WWDC is not known to be an event brimming with impact for IT pros. But there were a few announcements that may impact IT operations, if not now, then in the near future.
This week in Gestalt News:
– Tom Hollingsworth and Rich Stroffolino discuss the Panera data breach
– Max Mortillaro looks at InfiniSync, a zero RPO over any distance solution from INFINIDAT
– We consider the merits of an Apple VPN
Apple made a major education push yesterday, updating the iPad to support Apple Pencil input, and improving fleet management capabilities. Apple has a long history in education, but this recent announcement is almost reminiscent of their most unique educational offering, the eMate 300.
What do smartphone car integrations like Apple CarPlay have in common with democracy?
Apple introduced the Touch Bar at the end of 2016 as a way to bring an ergonomically sound touch screen to macOS. Over a year later, and the interface has limited functionality and incomplete developer support. To fill this gap, BetterTouchTool lets you fully customize the interface.
Apple made a rare admission that they chose to throttle CPUs on iPhone with spent batteries. Some say an conspiracy to force upgrades, others say a proactive step to ensure a better overall user experience. But no one seems satisfied how they reacted. The question is: how should have Apple dealt with this issue?
While Cyber Monday may be a cynically contrived marketing gimmick, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t good deals out there today. Our crack staff at Gestalt IT has put together a list of some of our favorite. Be sure to also check out our Gift Guide for even more fun holiday ideas!
In this piece, Gabriel Chapman makes an interesting case for the demise of the storage admin. He compares the state of storage to the smartphone pre-iPhone. The market is poised for someone make storage radically simpler, from providing a service that has to be laboriously constructed, to something that’s more of a platform to be built on with accessible APIs.
Ars Technica published a look back at the rise and fall of Firewire.
Some highlights that jumped out to me: the connector was based on the original Game Boy connector, down to the pins. The original working name of the standard was ChefCat. Sony didn’t use the name “Firewire” in Japan because they thought it made Sony sound boring.
To say Apple can be cagey with announcements is a bit of an understatement. They’re usually a stonewall of “no comment” until a product announcements, even as leaks seep out to inform the press of new products. So I was surprised to see such a frank discussion about the future of the Mac Pro with a group of journalists, including John Gruber.