eXtensions - Monday 1 June 2020
Monday Diversion: WWDC and OS Mysteries; Apple Shutting Doors for Developers; USA on Fire
By Graham K. Rogers
An example is the ability to use raw images on the iPhone, which was not announced directly in the iOS presentation, but was shown on one of those additional features slides. Although Apple's own camera app does not take RAW photographs, the API was made available to other developers and a series of successful apps have appeared. Examples include 645 Pro, Halide and the Sicilian-developed DSLR camera.
As well as iOS, Apple is also likely to announce the next version of WatchOS and macOS, whatever it is to be called. I hope this does a better job than Catalina which is still producing problems for users and developers. As reported on MacDaily News, Mike Bombrich developer of Carbon Copy Cloner has found what may be a bug in the latest (10.15.5) update to Catalina, which prevents "the initial creation of a bootable backup." This is either "a trivial filesystem bug or Apple has made a 'reprehensible' decision'".
The change is discussed in MacDaily News but so far I have seen no feedback from Apple, which is not unusual, although a thread on Twitter I was in, discussing this, brought a link to a blog post from David Nanian of Shirt Pocket Watch, developers of SuperDuper. This outlines problems with eagerly beta versions of Catalina and the backup methods they came up with to circumvent the problems. Those went away, but this latest change has them reaching for that earlier work that was on ice as a potential way round the new limitations.
The Mac mini also has 16GB RAM and on that device I deal with the SSD limitations by having two 1TB hard disks permanently connected: Time Machine and data. That data disk contains the Photos library as well as other files, saving me considerable space on the SSD, as does the use of iCloud.
When I set the MacBook Air up, I was not in a position to access the backup disk for the Mac mini so did a half and half installation from the Time Machine backup of the MacBook Pro (my main machine). I was not able to install the User account, so run an Admin account only, with access to iCloud data (from the MacBook Pro), like on the Mac mini. Most important, I have all the apps, although there were one or two registration and password problems. Once it was all settled down I was also able to sync the optimised Photos library. If I need the full image I have to wait until it is downloaded.
Eventually, System Preferences appeared, but the panel changed to show me that there was an update available: 10.15.4 which is slightly off as I had just spent half the afternoon downloading 10.15.5. It will be interesting to see how that changes if a 10.15.6 update is ever available.
One particular incident intrigued me in the light of frequent "fake news" claims. This produced 3 video clips: an interview with a television reporter; the same man threatening to shoot protestors with a bow and arrows; and the third (which was first in the chronology) of the same man brandishing a knife. There is no reason, because of the timing, to think that the TV crew knew of the first two incidents.
I sent these to my students in the same order I list them here, because if all one saw was the TV transmission, the opinion of viewers would be that this was a man hard done by. The reality seems to be that this was a man, angry with the protests, who came out looking for a fight, initially with the knife. He returned to his car and brought out the bow, aiming it at people and appeared to be about to loose an arrow when he was (violently) stopped by the crowd. The Twitter links to the first two are here:
Imagine if you only had one source of news; but that is the reality for many round the world who will miss a rounded approach to events as they are reported.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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