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Will Apple announce that it's improving the dreadful open source spell checker it uses in OS X? The lookup for misspelled words is worse that those in late 1980s DOS spell checkers. Leave one letter out or transpose two letters and it's often clueless. And its vocabulary is so pitiful, even words that regularly appear in newspaper headlines (such as exceptionalism) aren't included. It's vocabulary is that of a junior high student. I don't blame Hunspell for that. They...
Sad, yet another of Apple's two unloved and uncared for foster children is being forced into a new household. This is starting to look like child abuse. Before it was podcasts, given an app of their own to get the bugs out of the music app. Now it's audiobooks, which are being moved in with print books. I'm not sure I see the logic there. These are two different media only sharing the word "books" in common and suggesting that the combination will end up bloated and...
Is it just me, or are query-each-other-all-the-time features like these suggestive of an obsession with monitoring and control. Just because something can be done does not mean it should be done.
"Skews toward the sports model" hints at what I've been trying to tell Apple for years. The iPhone needs an outdoors-ready sports model.
Yes, the existing emoji are age-bigoted. We need a set that are hunched over with long beards and canes. Children too. We desperately need baby and little kid emoji in all colors and both sexes. Shameful that Apple forgot those groups too.
The emoji ones are more inclusive in the sense that there are now emoji to represent those who have been turned bright yellow by severe liver failure. Unfortunately, there are still no emoji for Asians.
I see little use for a touch screen that small. I do find some of the other features intriguing.Hopefully, the Taptic Engine features can be adapted to screenless and far less expensive devices we can wear on a wrist or ankle. Even better would be adapting the tactile awareness features that Apple created to deal with that too-tiny screen to the movements we make with our iPhones. It'd make it easier to use.
As a way to achieve security, this is pretty weak. A competitor wanting to spy on high-level decisions by planting a hidden mike in an executive conference room could simply pay an electrician in need of easy money. Once installed, who put it there would be hard to trace. But as someone else noted, Apple's best protection is to sweep for bugs regularly during construction. The sheer size of the place and those earthen berms around it are probably the best protection. The...
 No, my fingers are not only big, they don't seem to conduct that well for even an iPhone. Tapping is iffy enough for me on my iPhone 5 screen. A tiny watch screen would be hopeless. That's why I think making devices tactilely aware and signaling with calibrated vibrations matters more than a watch replacement. Also, keep in mind that technology matures and stabilizes. The core hardware and UI of cars has changed little from the 1930s. Four wheels, a steering wheel and...
I got a bad feeling about those sales. When the iPhone came out, I'd been spending the previous two years looking for a cell phone that was useful for more than just calls. None were and most were junk. I suspect there were millions like me, hence the success of the iPhone. On the other hand, I'm not frustrated with what my watch does and doubt my experience is unique. If anything, the clocks in cell phones have led many to abandon watches altogether. I am excited,...
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