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#1  OtinG 06-22-2020, 01:47 PM
The WWDC 2020 is currently streaming the Keynote address. I like really the format this year sans audience of clappers and oooooers and ahers. That was ridiculous and made it seem like a cult meeting. Much better without that distraction!

So far iOS 14 looks to have some really cool features and upgrades. I sure hope it doesn’t come with a million bugs like iOS 13 did.

I’ve been laying low during the pandemic and I’m still sheltering at home with minimal contact with other people. I hope all of you are staying safe and well too.
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#2  kyteflyer 06-22-2020, 02:09 PM
No clappers? YAY! Must have a look.
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#3  OtinG 06-22-2020, 02:42 PM
I think it is funny how that 1984 Apple Macintosh TV commercial that took a “Big Brother” swipe at IBM by showing a bunch of mindless followers in a large conference room looking like a bunch of morons became what the average Apple keynote address and event would look like for the next 35 years! Apple became what they accused IBM of being...

Today’s event doesn’t have the packed conference room, but they did go way over the top on having some of the presenters try to look too hip. Rather comical at times, although they didn’t mean for it to seem comical.

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#4  OtinG 06-22-2020, 03:29 PM
I was underwhelmed by the new iOS 14 Digital Car Keys feature. You have to take the iPhone out of your pocket, touch it to the door handle, get in the car, place the iPhone in a special cradle then start the car. Really? My 2012 Toyota Prius C had a very small remote that fit in my pocket and never had to be taken out of my pocket. Once the device was within proximity (a few feet from the car) it activated the locks so that all I had to do was walk up to the car, open it, get in, press the start button. That simple. No taking the remote out of my pocket. When I got out and walked out of proximity the car automatically lock. That was 2012 technology and no doubt a few years old even then. Apple’s version is less impressive and it is 8 years newer! Meh....

Most of the other new features I saw were pretty cool though.
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#5  pdurrant 06-22-2020, 04:30 PM
Quote OtinG
I was underwhelmed by the new iOS 14 Digital Car Keys feature. You have to take the iPhone out of your pocket, touch it to the door handle, get in the car, place the iPhone in a special cradle then start the car. Really? My 2012 Toyota Prius C had a very small remote that fit in my pocket and never had to be taken out of my pocket. Once the device was within proximity (a few feet from the car) it activated the locks so that all I had to do was walk up to the car, open it, get in, press the start button. That simple. No taking the remote out of my pocket. When I got out and walked out of proximity the car automatically lock. That was 2012 technology and no doubt a few years old even then. Apple’s version is less impressive and it is 8 years newer! Meh....

Most of the other new features I saw were pretty cool though.

The problem with the kind of remote you describe is that it was possible to fool the car into thinking the key was nearby, even when it was still inside the house...

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#6  OtinG 06-22-2020, 05:28 PM
Quote pdurrant
The problem with the kind of remote you describe is that it was possible to fool the car into thinking the key was nearby, even when it was still inside the house...
I would say possible, but not very likely. The remote (or its signal) would have to be within 5 or 6 feet of the car. It would be easy to prevent this kind of hijacking by placing the key inside a metal box (essentially a Faraday cage) which would prevent the signal from going outside the box. Or you could store the key away from an exterior wall. The thieves were basically using a portable repeater to receive and retransmit the signal. Not many thieves would have this knowledge or capability. As far as that goes, any locking mechanism is vulnerable. My dad always said that locks were for honest people because a thief will find a way to circumvent it.

Regardless, the tech used by Toyota, and other car manufacturers, a decade ago was more advanced than what Apple is using, and certainly more convenient to use.
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#7  tomsem 06-22-2020, 09:36 PM
Quote OtinG
I was underwhelmed by the new iOS 14 Digital Car Keys feature. You have to take the iPhone out of your pocket, touch it to the door handle, get in the car, place the iPhone in a special cradle then start the car. Really? My 2012 Toyota Prius C had a very small remote that fit in my pocket and never had to be taken out of my pocket. Once the device was within proximity (a few feet from the car) it activated the locks so that all I had to do was walk up to the car, open it, get in, press the start button. That simple. No taking the remote out of my pocket. When I got out and walked out of proximity the car automatically lock. That was 2012 technology and no doubt a few years old even then. Apple’s version is less impressive and it is 8 years newer! Meh....

Most of the other new features I saw were pretty cool though.
That is the first implementation. They also said it would work from a pocket or purse later — but next year, when an industry standard has been adopted and where the U1 chip could enable proximity detection.
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#8  tomsem 06-22-2020, 09:39 PM
I see the iOS 14 new features page again mentions ability to get fonts from App Store and use them in apps. This was in iOS 13 I guess but I was hoping some reading apps (if only Apple Books) would take advantage of that.
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#9  kyteflyer 06-22-2020, 11:18 PM
MacOS Big Sur looks interesting. Sadly I don’t have hardware which will run it, and unless I win the lottery am unlikely to update.

@tomsem Re Books and fonts... yes, a constant frustration for me too.
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#10  pwalker8 06-23-2020, 09:17 AM
My basic take is that I want Apple to take some time to fix the usability holes currently out there. For example, on the Mac, when they split iTunes into Music, Apple TV and Books, some of those apps do not allow you to change the default location. Photos has the same issue. That's a problem if you have disk space problems on your internal drive.

When apple moved the iOS sync function to finder, they only provide a bare bones sync with regards to audiobooks. You can't sync by collection or sort the audiobooks.

There are a lot of usability issues with that last move that need to be fixed before they focus on cool new features.
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