Maccast 2010.09.01 – Apple Music Event

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 316. Apple Music Event. iOS Updates. iOS 4.1 preview. iOS 4.2 sneak peak. All New iPods. iPod Shuffle. iPod Nano. iPod touch. iTunes 10. Apple TV, one more hobby… Odds and ends from todays announcements. PDF images not viewable on iOS 4. Multiple displays with your Mac. HD video import options in iMovie.

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  1. Emiliano | Sep 02 2010 - 09:40

    Will original AppleTV users be able to rent TV shows from their AppleTV?

  2. Bruce | Sep 02 2010 - 12:32

    I found a thread on MacRumors that links to a zip file for adding color back to iTunes 10. It’s post #22. I haven’t tried it myself yet. A bit chicken, but thought someone here may want to give it a try.

  3. Bob Correa | Sep 04 2010 - 09:24

    Adam, a solution for the proximity sensor problem is when you’re on a call, press the home button twice & go to another app. You’re still on the call and you won’t “face” mute, hold or facetime. If you actually need to mute, speaker or whatever, double tap home, switch to phone.

    Comment on iTunes 10:
    One thing for certain, Apple is so true to their “garden” and it works. Sure iTunes, had we had a real crystal ball 10 years ago, would be a different animal. I imagine the software would have been called iLife, to sync your music, photo, movie life to your iDevices. The current iLife suite probably could have been iCreate or something. However, consistency in a period of insane tech innovation and growth is a strength of Apple. We’d be giving up and much, much more frustrated if they’d been trying to reposition everything based on what their (Apple) tech offering is right now.

    Sure it’s odd dragging pictures, books, etc. to something called iTunes. But with hundreds of millions of users familiar, branding is important for sure. Change is hard and it isn’t broke. Imaging how complicated things would be if you had to use the photo app, books app, music app, movie app to manage content on one device.

    You can see how even seemingly small things drive us nuts, like a 90 degree flip of the close/minimize/expand buttons.

    As someone with accessibility needs, I do find it a bit disappointing that the color icons on the left are no more. It’s much harder to see the soft gray. You’re right it was just automatic to click purple for Podcasts, etc.

    Also one wonders why they changed the color bar at the bottom that represents the free space on the connected device? Yellow used to be photos, suddenly they are orange. Orange used to be Other, now Other is yellow. Huh?

    Bob, Santa Cruz, CA

  4. Dave | Sep 04 2010 - 07:37

    I was a little surprised to see that none of the usual suspects said much about the live stream. I had heard that they were going to try it so I decided to watch it on my iPad. It was a huge home run for me. Nearly flawless live HD streaming to tens of thousands of viewers. The most difficult challenge–for a device runs for 10+ hours w/o needing to be recharged.

    I only noticed that hesitation for a few minutes most of the way through but, considering the comparison, it was terrific. Gruber called the live stream a meta-thingie, which was real close. It was the important meta-demo of the presentation. It could have been subtitled “Look Ma, no Flash!”

    It was a demo of full-motion “HTTP Live Streaming” in HD to the low-powered iOS devices. This is the live streaming variant of the new HTML5 video capabilities that eventually all browsers will (hopefully) support. Even MS has agreed to join us on this so I think it will happen.

    If Steve had really wanted to twist the knife into the wound, he could have mentioned the comparison of HTTP Live Streaming to the demos of how great Flash looks on the latest Android devices. But Steve is too nice a guy at heart. (Gruber rounded up a few links of YouTube demos of Flash-on-Android demos.)

    Here are a couple of old background links on the technology: Roughly Drafted:

    and the engineering reference:

    Among many other things, they explain why it is currently only iOS and Snow Leopard.

    Steve has clearly lost interest in the desktop OS but Apple is still at the cutting edge of high technology. He just isn’t talking about it directly. He’s about hiding the technologies but putting them to their best use to solve practical problems.

    Lastly, it was very cool that Woz was there. That completes the circle.