling app. I mean, it's beta. I get it. It's not, it's not

00:28:53   an app for me, but I do like the idea that Apple is building it based on an API. So

00:28:57   other apps can take advantage of the sort of like, what have you been listening to and what have you

00:29:01   been doing? And like, I like that, that it isn't completely walled off, but they're just sort of

00:29:06   like building an API and then building an app that uses the API. That part's good, but it's just,

00:29:11   you know, it's not ultimately going to be for me. I'm not a journaler. I'm sorry.

00:29:15   Yeah. It's good to see Apple still doing that. I talk about that all the time in ATP. I don't

00:29:19   have a good phrase for it, but the apps that are built on libraries and APIs, it's, it's,

00:29:26   it always amazes me that Apple has ever done that and continues to do it, but they do. I mean,

00:29:30   they can do it badly. We'll see how the journal app goes, but think about things like contacts,

00:29:34   calendars, photos. It's hard to believe today. If you think about today's Apple, that those things

00:29:40   are actually databases with APIs that allow us to have third-party clients and Apple ships first

00:29:45   party clients for all of those things. And it has not destroyed the market for third-party clients.

00:29:50   And it has not made Apple make its first party clients work. It has just been a win-win-win-win,

00:29:54   but it seems like anytime you talk to Apple about this type of stuff, they're like, that's not their

00:29:58   first instinct. It's like, don't you see how great it's been to have APIs and public databases for

00:30:04   things like contacts and photos and now journal, like it's, it's so good for everybody. You don't

00:30:11   have to make every app in the world. Third parties can make it. You can have a healthy third-party

00:30:16   ecosystem, even though you make a default good bundled app with the phone, right? This can all

00:30:21   work. You should do this all. And I know it's harder to do this than to make a private app,

00:30:24   but they should do this all the time for anything remotely important. So I'm excited to see the

00:30:28   do it with the journaling app. Obviously it depends on the quality of the API. If the API

00:30:32   and everything is such that you really can't make a good third-party app, or if the first party app

00:30:37   is not good for whatever reason, and it's hard to make a third-party good one as well, like it can

00:30:41   go badly, but this should be their first instinct, especially on the phone where it's so hard to do

00:30:46   anything else because it's just, it's too, it's too useful to have public access to, to those

00:30:53   databases through APIs. Yeah. And I don't know if it's all there, right? Like, I don't know if

00:30:59   Spotify uses whatever API is required for like, here's the music you were listening to, or if that

00:31:04   only works with Apple music, but. Oh no, I'm sure Spotify just ignores the Apple music library,

00:31:08   but there are third-party music clients for that. Right. That's true. And I don't know what API it's

00:31:13   sniffing in terms of what you've played and if it's the Apple music API or something else. But

00:31:16   the idea is at least there that they're trying to build this stuff and, and, and have it be

00:31:20   accessible to third parties so that, you know, another journaling app also gets to have access

00:31:25   to this. And that's, that is not, I mean, I sort of assumed that wouldn't be the case, but I do

00:31:29   really like it because what they're doing then is they're saying, here's the thing we think should

00:31:33   be on our platform. And we see the people like these apps, but we have the ability as a platform

00:31:37   owner to do a little more and collect more information and use that. And we think that

00:31:42   would be cool. And you know, the day one people can't do that because they're not the platform

00:31:47   owner. And then there's that moment where it's like that we, so we've seen a need on our platform

00:31:51   and we're going to write an app. That's going to be a typical Apple, like appeals to 80%,

00:31:55   but not a hundred percent that uses that API, but that anybody else can use that API too. That's how

00:32:00   it's supposed to work. Right. I think ideally it becomes this thing that is an example,

00:32:05   helps them build out the API and understand how it's supposed to work and will be very useful for

00:32:11   the people who are not going to seek out a journaling app, a third party app necessarily,

00:32:18   just like notes or calendar, anything else. Right. Like it's good enough. And that the people who

00:32:22   want more will seek out an app that does more. And I, yeah, I think this is a pretty good example of

00:32:27   that. So, but I'm still not going to use it probably because I'm just not journaling.

00:32:32   You forgot the most important 14.2 feature. Oh yes. They fixed my window dragon bug. Oh yes.

00:32:38   Well, of course. Well, a little fallout from ATP. They fixed, well fixed little tiny asterisk.

00:32:44   They fixed the bug as reported. Okay. Because I, I reported that if you log into users on my system

00:32:49   with my set of hardware and software and you open 25 text out of windows and you try to drag one of

00:32:54   them around, it's super laggy. And it's not super laggy anymore. But as I said, an ATP now that I

00:33:00   know, I know that I plumbed the depths of window dragging performance on macOS, I do know that

00:33:06   as you add more windows, things get worse. So fixed for 25, but then I went farther. Is it

00:33:11   fixed for a hundred? Is it fixed for 200? And that's really a separate issue. And the bottom

00:33:15   line is it's so much better than it was that I doubt I will encounter this problem in real world

00:33:20   use. I was definitely encountering the problem of real world use when it happened to me at 25.

00:33:24   So now it's been pushed way out to the edge. Yeah. And I think actually it doesn't get worse

00:33:30   with multiple users logged in anymore either. So whatever that thing was, it's doesn't matter if

00:33:35   you have more than one user logged in anymore. And it was also related to the, the polling rate of the

00:33:40   peripheral. And if you're using a USB wired mouse versus a Bluetooth one, it was a very complicated

00:33:45   situation, but I gave them so much information. I'm glad they got around to fixing it. And hopefully

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00:35:46   and Relay FM. John, it's rumor roundup time. Yeehaw. Uh, uh, Mark Gurman in his newsletter. See,

00:35:59   we have this advantage by being on Monday of getting to talk about Mark Gurman's Sunday

00:36:04   newsletter when we, on Monday morning when we do Upgrade. And, uh, he is talking about

00:36:12   the, uh, the year of the iPad because this year was no iPad. So next year is all iPads, apparently.

00:36:19   And some of this he's reported before, but he's kind of rounding it all up. There are new iPads

00:36:24   coming around March, he said. I don't know what that means. February, April, I guess, or around

00:36:30   March, but probably March-ish. Uh, a new iPad Pro that will be slightly larger in 11 and 13 inch

00:36:38   configurations. They'll have OLED, they'll have the M3 processor, and they'll have a new accessory,

00:36:46   a new Magic Keyboard, which Gurman has reported about in the past. Presumably will be sized to

00:36:52   fit just these iPad Pros. That's going to be one that's got like aluminum, more of a laptop feel,

00:36:57   sort of like even more differentiation for the Pro line. And then separately, the iPad Air will be

00:37:04   updated to the existing sizes. So presumably using the existing Magic Keyboard and things like that,

00:37:10   if you want, and the M2 processor. And then later in the year, we'll get the new base iPad and

00:37:16   that home button iPad will die and probably the original pencil will die at that point. And,

00:37:22   and then later there will be a Mac Mini or an iPad Mini bump as well. Um, any thoughts about

00:37:30   future iPads? I am very excited about the OLED iPad Pro because my main use of my iPad is to watch

00:37:38   TV shows and movies and the black levels on the current crop, as I don't have one of the mini

00:37:44   LED 12.9 inch ones, the black levels in the current crop of, uh, you know, where the backlight is

00:37:49   always on behind every single pixel are not great. Especially since I watch them in the dark at night

00:37:53   in bed a lot, so you really see that lack of black levels. I am super excited about that. I hope that

00:37:59   it is a good OLED and not one that I'm going to cause massive burn-in on by using it. But we'll

00:38:06   see that, you know, the phones have had OLEDs forever and they've been pretty good in this regard.

00:38:09   So, uh, but yeah, I'm, I'm getting one of these. I don't care about the M3. I don't need any of

00:38:14   that stuff. I would just want that sweet, sweet OLED screen. And again, I skipped the, the mini

00:38:18   LED on the 12.9 because that size is a little bit too big for me to have on my lap as a TV screen

00:38:24   with the distance I keep it from my face. So I'm excited about that. And then as for the,

00:38:28   setting aside me personally, yeah, the whole iPad line needs to be, uh, rationalized. They're not

00:38:34   really rationalizing it. All they're doing is taking a step forward along all of the lines.

00:38:39   Like for, I think they're getting, what is it? They have the ninth and the 10th generation iPad

00:38:42   that are out now and they're going to stop selling the ninth and they're going to have the 10th and

00:38:45   the 11th. It's like, you're just, it's just more of the same. It just, yes, they are finally pushing

00:38:49   the home button one off the end of the lineup, but there, it's not a change in strategy. They continue,

00:38:55   they're going to continue to sell these weird assortment of things with the weird assortment

00:38:58   of devices. They're just progressing all of them forward, which will be good because hopefully the

00:39:02   pro will have the camera on the landscape edge and everything that the other one got. So there'll be

00:39:06   some rationalization there, but really they're just take all the lines and move them all one

00:39:10   step forward as opposed to 2033, which was not really moving a lot of the lines forward at all.

00:39:15   But I wouldn't call it like a rethinking and it's not like, oh, now the iPad line makes sense. No,

00:39:20   they've just taken the existing lines and moved them forward, which is good. They should do it.

00:39:23   But I really wish like the iPad line suffers the most from the, I call that ATP, the real Tim Cook

00:39:28   doctrine, which is if you make a product, just keep selling it until people stop buying it, which

00:39:32   is probably good for business, but it's not good for making sure that all of your product lines

00:39:38   make sense. Right. Not really inspirational. The iPad pro, I keep thinking since it's OLED and M3,

00:39:44   they'll probably get more expensive. Although that doesn't always happen. Having a little more price

00:39:49   differentiation between the pro and the air is probably okay. I think saying, no, no, these are

00:39:54   really pro and adding OLED is going to be quite a differentiation that the device is basically just

00:40:00   a screen. So I, that, that alone setting aside the M3, which I don't think matters that much for iPad

00:40:05   people, the OLED versus non OLED is going to, in my opinion, widely separate the air from the pro.

00:40:10   Yeah. Yeah, I think so. I have the 12.9 inch micro LED. It's good. Like it's way better looking. It

00:40:21   is people complain about blooming. It's like, yeah, if you've got a very small point source,

00:40:24   you're going to see the fact that the, that the micro LED doesn't have, it's not a one-to-one,

00:40:30   you're going to get a little blooming around it, but it does look really good. Like it is a major

00:40:34   upgrade, but it's not, it's not going to be OLED. Like, yeah, the test they always use for things

00:40:39   like that with blooming, it's like, oh, I get a little blooming around a little, a black island,

00:40:42   but it really hurts you when you have like a star field, because then basically every single backlight

00:40:47   is on because there's always at least one star behind it. There's supposed to be bright. And when

00:40:51   every single backlight region is on, then you've just reverted to the non dynamic backlight again.

00:40:56   Yeah. Oh, and the irony is of course, that the show that I watched the most in bed in the dark

00:41:00   at night is Star Trek because that drops at 11 PM Pacific. The new Star Trek shows

00:41:09   generally drop around then. And if I'm awake, then I will just watch it right then. I don't do a lot

00:41:14   of TV watching on an iPad in bed, but I do with that one. That's how I end my day, I guess. And

00:41:19   then I started with cereal and tea. I guess the M3 MacBook air is now around March as well,

00:41:29   according to Mark Gurman, which is I think, I don't know if that's a new date or not,

00:41:34   but like the M3 chip is out there and if it's going to come to the iPad pro putting in the

00:41:40   MacBook air is, um, it's probably a good idea. The weird order that did things is you're kind of

00:41:46   took some of the wind out of the sail because one of the benefits of the other rollout, uh, order,

00:41:53   which is you put your chips into the lowest end products first, you put, you get the low end chips

00:41:57   first and you put in the low end products is that it gives these products their time in the sun.

00:42:01   So if they had rolled out the plain old M3 first and it was in the air, it's like, okay, well,

00:42:06   we're not that excited about the air, but it's the first one to get an M3 generation chip. Right. And

00:42:10   then the pros and the max would come later this year. They didn't do that. They did M3, M3,

00:42:14   pro, M3, max all at once and not in the air. And so it's kind of overshadowed by its, uh,

00:42:19   more expensive siblings. It's like, okay. And now the air gets it too. It gets it late. It gets a

00:42:24   chip that's already in other stuff, you know, then it's just kind of like, okay, it's good.

00:42:29   It's a better MacBook air, but it never gets that moment in the sun of being the first, uh, you know,

00:42:33   product on the M3 generation. Right. At least, I mean, this is a speed bump, right? Presumably the,

00:42:39   the specs aren't really going to change beyond the chip. Uh, at least not very much. They did

00:42:43   the redesign with the M2. So it's a less exciting update anyway. Um, and it is Apple's best-selling

00:42:49   laptop. So, I mean, it's a, it's great that they're going to be doing this. Um, we had a,

00:42:54   uh, uh, email, um, well, it wasn't an email, a feedback from upgrade feedback.com from Tyler,

00:43:01   who asked when the M3 chip is released and pushed across the MacBook air and MacBook pro product

00:43:07   line, what happens to the M1 MacBook air? Would they put an M2 into it and drop the air from the

00:43:13   name? I don't know, but I, I'm really curious about what happens to the MacBook air if they do

00:43:21   an M3 MacBook air, because I feel like that I'm not sure the M2 MacBook air is going to be

00:43:28   discounted at Amazon to 7 99. Right. I feel like the M1 MacBook air, although it is old and cheap,

00:43:34   it's also still really good. And I, I'm a little curious about, are they going to have three of

00:43:42   them? Are they going to not sell the M2 anymore, but continue to sell the M1? What do they do with

00:43:47   the iPads? We have how many low end iPads do you have all the ones that we can get in you to sell?

00:43:53   I guess the limit is two people have the ninth and 10th generation. Once we pull out the 11th. Okay.

00:43:57   The ninth will get pushed off. But like, honestly, this is the third generation. Would you get rid of

00:44:01   the M1 air at that point? I think they should get rid of the M2 and sell this one M3. Yeah. Right.

00:44:07   Cause the M3, like it's not that big of a change over the M2 that eclipses it or anything. But once

00:44:12   you have the M3, like I don't think like, I think you're right. They're not going to discount the M2.

00:44:16   So like the cost of materials in that computer, uh, the SOC is not like the thing that's driving

00:44:22   the cost of that computer. Right. Especially since Apple is his own chips and they don't have

00:44:26   to pay margins to Intel or something like that. So changing from two to M3, it's like, well,

00:44:29   now we can discount the M2 because why it's cheaper to build. No, it is not really that

00:44:34   much cheaper to build. The M3 is surely more expensive than the M2, but by how many dollars

00:44:38   by not enough, that's going to, you're going to care. So I would say drop the M2 and keep selling

00:44:42   the M1 and you can keep selling that M1 until, until like it is a bad computer. It is not

00:44:48   currently a bad computer. The only thing that, that, um, I would say about the M2 air is the M2

00:44:53   air is going to be cheaper because they've been making it for a year. But what, but what, but what

00:44:59   parts are cheaper? Like the case we assume is going to be the same. The screen is the same,

00:45:03   you know what I mean? It's just the S just the SOC. But generally they're all going to be a

00:45:06   little bit cheaper because that's what happens to Apple. Apple's products over time is that when you,

00:45:10   when you get them on the production line, they cost more than they do after they've been on the

00:45:14   line for a year, year and a half there. They, that's how they kind of claw back. They talk

00:45:18   about it in their quarterly calls sometimes like a brand new system doesn't have the margins,

00:45:22   but they're not looking at the margins of the system on day one. They're margin looking at

00:45:26   the margins over years. Uh, and, and the margins get better every day is my impression. But the

00:45:32   thing is like the, the materials and the manufacturing aren't that different. You do

00:45:36   have to pay more, especially when you're first assembling it like, okay, well we have to get the

00:45:40   the kinks out of the line and make sure everyone knows how to put the components in and the

00:45:43   components in the M3 MacBook era are a little bit different than they are in the M2, but

00:45:47   things like machining out the case and assembling the display and like if that stuff doesn't change,

00:45:51   the M3 MacBook areas also benefit. It's also the reduced expense because they've been

00:45:56   stamping together those like the thick of the lid, the top part of the thing.

00:45:59   I'm assuming that's going to be literally identical. So whatever benefits they got of

00:46:03   streamline that manufacturing also applied to the MacBook era. So what happens is that you get higher

00:46:08   margins on new products. Very little is going to be different. I mean, maybe it'll be different

00:46:11   colors. I don't know, but like, yeah, very little is going to be different, which means the M2 and

00:46:14   the M3 aren't going to be that differentiated anyway. So why do you keep the M2 around?

00:46:17   You can't discount it to down, down to where the M1 is. Yeah. I think, yes, if I had to choose one

00:46:25   option, I would say the M2 is replaced by the M3 and the M1 remains in the lineup, which seems

00:46:30   bizarre. This is also my pet theory about all those rumors about a low cost MacBook is that

00:46:38   that is going to be the MacBook, maybe even SE. And it's going to be basically something like the

00:46:44   M1 Air's replacement because they can't sell the M1 Air forever. There has to be a moment. And if

00:46:51   the M2 Air design is just not going to, it's going to take years for it to be something that they can

00:46:57   sell for that price, then they might want to have something else that they tweak, that they put down

00:47:02   there. And it might be essentially the M1 Air with a little bit of a processor upgrade and some other

00:47:08   changes to make it more affordable to make. I don't know about that, but yeah, I do. If I had

00:47:13   to guess, I would say the M2 is just going to disappear and be replaced by the M3. I mean,

00:47:17   they'll still have refurbs and you'll still be able to get it, but it's not like things ever drop

00:47:21   off in the face of the earth, but it doesn't seem like it's worthwhile for Apple to continue selling

00:47:26   that for a hundred bucks less than the M3. It's like, who cares? That's just, sell through the

00:47:30   rest of your inventory, sell the M3. And I really, I don't, I do wonder the M1 versus the M3, right?

00:47:38   Those are both unibody aluminum cases with screens inside them and keyboards and batteries. And like,

00:47:44   like in terms of manufacturability, it's not like they did something new with the squarish case

00:47:50   that is, it seems to me, radically more difficult or expensive to, to manufacture than the old one.

00:47:56   They're different looking, but if anything, you might say the M1 case had it actually been new,

00:48:00   which of course it wasn't, is more fancy and expensive because of the taper and just how

00:48:04   much that makes the packaging more difficult. The new one, once it has, you know, hit its stride in

00:48:10   manufacturing is boxy and straightforward. And like, what's less expensive about the M1 other

00:48:17   than the fact that that case is ancient and has been around forever and then using the M1 SoC,

00:48:21   maybe the screen is less expensive than the M2 one. But I do wonder if you made a low cost one,

00:48:27   like, wouldn't you want to put it in the boxy case and not in the, in the, in the weird tapered one.

00:48:32   So I don't know. I don't, I don't know where all the cost goes, but I feel like

00:48:35   the way the Apple way to make a low cost MacBook pro is to make the M4 or the MacBook Air rather

00:48:41   is to make the M4 MacBook Air have a much better screen. And now anything without a much better

00:48:46   screen is the low cost one. Whether or not it is less expensive or it just, or they just raise the

00:48:51   price of the MacBook Air. I don't know. But yeah, what I'm saying is how do you get the cost out of

00:48:56   these laptops? It's a unibody aluminum laptop with a battery and an SoC and a tiny motherboard. Like,

00:49:00   how do you remove costs from that? Right? What is, where is there a cost that is wasted? Oh,

00:49:06   we'll put an M2 instead of an M3. How many dollars do you think that saves you? $10,

00:49:10   15, like for Apple's cost, you know what I mean? Like that's not saving you a lot of money. So

00:49:16   it is, it is a bit of mystery. Of course you could lower the, you could make a low cost one by

00:49:20   lowering margins, but Apple's not super into that. That's not going to happen. No, absolutely not.

00:49:24   Germin also reports that the Mac Studio and the Mac Pro probably won't get update, upgraded until

00:49:30   the end of 2024 at the earliest, if not 2025, which I think is a little bit of a bummer.

00:49:36   I suppose that says something about how many Macs they can change at a time and also maybe about

00:49:44   the status of the ultra variant of the M3, assuming that that exists. Yeah. Yeah. I don't

00:49:50   think, cause again, I don't think there's much they have to do to change either of the, well,

00:49:55   for setting aside the Mac Pro. For the Studio, it's not like that case is too old and needs to

00:49:58   be revised or isn't fitting needs. The Studio case is fine. Everything in that, the computer is fine.

00:50:03   The only question is what do I put in it? Where's the ultra? I mean, they could do a Mac Studio now

00:50:07   if they just put a max in it, but they're not going to do that. Right. So, and the ultra,

00:50:11   the question with the ultra is can they economically make that with their current

00:50:16   M3B process that they're making everything with or do they want to wait for the next more economical

00:50:23   process from TSMC? And that seems like it would have to be the long pole. We're not going to make

00:50:28   an ultra until we can make it on an M3P or M3E or whatever. And that's not going to happen in time

00:50:34   for, you know, the end of 2024 at the latest. Therefore that's when the Mac Studio comes out,

00:50:39   which is probably fine. It's a little bit embarrassing that some of the M3 Macs,

00:50:43   like laptops can outperform the, uh, like the M1 Ultra in some things, but the M3 Ultra is still

00:50:48   kind of hanging in there. So yeah, that's, that's, that's fine. And I think this is another sort of

00:50:53   weird side effect of going three nanometer in that it has sort of changed how things are rolling out.

00:50:59   Once three nanometer is more mature for the M4 generation, hopefully there won't be these

00:51:04   weird cadences and big gaps, but, um, you know, they talked about this in ADB before the,

00:51:10   if you're trying to look for patterns and apples roll out of Apple Silicon for Macs,

00:51:13   uh, there's not a great, there's not a great precedent. Every year has been a little bit

00:51:17   different for explicable reasons like, oh, this is the first year and this year must be the way

00:51:21   they're going to do it. Oh, but actually the M3 generation, we have three nanometers. So every

00:51:25   year there's been something to explain why things are not expected or normal or like the previous

00:51:32   year. And, uh, that may continue maybe M the M4 generation will be the first generation where

00:51:38   Apple gets to have the cadence that it wants. And then maybe the M5 generation will be the same as

00:51:43   the M4, but M3 is not the same as M2, which was not the same as M1. You can play with cutting edge chip,

00:51:49   uh, fabricating techniques and you, everything gets a little messy. That's fine. I mean, it's

00:51:55   fine. Honestly, I feel like Apple just is in such a good position with the Mac right now that you

00:52:02   can just shrug this stuff off. Right. I think there was an era where things were tough and

00:52:05   you're like, oh, why, why is there not a new Mac that Intel did this thing? And it's like, you know

00:52:10   what, like you just said, which is, yeah, the laptops are faster than the M1 ultra and some

00:52:17   things, but the M2 ultra is still great. And like, that's how I feel about the whole line is like,

00:52:22   sure. I I'm a Mac studio user. I'd love to see the Mac studio updated sooner rather than later.

00:52:28   Although I don't think I'm going to buy one, but, um, but it's fine. Like in the end, it's just,

00:52:32   it doesn't feel as pressing to me because okay. M3. Yes. But M2 and M1, like it's all,

00:52:39   it's all pretty good. I just don't, I don't feel that way. I mean, the Mac pro is the one source

00:52:43   spot because they, that computer still is, they feel like not separating itself enough from the

00:52:47   studio. Uh, and that's certainly not going to happen. Like it's in this, in this generation,

00:52:51   when we do get the M3 ultra, it seems like it's just going to be like the M2 ultra and, you know,

00:52:55   status quo, the, the M the M3 Mac pro will be just like the M2 Mac pro, which will be a Mac studio in

00:53:00   a massively larger case for people who need those card slots. Uh, which is not great as far as I'm

00:53:04   concerned, but I haven't seen anything in any of the rumors that makes me think that is not going

00:53:08   to be the case. So pin your hopes on M4, M5, M6, M7, pick an M. Yeah, more future Ms. Uh,

00:53:16   one other little tidbit, um, from Mark that I've heard from a bunch of other sources too,

00:53:22   is that Apple is gearing up for training its retail employees on how to sell vision pro and

00:53:29   the way that they're doing it is they're having basically it's like, um, it's like model unit, UN,

00:53:35   um, sort of, uh, the, my impression is, uh, every store is sending a representative,

00:53:41   one of the employees from the store to Cupertino, where they're going to do a two day training in

00:53:45   January, where they're going to learn how the mothership wants all of retail to sell vision

00:53:53   pros, how they're going to demo it, how they're going to explain it to users, how they're going to

00:53:57   presumably like measure your head, get you the right seal, all of those things. It's a two day

00:54:04   long, according to Mark, training in January, and then they will all return back to their stores

00:54:11   with the details for everybody else, but they want somebody from every store present at Cupertino to

00:54:19   learn about this. And, uh, on top of that, Gurman says, they're still hoping to sell it before March,

00:54:24   which is interesting, uh, that they were hoping for by the end of January, but, but it may slip,

00:54:30   but before March, so maybe February that comes before March. But, um, but it's still probably

00:54:36   a moving target. So the two days of training, I think, I mean, obviously they have said,

00:54:44   and there have been reports before they don't really want the, uh, store experience to be the

00:54:49   primary way that people buy vision pro, not just like pressing some buttons. Cause there is,

00:54:52   there are fit issues and stuff like that. So it sounds like they're investing in employees here.

00:54:57   Yeah. If you let people buy this site unseen, it's going to be bad experience for everyone involved,

00:55:02   including Apple, who's going to have to deal with all the returns and modifications and even

00:55:05   in-store speaking of this training, I'm just thinking of maybe because I'm old now, but

00:55:09   I'm thinking of how difficult it's going to be even in store to give customers a good experience

00:55:15   of picking out and configuring their vision pro because so many people, so many of their

00:55:19   potential customers do not have perfect vision, which means you're now entering the realm of,

00:55:24   tell me what your glasses prescription is. Oh, I don't have that on me. We'll try these lenses.

00:55:30   Oh, do you have an astigmatism? Which eye is different than the other? Like, you know what

00:55:34   it's like to get, to get glasses. It is a pro it's not a complicated process, but it is a process and

00:55:38   getting that part of it right. It has such a profound effect on the customer's satisfaction

00:55:45   with their purchase. Cause if you get it wrong, they're going to have eye strain. Things are going

00:55:48   to be blurry. Uh, and it's not so straightforward to get right. Uh, and so I imagine a lot of the

00:55:54   training has to mean, yes, there's the fittings to your face and adjusting the straps with that.

00:55:58   I feel like it's tractable. It's like fitting in any kind of retail environment. Let's get this

00:56:01   garment or this piece of equipment to fit you. But the lenses, the glasses thing, that is something

00:56:07   usually when you're selling a product, you don't have to deal with. Please give me some of your

00:56:11   medical information that you probably don't have on you, but that is crucial to your enjoyment.

00:56:15   Yeah. And I wonder like Apple wants, I would assume Apple wants the retail experience to be,

00:56:24   maybe they don't, but like the idea of, of, uh, you walk out with the thing and you're happy and

00:56:30   you can try it out and you can't wait to begin. I do wonder if this is going to be, is this going

00:56:34   to be more of a star Wars action figures coupon in the box kind of thing where you're going to come

00:56:39   in and you're going to see a demo and you're going to get measured and you're going to have a,

00:56:43   a website to send your prescription to or whatever. And then you get to wait for it to show up.

00:56:47   There were rumors that like how many different prescriptions are they going to have like

00:56:53   available, right? You know what I mean? Like, Oh, you can leave today. Kind of like how many

00:56:56   configurations of MacBook do they have, right? You can leave today if you want the stock one or the

00:57:01   big one, like they would have a couple of configurations. Um, and it's kind of like

00:57:04   contact lenses. If you've worn contact lenses, you'll know that contact lenses do not come in

00:57:08   all the different prescription strengths that you can get glasses in because it's a manufacturing

00:57:12   problem. It's just too many variations, right? So my glasses prescription, if I look at my contacts

00:57:17   for certain, it's not the same. Why? Because they don't make it that granular. They make them,

00:57:21   you know, half steps or whatever, whatever they don't, they don't make every single little step

00:57:25   or so when you get glasses, you know, lenses ground for glasses, you can get any prescription

00:57:29   they want because they're going to grind it for you. Right. And so whatever it sizes that they,

00:57:32   whatever lens prescriptions they have, if they have any in stock in the store that they can give

00:57:38   you, it is not going to be as granular as it could be. Will Apple offer precise prescriptions for the

00:57:45   things, if you're willing to wait as a sort of bite BTO type of bill to order option, or will

00:57:50   they not and say like contact lenses, you're negative three, you're negative three and a

00:57:55   quarter, you're negative three and a half. Like you can only go by 0.25 increments. And if you're

00:58:00   somewhere in between there, just pick the one that's closest, right? Yeah. Yeah. And there was

00:58:04   one report, I think maybe for Mark Herman about how one of their challenges was going to be to

00:58:10   stock the lenses, right? Cause you could do that, right? You could literally have here are the

00:58:14   lenses that we cover in store and we keep them in the back and we, you know, you wait over here and

00:58:20   like you said, you build it out and, and, uh, and then get them out of there with it. It's going to

00:58:25   be, it's going to be a challenge. I have full faith that they're going to be able to succeed

00:58:29   in this challenge because every time I feel like Apple has tried something ambitious with the store,

00:58:37   they have, if not succeeded, they have figured out how to make it work because they're highly

00:58:43   motivated and they're very good at doing their retail stuff. And the places where like the Apple

00:58:48   watch, like they, they had to adjust that over time and be like, well, this is not actually how

00:58:53   it's, how it's going to work. So I think, I think they're motivated to do it, but it's very clear

00:58:57   that retail is going to be a centerpiece of this. Um, and, and I think for good reason, I, I, you

00:59:02   know, uh, James Thompson and our discord pointed out, you know, meta quest, just you ordered

00:59:07   online. I ordered mine online, but then I also had to go to Zinni optical and put in my prescription

00:59:14   and order those, uh, inserts separately and have them show up. And it feels like the vision pro

00:59:21   they've, they don't want you to use glasses with it. Uh, whereas you can use glasses with the meta

00:59:26   quests. Um, you you're, I think they really don't want you to use glasses with vision pro that they

00:59:32   want them, that it's, it's not really designed to work that way. Yeah. I don't know if they'll even

00:59:37   fit in there and like ordering online, by the way, like it's easier for people to get their

00:59:41   prescription then, because there's no like, Hey, I've arrived at the store, but I forgot my

00:59:44   prescription. When you're in your house, maybe you have access to, you can go into your filing cabinet

00:59:48   and find the prescription, or you can call your doctor. Like that is actually easier if you had

00:59:52   to find it, but of course you order it sight unseen, all that fitting stuff can happen. And

00:59:57   yes, you know, I don't think there's going to be, as far as I'm aware now that there's going to be

01:00:01   any kind of difference in the product that you receive, but the act of someone who knows what

01:00:05   they're doing and has some experience, presumably the retail people will eventually fitting it to

01:00:09   you, showing you how it should fit is the thing that can only happen in person. And the great

01:00:14   thing about the vision pro when it launches is it's $3,500. Not a lot of people are going to buy

01:00:18   these. It's too damn expensive. So it is going to be necessarily a boutique experience for

01:00:22   a small number of early adopters with a lot of disposable income. Hopefully that will give them

01:00:26   time to get the kinks worked out before the affordable one arrives like next year sometime.

01:00:30   Yeah. The, um, I did see a demo. This is actually how they did it at Apple park for WWDC,

01:00:37   which is, uh, they scan your face using the, basically the face ID dot scanner thing. There's

01:00:43   an app and they try to use that to size your, the light shield for it. Now mine was uncomfortable.

01:00:51   So I actually don't know if they did it right or not. And they said that they didn't have all the

01:00:54   sizes that they were going to have, but this is, this is a great example where I'm sure that if you

01:01:00   need to do it sight unseen, that there's a way you can do it, but it you're buying this expensive

01:01:07   thing, right? Like having somebody who has been trained in Cupertino or has been trained by

01:01:15   somebody who was trained in Cupertino, who has seen a lot of people come into the store,

01:01:19   look at your face and look at the thing and say, Oh, you know, you actually want this one. And like

01:01:28   that's valuable, right? Like an actual human being to be like, Oh, I figured this out.

01:01:33   And so that when you walk out of there, you actually walk out of there with something

01:01:36   that you don't have to turn around the next day and come back and say, I get a giant headache

01:01:40   using this. I think it's the wrong one. Right? Like that is, that is part of it. And as you said,

01:01:44   this is a very expensive product. So having that boutique service kind of makes sense,

01:01:48   at least upfront. And, and, you know, I always, whenever I talk about vision pro, um, especially

01:01:52   when I'm talking to people who don't know a lot about it, like not in our direct sphere,

01:01:56   I keep trying to explain part of what Apple's doing here is trying to learn. Like they don't

01:02:01   know. This is the first time they've only been doing this inside. They've learned a lot on the

01:02:04   inside. I'm sure. But like that classic line of battle plans, not, you know, they work until they

01:02:10   meet the enemy at which part they fall apart. Right? Like this is the meet the enemy moment

01:02:14   for the vision pro is how does it work in the world with people with stuff we haven't anticipated

01:02:20   and that can go for like software developers and it goes for users and it goes for users,

01:02:24   how they use it. And it goes for users, like their faces and their heads and the shape of it. And

01:02:31   have you, you know, did you make this work or not? And like, it's all going to be a learning process

01:02:35   in retail. How does that work? They're going to take their best shot, but like, they're going to

01:02:38   have to learn on the fly too. Uh, I, I, every time I talk about vision pro, I get excited

01:02:43   because I mean, it's a cool product. It's a very cutting edge product. I enjoyed my 30 minutes with

01:02:49   it. I don't know if it's going to succeed or not, but I'm excited that Apple's built something this

01:02:53   cutting edge and I'm excited that it's going to be out in the world. And I, I think whatever happens

01:02:58   is going to be really interesting. I don't know if it's going to be again, a success, a failure,

01:03:02   something that muddles along for a little while, but like, it's sure. I mean, next year is just

01:03:08   going to be really interesting. That, that, that part I am sure of is, is it's going to be

01:03:12   fascinating to see what happens there. Unfortunately for the early adopters, a part of the learning

01:03:18   experience you described involves people getting a thing, getting it fit as best to their ability

01:03:23   going home with it and realizing they don't like it and bringing it back. And that iteration cycle

01:03:28   of which customers that I sent to someone had the face shield and it didn't fit right. And I gave

01:03:32   them the smaller size and all the people I give a smaller size came back and told me they have

01:03:36   headaches. So I should give people that like that learning process. Like the customers are part of

01:03:40   the learning process, unfortunately. So, well, they'll all learn together, uh, and hopefully

01:03:45   converge on something. So maybe by the time, again, the plus expensive one comes out, the

01:03:49   learning process that happened involves a lot of people with returns and dissatisfaction and, you

01:03:54   know, picking the wrong size. And I remember when they first did the watch band thing, it was like,

01:03:57   oh, well, if you want an Apple watch, you have to make an appointment. So one of our people can fit

01:04:00   it to you. And that was on your wrist for crying out, just going around your wrist. But it's

01:04:04   interesting to look at where they are today, where it's like, they don't have that process anymore.

01:04:07   You can just go into the store and buy a watch and yeah, you can still try them on, but it's not like

01:04:10   you have to make a fitting appointment. And the other thing that's important and Apple will hope

01:04:14   this will happen. We'll see if it really will is people know their Apple watch sizes. Now I get

01:04:18   this size band in this style. I put the thing in this hole. I get this size watch. People who have

01:04:24   bought lots of Apple watches, they know this about themselves, the way they know, like their gene

01:04:27   size. If this product is successful, the face shield consternation and the prescription stuff

01:04:33   will sort itself out. So when people are buying their fourth one of these in seven years from now

01:04:37   or whatever, maybe they'll already know, I know I want the G size face shield and I need this strap.

01:04:44   And when I get the prescription, I should get them like this. That's if the product is a success,

01:04:48   that's the ideal case, but that really has happened with the watch. I know because my wife has had an

01:04:52   Apple watch since the beginning and she gets a new one very often and she knows all her specs. And

01:04:57   when she goes to buy one, there is no complicated fitting process. It is very straightforward because

01:05:02   she knows what she wants. So fingers crossed for that actually happening with this, but those early

01:05:07   adopters, they're going to figure it all out. It's tough out there on the cutting edge.

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01:07:20   Jon, last week, I wrote an article about default apps and it was prompted by a listener, I guess, or

01:07:33   a reader, somebody who's posted on Mastodon. And they said, what do you recommend? I'm going to get

01:07:38   probably going to get a new MacBook Pro. What do you recommend for apps? And I hadn't really thought

01:07:42   of it in that way because I kind of assumed that so many people, especially who listen to us or read

01:07:46   my stuff, are going to be migrating from an existing Mac and they've been using the Mac a long

01:07:50   time. But this person seemed to be very much like, I'm starting from scratch. What should I do? And I

01:07:55   thought that was an interesting exercise into the sort of end of year, here are my favorite Mac

01:08:01   utilities or my apps of the year and all those things that I tend to write. Dan and I tend to write

01:08:06   those on six colors every year, thereabouts. And then I stopped myself because I went on this little

01:08:13   journey where I started to think, okay, somebody who's coming to the Mac who doesn't have a whole

01:08:18   history and a bunch of utilities that they rely on and wants to know how to get started. And I was

01:08:24   kind of taken aback because as I walked through this approach, I kept thinking Apple's default is

01:08:31   pretty good and that maybe you should start with Apple's default. And it used to be back in the,

01:08:37   and you remember this, back in the early days of OS X, right? Like I would immediately install some

01:08:43   stuff every time I went to a Mac that was brand new or like we had a Mac world expo, we had like a

01:08:49   game show where you competed at various computing tasks against another team, which was, it was

01:08:56   really fun. But like the first thing that I did when the clock started was install launch bar,

01:09:01   right? Like I, like I need my things. And I realized that over 20 years, 20 plus years,

01:09:07   Apple has actually done a pretty effective systematic job of having like the basics covered.

01:09:16   Like I used to have to install launch bar, but spotlight is way more functional than it was back

01:09:24   in the early days. And it's a good place to start. And then if you want more, you could get launch

01:09:28   bar or any of the other launches that are out there, Alfred, Raycast, Quicksilver. And I just

01:09:35   was thinking about like, yes, eventually you are going to want to have a different backup solution

01:09:39   that includes offsite backup, but Time Machine is there, start with that. You could, you can get,

01:09:44   if you, or if your company requires you to have something like Dropbox or Box or whatever, sure,

01:09:49   but you could also use iCloud in the meantime. And I ended up actually kind of struggling to think

01:09:57   of what, what gaps Apple has left kind of untouched. And the best I came up with was

01:10:04   clipboard manager, which I feel like Apple has left clipboard untouched other than the iCloud

01:10:10   clipboard sharing, which only works for me a fraction of the time. I, I feel like the

01:10:16   clipboard is untouched since 1984. Um, I don't know if you have any thoughts about like, where

01:10:21   are the, where are the places where, um, again, not saying that the utilities aren't great, but

01:10:26   like, if somebody is just starting out, like the idea of exploring, like you use Calendar, you may,

01:10:32   I use Fantastical, but like you could start with Calendar, Calendar is fine. And then you can

01:10:36   decide if you want more than that. And then there's an, there, there are other apps you can use.

01:10:40   This journaling app on the iPhone is like, that's not on the, on the Mac yet, but it will be

01:10:44   eventually. Um, so what do you think about, obviously utilities are great. We have them,

01:10:49   you write them, but like the, the clipboard manager and actually window management, which

01:10:54   does fit into something that you build utilities for those seem to be the two places where Apple's

01:10:59   sort of like, eh, eh, I don't know. What do you think? Well, there's two strains of this. When I

01:11:06   first saw this article and first saw that title, I thought that it might be about, uh, the, this

01:11:11   first one that I'm going to describe, which is, uh, within the community of people who are, you

01:11:15   know, tech enthusiasts and especially have been using Macs for a long period of time. There is a

01:11:19   cycle, a boom and bust cycle where, uh, some of them will sort of fill their computer with, uh,

01:11:25   customizations and system level customizations and things in their menu bar and, uh, apps that

01:11:31   they use instead of the default apps. And they'll do that because that's what you do when you're a

01:11:35   tech enthusiast and they'll reach a point where they're like, you know what? I've gone too far.

01:11:39   I have too many icons in my menu bar. Too many of my things are customized. Uh, using a Mac without

01:11:45   them feels too alien and they get into a minimalist phase. Marco's done this a few times. He'd be like,

01:11:50   you know what? I'm just going to use the default Mac the way it is because that way there's like,

01:11:54   I've eliminated the setup process. Cause I get a new computer every eight months and I hate having

01:11:58   to set it up. And so now I'll just get used to the defaults and it saves a lot of time, but someone

01:12:02   who's new to the platform, that's not going to be their experience. They haven't gone through a boom

01:12:06   and bust cycle of adding crap to their Mac. They're a clean sheet, right? So that's not what your

01:12:11   article was about. It was not like, Hey, I've added a bunch of stuff, but I realized I've gone

01:12:14   too far and prepared it back. This person saying I'm starting from zero. What should I do?

01:12:19   And I think the, the, uh, that what you wrote is definitely true. And the part of it, uh, you know,

01:12:25   the thing that comes with the suggestion to start with the defaults is the idea. The thing that we

01:12:31   experience as tech enthusiasts is that either we don't want to, or shouldn't be responsible for

01:12:38   supporting someone using a new third party thing. So say someone is like, I'm new to the Mac. What

01:12:43   should I use? And you say, Oh, you should use this, this, this, this, this. You're kind of on

01:12:48   the hook now to help them figure out how to use those things. How do I install them? How do I deal

01:12:54   with updates? How do I pay for this? How do I, uh, deal with the fact that I'm using a non-default

01:13:00   thing, but sometimes the default thing will appear and how do they interact with each other?

01:13:03   And that's not really a support burden you want to take on. So I think tech enthusiasts learn,

01:13:10   don't suggest all your favorite weird programs to someone who's new on the Mac, because it'll be

01:13:15   confusing to them. And do you want to be answering their questions about that? Like, and you know,

01:13:19   how does, how does one password interact with key chain? And how do I, you know, why, why does the

01:13:23   key chain not work in Chrome previously, or even just getting the new Apple extension to work in

01:13:28   Chrome? And how do I deal with that? It's like, it's like, you get to the point where like,

01:13:31   I don't want to deal with that, but really setting aside your support burden. People should add

01:13:36   things to their Mac as their needs dictate. Maybe they don't care about the same things that you

01:13:43   care about. And when their needs dictate, like, you know what, I've been using the calendar app,

01:13:47   but it doesn't do this thing that I want to do. And if you know for a fact that Fantastical does

01:13:50   it, at that point, so just Fantastical, they will adopt Fantastical and they will figure out how to

01:13:57   incorporate it with the rest of the calendar stuff and how to deal with it. We're like

01:14:00   at their own pace. They will, they will have ownership. They're like, I had a need.

01:14:04   I was dissatisfied with the default calendar. I asked a friend for advice on which calendar

01:14:08   I should use based on the features that I want. I went and purchased and downloaded

01:14:12   and installed Fantastical. I figured all that out. I figured out how disk images work,

01:14:16   whatever the things they're figuring out. Like they did that for this one app,

01:14:20   there's one custom app that they made. They picked everything else is stock,

01:14:23   but now they're using Fantastical. When they overcome that hurdle, they feel like they have

01:14:27   a sense of ownership about Fantastical. They solved the problem they had for their Mac.

01:14:31   And they need to repeat that process over the course of many, many years before they get to

01:14:36   the point where we're all at, where we have 17 different apps that we know that we like.

01:14:40   There's no shortcut. You can't shortcut them by saying, let me save you some trouble.

01:14:44   Get Fantastical, get LaunchBar, get that. Like you're not, you're not skipping them to the end.

01:14:49   You're giving them some suggestions. They haven't even told you what their needs are.

01:14:52   And they do not have all the knowledge necessary to wrangle all that. So much better for them to

01:14:57   sort of demand a page, uh, to use a computer analogy, the things that they need as they

01:15:03   need them. And it doesn't mean you, you serve no role. You're there to say, Hey, if you're looking

01:15:07   for an alternative web browser or alternative calendar app, or a different way to deal with

01:15:10   your photos, I have options. I have advice. I have things to suggest to you, but let them come to you

01:15:14   with that suggestion. And the one thing you picked as like clipboard manager, like, Oh, that's an

01:15:18   essential one. Like I know why you feel that way. I feel that way too. I a hundred percent agree.

01:15:23   It's ridiculous that they haven't incorporated yet, but I'm not entirely sure that someone new

01:15:27   to the Mac realizes that's a gap. And that is the final thing that I'll say on this topic is

01:15:32   sometimes they will never come to you and say, boy, I wish I could have clipboard history because

01:15:37   it just doesn't occur. But it may be that once you show that to them, they're like, Oh, I can never

01:15:42   go back. Just like we all are. So there is a place for you to suggest things that people will never

01:15:46   ask for, but in moderation and you know, and selectively right. And maybe pick just one.

01:15:52   Well, there's that lack of imagination where I've, I've absolutely had this where I've,

01:15:55   I said to people, you know, you could, you were there like, Oh no, like this happens a lot in my

01:16:00   house where Lauren will be like, Oh, I'll say what? Cause she, she, she yells a lot at those

01:16:05   things like stupid computer or knitting or whatever. She she's vocal about her frustrations.

01:16:11   I'll be like, what happened? Cause she's using the computer. I'm like, okay, maybe I can help.

01:16:14   And, and I end up with, uh, Oh, I copied this thing and then I copied something else tonight.

01:16:20   And I, and that's that moment where you say we should put a clipboard manager or actually in

01:16:25   that case, I was like, I already installed launch bar on your computer, uh, many, many years ago.

01:16:29   And she uses launch bar and I'm like, Oh, did you know launch bar is actually saving your old

01:16:33   clipboard? You said what? Or I've had that with people where they're like, what, what,

01:16:37   there are utilities that let you keep your clipboard history around. So you can, and like,

01:16:41   yes. And they're very useful. And I, I feel like that is also a, uh, a way to think about this,

01:16:47   that the thing that unlocked for me in thinking about this issue and writing about it is this

01:16:51   idea of like, if you're at Apple, cause over 20 years, this has happened while I wasn't kind of

01:16:56   paying attention to it as much because I had replaced a lot of the things that were missing

01:17:00   in early versions of OS X and they filled in the gaps a lot more, which was an interesting

01:17:05   realization. But I also am fascinated by the idea that if you're Apple, you're thinking

01:17:09   what's a way for us to improve the fundamental Mac experience in a way that is not too complicated

01:17:20   for regular users, but that regular users may not know that they want, but that they'd find

01:17:27   valuable. And when I use that approach, that's when clipboard history bubbles to the top for me.

01:17:33   Cause I feel like that's a pretty great win to say, Oh, did you lose that thing that was on your

01:17:38   clipboard? Well, you can do this, whatever that is and see the last 20 things that were on your

01:17:46   clipboard and get them out of there. Clipboard history is the menu bar clock of 2023. Like it's

01:17:51   just so obvious. Everybody has it's so lightweight and there's such an easy way to add it to the

01:17:56   operating system without messing with anybody. You can even have it off by default, like multitasking

01:17:59   off by default, I forget on the iPad, but anyway, you can have it off by default because it is

01:18:04   technically maybe a security concern. You know what I mean? But just it's there. Everyone wants

01:18:09   it. Everyone uses it. Like, and at some point it'll save your bacon. You'll be like, Oh no,

01:18:14   like aha. Yeah. Yeah. Right. And then I started to think about like, could you use iCloud for it?

01:18:20   And would that be interesting to you have it? And it certainly could you, I would love it on

01:18:24   the Mac as a default, but I'm also thinking also iOS could have that feature please. Cause

01:18:29   I miss it so much on iOS. People can't add it to iOS. Like, yeah, that's right. Only Apple can do

01:18:34   it. Yeah. Well that's, I mean, only Apple can currently do it. It's criminal that only Apple

01:18:38   can do it. Well, that's true. Although there are, they believe there are clipboard history things

01:18:42   for iOS that, uh, use some strange technique to get around to like the user share sheet or

01:18:47   something. I don't know. I believe they do exist, but it's just so cumbersome. This should be,

01:18:50   it should be a lesson. This is why iOS and iPadOS have been held behind because one of the important

01:18:56   vectors for evolution of MacOS has been third parties extending the system. And then Apple

01:19:00   realizing that extension is essential and adopting it. I use the menu bar clock as an example. It's a

01:19:03   real one. They used to not be a clock in the menu bar that was a third party app for classic MacOS

01:19:07   and Apple said, you know what? That's a good idea. We should make that part of the operating system.

01:19:11   And the rest is 40 years of history. Yeah. Yeah. So I don't know. I mean, window management is the

01:19:16   other thing that I thought of, which is I know that Apple keeps, I mean, you know, this having

01:19:20   spent so much time, you and I have logged a lot of time in the MacOS 10 development trenches over

01:19:24   the last 23 years and every version. And I wrote the Mac world features and you wrote those RS

01:19:29   reviews and all of that. Uh, Apple keeps throwing window management systems in there. You're like,

01:19:34   Oh sure, here's a new one. Uh, maybe this one will work. And they've done little bits of cleanup

01:19:39   behind the scenes, like snap little, like real subtle, like snapping against edges and things

01:19:45   like that, that they've done over time as well. But when I think about like all the window management

01:19:51   utilities that are out there that are more directly like put this over on the side or,

01:19:56   or tile these or whatever. And, and, and Microsoft has tried a lot of this stuff too. That's another

01:20:01   thing that it strikes me. It's like, yes, there are window management things that Apple hasn't

01:20:06   tried yet on the Mac. And I wonder if they could do something there, but honestly, that's about

01:20:10   all I could come up with where I felt like there's total green space. I don't know if there are other

01:20:13   things that you think where Apple's like could really improve the default life of Mac users,

01:20:18   um, with, with some new functionality that that was the best I could do.

01:20:23   On the window management though, I feel like maybe that's, I would take a different approach to that

01:20:28   because as you mentioned, Apple has added so many things to Mac OS since the dawn of Mac OS 10

01:20:34   related to window management. They've only ever essentially removed one of them, which was, uh,

01:20:39   spaces in two dimensions. Do you remember when spaces used to be up down instead of just left?

01:20:43   Oh yeah. Yeah. Right. It was like a grid. That is the only one that they have backtrack that

01:20:48   are all still there. All right. But they just keep adding them. Right. And for the most part,

01:20:52   they're complimentary, uh, like they added stage manager. Did they get rid of mission control? No.

01:20:57   Did they get rid of spaces? No. Did they get rid of window snapping? No. Like did they get rid of

01:21:00   the zoom box? No. There's just everything they've ever thought of. And I guess single window mode

01:21:04   with the purple dot, but that was the only in beta. Right. Right. Right. So given that,

01:21:08   and given that I think all the things they've tried, there's somebody out there that probably

01:21:12   likes them and they're mostly useful. I think people who like two dimensional spaces probably

01:21:17   miss it, but I'm going to say the same thing I said when I was on MPU, which is we are at the

01:21:22   point with window management on the Mac or Apple. The best thing Apple can do is make public APIs

01:21:30   sufficient such that a third party could have implemented stage manager. You know what I mean?

01:21:35   Right. Stage managers, Apple's attempt is to do a window thing, but we're at the point now where

01:21:39   they've added so many different things and still some people are like, well, I would like to be

01:21:42   like this. I would like to be like that. It's time to make an API, make an API public API that apps

01:21:48   in the Mac app store, sandboxed apps, and you know, like, like real officially supported safe

01:21:53   apps using public APIs can do window management things. And that doesn't exist on the Mac.

01:22:00   There are third-party apps that are outside the Mac app store that try really hard using private

01:22:04   APIs to do cool stuff like that, but that's not a great solution. Those apps tend to break and Apple

01:22:08   frowns upon them and they, you know, they're not great. Right. If you made a third-party API to

01:22:13   influence window management at the fundamental level, at the level of moment to moment,

01:22:18   as a thing is being dragged, have awareness of where all the other windows are, what's in them.

01:22:22   And, you know, I understand it's a privacy concern and like they can see the contents of your windows

01:22:25   and blah, blah, blah. Like it's not easy to do, but they've done so much with window management.

01:22:30   This is the only viable next step to really solve this problem once and for all because,

01:22:35   because of all the things that they've made, everybody is like, eh, it's good. Maybe I use it.

01:22:39   Maybe I won't like third parties, third party opportunity, let a million window management

01:22:44   apps bloom right now. It's amazing that people have gotten by with all these window management

01:22:47   apps with the tiny sipping straw that they get to use to access stuff. And by the way,

01:22:52   most of them don't work through it with sandbox apps. Anyway, it is such a grim scenario on the

01:22:57   Mac. I mean, it's worse on obviously on the iPad and iPhone when there's nothing, but on the Mac,

01:23:02   the things that you have to do, the private API is that you have to discover from decompiling things.

01:23:07   You're looking at header files to figure out how you can figure out which windows are on which

01:23:12   screen and what spaces they belong to and what apps own them, let alone be able to manipulate

01:23:16   them. Let alone to be able to get the contents. Like it's just such a nightmare to do that stuff,

01:23:21   which totally precludes anybody, any third party implementing something like stage manager.

01:23:26   But if the API has existed from planning stage manager, a Apple use them to implement stage

01:23:30   manager and everyone who has a better idea than stage manager can make their own idea and try it

01:23:35   out in the market. And then we might converge on something that is better than Apple could then

01:23:39   fold back into the operating system and the life cycle continues. Yeah. They could do a, a real

01:23:44   journaling app thing there, right? And say, Oh, we're, we built these APIs that are open now and

01:23:49   we use them and you can use them too. I don't think that's ever going to happen. Um, are there,

01:23:55   do you see any other empty spaces where you think like, Oh, that would be a place on the Mac that

01:24:00   Apple could add some functionality. And if you want, you could pitch it across all the platforms.

01:24:04   Cause that was one of the reasons that I modified my shared clipboard, uh, history to include iOS

01:24:10   was because I feel like that's how you get a, that's how you sell it inside. Apple was probably

01:24:14   like, Oh, every device will share the clipboard. Well, you have a clipboard history, not just the

01:24:18   Mac. Cause it's, I think a lot harder these days to say I have a Mac only feature. I would like it

01:24:23   not impossible. It's just harder. Yeah. Well, I mean, window management, you could make the

01:24:27   pitch for that because all Apple has similar difficulties in the iPad, but they keep trying

01:24:31   different things and the iPad customer base seems less satisfied with them. So if they made an API

01:24:37   and you could say this, this, these hooks, this API for understanding where all the windows are,

01:24:42   being able to manipulate where they are, being able to move them, being able to,

01:24:45   you know, get tiny thumbnail images of them, be able to control them and switch among them.

01:24:50   All those APIs will be on the Mac and the iPad. Um, Hey, that would be revolutionary for the iPad

01:24:56   because only Apple has been allowed to play in that sandbox and be, it is a way to pitch it,

01:24:59   but thinking outside of window management and like other types of features, I think you're right

01:25:03   that they've incorporated most of the low hanging fruit here. I mean, honestly, I, what I would say

01:25:08   is there's lots of stuff that ostensibly exists, but doesn't work very well that I would prefer

01:25:12   that they just on the Mac and some particular, I prefer they just make all that stuff work better.

01:25:16   I mean, simple things like network shares in the finder fundamental operation finder,

01:25:20   being able to mount network shares. Why is it so bad? Why it's mean it just, please do not try to

01:25:25   come up with something that we shouldn't be scratching our heads. Here's this thing you

01:25:27   should add, do clipboard history, make a window management API, like do make network shares better,

01:25:33   like make things that are slow, faster, make things that have bugs, not have bugs. Like just

01:25:37   that's fair. That's, that's the level I am for most features in Mac OS these days. And it becomes

01:25:41   increasingly annoying when you encounter things like that. Like the, you know, the fact that

01:25:45   to get to, you know, to mount on my desktop, the, the, the folder for my wife's Mac over there,

01:25:52   take so many steps and it's so cumbersome and has so many weird obscure bugs and so much legacy

01:25:56   stuff. I, when they add stage manager, I'm like, okay, so you added stage manager, your next take

01:26:02   entirely new way to deal with windows, but still doing network stuff in the finder sucks. That's,

01:26:07   that's a, not a great set of priorities as far as I'm concerned.

01:26:10   The other question I had for you was, are there any apps that Apple apps that are like default

01:26:17   experience apps that you choose over available third-party apps? And I'll say that the, I looked

01:26:23   at mine and I think music, I guess I would say, and Safari, but like I'm not using calendar. I'm

01:26:32   not using mail. I'm not, I'm not using those apps. I'm not using spotlight. What about you? Are there,

01:26:40   are there defaults that you embrace? I mean, Safari is my default web browser,

01:26:44   but I do run Chrome pretty much a hundred percent of the time, despite the air network change. Yes.

01:26:48   ADP listeners will know about let's see. I use the default terminal. I know there are,

01:26:55   I think I have like I term two installed and stuff like that, but whatever advantages the

01:26:59   third-party terminal apps have, have not been sufficient to dislodge me from it's good.

01:27:03   It's good. I use the screen-sharing app now in Sonoma as well because the screen-sharing

01:27:07   app is so good now. Let's see, when I look down at my doc here,

01:27:11   I mean messages that are kind of doesn't count because it's kind of, yeah, it doesn't have an

01:27:16   alternative. It's not really like I'm using fantastic calendar and I'm using Mime stream,

01:27:20   right? I'm not using calendar and mail. Yeah. I'm not, I don't use Apple mail. I don't use

01:27:24   Apple calendar. I do use Apple contacts. I know they're third-party clients. I said, oh, I guess

01:27:27   I said the one I should use is photos, right? Because I do have third-party apps. I do have

01:27:32   several commercial third-party apps installed that read my photo library, but my default photos app,

01:27:36   like not just like the fall, which one launches, but I mean like the one that I'm going to use to

01:27:40   go through my photos is still Apple photos. Absolutely. Despite all of its annoyances and

01:27:44   interface annoyances that I have, the, the basic editing controls when I edit photos and

01:27:49   I hate how they work, right? I hate how cropping works. I hate how much stuff out that you are, but

01:27:55   the little sliders for levels and contrast and brightness or whatever, I am used to

01:27:59   those particular knobs. You can get way more knobs in other apps and you can get way fewer

01:28:04   knobs in other apps as well. And I have all those app installed, but I am most comfortable taking

01:28:08   a first pass at photos and adjusting them in the Apple photos app, despite the fact that I want to

01:28:14   throttle the people who have designed the UI for that simply because like, which knobs do I have?

01:28:18   I think Apple gives you the right set of knobs. The only thing I really, really,

01:28:21   well, the only knob that I really think is it's not the wrong set of knobs that it works so poorly

01:28:25   is at this point, Apple's little bandaid heel thing is embarrassingly bad compared to all the

01:28:31   ML powered ones that are in all the other apps I use. If they had like a Pixelmator Pro.

01:28:35   - A Photomator kind of thing. Yeah. Yeah. Oh yeah.

01:28:38   - If they had at least at that level, it would make things better. But you know, again, I'm,

01:28:41   I'm glad to have the third party options. - Photos on iOS doesn't even have that feature.

01:28:46   - Yeah. Photos on iOS is missing so many features.

01:28:48   - It's, it's, it's offensive. As somebody who gets to live with all of the photo features

01:28:52   every summer when I update my book about photos, like, oh, I know, Jon, I know.

01:28:56   I realized, um, reminders and notes. I don't have a third party to do anything. I throw up a lot of

01:29:03   stuff in reminders. And although I don't use pages, I do use numbers for some stuff. And I

01:29:09   used to use keynote when I gave presentations, but like, and BB edit is where most of my stuff goes.

01:29:14   I do use notes for lots of stuff, especially stuff that syncs whenever I'm like watching a movie for

01:29:19   a podcast, I just take the notes and notes it's it. And I know it'll be there on all my other

01:29:23   devices and they're both very good reminders and notes. They've done a lot of that. Those keep

01:29:27   getting advanced every, every year or two, um, as time goes on and they're very, they're very good

01:29:33   apps. - Yeah. It's another case where I use the default. I do use reminders and notes,

01:29:36   despite the fact that they both have little things that annoy me. So notes on the Mac annoys me when

01:29:41   I, when I updated on my phone and the Mac app has been open the entire time and it's not updated.

01:29:45   And the way I fix that is by quitting notes and relaunching it. That should never happen,

01:29:47   but it does sometimes. Um, and the second thing is reminders. Uh, you know, it's, I think of the

01:29:54   reason I didn't mention these, I think of them as mostly as phone apps, because I'm getting the

01:29:56   reminders on my phone most of the time as I'm going through my day. But there is a Mac, you

01:30:01   know, copy of that app. And I do look at those same reminders on my Mac from time to time. But

01:30:06   when I will like log into, uh, you know, switch to my account on my wife's Mac, I'll see reminder

01:30:11   notifications for things that I did yesterday. They'll pop up and it's like, I mark that off on

01:30:16   my phone yesterday. Why now Mac, are you showing this notification now? The Mac doesn't yet know

01:30:21   that I marked it off either way. It's like, it's not a big deal. You know, I can either mark it

01:30:26   again or disclose it and it will go away. But that type of thing, I feel like shouldn't happen. And

01:30:31   yet I continue to use it, the default reminders app, because despite those minor annoyances,

01:30:36   it's built in it's everywhere and it, it, you know, I don't need anything more than what it

01:30:41   offers. I just wish it worked a little bit better. Yeah. I had an interesting UI hole that I fell in

01:30:49   that I haven't written about, but, um, so it all starts with Google disappointing me. So, well,

01:30:55   no, I guess technically it starts with Amazon disappointing me. Amazon's Echo, uh, got so bad

01:31:02   in interrupting me to try to advertise things that I replaced it with a Google Nest home mini,

01:31:09   I don't know, a little Google screen in my kitchen. Is it the little hockey puck thing?

01:31:12   No, no, it's got the one with the screen. Oh, okay. Yeah. Um, cause I like you had the Amazon

01:31:18   show. Yeah. The Amazon show heads Echo show. Oh, and plus it would say, by the way, here's a thing

01:31:24   that you don't care about and I hate it. So I got the reorder T the Google one is better. I know

01:31:30   the Google one is better. Um, but it, uh, okay. So I switched to it in part because I'm using any

01:31:42   list as my shopping shared shopping list for my family, using that for a long time. And again,

01:31:48   it's that thing about like, I know there are other solutions, but at the time it was the best choice

01:31:51   and now we're in inertia mode there. So when I was looking number one thing we did in the kitchen,

01:31:57   other than timers was adding things to the shopping list. So like I'm shopping for the

01:32:02   Google thing. I'm thinking, can I replace the, the Echo? And the answer was yes, there is any

01:32:07   list support in Google. It was great. So I, I get the Google home, we have it for a few months. And

01:32:12   then I get an email from any list saying Google has decided to just stop supporting sinking with

01:32:18   its to-do lists and third parties. Google just continues a product? I know impossible. Right.

01:32:24   So, uh, very frustrating. Uh, we start using our iPhones and our Apple watches to put things on the

01:32:30   shopping list because there's a sync with reminders for any list. And then I had that moment where I

01:32:36   thought, you know, you can just share lists in reminders and they now are shopping lists too.

01:32:44   You can mark them as shopping lists and they organize them just like any list did. And I

01:32:48   thought, Oh, okay. Yeah. Like why, why am I doing this? I should just, okay. So that's great. So I

01:32:53   made it. We now have a shared shopping list that doesn't sync with any list. Any list is gone. I

01:32:59   canceled my subscription and now here we are. And then I fell into the hole, which is Apple by

01:33:08   default seems to think that every device you own should get a notification whenever somebody who

01:33:16   isn't you adds an item to a shared list by default. So, you know, I'm writing a story and it says,

01:33:29   Lauren put tomatoes on the shopping list. I'm like, okay. Hey, at least, at least it doesn't

01:33:34   just say like notes does, you know, has made changes and doesn't tell you what they are. Oh,

01:33:38   yes. Oh, the mysterious changes. So then I'm like, okay, notification center. No, it's not there. And

01:33:44   the thing is about reminders. You can turn off notifications for reminders. I don't advise it

01:33:49   because it's reminders. Turns out what you have to do is you have to go to the list and choose manage

01:34:01   shared list, the place where you invite people to the list. And in there is notify when adding items,

01:34:11   completing items and you have to uncheck it. So you have to go into reminders. You have to go into

01:34:17   that list there. And you know what? That's okay. But what it's missing is a thing that says on all

01:34:26   my devices, I'd love the option of saying, because I've been playing whack-a-mole with every device

01:34:32   where I forget that I'm even doing it. And then suddenly I'm on my iPad and it says,

01:34:37   Lauren added spaghetti to the shopping list. I'm like, God, I got to do it again. And I just keep

01:34:41   doing it over and over again until eventually all the notifications stop. And then Lauren says,

01:34:48   Oh, look, Jason said, put Coke zero on the list. And I'm like, you can turn that off.

01:34:53   I always play the whack-a-mole game on all of her devices too. I just, you know, that, that anyway,

01:34:58   that's just a little hole. I fell in where I'm like, this is great Apple, but it's on by default

01:35:05   and I can't turn it off on across all my devices. And I'm like, all right. I mean,

01:35:09   I'm not going to turn off notifications for all of reminders because it might need to remind me

01:35:13   of something. But anyway, but I love reminders. That remind kind of reminds me of what I was

01:35:21   so puzzled when Apple announced this feature. I'm like, so they added shopping lists, but they added

01:35:25   it to reminders. Right. And the reason, I mean, because you can understand why reminders might

01:35:32   act this way because it thinks of the items as things that you're supposed to do that you're

01:35:36   reminded, you know what I mean? And it makes sense if they were individual items like pick the kids

01:35:40   up. Oh, now I know my wife picked the kids up because I got the notification that reminder was

01:35:43   checked off or whatever, but for a shopping list, I don't need to know itemized every single thing.

01:35:47   So the thing we use for shopping lists, we did use any list for a while. Whatever we use a notes

01:35:52   document with the little check boxes in it. And you still get notifications and it says, you know,

01:35:57   the note has been updated or whatever, but like, but reminders just seems like, I just think of

01:36:02   reminders as individual items rather than lists of things. Whereas if they had integrated, you know,

01:36:07   if you're going to take any list I functioned out and add it to an Apple app, I would have added it

01:36:10   to notes first instead of reminders, but Hey, you know, and I tried the reminders thing, but we went

01:36:15   back to our notes thing, which is not great either. The reminders one is a great example of a 1.0

01:36:19   product that third parties do better, uh, organizing it by type like produce, meat, whatever.

01:36:24   That's great, but that's not the way we shop. We organize it by store because we buy these things

01:36:28   at whole foods, very, these things at star market, by these things that Trader Joe's.

01:36:32   Sure. Joe's yeah. Right. And then within those stores, maybe they're broken down by type or

01:36:36   maybe not, or maybe you want them organized by aisle or in the order that you're going to,

01:36:39   you know, you're going to traverse through the store. So a 1.0 it first passes. Yeah. Separate

01:36:44   the dairy from the meat, from the vegetables or whatever. Uh, but you know, the fancier third

01:36:49   party apps that do this type of thing will let you organize by store and will, you know,

01:36:53   how do you want it sorted when you check them off? Uh, no notes will just shuffle the checked off

01:36:57   ones below the unchecked ones, but my wife wants to sort the checked off ones alphabetically and

01:37:02   notes won't do that for you and makes it difficult to do manually. So as an example of where Apple

01:37:07   has a good product, that's a good 1.0 and there are tons of third party products that can do this

01:37:13   better. Um, I, but again, with the notes one, like any list, any list doesn't use the notes database.

01:37:18   They have their own database that syncs between things making shopping lists out of reminders.

01:37:24   I think there are third party clients that can access the reminders database. Am I getting that

01:37:27   wrong? Um, yeah, sure. Sure. Yeah. But anyway, if they did that, it's like, if there was, if there

01:37:32   was like lists functionality built in, you could get a third party client that would have the

01:37:36   defaults that you were battling against, like have better defaults that were more suited to you or

01:37:40   have more features. But yeah, I mean, I don't know how you do that in, in reminders today,

01:37:45   you'd probably need to create like a whole foods list. And, uh, like I have a, I have a hardware

01:37:51   store shopping list that is separate from my shopping list. Right. I mean, you do like an

01:37:57   OmniFocus thing or whatever, or when you enter the store geolocation, it pops up the list and stuff

01:38:00   like that, you know? Oh, that's nice. It's clever. Anyway, that's my story. That I think brings us to

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