In this section, we recommend the content that we liked most this week. It may not be new, and have a range of formats, the only thing that matters is that it managed to distinguish itself from everything else we heard, read or viewed in the past week.
Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the Macworld 2008 keynote where Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air. Ten years ago, Steve showed the world what the future would look like. Ten years later, we're still marveled by its design. The simplicity of its form and the envisioning of what a laptop would need to be in decades to come. To some, it represented missing io ports and optical drive and a deep disrespect and lack of understating of what the consumer wants. For the rest of the industry, the benchmark to follow. Regardless of what you make of the original MacBook Air, it's undeniably a landmark product. The kind of device that shifts an entire industry perspective on arguably the most important digital information device of the time. Ten years later can I still call it "the most important digital information device"? It's hard to say, for most people not anymore, for content creators, definitely.
Tim Cook has finally addressed how Apple will approach power management in future iOS versions. In the next update, users will be able to check battery usage and deterioration levels, as well as choosing to disable throttling completely. This should have been the policy since the beginning since it shows without much doubt what was the original intention behind its implementation. The damage is done, and all Apple can do now is amend for the lack of transparency and hopefully learn from all of it. Toothy Sabers official position on this matter was already discussed here, go take a look at it, if you didn't already. We would also not recommend disabling Power Management on older devices if you haven't replaced your battery. And while you're at it, go replace your aged battery with a new one and take advantage of the $29 apology promotion!
Microsoft always treated Mac users as second-tier costumers, ever since they launched a "proper" Office suite on MacOS, back on 2001. Up until this week, every Mac version didn't have feature parity with the Windows counterpart, and arguably performance was all over the place. They even dubbed their Mac department, Mac Business Unit or MacBU for short. Get it? Mac Buhhhh! Yes really...
Anyway, I digress, but every time I would rant about it people would very accurately remember me that I could use LibreOffice; OpenOffice; Google Docs; Pages/Keynote/Numbers, etc. And it's true unless all your colleges in your workplace are using Microsoft Office to create big reports with very specific formatting. Unless you want to reformat an entire document everytime someone shares a file with you, you can't avoid using it. Enter 2018! Microsoft has released a major Office update for MacOS. In version 16.9.0 you'll finally be able to do real-time collaboration on documents, regardless of OS, and the codebase is also the same across all supported OSes. Thank you. Finally.
When the iPhone launched, it wasn't the capable portable computer that it is today and in some ways, it was a device constrained by the technology available at the time. It had enough features to show promise and above all so many delightful details. The slide to unlock gesture was one of those, and it immediately made the iPhone different from every other phone. It as a simple interaction, the first you had with your iPhone, but it was so enjoying. These days, security concerns drive Apple to equip their phones with fingerprint readers and even an array of sensors capable of discerning the users face. The iPhone is arguably the most secure phone available, however; it's not invulnerable to attacks.
After thirty years of service, the space shuttle fleet retired with the landing of Atlantis on Jully of 2011 due to safety concerns. Since then, NASA has lost the means for sending humans to the ISS and has relied on the spacecraft Soyuz for sending astronauts to low earth orbit. Meanwhile, they have worked with private companies like Boeing and SpaceX to develop these capabilities, but the latest process review reveals that it may take a few more years than planned before, both company’s vehicles can get certification before starting regular ISS service.
The iPhone is now 11 years old and Rene Ritchie captures its origin story on this episode of Vector