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Apple’s strategy for the future

At WWDC this June, Apple announced that it would let developers easily port iOS apps to the Mac. This new procedure opens up a door to a broader intention: porting stuff from different platforms to others.

When Apple makes software the usefulness of which may not be obvious, think ahead. To make good AR goggles, Apple needs apps. But talking about future products is harmful, so they can’t invite over too many developers to work on the alpha. That’s why they introduced ARKit now. Apps are made now, to be used now. This makes people interested in new technologies, now. It isn’t very comfortable to poke around with an Ikea sofa model on a phone, but it will be with goggles.

Think Memoji is stupid? I did think so too, until I realised how it will scale in the future. Apple gets people prepared as they get used to having a live virtual avatar now. In two years, it will be indispensable for AR interactions.

When 2020 comes, all Apple has to do is make a porting mechanism for ARKit iOS apps to aOS, and sell the goggles. Instant success.

 No comments    2   9 mon   Apple   business   design   development

Escalator positioning

Bad: making people go around to get to the next floor:

Good: making it easy for people to go multiple floors at once:

 1 comment    6   11 mon   design   vertical transportation

Updating CGP Grey’s Europe diagram

I looked at CGP Grey’s Europe diagram yesterday and saw that it was outdated. Latvia and Lithuania are now in the Eurozone, and not just in the EU. I started with a blank sheet and worked my way through.

I also added the four countries that use the euro but aren’t in the EU: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican. I did not add Montenegro and Kosovo to this zone: if I added them, I’d have to add Zimbabwe, as they all use the euro but aren’t approved by the Council to do so.

My diagram is rather simple, as it only shows what is useful to a person travelling or working in Europe. Nothing extraordinary like this one from Wikipedia:

 No comments    39   11 mon   design   Europe   release   the world
 No comments    22   12 mon   design   user interface   vertical transportation