Stephen Hackett's blog about things that light up and make noise. 512 Pixels is about Apple, technology, journalism and design.

Day One warns users about iCloud Drive

This is affecting a lot of developers, not just Day One. This could have been avoided if Yosemite was shipping with iOS 8 tomorrow. I imagine a lot of users are going to think things are broken because they didn't understand iOS 8's on-boarding screens.

Analog(ue) 5: The Only Way Out Is Through

Earlier this week, I joined Casey Liss and Myke Hurley on their podcast Analog(ue) to discuss writing about personal matters on the Internet.

The Liss family as well as my own have been through some very tough shit, and Casey and I have both taken to our websites to process it from time to time.

If I never record another podcast, I'd be fine with this capping my career. It's the show I've wanted to record for almost two years. I genuinely hope that our conversation — as raw and emotional as it was — helps someone out there struggling with pain, depression or loss.

iPhone pre-orders top 4 million units sold

Apple PR:

Apple today announced a record number of first day pre-orders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, with over four million in the first 24 hours. Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

Holy moly.

'Our philosophy is not be the first; it's to be the best'

Once you look past the marketing lines, Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose is pretty interesting.

Apple's CEO talks about the tech behind the Apple Watch, and how he sees the health and fitness stuff is up to fits in with the company's desire to enrich people's lives.

Cook also discusses why Apple's product line is small compared to other companies. He believes Apple remains focused because it is very careful when adding new products to its portfolio. "It's so easy to add. It's hard to edit," Cook said.

Unread purchased by Supertop

The makers of Castro have purchased Unread, my favorite RSS app for iOS:

Unread makes an excellent companion to our podcast app, Castro. Both apps are news/entertainment focused, share similar design goals and even rely on the same underlying feed technology. We are grateful to Jared for trusting us with the future of Unread and look forward to developing and refining both of these apps for years to come.

We’ll be moving Unread to Supertop’s App Store account over the next few weeks — there are technical limitations that prevent a direct transfer, but when the transition happens we will ensure that all customers are moved to the new app free of charge.

I'm glad this app has a bright future; I know it is in good hands.

Here's Jared Sinclair:

I’m proud of the work I put into Unread, and can’t wait to see what Supertop does with the foundation I laid down. Unread has the cleanest code I’ve ever written for a personal project, so I’m hopeful that it won’t be a burden for Oisin and Padraig to wander through it. The hardest part has been dealing with maddening App Store policies. You would not believe the hoops they’re having to jump through to try to migrate existing users to the new Supertop version. They’re working really hard to make it a great experience for everyone who is already an Unread customer.

Plus or minus

With the announcements this week, Apple now sells iOS devices at the following sizes:

  • 4" (iPhone 5c and iPhone 5S)
  • 4.7" (iPhone 6)
  • 5.5" (iPhone 6 Plus)
  • 7.9" (iPad mini with Retina display and iPad mini)
  • 9.7" (iPad Air and iPad with Retina display)

This graphic — by the wonderful Underscore David Smith — shows all of this visually.

It's clear Apple's trying to make a smooth range of device sizes. With rumors of a larger iPad floating around, this trend may only continue.

It creates some interesting decisions for consumers. On last night's podcast, Myke and Federico both shared that they are thinking about purchasing the 6 Plus, and leaving their iPad minis behind. Federico is considering the iPad Air, and Myke wonders what the future is for his tablet usage in general.

This isn't new territory for Apple. While it's taken a while, this is the same track the company took with the iPod. Over time, the original iPod evolved into a family. Although first with the iPod mini, the line eventually bloomed into the Shuffle, Nano, Touch and Classic. Heck, the entire Mac line started with one machine in 1984.

The question is if this is a problem for Apple. Myke isn't alone in thinking that the iPhone 6 Plus could be his only device. Clearly, there is a segment of the consumer market that may forgo buying an iPad and instead carry just the 5.5" iPhone.

Tim Cook addressed self-cannibalization back in January 2013:

In terms of cannibalization and how we think about this, I see cannibalization as a huge opportunity for us. One, our base philosophy is to never fear cannibalization. If we do, somebody else will just cannibalize it, and so we never fear it. We know that iPhone has cannibalized some iPod business. It doesn’t worry us that it’s done that. We know that iPad will cannibalize some Macs. That doesn’t worry us. On iPad in particular, we have the mother of all opportunities here because the Windows market is much, much larger than the Mac market is, and I think it is clear that it’s already cannibalizing some.

While Cook couldn't say it in 2013, I'd imagine that Apple sees a large opportunity (heh) with the iPhone 6 Plus. There are huge groups of people who really do just want one device, and until this week, the only way to go about that was with an Android device like the Samsung Galaxy Note. While I have no idea if this growth opportunity is enough to offset some people not buying iPads, my guess is Apple isn't too worried about it.

Inside Apple’s live stream failure

Dan Rayburn:

Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first I assumed it must be a capacity issue pertaining to Akamai, a deeper look at the code on Apple’s page and some other elements from the event shows that decisions made by Apple pertaining to their website, and problems with how they setup storage on Amazon’s S3 service, contributed the biggest problems to the event.

Regardless of how accurate this may be, I've been in situations running audio/video for major events when things go sideways. I don't envy anyone working on that stream yesterday.