Weekender #71

  • Birb watch: Amazingly, there’s nothing new to report this week from the driveway.

  • WWDC is one day away! I took some time to write a few thoughts about the iPad today, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t also post some predictions I have. I’ve tried my best to stay spoiler free for the last couple of weeks, so these are just off the top of my head.

    • Hardware
      • Redesigned MacBook Air and updated Mac Mini.
      • Redesigned Apple TV / Home Pod.
      • Maybe a sneak peak at the new Mac Pro.
    • Software
      • macOS: I’m not sure what to expect, but I really hope they focus on fixing catalyst apps, refining the long neglected apps like Mail, Photos, Preview. I actually wish that they would focus on fixing bugs vs. adding new features, but I won’t hold my breath. And seriously, someone fix Apple Music.
      • iOS: I hope widgets get updated with the ability to update app specific data/info. The passwords settings should become it’s own app with the ability to export password data for backup. And seriously, someone fix Apple Music.
      • iPadOS: I always wish for iPadOS to finally get windowing, but I won’t hold my breath. Honestly, Apple needed to figure out their iPad story 2 years ago. It’s not too late for them to finally do it…
    • Services
      • I think Apple is knocking it out for the park with Apple TV and other offerings. The only thing I’m wishing for in this category would be some sort of overall firewall or ad blocker.
  • The Icon Factory released a free macOS and iOS app called WorldWideWeb, a web server designed for folks that want to be able to test their projects before moving to a production server. This is somethting that I’ve wanted on iPad for a long time!

  • Last week I mentioned Music MiniPlayer for macOS. This week, the same developer released Music Widget for macOS, a cool looking clone of the classic iTunes widget. I hope more devs do these fun types of projects.

  • Photographer Lukasz Palka, wrote a blog post about photography and ikigai (生き甲斐), the Japanese word that can be translated as the “purpose of one’s life.” Palka shares his thoughts on how he applies the concept of ikigai to his photography in four areas: that which you love, that which you are, that which the world needs, and that which you can earn a living. Palka also has a YouTube channel where he shared his thoughts on the subject during a photo walk in Nakano, Japan.

  • My week was filled with the lush ambient and electronic sounds of two new albums: Tosca’s Osam and MONO’s My Story, The Buraku Story. I didn’t intentionally play them back to back, they somehow became queued up that way. A happy accident for me as I feel they were a continuation of thoughts. Listen on Apple Music: Tosca | MONO.