Lee Morris at Fstoppers:
I used a Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 lens and locked it at around 35mm. I did some color/contrast tests and found that the footage out of both cameras looked about the same if I set the Nikon to "neutral." I then walked around a park near our office and grabbed a few shots. It was impossible to tell which footage looked best in the field but once we got back to the office the comparison was pretty shocking. The iPhone's 4k footage downscaled to 1080p was significantly better than the Nikon D750.
The key here is this comparison was done in basically ideal conditions where you'd expect a mobile camera to excel. And the test is down-scaling 4K to 1080p. Still, it's interesting that the new iPhone's best shot is good enough to beat higher end gear.
Battery life differences observed between iPhone A9 chip makers
Apple Statement to Ars Technica on A9 chips
"With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model.
Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It's a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other."
I think that last part is key. Apple sources a number of components from multiple manufacturers, so pinning any variation on this chip alone might not necessarily correlate to the manufacturer. However, while the causation may be difficult to pin point, perhaps there could be a configuration of components that result in a significant variance and the A9 fabricator could be an indicator of such configurations. Or it could be the chip. Or any number of many variabilities.
Fantastical update brings native Apple Watch, complications, + 3D Touch
The popular iOS Calendar alternative Fantastical got a significant update for iOS 9, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, and the Apple Watch.
The feature I'm most interested in is the new watch complication. This allows information to be presented directly on the Apple Watch. The complication gives Fantastical basically the same display features as the iOS Calendar.
Also included is support for 3D Touch on the app to quickly bring up options. And now the Apple Watch app runs natively on the wrist.
- 3D Touch! Press firmly on the Fantastical app icon for quick actions
- Fantastical's Apple Watch app now includes complications, a "go to date" option, plus improved speed thanks to a native app (requires watchOS 2)
- Additional iOS 9 fixes and improvements
- Improved design for week view
- Tap and hold on locations or URLs to choose an app to open them in (e.g. Google Maps or Apple Maps)
- Multiple invitation notifications are now shown separately instead of grouped into a single notification
- Improved highlight weekends for countries that have weekends on Friday and Saturday
- Fixed hang when adding new events with VoiceOver
- Fixed location and phone data detectors not appearing in event titles
- Various fixes and improvements
Twelve South updates BookArc for new MacBooks
Inspired by the latest generation of MacBooks, the new BookArc is made from bead-blasted aluminum. A highly-polished chamfered edge and a refined shape creates a desktop sculpture worthy of the MacBook.
BookArc is a nifty desktop docking solution for Apple's laptops. The material matches Apple's laptops for good looks, but the design is a nice way to get your laptop out of the way while still using it with a desktop setup. The device stores the laptop vertically and provides access to all the computer's ports.
Here Twelve South is updating the product for the latest MacBook designs. BookArc sells for $49.99. It features a silicone insert, which makes it compatible with the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina.
Tweetbot 2.1 for OS X bring iOS features
Tweetbot for Mac got an update with a number of new features and fixes. A couple notable features are the Activity View which shows you in one screen your engagements and interactions on Twitter. Other interesting feature is the ability to play some videos within the app itself rather than launching a browser.
Full features below:
- New Activity View.
- Quoted tweets now show up in mentions.
- Play Twitter, Instagram, and Vine video within the app.
- Pinch to zoom images or resize the image view window.
- Support for uploading Twitter hosted videos.
- Retweets button in the status detail now shows who retweeted.
- Swipe-back gesture now works in the profile view.
- People search popover has been simplified and should return more relevant results.
- Direct message images are now displayed.
- Added "View > Scroll To Last Read" to easily return to last read tweet.
3D Touch Multitasking
Mikey Campbell for AppleInsider:
To invoke 3D Touch multitasking on iPhone 6s, start an off-screen swipe from the left screen edge as you would a "back" gesture commonly used in apps like Safari and Mail. Make sure to press firmly on the screen while performing the left-to-right swipe action; this is how iOS 9 differentiates multitasking commands from the aforementioned back action.
I didn't know about this gesture. I find it a little tricky when using a phone case to get my finger into the edge of the display. With a little practice, I got the hang of it.
There are two gestures at work here. A swipe across a part of the screen and release activate the app switcher. If you go fully across the screen it quickly swaps to the last used app. This is an alternative to double tapping the home button and is pretty handy.
UniBeast Hackintosh Guide for El Capitan
TonyMacX86 group has updated its UniBeast tool for OS X El Capitan. The tool allows for the installation of OS X onto non-Apple hardware.
I don't usually keep my Hackintosh system up to the latest version. Sometimes I skip updates if there isn't a specific feature or fix. If everything is working to my satisfaction generally I let things be.
With new OS releases I usually wait until at least a minor OS X update if not the .1 update. In my mind this gets the typical early bugs out of the way before going through a major upgrade. Plus it gives the community some time to fine tune things.
But, for the adventurous, the full guide is available at the link above.
Tim Cook on Privacy
Tim Cook stat down with NPR to discuss Apple's position on privacy. The full interview can be heard at the link above.
We do think that people want us to help them keep their lives private. We see that privacy is a fundamental human right that people have. We are going to do everything that we can to help maintain that trust. ...
Our view on this comes from a values point of view, not from a commercial interest point of view. Our values are that we do think that people have a right to privacy. And that our customers are not our products. We don't collect a lot of your data and understand every detail about your life. That's just not the business that we are in.
When Microsoft was Apple's biggest rival, Apple positioned itself as the free-thinking alternative for creatives. With Google as its biggest rival, Apple is positioning itself as a trusted vendor for your data.
I think that has a major influence on their values as it would be easy to leverage customer data to improve products and build partnerships. In that respect, I would say there is a commercial interest. Not that I think that's in any way bad, just that Apple's vision is deliberate and strategic.
Tweetbot 4 now available for iOS
iPad Support (Universal)
Landscape Support added to iPhone
New Statistics and Activity View
New Column View in Landscape on iPad and the iPhone 6+
Split View Multi-tasking on iPad
More Granular Mute Filter Settings
Quick Reply from Notifications
Safari View Controller with Support for Content Blockers
Improved User Profiles
Optimized Status Detail
Refreshed User Interface
Many Optimizations Under the Hood
I just downloaded and kicking the tires. I big fan of Tweetbot for both iOS and OS X.
Amazon to pull Apple TV
Spencer Soper for Bloomberg:
The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling the Apple TV and Google's Chromecast since those devices don't "interact well" with Prime Video. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said. Prime Video doesn't run easily on its rival's hardware.
Reportedly other devices that do stream to Prime will remain available.
Amazon can do whatever, but this seems to delineate Amazon's transition from retailer of things to streaming content mogul.