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If you need to download other versions of macOS than the current major version, this is where you find the App Store links for those.

This will definitely come in handy more than once.

Regarding Apple’s suspension of Kapeli/Dash and the discussions of the matter on ATP and Core Intuition

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On this weeks Accidental Tech Podcast (191: The Failure Mode of a Train), Casey, John and Marco talked about the controversy around Apple closing the App Store account of developer Kapeli. (I’ve mostly been out of the loop on this thing so most of my knowledge of it comes from said ATP episode.)

The discussion was informative but part of it left me feeling uneasy. My problem was that it seamed like all three hosts thought it was perfectly reasonable for Apple to be able to dictate what the developer expressed in public, if he wanted a chance to get his account back.

This seems so wrong to me. Either the developer broke the rules is such a way that it way right to close his account and that’s that, or he did not break the rules in such a way and therefore his account should be reinstated regardless of what he says or does in public.

Having an eight-hundred pound gorilla like Apple dictate what its developers should write on their blogs if they are ever in a controversy with them seems so wrong, regardless of whether what Apple wanted this particular developer was 100% true, 100% false or anything in-between. The App Store rules system is already iffy enough, should we also accept that Apple can dictate our complaints in public?

I was glad to hear the Manton Reece seems to agree with me as he argues similarly on this weeks Core Intuition (Episode 254: It Blew Up In This Case). (Overcast link with timestamp.

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The one thing that an audio book player should be able to do is playing back audio. Apple’s iBooks fails to do this alarmingly often. This is unacceptable!

An iPhone without a headphone jack

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There are strong rumors flying around the internet saying that the next iPhone will lack a traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack. If that is the case I will be sad. If Apple does this and keeps it up in the future, my next phone will likely be an iPhone SE (that has a headphone jack) and thereafter I’ll switch away from Apple. I don’t want to do that and since so far this is only a rumor, I don’t need to worry about it today.

Among the articles I’ve read on the topic, I think Jason Snell’s ”Searching for a good reason to remove the headphone jack” on Six Colors is the best.

I’d like to add extra emphasize to the way a (so far hypothetical) removal of the 3.5 mm jack would impact the audio and music business in a bad way. In recording studios all over the world, there are people connecting their phones to big, expensive mixing consoles. We do this for instance to be able to listen to reference material when making a recording. Same is true in the live sound world. In PAs everywhere there are phones connected to the Front-of-House mixers being used to play music that the engineer needs to calibrate the PA properly. So far this has been pretty straight forward, since every phone, every tablet and every laptop that I know of has a 3.5 mm jack.

So regardless of what (brand of) device people might use in your studio/PA, you can count on the 3.5 mm tele plug to be the simplest solution.

If Apple removes the headphone jack we will have a more stressful work-environment, with more crap to keep track of and more adapters to loose.

So please, say it isn’t so.

Tech Companies to Unite in Support of Apple – WSJ

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Several tech companies, including Google parent Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., plan to file a joint motion supporting Apple Inc. in its court fight against the Justice Department over unlocking an alleged terrorist’s iPhone, according to people familiar with the companies’ plans.

Tech Companies to Unite in Support of Apple – WSJ

This is old news now but since I’ve written about this issue before and specifically called out other tech giants for not standing by Apple I thought I should link to this.

Apple vs FBI (Microcast och Wave) (swe)

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En microcast om Apple vs FBI

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Apple vs The US Government, or I stand with Tim

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As most of you probably know by now the FBI has demanded that Apple build a new version of iOS with a backdoor in place. This iOS version is ostensibly only meant to be used on an iPhone 5C owned by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

Tim Cook, Apples CEO, has publicly refused this.

First off, let me say that I agree with and fully support Cook in this. Good work Tim!

Second, if it wasn’t so serious it would be quite funny that suddenly private corporations go all in on defending civil liberties from the government. Should the government be the ones doing the defending of liberties?

This is a really important line in the sand than Cook is drawing. I’m not sure that Apple can uphold their stance in the long-run, but I hope I’m wrong and that they can.

As other people have said, the FBI has chosen this case wise to get the legal precedent they want. Nobody sympathizes with the San Bernardino terrorists so it’s easy to make a straw man argument about Apple being evil for being more interested in protecting terrorists than ”the American people”. But we need to realize that this is not about the San Bernardino case. This is about US federal agencies wanting the technical help and legal precedent to do whatever they want with the private data of whoever they want.

Where are the other tech giants? Why aren’t Microsoft, Facebook and Google lining up next to Apple? So far the only CEO that I’ve seen taking a firm stance on this is Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp

I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple’s efforts to protect user data and couldn’t agree more with everything said in their Customer Letter today. We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake.

Some links

Here are some good articles on the topic:

Or just look at ”the front page” of Daring Fireball. John has collected a lot of good links and quotes.

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Make keyboard shortcuts in Coda work with swedish Apple Keyboard

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I’ve been using Coda as my primary editor for coding for over a year and liked it very much. However a few of the keyboard shortcuts has not worked for me. I’ve suspected that it is since I’m using a swedish Apple keyboard an a lot of the shortcuts uses keys that have a totally different position on it compared to an american keyboard. It seems this can be fixed easily by changing some OS X-wide shortcuts.

Steve Jobs

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This feels really strange. Yesterday Steve Jobs passed away. I didn’t know Steve, I never even met him, even so, tears fills my eyes when my fingers hit the keys on my MacBook Pro and I attempt to write this. And despite the fact that I never met him, it still feels quite normal calling him Steve instead of ”Mr Jobs” or ”Jobs”. It’s probably because the creations of his company is such a big part of my life.

Steve Jobs’ life’s work is truly unique. He was pinnacle in the popularization of the personal computer in the eighties. Then in the early 2000s his vision, along with the hard work of all the talented people at Apple, did what the music industry had failed to to; embrace the new technology and make money from it.

In the never-ending cycle of paradigm shifts in technology it’s no surprise that the popularity of the iPods would eventually demise. Nor is the fact that the omnipresence of the personal computer will soon decline in favor of other very personal computer devices. The remarkable thing about Steve’s achievements is that he was just as important in the popularization of the new smartphones and the actual creation of any kind of a real ”tablet market” as he was almost three decades ago when the personal computer where born, and ten years ago at the beginning of digital music sales. When the time has come to start the demise of one of his products, he has been the one in the frontline for the new up-and-coming paradigm. In en era when ”entrepreneur” is one of the most overused buzzwords, Steve is the one that will be remembered hundreds of years from now. He is the one that can truly be called an entrepreneur, as Schumpeter first defined the word; someone who drives the innovations and technological changes of entire nations.

So here’s to the crazy one. Steve, it’s been an honor to be able to take advantage of all the amazing things that has come out of Apple under your leadership and vision. To me you personified The American Dream and taught all of us to go our own way and work for what we believe in.

It was hard to begin writing this post but it’s even harder to stop writing it. Is guess the best way to end it is with two quotes from Steve, the first one from his 2005 commencement address at Stanford:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Then finally this second one, from his letter of resignation that was sent on August 24. It gets a new meaning now, even if you – like me – don’t believe in life after death.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

The iPhone 5 will be announced on October 4?

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According to AllThingsD:

Tuesday, Oct. 4.

That’s the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation, where the tech giant will unveil the next iteration of its popular iPhone.

AllThingsD also states that Apples new CEO Tim Cook will be the one leading the keynote speech at this, and all future, Apple events. I think that is not necessarily correct. Cook will likely lead this one to show everyone that he really is the new man in charge. However in the future someone else might be better qualified to do the keynotes. To paraphrase John Gruber, Steve Jobs didn’t do the keynotes because he was the CEO. He just happened to be both the CEO and a really great keynote speaker.