WTF Weekly for June 25th, 2020
It’s WWDC time again, and it’s been a wild one, so this installment of WTF Weekly is going to veer in that direction. I promise to return to covering our depressing dystopian reality in short order.
The most surprising news to come out of the WWDC 2020 keynote was actually not about either iOS or iPadOS, but the iOS changes will definitely affect the most people.
I really like the widgets and particularly the App Library. I know these aren’t necessarily new or innovative concepts, but they’re nice to have and as usual, the devil is in the details. I use and prefer iOS and these changes only increase that preference.
I really like Jason Snell’s thoughts on the Intel to Apple silicon transition here. I do agree that it seems very likely this transition, as huge as it seems to a lot of people, should be very smooth, more so than Apple’s previous two CPU transitions.
I’m also curious about how many people really do rely on being able to run Windows on the Mac. There’s been some handwringing about it (not in this article or by Jason, but in general among other people), but I wonder how much it will really affect most people. My honest guess is not very much at all.
One thing’s clear for Mac app developers: nothing’s clear.
There are now so many ways to get an app onto the Mac that developers can be forgiven if they’re a little uncertain as to what route to go, but ultimately the options all kind of make sense depending on what you’re trying to do with a specific app and what its current state is, and probably we’ll see a wild mix of Mac apps developed in different ways for some time going forward.
As always, many interesting tidbits regarding iOS and macOS developments don’t get stage (or screen) time in the WWDC keynote, or even the State of the Union. Dan Moren writes about some of these for SixColors. Read the part about the App Store review process changes and see if it doesn’t blow your mind a bit.
I think one of the major surprises of the past few years has been just how quickly Apple’s custom ARM designs have caught up with x86 performance.
There are various factors involved in the shift in power balance, but the bottom line is that what was seemingly unthinkable a few short years ago, namely putting CPUs that used to be thought of as mobile processors, now looks like a great move for Apple.
PC Mag decided to see exactly what this might look like in terms of actual performance comparisons and ran some benchmarks that require a lot of asterisks and don’t really tell us much more than we already knew about the performance of the iPad Pro except that running benchmarks is fun.
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