Building a New Photography Workflow With the iPad Pro

Drew Coffman:

Though the iPad Pro enables me to be more creative, that doesn’t mean there’s a solution for every creative task I want to accomplish — and in photography in particular, using the device as a primary machine forces me to make some interesting choices.

I’ve tried many photo-editing iPad apps, but I haven’t found the one for me yet.

My Tablet Has Stickers

Steven Sinofsky on the future of the iPad:

In one of the amazing Steve Jobs interviews from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, when asked about tablets replacing laptops, Jobs said to this functionality gap that it was “just software”.

Respectfully, he was partially right. While more and better software was needed, the other part of this shift is the accompanying broad range of otherchanges that will take place. If you doubt those changes are happening now, then consider how much of your work life/process/culture has changed by the introduction of smartphones. Tablets just took longer because they are not just additive but substitutes. The change is more like email which took two decades to become something resembling a universal tool even after being around for 20 years.

I completely agree. iOS has slowly, but surely taken over my computer usage. While I still use my Mac every day, I don’t use it nearly as much as my iPad or iPhone.

Life's Too Short for Slow Computers

Nilay Patel writing for The Verge:

We can sit around and argue about whether speeds and feeds matter, but the grand ambition of the Apple Watch is to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist, and right now it’s a very slow computer. If Apple believes the Watch is indeed destined to become that computer, it needs to radically increase the raw power of the Watch’s processor, while maintaining its just-almost-acceptable battery life. And it needs to do that while all of the other computers around us keep getting faster themselves. It’s a hard road, but Apple is obviously uniquely suited to invest in ambitions that grand, with billions in the bank, a top-notch chip design unit, and the ability to focus on the long-term.

In retrospect, I wish the Apple Watch was less ambitious. If Apple focused more on Glances and Notifications – instead of apps – maybe the Apple Watch would’ve been seen as more of a success.

The Convergence of Emoji

Interesting post by Sebastiaan de With on how tech companies are working together to form universal emoji characters:

Significant design differences in emoji can be a hassle at best, but at worst it completely alters the meaning of a communication, and creates a jarring disconnect between the intended meaning the sender is trying to convey to the recipient. Imagine if the letters of our latin script varied depending on the phone you used!

Here’s where emoji differ from latin script: While Unicode defines the meaning of the emoji, the makers of emoji ‘fonts’ — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and a few others — are left to interpret how to visualize these textual descriptions in an icon.

For this very reason, I avoid using emoji whenever possible.

A Flop Unlike Any Other

M.G. Siegler on the Apple Watch:

Last year, Rolex did $4.5 billion in sales. A solid year for the premium watchmaker. Of course, it was no Apple Watch. That business did roughly $6 billion in sales, if industry estimates are accurate.

The point here isn’t to compare the two devices — an Apple Watch is just about as comparable to a watch as an iPhone is to a phone. But it does provide an interesting context for Apple’s fledgling business — a new product category which has come under a lot of scrutiny since its launch a year ago. Many have called it a “flop,” which, again, is interesting in context.

More than any other product line from Apple, the second version of the Apple Watch will be the defining moment for its future.