Editor's Desk: WWDC videos, Windows Phone 8 updategate, Google IO, features, and more!
It's a public holiday in Montreal and the rest of Quebec -- St. John the Baptiste day or National Day, which is basically a provincial version of Canada Day or Independence Day. As with any summer holiday, I care only so much as it means barbecue and beverages, and I have an excuse to keep tonight's column brief. Ish.
First a quick congratulations to my friend Anthony who got his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu yesterday. It took him 11 years, during which time he got married, had a couple kids, won numerous medals, overcame numerous injuries, and transformed himself from student to competitor to teacher to so much more. Renzo Gracie once said, "a black belt is just a white belt who never quit". The truth of that statement applies to everything. To be great all you have to do is persist until you're great. The only secret is hard work.
Speaking of hard work, we started posting the developer interviews Leanna, Seth, and I shot at WWDC 2012. Fantastic apps don't just make themselves, and the minds and eyes behind them are as fascinating to us as any director commentary or DVD extra, so we tracked them down and got them on video.
We have a few more to get up this week, but make sure you check these out if you haven't already:
- Tapbots' Paul Haddad talks WWDC and Tweetbot
- Ken Yarmosh of savvy apps talks Agenda ninja tips at WWDC 2012
- David Barnard of App Cubby talks Retina Macs, iOS 6, and more at WWDC 2012 and Launch Center Pro as well.
Windows Phone 8 and updategate
The software itself looks good. It's still extremely constrained by the tile and panorama metaphor, and that still makes it more app than OS, but a lot of the technology they showed off was well thought out and highly polished.
Not that existing Windows Phone users will get to use it.
That's right. In case anyone missed it -- current Windows Phones won't be getting Windows Phone 8.
What the hell is Microsoft thinking? They've been in the platform game for decades -- for longer than anyone with the exception of Apple. They know how to manage platforms, and they're the best company in the world when it comes to moving install bases from version to version. Or they were.
If you go out today and by a brand new, flagship, 2012 Nokia Lumia 900 or HTC Titan 2, you won't be able to upgrade it to Windows Phone 8 this fall. It's not that it won't get all the features of next generation Windows Phone 8 phones -- it won't get the new OS at all (it'll get a Windows Phone 7.8 update instead.)
Original iPad and iPod touch 3 owners are pissed enough that iOS 6 won't run on their 2010 devices. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Apple announced that the 2011 iPhone 4S or 2012 iPad 3 wouldn't be getting iOS 6? There'd be shortages of torches and pitchforks the world over.
Yet because Windows Phone 7 has a small install base, it's suddenly okay for Microsoft to screw over those users passionate and loyal enough to form that install base? And yes, "screw over" is exactly the right way to put it.
Like it or not, OS updates are table stakes in a post iPhone world. API compatibility is necessary for any and all devices to enjoy next generation apps. And as I've said numerous times before, user confidence is a currency easy to spend but incredibly hard to earn back. Once it's gone, it's gone, and likely your business is gone with it.
There's absolutely no excuse for this, not from a company as big and smart as Microsoft. It's one thing to break compatibility going from one OS to another -- from Windows Mobile 6.x to Windows Phone 7, or from BlackBerry 7 to BlackBerry 10. But to do it again just one year into the new OS?
Given their relative position in the market, it's something Microsoft should have planned and prepared for and taken even greater pains to handle properly for Windows Phone users.
And a stink needs to be made about it so that, in a year or two from now, Lumia 1200 and Titan 4 owners aren't being told they can't update to Windows Phone 9.
iMore back on February 23:
TechCrunch on June 20:
Looks like Apple's going for it.
Google IO and Android 4.1 Jellybean
This fall is set to be a mobile blockbuster, what with iOS 6 and iPhone 5, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10, and Android 4.1 Jellybean all competing for our gadget affection. Two weeks ago we saw iOS 6. Last week we saw Windows Phone 8. Next week at Google IO, it's Jellybean's turn. And maybe the fabled Nexus Tablet.
This week we started answering your questions on iOS 6, talked to former Apple iTunes designer Louie Mantia, and discussed the differences between Apple and Microsoft keynotes. Check them out.
And here's what the week that was brought us in written form:
- How to set reminders and update task and to-do lists using Siri. Ally Kazmucha continues our ultimate guide to Siri, focusing on getting stuff done.
- Best ways to follow Euro 2012 on iPhone and iPad. It's down to Spain vs Portugal and Italy vs Germany in the semis, and if you want to follow the action on your iPhone or iPad, Simon Sage has you covered.
- CamCard vs. WorldCard vs. Business Card Reader: card scanner for iPhone app shootout!. Ally discovered there aren't any great options here, but if you're desperate to get your cards onto you iPhone, she tells you which is the best of the so-sos.
- LynkTec TruGlide Stylus for iPad review. Georgia continues her look at stylus pens for the iPad, this time with a new contender that's both cheap and good.
- iOS 6 and the curious choice of the colorful new status bar. Your's truly kicks off our iOS 6 preview series with one of the most minor, yet system-wide changes in Apple's next generation mobile operating system.
- iOS 6 and why we got Passbook instead of Files.app. And if that isn't enough to wet your whistle, here are some thoughts as to why Apple is happy to provide a coupon archive but not a document repository.
- Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review. Danny Sullivan calls shenanigans on tech sites claiming hands on time with a Surface Microsoft clearly intended people to keep their hands off of.
- Back to the Mac. Marco Arment discusses why he left the Mac Pro for the MacBook Pro last year, and why he's returning this year.
- The Frame Game. Guy English on why, not what, Microsoft announced last week.
- It's time for Apple to allow developers to respond to App Store reviews. Matthew Panzarino on Google Play's precedent, and Apple developers' desires to go from ball-gag to bullhorn.
- Is RIM really going to sell its hardware business? Chris Umiastowski is once again forced to put right what mainstream media gets wrong. (Or at least confused.)
Now back to that barbecue...