Scott's Thoughts

Today’s Apple Event Was a Sh!tshow

I’m disappointed.

The Apple TV “TV” app is a complete bust as-is, IMO. It can’t fulfill its “one place for all” my TV content mission, because it doesn’t have Netflix! Amazon I didn’t expect, given the rivalry, but Netflix?! How can anyone claim to be a one-stop shop for TV without Netflix? I’m sure it’s Netflix not wanting to be aggregated behind someone else’s interface, but man, that’s what I want. One place to browse, search, etc. Netflix is terrible for discovery, and this could really help with that. Not to mention (and I didn’t really expect this) it’s got no way to get to my TiVo recordings.

After all that, it turns out that it’s not even available until the end of the year! Why are we talking about it now then?! Oh, I see. It’s because, despite the embarrassingly out-of-date Mac lineup, we’re about to be even more disappointed, and they need to pad the event.

The new MacBook Pro is impressive enough, but there just isn’t enough sizzle there. I thought the demos of the Touch Bar were good–the Photoshop one was really compelling–but once I got to checkout and the thing was $4k, I just didn’t push the button.

One other reason to not push it? No external Retina Display. Come on! “Partnering” with LG to sell their 4k display is a weak stand-in for a real first-party solution. I was hoping for a 5k Retina Display, like in the iMac.

Aaaaand, that’s it, “thanks for coming”. Futhermucker! No iMac spec bump? The Mac Pro continues to be an embarrassment? I guess so. For fuck’s sake, Microsoft showed them up! Microsoft! This is the worst time to be a Mac lover in recent memory, MacBook Pro notwithstanding. Then, to add to the pain, they quietly delayed the EarPods launch.

Man, what a shitshow of a day.

“Peter Thiel’s Politics Become a Deal-Killer in Silicon Valley”

“They Finally Made a Good Wolverine Movie”

“Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian”

“Logan | Official Trailer [HD]”

“The Times’s Lawyer Responds to Donald Trump”

“How Evan McMullin Could Win Utah And The Presidency”

“PolitiFact’s annotated transcript of the Vice Presidential debate”

“Delete Your Yahoo Account”

“GitHub Audio”

“Marvel’s Iron Fist will hit Netflix on March 17th, 2017”

“Mercedes-Benz wants to join Formula E in 2018”

“Trump’s Debate Flameout”

“Transcript: Here are words Trump just used to talk about ‘the cyber’”

“2016, ya’ll.”

“The CW’s shows will be available on streaming devices next week”

“Mossberg: Apple’s new watchOS 3 shows the virtue of starting over”

“Gary Johnson: WIRED Should Have Endorsed Me for President”

“Fujifilm’s new GFX is a giant camera sensor wrapped in an accessible body”

iPhone 7 First Impressions

I ended up getting the 4.7" iPhone 7–sizing down from my iPhone 6s Plus–in Jet Black. I’m sure in large part, that’s why this phone feels so jewel-like in my hand: it actually feels small, and that’s not how I felt about my previous 4.7" iPhone, the original 6. So far, I’m thrilled to be back to the smaller phone.

The finish is pretty amazing: it doesn’t feel like either aluminum nor plastic. It’s got a polished, almost sticky grip like the 3GS did, but not the plasticky feel. It’s hard to tell where the screen begins, it’s so smooth.

It’s fast. I have the iPad Pro as well, and this thing benchmarks as fast or faster than that does. I don’t run benchmarks, but in use, it’s blazing. Rerouting after a turn in Maps is super quick, and everything is responsive.

The new home button doesn’t feel at all like a button, but I don’t mind it. Touch ID is even quicker than before. The Taptic Engine is put to new uses in iOS 10, and it’s a really nice experience. I particularly like the taps that it uses when scrolling through a date list to make it feel like a tactile operation.

So far, I’m very impressed.

“President Trump’s First Term”

“Emmys 2016: Ratings Hit a New Low”

“There’s No Debate”

“‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek wins Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy”

“Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany wins for Orphan Black (finally)”

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