A Relatively Modest Proposal »

Matt Birchler has put together a great blog post exploring what watchOS 5 could bring:

watchOS is far from perfect and there are tons of things that could be done to make it not only a better experience for those who already own one, but to draw in more people to the platform. The Apple Watch is one of the largest reasons I’m loyal to iOS for my smartphone, and since Apple is pretty darn invested in people buying more iPhones, they probably want to get people to love their Apple Watches even more so these customers never change sides.

Without further ado, here are some of my suggestions to Apple that I think would make the Apple Watch a better, more appealing product.

His suggestions are well thought out, and the design work is exactly what the direction I’d love to see Apple go. Count me in for this vision of the future.

Connected #176: A Kernel Panic at the Disco »

This week on Connected:

What does the death of Transmit mean for pro apps on the iPad? Should Apple make a laptop that runs iOS? Does Myke understand how hypothetical questions work?

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Jason Snell, on the MacBook Air »

Jason Snell, after outlining a bunch of problems with the original MacBook Air:

And yet my affection for the MacBook Air was legitimate! It was so much thinner and lighter than any laptop I’d used before. It felt like the future. And the truth is, this is the biggest legacy of the MacBook Air: It predicted the future of laptops and then brought that future into being. It created an entire category for PC laptops, Ultrabooks, which was loosely defined as “PC laptops kind of like the MacBook Air.”

Ten Years Ago, Steve Jobs Introduced the MacBook Air »

Every new Apple notebook — and many products from other companies — owe a lot to the original MacBook Air, as I write this month over on MacStories:

Today, all of our notebooks are thin and light. We’ve traded our optical drives in for a series of dongles and our spinning hard drives for fast, silent SSDs.

It wasn’t always like this. Once upon a time, notebooks had optical drives and a full array of ports, complemented by features like removable batteries.

A decade ago, we entered the current era of notebook design when Steve Jobs pulled the future out of an envelope.

I took a look at mine over on YouTube: