There’s also a subtle but noticeable color change in the blue bubbles, drawing attention away from them towards the new information coming onto the stage.

writes Khoi Vinh in his post about swiping from the right in iOS7 messages threads to get the time stamp.

While I love that time stamps are now available on demand – a bugbear in previous versions – the changes in the blue actually appear to indicate some form of context to help with focus.

The most recent message is always dark blue, but as you scroll back through the thread the incoming messages darken as they approach the centre of the screen.



In the torrent of the billions of words already written about Touch ID very, very few people have really understood just how revolutionary this really is.

This great post on Quora about the secure enclave on the new A7 chip in the iPhone 5s, from someone who clearly knows what they are talking about, makes a mockery of those who harp on about how Innovation has Stopped at Apple without Steve Jobs.

In the minds of the people who use that line; Innovation == Something I can see or feel.

If you are thinking of listening to, reading, hiring, or even working with people who use this line of logic, reconsider. It’s clear they have no idea what they are talking about.


Recently I’ve switched phones and have noted that many of the calls I’m making have an almost perfect clarity. I speculate the number HD Voice capable handsets is burgeoning.

In his post Worse is Human, David Heinemeier Hanssen of 37Signals and Ruby on Rails fame writes,

Don’t be so eager to iron out all the flaws.

There’s something too perfect about HD Voice calls, despite making it easier to follow and understand your conversant, which to me feels otherworldly, robotic, inhuman.

Perhaps it’s time to introduce a new HD Voice compression algorithm that reintroduces some of the warmth of the human voice. Flaws and all.

Unroll me from my email pain

You know how when you sign up for anything online these days, you almost always get opted in to some kind of mailing list. And while service like the excellent Mailbox app for Gmail helps you manage the torrent of email so much easier today, services like go that step further.

Want to keep getting emails from some services? Add them to your daily rollup and you’ll get the full list in one email every day.

Want to unsubscribe from some random thing you forgot you signed up for? It’ll do that for you in one click.

The only concern is giving even more personal data to yet another company. But if you know your mail is being constantly harvested by Google anyway, the trade off of convenience to privacy is so far into the convenience aisle, I’m comfortable. For now.

And, you know, inbox zero.

The iPhone 5c, an iPod Mini for our generation

It only took 26 months after the iPod launched for Apple to bring out the Mini, and while its three times longer since the iPhone launched, is the iPhone 5c their attempt to address a similar market opportunity with the the iPhone?

The Mini, when launched, had a quarter the storage of the third generation iPod, but still sold for just $50 (or around 20%) less. The Mini immediately helped Apple attract a new audience. By the end of 2004 Apple had sold four times as many iPods in that year than they had previously.

The iPhone 5c is priced at a similar discount, and while it is, in effect, the same form factor as the 5/5s but with a different outer coating, it’s hard for me not to draw parallels with the Mini.

Smartphones are mainstream now, 3G/4G networks are ubiquitous, no longer are younger people wanting to be dependant on their parents buying them a cheap dumb phone or a dodgy Android handset to stay in touch. And with the advent of iMessages, FaceTime Audio AND video, what better way to stay in touch with your friends than with a brightly coloured iPhone 5c that matches your “individuality”. Sure you can do that with the iPod Touch, but who wants to be dependant on a Wifi connection when you are out and about?

The iTunes Music Store was launched in early 2003, and with its introduction later that year on Windows and the advent of the cheaper, fun Mini just a few months later, it quickly grew into a major business in it’s own right and, as we know, a key driver for the ongoing sales of iDevices into the iPhone generation.

While the App economy has more than matched the Music store in the five years since it launched, the threat to its ongoing success from competitive devices and markets exists now in ways the iPod never faced.

Apples perceived recent weakness has been in a lack of innovation in hardware and in online services. While the former is patently laughable, the latter is probably true. There are however many great services enabled through iCloud, especially if you have a number of Apple devices. And apparently these are about to get so much better in iOS7. Perhaps the 5c allied to iTunes Radio is the Mini to the iTunes Music Store as the iPhone 3GS was to the App Store?

In some ways Apple are pivoting, the iPhone is huge and highly profitable, but this year for the first time its growth stalled and the average selling price declined. The 5c is likely an attempt to both widen the appeal of the brand, especially in growing Asian markets, but to carve out a new segment of its own globally. It has been pointed out that the hero device in their marketing was the 5c rather than the technologically advanced 5s.

In about a years time, once they reach the next iteration the 5c and its plastic case will be ripe for a huge price drop. Considering the broad reach of cellular networks there’s surely a possibility this will hasten the demise of the iPod Touch. It will certainly be interesting to see if a new iPod Touch model appears any time this year.

In any event it is sure to get the technologies only currently in the 5s which will allow whatever creative services are created around Motion sensors and the interesting new features of iOS7 to be brought, in a more mature state, to a wider market.

The 5c might just be an opportunity Apple saw to both lower their costs and produce what is effectively a 5 in Plastic, while creating the perception of a new device. It doesn’t appear to be a bold move by Apple, but they’ve always shown themselves to work at their own pace and not at that set by those who write the Apple Should linkbait.

So it might just be a herald for the mainstreaming of the iPhone as the the Mini and the Nano were for the iPod in preparation for the iPhone. The technology media tell us that Next Big Thing has been coming to replace the iPhone ever since it was launched, so perhaps it’s almost ready to go?

Which mistake did you made today?

Today I made mistakes, we all make mistakes. Not every day, but then as the song goes, some days are better than others.

Sometimes mistakes are good. The best mistakes are the ones where I quickly understood and corrected the problem. The ones where held my hand up and admitted that I messed up and asked the right questions to make sure the problem got fixed. Quickly.

Except in the worst of circumstances, people understand and I have hopefully learned from the experience.

The worst mistakes are where I stick to my guns, bury my head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. The situation where someone has constant and continuing problems, and any reputation that I might be capable goes down the drain.

Somewhere in the middle are the deliberate mistakes. Those made to either test responses or used to distract from something unpalatable. If I made them and was found out, I expect that not only does perception of my capability get thrown out the window, trust is frogmarched out of town as well.

One of the major political parties in Australia, and almost certainly our next government, has made a mistake regarding their policy about filtering the internet. I think we can agree that while the mistake was pretty serious, it wasn’t life threatening – despite some of the online reaction (the overwhelming majority of the country probably think a filter is for their pool or air-conditioner). And the person ultimately responsible for the policy, responded within hours to correct the record and we moved on.

Or have we. One thing I’ve noted from the ongoing online responses is the lack of trust in the response – which admittedly was probably already quite low from many of those responding – a feeling that the clarification wasn’t anything more than a fearful backdown.

Today the same political party released the costings of their announced policies. With the election in two days it should be certain that this long anticipated event would garner most if not all of the headlines less than 48 hours out from the polls opening. Releasing a mistaken policy, while not entirely masking some of the massive numbers in those costs, is bound to have some form of distraction.

Gotcha moments are more likely to make headlines, or at worst get you a story at The Onion, dry figures and policies instead tend to exist down the page.

Which mistake do we think the Liberal Party of Australia made today? Are they spinning a distraction or was it an honest mistake?


Considering the number of times we put our finger on that Home button, as long as they nail the software response to a fingerprint scan to unlock event, this seems like a world of logic to me.


Rumors of a fingerprint sensor in the next iPhone(s aapl) are nothing new. In fact, Apple has been expected to implement a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone since it acquired AuthenTec last year. Now, less than a week ahead of the phone’s unveiling, alleged images of the iPhone 5S home button have surfaced, showing a redesign from the iPhone 5 which suggests that Apple is indeed planning to incorporate a fingerprint sensor this time around.

iPhone 5S home button in hand

These high-res images are once again courtesy of Sonny Dickson, who has brought us the majority of Apple leaks this summer, from the iPhone 5C to the iPad mini. Now, I’m not even sure what a fingerprint sensor looks like, or if we can even see one in these images without a more detailed closeup. What I do know, however, is that the sensors and wiring used here are visibly different from the iPhone…

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Fitness industry consultant Jay Blahnik, who played a key role in the development of Nike’s FuelBand, has taken a job at Apple

Writes John Paczkowski at All Things Digital.

In the context of my belief that any supposed iWatch from Apple will be as much a Watch as the iPhone is a Phone this makes a whole lot of sense.

I can’t help wonder, as has been speculated all year, if the iWatch is to debut this year why Blahnik is only being hired now. Unless of course, 2014 or even later is a more likely ship date for said revolutionary device.

Given Apple’s noted long cycle development times, I wouldn’t rule it out. It’s either that or they aren’t satisfied with the current state of the product and he’s the Red Team.

Update: With the announcement of the M7 Motion Co-processor in the iPhone 5s and what that enables, this hire seems all the more interesting today.