MacBreak Weekly 406

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Episode 406

MacBreak Weekly 406: Goooooaaallllll!

Lightning cable headphones, Swift: 4 years in the making, iOS 8 randomize MAC address when scanning for WiFi, October launch date for Apple wearable device and more...



Change to NDA for betas

  • Andy: You may not post screen shots or code, but you CAN talk about the features and how you intend to use it.
  • Rene: Anyone can watch the WWDC presentation videos (no need to log in)

Deeper Details iOS8

  • Andy: Apple is allowing much more integration into their hardware via API's than ever before
  • Renee: Apple has been working on inter-app integration for years
  • Leo: Many changes could only be released after the security of iOS 7 was confirmed
  • Alex: Apple is more interested in privacy and NOT collecting data
  • Andy: Screen size independence.
  • Renee: TouchID communicates with KeyChain, not directly to apps.
  • Renee: Apple's methodology reflects a "people first" mentality, not "our hardware" first
  • Andy: When connecting with iBeacon, iOS 8 will connect with random MAC addresses

Lightening Port

  • Leo: Truth to rumor that Apple bought Beats so they can use the Lightening cable for headphones?
  • Andy: Removing headphone jack would be stupid, not that using the Lightening port is a bad idea
  • Alex: A gradual movement towards that direction is possible
  • Rene: Apple prototypes everything


  • Leo: 4 years in the making according to Chris Latner
  • Renee: It was easy to keep secret because hardly anyone knew about it at Apple
  • Andy: Most everyone in discussions will be transitioning, the de-bugger feature alone makes it worth the effort
  • Alex: Have not talked to anyone who does not love the features

iWatch/Wearable Device

Apple bring TV Ads Team in-house

  • Leo: Apple Shifts TV Ads In-House
  • Alex: Print media (promotional materials) have been in-house for a long time
  • Leo: Tyler Whisnand will be leading the team of 1,000 people

Top Questions from Question Engine

  • Question: Luc Luxton, Toronto, ON, Canada

Any tips about the best way to start learning Apple's Swift from scratch without any programming experience?

  • Answer: Leo: Python or Lisp is still an appropriate language for beginners. Eventually there will be tutorial available for beginners.
  • Question: Jeff Richardson, New Orleans, LA, USA

What are your favorite iOS 8 features that have received the least attention so far?

  • Answer: Andy: The camera features
Renee: Privacy features
Andy: Putting the right app on the lock screen per Location
  • Question: Randy Lominick, Mississippi, USA

Do you think that the number of new products and openness at Apple are due to the fact that everything doesn't have to go through one person anymore? Tim seems to delegate more - get the right team in place and let them run, thoughts?

  • Answer: Alex: Definately, Tim is delegating effectively
Andy: There is now a lot more freedom at Apple in the post-Steve Job era
  • Question: Curtis, Utah, USA

Assuming we get an Apple TV refresh, do we assume it will run full iOS 8? Thus it will support (at least limited) "handoff" functionality (even if it's limited to media and phone functionality)?

  • Answer: Renee: Handoff was not discussed at all
Andy: It would be an excellent solution
Leo: This would be highly tied into the Home Automation
  • Question: moviemac, Berlin, Deutschland

Any thoughts on "Photos", the mac app to be released in 2015. Why did they announce it now, a year before? Will it replace iPhoto (it doesn't on iOS) and maybe even Aperture?

  • Answer: Renee: They had to announce it because od the Cloud stuff
Andy: It is one feature that shows off so much of iOS 8 and Yosemite do

Picks of the Week

  • Alex’s pick:Pixel Conduit for free
    • Swiss Army Knife of video editing
Wirecast for $495
    • Live streaming production software
  • Andy's pick: WiFi Explorer by Adrian Granados (Mac app store) for $2.99
    • A quick way to see what the WiFi spectrum is doing around your house
  • Rene's pick: Unread by Nice Boy LLC (iOS) for $4.99
    • Simple, elegant new RSS reader
  • Leo’s pick: Reeder 2 by Silvio Rizzi (Mac apps store) for $9.99
Univision Deportes by Univision Interactive Media, Inc. (iOS) for free
    • For watching the World Cup (in Spanish)

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