Pearl Mackie is the Twelfth Doctor’s new companion


The BBC announced yesterday that Pearl Mackie will join the Doctor as his new companion, Bill, for Series 10 of Doctor Who in Spring 2017.

Along with the announcement came a short scene showing Bill and the Doctor in action. I have to say she makes a great first impression! Clearly adventurous, inquisitive, and humorous. I think Bill will be a fun new companion for Twelve and quite different than Clara before her. Bill actually reminds me of Rose a little bit. Can’t wait to see more next year!

Federico Viticci’s iOS 10 wishes and concepts

Federico Viticci, MacStories:

There’s never been a better time to be an iOS user. But that doesn’t mean that everything’s perfect. When it comes to iOS, happiness is often a fleeting moment – a temporary satisfaction with the current state of things before the inevitable longing for something deeper. Such is the constant pursuit of the future.

I almost wish I hadn’t watched Federico and Sam’s EPIC iOS 10 concept video. It’s so good and full of so many amazing, beautiful features that I’d love to see added to iOS… that Apple probably won’t add. Rich previews in iMessage, Documents app, better Split View with drag-and-drop, and more. I hope some of these actually do make their way to iOS in June.

Huge congratulations to Federico on publishing this great piece!

Apple announces WWDC 2016 to be held June 13 through 17

Apple PR:

Apple today announced that it will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosting the creative talent behind the world’s most innovative apps, from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community comes together from all corners of the globe to learn about the future of Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS.

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

Nice of Apple to move the opening keynote from Moscone West to the larger Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (where last year’s iPhone 6S and iPad Pro event was held) so they can more comfortably accommodate all conference attendees and press. Of course we’re all expecting this year’s WWDC Keynote to be another big one, so maybe Apple’s planning to invite more people.

I want to write a longer wish list article for WWDC 2016, highlighting specific things I’m hoping to see in iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS, and the soon-to-be-renamed MacOS. For now: am I crazy to be hoping for hardware? Recent reports speculate that we might actually see the Apple Watch 2 announced at WWDC, which would be great. If I had to pick a wildcard, I’m hoping they’ll also update the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to bring it in line with its new 9.7-inch sibling. Pure wishful thinking on my part.

Apple Updates MacBook with Latest Processors, Longer Battery Life & New Rose Gold Finish

Apple PR:

The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files. And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes® movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

Apple also added a Rose Gold colour option, natch.

Sounds like a solid update for the MacBook. Curious to see what reviewers have to say about whether the faster processor and SSD make a huge real-world difference. I know from second-hand experience that the original 12-inch MacBook was barely powerful enough to use for podcasting and was prone to issues in that regard.

Per my friend Dan Bader, the updated MacBook starts at a hefty $1,549 CAD.

Can’t see myself ever owning this computer personally, but I know it’s a lot of people’s dream work and travel machine. Hopefully Apple pushing this out ahead of WWDC hints at a big keynote again this year.

Rumour: 2017 iPhone will feature “all-glass” design and AMOLED display

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

In a new report by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the reliable Apple analyst claims that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen.

It’s looking more and more like this year’s iPhone (despite being the tenth) will be a minor update to the iPhone 6S, with the next major redesign to debut in 2017.

Kuo is a very accurate Apple analyst these days, but I can’t imagine how Apple could make an all-glass iPhone. Perhaps iPhone 6-like curved glass on the front and the back with something sandwiched in between? Aluminum, polycarbonate, stainless steel, liquid metal… something. Otherwise this will end up as the most breakable iPhone yet, and we already know shattering is a huge issue and complaint for many iPhone owners.

Since I’m a blogger who doesn’t mind speculating: I bet glass on the front and back would be easier to waterproof than aluminum, too.

Apple may charge developers to increase their App Store search ranking

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has constructed a secret team to explore changes to the App Store, including a new strategy for charging developers to have their apps more prominently displayed, according to people familiar with the plans.

Great news: Apple now has a team dedicated to improving the App Store. There’s so much low-hanging fruit to tackle, like search and discoverability improvements, removing old outdated apps, or adding some kind of trial or demo functionality.

Horrible news: they’re considering charging developers to increase their ranking in search results. What a sleazy, Google move. The best apps are made by independent developers that can’t or don’t want to pay to increase their ranking. What’s more, they shouldn’t have to. Good apps should surface naturally, not because their developer paid to place them there. That’s only going to help shifty developers get their shifty apps more visibility. Gross. Let’s hope Apple realizes that.

‘Doctor Strange’ Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie premiered last night on Jimmy Kimmel. Clearly intended to introduce the world to Stephen Strange and his origin, since we don’t yet get to see him in action as the Sorcerer Supreme. Soon enough I’m sure.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies, you should be very, very excited for November.

Marvel confirms ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ movie title


Marvel:

The Webhead’s first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now officially has its title, as Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” prepares to swing into theaters July 7, 2017!

Not crazy about that logo; unsure where they’ve drawn inspiration from here since it doesn’t seem to match any of the classic comic book Spider-Man logos. But I’m so happy to see Marvel in control of Spidey again! Can’t wait to see Tom Holland’s version of the character in Civil War next month, and in Homecoming next year!

Twitter Moments is now live in Canada

Ian Hardy, MobileSyrup:

Similar to Snapchat’s popular Discover platform, Twitter Moments is accessible to all Canadians through a separate tab within the mobile app and desktop version of the service. It creates a narrative around a single theme, such as “Entertainment” and “Sports” and displays them with a title and description of the event.

I’ll have to move Tweetbot aside for a few days to give Twitter Moments a try. I see quite a few people tweeting links to Moments these days, and I’m glad Canadians can finally partake. Curious to see if I’ll enjoy using Moments as a means to catch up on news, especially on busy days when I can’t follow my own timeline with my usual obsessiveness.

Logitech to acquire Jaybird for $50M

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Computer peripheral company Logitech has today announced that it is acquiring popular audio company Jaybird. Jaybird, for those unfamiliar, has released a variety of headphone products over recent years, most of which have been wireless.

I absolutely love my Jaybird wireless earbuds, and I’m planning to upgrade to their new model soon. Once you get used to the tangle-free life of Bluetooth headphones, you just can’t go back. Logitech says they’ll leave Jaybird alone to let them design and launch their own products, and I hope they stick to that promise.