» Marco Arment pulls Peace from the App Store

Marco says the “all or nothing” approach necessitated just didn’t sit right.

Even though I’m “winning”, I’ve enjoyed none of it. That’s why I’m withdrawing from the market.

This has been a weird week.

» iOS 9: The MacStories Review

Federico Viticci’s iOS 9 review is the place to go if you don’t want to miss a single feature. I’ve been using iOS 9 for weeks on my iPad and still missed a number of features. (One is a number. So is 27.) Viticci ate all of the dog food on this one as this tome was written entirely on an iPad.

» Apple Pencil vs. Wacom Cintiq

As the iPad Pro isn’t really targeted at me, I’m interested to hear from professionals about it. (Former Apple employee) Linda Dong compares using it and the Apple Pencil against the current de facto toolset:

Quite plainly, the Cintiq sucks in comparison. And I’ve been using them for years for industrial design sketching, UI, and art.

The only exception, she says, is if you’re a professional using it with a specific set of Windows-based applications. That’s going to be the litmus test for the iPad Pro: What professional apps get made for it.

I really just want one as a glorified TV. $800 is a little rich for that. Unless I click on one of those “make money at home” web ads I’ve always been meaning to click on…

» Macworld Podcast #473

I joined Glenn Fleishman on the Macworld podcast to talk about Wednesday’s announcements.

» Fire Phone driven to a farm where it can chase chickens

Or, put another way, Amazon had the Fire Phone put down. And this despite the Fire Phone’s terrific sales graph.

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The announcement came yesterday during the Apple event.

» ‘Subsidy’ aikido

Jan Dawson writing for Techpinions about Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program:

Even though the carriers have largely celebrated the end of subsidies and the move to installment and leasing plans, it’s quite possible the carriers have opened the door to a trend that may well come back to bite them.

We’ve been hearing for several years how the move away from so-called “subsidies” (which were really loans) would kill Apple because its phones cost more. In reality, it was never really a threat because people just really like iPhones. Now Apple’s turned it into an advantage by getting in on the installment plan action and turning the carriers even more into dumb pipes.

Apple isn’t perfect, but I’d much rather they have my money than AT&T or Verizon.

» The Talk Show #130: A full Canseco

I join John Gruber on this week’s episode of The Talk Show to discuss this week’s Apple event, round versus square smartwatches and José Canseco.

» Enabling other uses

In response to my post on square versus round watch faces, Abdel Ibrahim agrees, although he hates the Modular face, which I can understand. He also makes a point I hadn’t considered:

This is also why I think round, in the long term, is likely the wrong choice if you’re really trying to push the needle forward. Sure, round is a tad nicer looking when compared to square and we all know that if Apple built a round smartwatch it would be beautiful, but the problem is about information and glanceable data. In 5-10 years, are we really going to be using watches to tell time? Will that be even 1/4 of the reason we wear them? It’s hard to say, but again, I look at the iPhone and ask myself “How often do I make phone calls?” Answer: Rarely.

I have to think telling time will still be a core feature of a watch, even a smart one. The phone use of the iPhone is a bit different in that I never liked talking on the phone and the iPhone enabled means of avoiding that while on the go, like texting and email (you could do those on previous phones, of course, but it was not a good experience). I’m not sure how I can avoid needing to know what time it is. But he’s probably right that, ultimately, smartwatches will be used primarily for other things. So tying their UI to something defined by the sweep of hands doesn’t make a lot of sense.

» Turning This Car Around #76: Nobody Has Sex in Pennsylvania

This week on America’s sexiest dadcast we tell our car stories and Lex talks about the wild time he had at Dutch Wonderland.

» It doesn’t make sense

Jony Ive quoted in The New Yorker back in February:

For the watch, it was a year before Ive settled on straps that clicked into slots. Ive later tested watchbands by wearing them outside the studio with other watches. The shape of the body, meanwhile, barely changed: a rectangle with rounded corners. “When a huge part of the function is lists”—of names, or appointments—“a circle doesn’t make any sense,” Ive said.

I think he’s right. It doesn’t make sense. And, yet, what is the primary interface for contacts on the Apple Watch?

It’s just weird.

(Via Yoon Jiman)