Last Sunday evening, the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a report that covers hardware updates for 2019. There is a lot in here: an all-new design for the 16’’ MacBook Pro, a 32 GB option for the 13’’ MacBook Pro, a redesigned Mac Pro – the same one Apple talked about in April 2017 – and a 31,6’’ 6K monitor; three models of iPhones with updated Face ID, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging & a triple-camera; updated iPad, AirPods 2 with wireless charging, AirPower released in first half of this year, Apple Watch ECG support for additional countries and even the new iPod Touch. That’s a lot of hardware for Apple to release this year.
Mark Gurman has some news about Marzipan.
The aim of the multistep initiative, code-named “Marzipan,” is that by 2021, developers will be able to build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, people familiar with the effort said. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets. (…)
Later this year, Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac computers via a new software development kit that the company will release as early as June at its annual developer conference. Developers will still need to submit separate versions of the app to Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores, but the new kit will mean they don’t have to write the underlying software code twice, said the people familiar with the plan.
In 2020, Apple plans to expand the kit so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way. Apple engineers have found this challenging because iPhone screens are so much smaller than Mac computer displays.
By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app or what is known as a “single binary.” This means developers won’t have to submit their work to different Apple App Stores, allowing iOS apps to be downloaded directly from Mac computers — effectively combining the stores.
After Gurman’s article, Axios published their story about ARM-based Macs, with info from “Intel officials”.
Apple is widely expected to move its Mac line to custom ARM-based chips in the coming years. (…).
Intel officials have privately told Axios they expect such a move as soon as next year.
Although ARM-based Macs and Marzipan are two different stories, since Marzipan-powered apps on Mojave (Stocks, Voice Memos, Home and News) are running on Intel-based processors, but it seems that interesting times are coming to the Mac platform for both the developers and the users.
Marcin Krzyżanowski comments on the Apple UX with some examples from the App Store Connect app and website.
So I open App Store Connect app - introduced in Jan 4, 2018 - so pretty new product. Not new enough to display web view with an agreement text and „Accept” button. For that, I’m redirected to the https://itunesconnect.apple.com website.
So I did. The website is not optimized for iPhone though. iPhone X in my case is not compatible with the website of the company that iPhone business is like what… 80% of revenue? (…)
It took Apple ~10 minutes to left me very pissed, and I was not able to complete basic task. I pay 99 USD/year for this, for the last 10 years. Apple is one of the richest company in the world. So it’s neither a new product, nor free service - it’s simply UX from hell.
To all that I would also add the Mac App Store app’s different navigation patterns. The app details are sliding out from the right and the articles – from the bottom, effectively disabling the swipe to go back gesture on the trackpad. Another thing is text in the iTunes search results that is impossible to copy. Try it for yourself – type in something in the search menu that’s not available on Apple Music or iTunes, although it can also be a typo of something that is available, and you will see that you can’t copy text from “No results for…” if you want to quickly copy the text and change it a little bit. Small things matter.