Pondering Apple

I lay here early on Saturday morning, a chilly morning persuading me to delay the mornings long walk, and am thinking back to Apple’s announcement it’s migrating to ARM-based computers over the next few years; a funny thing to do given it’s only 3am I know.

Have they shot themselves in the foot by announcing early? Sales of any non-ARM Mac will surely be lower now as either those aware of the future path either hold back their upgrade or that of their company worried of potential obsolescence. I wonder the sales impact going early has? I know I’d been considering my own late-2015 MacBook Pro being replaced at some point soon, mainly as storage is an issue for me rather than speed, though it is getting to a point Apple with obsolete it in a few years.

Knowing ARM machines are around the corner I’m now forced to hold off that upgrade, instead waiting to see what the future holds. I am particularly concerned about Parallels for Mac and my ability to run Windows 10 into the future. I need this, sadly, for some work I do. Would x86 apps even run under the ARM version of Windows? Things I’d never considered till recently.

iOS 14

I’ve been looking at a few reviews of those developers who’ve access to iOS 14 following WWDC2020, it’s interesting how some like and dislike those widgets. For years there was always the cry to steal those things from Android, and let’s face it they have, yet they arrive and it’s whinge central. Others complaining about the App library how it doesn’t organise how they would, hmm, keep one or more home screens, I believe iOS 14 didn’t require deleting every screen.

One plus seeming to be picked up by users is being able to double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone to enable chosen functionality. Once turned on, you can specify what you want these taps to perform, sounds neat.

One thing I would dearly love for Apple to change is the two app buttons on our iPhone home screens, torch and camera. I have lost count the number of times touch has turned on whilst in my pants and suddenly my leg’s greeting a little warmer; hate to burn a gold in those jeans I hadn’t paid for. I would love for the button to require force touch and slide to activate rather than force touch.

As I have my old iPhone X and iPad Pro sitting idle I think I’ll sign up to public betas this year for each device to sample their progress and have a play. Looking forward to it.

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