Simple Contacts is the most convenient way to renew your contact lens prescription and reorder your brand of contacts from anywhere, in minutes.
It’s vision care for the 21st century. Instead of heading to the doctor every single year to renew your prescription for something you wear every day, take a few minutes out of your day to do it on your own time and terms.
How does it work?
When you need to renew your prescriptionr you simply take a 5 minute vision test from your phone or computer
The test is then reviewed by a licensed doctor and you receive a renewed prescription & reorder your contacts. Simple.
You just need your current contacts, a connection to the Internet and 10 feet of space. Who doesn't have that?
Already have an unexpired prescription? Even better. Just upload a photo or your doctor’s information and order your lenses!
Now, This isn't a replacement for your periodic full eye health exam, so you still do that, but for prescription renewals and ordering contacts Simple Contacts is the way to go.
It's fast, only takes 5 minutes. It's convenient, no more doctor’s offices or waiting rooms. Order from anywhere, and it offers you a choice. Simple Contacts has all the brands & types of lenses you’re familiar with so you never have to shop around to find your lenses at the best price.
Plus Simple Contacts has been rated 5 stars over 3,000 times on the App Store. You can text with the support team & always get to speak with a person, not a robot.
And you'll save not only time, but money too. The vision test is only $20 (compared that with an appointment, which without insurance could cost over $200). Great contact lens prices and standard shipping is free. Best of all they're offering Maccast listeners even more savings!
Developer nature "mockumentary" voiced by Stephen Fry
20 Million App developers now registered worldwide 6,000 at the event.
Apps Store will be 10 years old next month, that's crazy
500 million weekly visits.
Apple will soon have paid out $100B to app developers.
Event was going to be "All about the software"
Many were hoping for MacBook Pro updates, not yet.
Many of you wanted Air Pod updates
Some also hoped for an update on the Mac Pro, which isn't going to come until 2019 according to Apple.
Focus on performance, especially on "older" models. All same devices that supported iOS 11 will support 12.
iPhone back to the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE. iPads back to the iPad Air, 5th Generation, and iPad mini 2. 6th gen iPod Touch
On an iPhone 6 Apple has 40% faster app launches, 50% faster to bring up the keyboard, and 70% faster to swipe to the camera
Faster under load. 2x faster to access share sheet and launch apps.
They ramp up the CPU clock instantaneously when needed and ramp back down to save power.
USDZ file format created with Pixar
Optimized for sharing
Use across the system, "AR Quicklook"
Native support in Adobe Creative Cloud
New iOS app to develop AR experiences
USD files have actually been around since the early days of Pixar (A Bugs Life)
It's actually a "container" file.
The "Z" comes in because the file format is a "zero compression" zip file of existing USD files, according to Pixar.
The USD file acts as a "scene" for the rest of the contained assets.
A usdz file is read-only.
The file is not allowed to access other files or assets external to it
It can contain multiple assets, like higher resolution assets, but if a device doesn't need them they won't impact the performance of the rendering at all.
Adobe announced tools to let you create and edit USDZ files.
They will unpack and extract the individual parts to allow for this.
improved face tracking
Not sure how many users, but at least 4
Places by business anew or category
Events by time and place (events)
multiple search terms
Shared Album Activity
10B requests per month
Shortcuts, quick actions for any app.
Third part app support for apps that choose to integrate Siri Shortcuts
Assign your own phrases to apps for "Shortcut" functions they open up.
Siri suggestion integration
Basically the integration of the Workflow app into iOS
Chain together multiple steps and trigger them from the share sheet or with custom Siri commands.
Hundreds of pre-set and customizable downloadable Shortcuts already.
Sidebar on the iPad
Apple News inside stock
Full articles in app
Stocks on iPad
iCloud support, for iCloud syncing
New Store to make browsing easier
3rd Navigation app support
Do Not Disturb
During bedtime, only clock, no notifications
tap to get notifications
Grouped notifications **
Reports, Activity summary
App limits, notifications when time is up.
Messages camera effects
Animoji live on your head
Up to 32 people
Effects and animi support
Health & Fitness
Competitions, challenge friends to competition
Yoga and Hiking workout
Rolling Mile Pace for running and Pace alerts Cadence
Start alerts/Stop alerts and retroactive
Walkie-Talkie, new app.
Cellular or Wi-Fi
Seems to be an option per user to make yourself "unavailable" for walkie-talkie messages.
Siri Watch face
3rd party apps
Support for shortcuts
No longer Hey Siri, just raise wrist
Pride Watch Face
Also a new matching band in Apple Store
Web content via WebKit
Student ID cards in Wallet and Apple Watch (in Fall)
Will support Series 1 and up
Big deal in media being made about it not supporting the $10K+ Apple Edition Watches.
Dolby Atmos AppleTV 4K
Only streamer to be Atom and Dolby vision certified.
Limited by available titles, but Apple said iTunes will be "home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere" after the update.
Update will come later in the year.
Apple TV App
Zero Sign-on, if on providers broadband
Charter-Specturm is one of the first in US
3rd party home control systems from companies like Control4, Crestron and Savant along with Siri voice search and control.
Tap to see arial locations
Swipe between locations
No multi-user support announced :(
Will support 4th generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K and be available in the Fall.
Ulysses is a writing application for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
I am a big convert to Markdown and in fact will be doing a talk on it at this years Macstock Expo.
Ulysses is the perfect tool write and manage your Markdown
I love it because it allows me to write fast and beautifully. Displays all the markup in style.
Plus, I can add templates and themes from their Library.
With filters and groups I can also organize my stuff by project or task. To-dos, Presentations, Documentation, etc.
Easily add keywords to make filtering and finding documents fast and easy.
Ulysses just shipped out a new version with some awesome new update and enhancements:
Being a developer I'm biased but my favorite is revamped code blocks. Great for technical writers.
They are compatible with GitHub Flavored Markdown fenced code blocks, and they support syntax highlighting for over 40 programming languages, both in the editor and in export!
In the goals you can now set daily writing goals based on characters or words. You'll get a circular symbol to visualize your progress and it resets daily. You can monitor your progress over time and even export the data to CSV. A great motivator.
You have always been able to set a goal for desired length or reading time of text and then track your progress, but now you can now also set a deadline. Ulysses will then calculate the number of words that need to be written per day in order to reach that goal.
Finally, you can now add custom colors to keywords making them easier to spot in the library.
Of course these are in addition to all the great features, like iCloud sync'ing, organizational tools like nested groups, and the distraction-free writing environment, that make Ulysses one of the best apps for writers.