To Beta, or not to Beta - That is the question:
Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The bugs and glitches of pre-production software
Or to wait patiently for fall general releases
And by stalling better enjoy them. To install, to test-
Evermore— and by test we say to dive into
New features, widgets, scribble by pencil
That iPads, iPhones, and Macs are destined for.
It’s a consumption, to devoutly be wished.
To install, to test-
To test- perhaps to dream of unreleased devices
For in that dream of Apple silicon
Amongst the mountains of Big Sur
Are the possibilities we yearn for.
Apple has released public betas for their major fall releases. I already have it running on my iPad (where I’m writing this post) but I know better than to put it on my iPhone or watch. I write most of my poetry by hand with the logitech crayon, and then type up the handwritten notes. I really couldn’t wait for scribble which promises to really help my work flow. The widgets are fun, but ultimately I know that the real excitement will be when developers release their app updates in the fall. As the summer goes on I’ll update with more impressions, but until then beta at your own peril.
If you’re interested in installing the betas you can check out thins link on Apple’s beta page. There are also some great beta overviews on Six Colors and MacStories.
Include a charger
For rampant consumer needs
Throw it in a drawer
Leave it in the box
Who weeps while the planet bleeds?
I thought this piece from Dieter Bohn on the Verge was spot on. I spend a couple of days preparing to move just going through endless drawers of wires and old connectors. I have somewhere to the tune of 20 usb chargers, not including usb hubs and power strips that have additional USB ports built in. Most were from old iPhones and iPads, but some were novelty. (One even had my college logo on it)
If Apple decides not to include chargers, I think that’s a step in the right direction. E-waste is something that we’ll have think about more in the future.
Time once again for Apple to announce
new software, transitions,
the consumers will pounce!
We waited abated for Tim Cook to speak
on the state of the platforms
For Federighi, his dad jokes, a little bit weak
First up; IOS 14
with widgets, app trays,
giving the home screen a much needed sheen
iPadOS, another innovation
with Scribble to turn notes to text
Sidebars! And minimized notification
WatchOS on your wrist
Now with face sharing
Dancing, Activity is now fitness
Now onto MacOS Big Sur
with new icon and translucent menus
So much information, kind of a blur
One more thing!
A waited for chip transition
Who knows what it will bring
Apple silicon inside
Rosetta 2 and universal app distribution
Intels time to run and hide
Some minor updates to the some of the rest
TVOS with 4K youtube
Setting default email is simply the best
Privacy on the menu with Apple Sign-in
Simple ways to see whose tracking you
Whew! With that we’re through
A lot of new content coming to the collected Apple systems. If you missed the keynote, there are some great recap videos, including this one from the Verge. Also check out the the official Apple recaps for Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference.
I’m incredibly interested in the new arm Macs. I feel that the new design language for MacOS is great and I’m in the market for a new Mac. (I currently use an old mid-2012 MacBook pro – It works fine but no Big Sur.) I primarily use an IOS and IpadOS devices so I think the IOS-ification of the platform is fine.
I hope you enjoyed the poetry recap – more news, tech, and poetry coming your way.