Archive for September 28, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

DALL-E Now Available Without Waitlist

OpenAI (tweet, via Hacker News):

Starting today, we are removing the waitlist for the DALL·E beta so users can sign up and start using it immediately. More than 1.5M users are now actively creating over 2M images a day with DALL·E—from artists and creative directors to authors and architects—with over 100K users sharing their creations and feedback in our Discord community.


We are currently testing a DALL·E API with several customers and are excited to soon offer it more broadly to developers and businesses so they can build apps on this powerful system.


It’s really amazing how DALL-E missed the boat. When it was launched, it was a truly amazing service that had no equal. In the months since then, both Midjourney and Stable Diffusion emerged and got to the point where they produce images of equal or better quality than DALL-E. And you didn’t have to wait in a long waitlist in order to gain access! They effectively gave these tools free exposure by not allowing people to use DALL-E.

Furthermore, the pricing model is much worse for DALL-E than any of its competitors. DALL-E makes you think about how much money you’re losing continuously - a truly awful choice for a creative tool! Imagine if you had to pay photoshop a cent every time you made a brushstroke. Midjourney has a much better scheme (and unlimited at only 30/month!), and, of course, Stable Diffusion is free.

I’ve usually heard that DALL-E’s quality is much better.


Monospaced Digits in SwiftUI

Natalia Panferova:

We can see that the time within the text dynamically changes but the UI jitters as digits update. This happens because by default digits have proportional width and different digits take a different amount of space.

To stop the UI from moving when the time changes, we can apply the monospacedDigit() modifier to the Text. It will force all the numeric characters take the same width independent of the digits they display. The other characters will remain unchanged.

It’s one of my pet peeves when apps don’t handle this properly. I also prefer monospaced digits with static columns of text. Otherwise, it’s harder to scan numbers that don’t line up, and the edge looks ragged.

Reduced Stage Manager iPad Requirements

Nathan Ingraham:

Now, Apple is making Stage Manager work with a number of older devices: it’ll work on the 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation and later) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation and later). Specifically, it’ll be available on the 2018 and 2020 models that use the A12X and A12Z chips rather than just the M1. However, there is one notable missing feature for the older iPad Pro models — Stage Manager will only work on the iPad’s build-in display. You won’t be able to extend your display to an external monitor.

Apple also says that developer beta 5 of iPadOS 16. is removing external display support for Stage Manager on M1 iPads, something that has been present since the first iPadOS 16 beta was released a few months ago. It’ll be re-introduced in a software update coming later this year.

Note that four apps on the built-in display is the same limit as with the originally introduced feature that Apple emphasized was only possible with an M1.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

Surprising no one, Stage Manager on the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9” with 4GB of RAM and no swap runs completely fine. The device doesn’t feel any slower than before, and still does 120Hz ProMotion with ease. Fast and fluid.

Juli Clover:

In our side-by-side testing, Stage Manager worked well on the 2018 iPad Pro, though it was not as quick as the M1 iPad Pro.

But then again, what is?

Federico Viticci:

Extending Stage Manager to older iPads is the RIGHT thing to do and I'm pleased Apple understood this.

I explained my argument in this episode of @_connectedfm (39 minutes in)

Federico Viticci:

Well that didn’t take long.

Pretty nasty Stage Manager bug in the latest iPadOS beta: windows become unresponsive as you…move between them. Clicking the trackpad does nothing. You have to resize the window a little for trackpad input to work again.

Sigh. Here we go again. Stage Manager crashes every few minutes. My enthusiasm for this beta didn’t last long 😔

I really want to like Stage Manager and have better multitasking on my iPad Pro. But between unresponsive trackpad and crashes, it’s impossible to rely on this.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

Early impressions: Stage Manager is still fundamentally broken as a design, just slightly less broken than before. They’ve cut the dead weight (external display was very crashy) and expanded device compatibility, which will slightly lessen the negativity come new-iPad-review-time


The Stage Manager user experience is so bad, it makes Windows 8 look like a masterpiece. It’s every bit, and more, as janky as a modern Windows ‘tablet’. I ran builds of MeeGo with a more-cohesive UX 🫣

Federico Viticci:

When using a trackpad, if you switch windows, clicks are not registered anywhere in the UI unless you…hit the border of a window first.


It’s like, at this point, I in good conscience have no idea how I’m supposed to review this software.

The very feature that is supposed to let you multitask between windows makes trackpad clicks do nothing. I can’t review something I can’t use.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

Resizing the Weather app is a fun new experience. Who knows what city it’ll show you depending on the window size


Apple Removes VK and Apps From the App Store

Oleg Danylov (via Hacker News, Reddit):

The VKontakte social network client and some other VK and applications have been removed from the Apple App Store. All these apps are still available on Google Play.


This is not the first time that Apple has removed VK applications, the same happened in 2014, but after some time the applications were returned to the store.

I’m not sure to what extent they are controlled by the Russian government, versus cooperating with them, as US social networks do with our government. The role of sanctions is also not clear. I have not heard of new sanctions, so if sanctions were the cause you would think Apple would have removed the apps long ago—and that they would not still be on Google Play.


My impression is that both services are widely used in “Slavic” countries, not just Russia. In particular, my relatives in Ukraine use both and VK. I wonder if this will trigger a move to equivalent American services, like Facebook or Gmail, for some.


I am a bit conflicted here. On the one hand I hate VK because it has censorship, they provide tools to police to monitor conversations and crack down on people.

On the other, now that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are banned it leaves even less means of communication and spreading information inside Russia, as bad as VK was.