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Have I passed Peak Apple?

After today’s event, I’m not planning to buy any of the new Apple products. Marco Arment‘s line about Apple increasingly making products that “just aren’t for me” (probably uttered on ATP, since a quick search of his blog doesn’t reveal the phrase) came to mind.

I own a Series 0 Apple Watch that I bought mostly for the novelty. I still wear it every day, but the health and fitness improvements in the newer models do not appeal to me, so I’ll stick with the one I have.

I am one of the few who is not bothered by the remote on my Apple TV. Since I don’t have a 4K TV, I don’t see any appreciable difference I would gain by updating to the newest version, so I’ll pass on this device too.

I own and love iPhone SE, so the iPhones 8 hold no attraction. I am very interested in the iPhone X and would be willing to pay the high price tag, but the physical size is just too large for my taste. I’ll keep hoping that a revision to the smallest member of the iPhone family keeps pace with the top of the line models.

The iPad Air I bought on launch day has served me well. The Pro tier is well beyond my needs, and since the adjective-less iPad has similar specs, I could go on with the iPad I have, if only I had opted for more than 16GB of storage. That’s one constraint that is becoming too difficult to bear. There will most likely be a 10.5-inch iPad in my collection by the end of the year.

Even my MacBook Pro from 2009 soldiers on with no prospect for replacement in the future, though that’s mostly because it’s disused in favor of the Mac my work provides me for use there and my iPad at home.

Maybe this all adds up to a problem for Apple. Or maybe it’s just a sign of maturity that I’m not chasing after every new, amazing, magical device Apple releases.

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Client Configuration

Check for SSH keys

$ ls -al ~/.ssh

Generate a key pair on the client

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "user@example.com"

Add your key to the ssh-agent

$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
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Thoughts on Today’s  Watch Event

Why did Jeff Williams get the job of introducing ResearchKit?
What’s the story with Toyota and CarPlay?
I noticed the new typeface on the MacBook keyboard by the two-story “a” on the command key.
What did all the wireless technology icons shown around MacBook mean?
That MacBook latch recess looks awfully sharp.
Why are they still selling MacBook Air? Is it just a run-off of stock (with a little spec boost)?
What if I didn’t want to use Pay with my watch? Is there a way to cancel an accidental transaction?
Is Apple saying “yes” to too many things with all these Kits?

Why I Might Want an  Watch

Glances: Weather, Now Playing, Incoming Calls
Move goals and Stand reminder
Pay, Passbook and Hotel room (requires broader support)
I like the black finishes and the my favorite band in the black link bracelet.

iOS 6

iOS 6 is more refined and looks great, but there are a few areas where it’s not so good or needs improvement.

I am not a fan of that new menu bar color. The dark blue is not appealing to me.

When scrolling past the page edges in Safari, the dark linen background appears. I’m not sure what it was before, but I was not happy to see linen here.

The new phone dialer is ugly.

The settings is getting a little cluttered. It would have been nice if Apple had included little text links between pages instead of including every option that you might be looking for in every place you might look for it. The Disclaimers in the new Maps app is a great example of the kind of link I think would be nice.

I’m not on Facebook, so I want all the Facebook sharing options to be hidden.

I wish that notifications overlay had a nicer, more intuitive animation. It’s different than iOS 5, but still weird.

Since iCloud tabs were added, it seems like the next step would be history. I would love it if my entire history would be listed in iCloud so I can browse to recent sites from my iPhone on my Mac. Also, Once I’ve opened a tab on my Mac, I’d like to be able to tell my iPhone to close it (sometimes).

iPhone 5

You’d be hard pressed to find “Macintosh” anywhere but a Tim Cook keynote. Tim seemed to be a little unsure of his speech this time.

It’s a little awkward to hear him come out on stage and say “thank you” over and over.

The humor Steve brought is missing. Only Phil injects some, but he doesn’t have the same sharp wit.

The promotional shots of Newsstand show it filled up with content. I wonder if brand new devices will come with some periodicals preloaded.

From the keynote, it looked like Ping might be gone. But it’s still in this one screenshot on the New iTunes page.

Apple Events Winter 2012

As I was reading John Gruber’s Mountain Lion, I began to wonder, Why is Apple doing 3 different events this quarter (Education, OS X, iPad) instead of consolidating them into one? They have covered multiple topics at events in the past. Is the company becoming more divided? Phil Schiller made the two presentations that have occurred this far, so that seems unlikely. Are these events each so important that they can’t share the stage? Well, the OS X announcement wasn’t even important enough to have a public event, so I discount that explanation too. Are they time-sensitive announcements? Perhaps, but enough to to warrant separate events? Not in my opinion. Is it a lack of focus or patience? Only time will tell.

I think they should have trimmed down the announcements, been more concise and highlighted the main points and waiting to make one grand announcement instead of three smaller ones.