Archive for February 2, 2024

Friday, February 2, 2024

Launch Day Apple Vision Pro Apps

Apple (Slashdot):

More than 600 apps and games designed to take advantage of the unique and powerful capabilities of Apple Vision Pro will be available this Friday, February 2.


Apps built specifically for visionOS, like Box, make it easy to collaborate and securely manage files and content, including 3D objects, while the MindNode app helps users brainstorm with thought bubbles that float around a user’s space. OmniFocus [4.1, still in development] and OmniPlan use beautiful data and project management visualization in large windows to view a complete project plan. Microsoft 365 productivity apps, Fantastical, and Numerics make full use of the infinite canvas and sharp text rendering of Apple Vision Pro to make daily tasks effortless. JigSpace combines 3D content, audio, video, and text in interactive, step-by-step spatial presentations, and Navi translates conversations in real time, creating live captions so users can see exactly what people around them are saying.

John Gruber:

For all the (justifiable!) attention paid to Netflix and YouTube’s decisions to completely eschew the platform at launch, the truth is there are a lot of native VisionOS apps at launch, and zillions of compatible iPad apps.


Apple has no built-in Calculator app in VisionOS, and the built-in Calendar app is the iPad app in compatibility mode, making PCalc and Fantastical the only native apps of their respective kinds in the App Store at launch.)

Gabriel Valdez Malpartida:

On February 2, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Loop will be available on the App Store in Apple Vision Pro.

Ainsley Bourque Olson:

As previously shared, we’re pleased to have released OmniPlan for Apple Vision Pro!


OmniPlan 4 sports features to track and forecast costs, set up projects and manage complex scheduling, collaborate with a team, and view your project as an interactive Gantt chart or Network Diagram across an entire display – or in this case the infinite display of Apple Vision Pro.


Fantastical for Apple Vision Pro is a full-featured version of the app, just like on all your devices. Everything’s here, from calendar sets and conference calls, to Openings and Proposals, and fully enabled for the boundless canvas that is spatial computing. We also decided to take advantage of that canvas with a new feature: multiple windows.

Christian Selig (Hacker News, MacRumors):

Then I remembered for years my old app, Apollo, played back YouTube videos submitted to Reddit pretty well, and I developed a pretty good understanding of how YouTube worked. That sparked the idea to reuse some of Apollo’s code there and build a little YouTube client of my own for visionOS, and after a mad week of coding “Juno for YouTube” is born.


Lastly, they have an embed API that’s pretty powerful, and is what I used in Apollo and now Juno. There’s no API keys, or limits to how many times a day you can call it, as it literally just loads the video in a webview, and provides JavaScript methods to interact with the video, such as pause, play, speed up, etc. It’s really nice, you can play YouTube videos back, and YouTube still gets to show ads (if the user doesn’t have YouTube Premium) and whatnot so no one is grumpy.

Cultured Code (MacRumors):

We’ve adapted and refined every corner of Things to make full use of Vision Pro and to fit in beautifully with your environment. A sidebar made of glass, menus and popovers that float above your lists, resizable windows, controls that light up to acknowledge your gaze, refined interactions, and more. A native app for the new platform, through and through.


Google Removes Cache Link From Search Results

Barry Schwartz (via Hacker News):

Now when you click the three dots for more information for a search result snippet, the cache button is missing.


So how do you access the cache? Just Google

You can also set up a bookmarklet:


Jon Porter:

Danny Sullivan has confirmed. “It was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading,” Sullivan wrote on X. “These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it.”

The cache feature historically let you view a webpage as Google sees it, which is useful for a variety of different reasons beyond just being able to see a page that’s struggling to load. SEO professionals could use it to debug their sites or even keep tabs on competitors, and it can also be an enormously helpful news gathering tool, giving reporters the ability to see exactly what information a company has added (or removed) from a website, and a way to see details that people or companies might be trying to scrub from the web. Or, if a site is blocked in your region, Google’s cache can work as a great alternative to a VPN.

Tapestry Kickstarter

The Iconfactory:

With Project Tapestry, we’ll create a universal, chronological timeline for iOS for any data that’s publicly available on the Internet. A service-independent overview of your social media and information landscape. Point the app toward your services and feeds, then scroll through everything all in one place to keep up-to-date and to see where you want to dive deeper. When you find something that you want to engage with or reply to, Tapestry will let you automatically open that post in the app of your choice and reply to it there. Tapestry isn’t meant to replace your favorite Mastodon app or RSS reader, but rather to complement them and help you figure out where you want to focus your attention.

Tapestry’s universal timeline will be built around data source plug-ins. These are small bits of JavaScript code that translate between the native iOS app and the rest of the web.

One of the things I’ve learned from the Twitter debacle is that I don’t like scrolling through timelines, especially on my iPhone. I prefer a multi-pane, keyboard-controllable interface like with NetNewsWire or Vienna. I wish I could get everything except e-mail in there. Previous versions of NetNewsWire actually had a feature kind of like this where you could create a feed from a script.

Tapestry isn’t meant to replace your favorite Mastodon app or RSS reader, but rather to complement them and help you figure out where you want to focus your attention.

I’m not sure I want to add another app, but I love that they’re working in this space of combining multiple services into a single app.


Update (2024-02-06): Niléane:

With The Iconfactory launching Project Tapestry this week, I was reminded of an indie app that I first started testing a few months ago. feeeed – that’s with four ‘e’s – by Nate Parrott is a feed reader app unlike any other I’ve seen on iOS.


You can of course subscribe to any RSS feeds — the app lets you import an OPML file from other RSS reader apps — but you can also subscribe to a wide variety of different sources, including but not limited to: newsletters via Gmail, subreddits, YouTube channels, Twitter and Mastodon profiles, Hacker News, Tumblr blogs, TikTok accounts, and more.

A special mention goes to my absolute favorite custom integration in feeeed, which is the ability to select a part of a website to show up in your feed. You can select any area on any webpage, and that area will regularly show up in the Home tab of the app.

Kind of like the old Dashboard feature.

Craig Hockenberry:

This post will explain the technology behind Project Tapestry and how we tested it as a prototype.


There is a GitHub repository with full documentation of the JavaScript API and sample plug-ins. We think you’ll find that it’s a robust and extensible system, just like the web itself.

Apple’s Q1 2024 Results

Apple (transcript, Hacker News, MacRumors):

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $119.6 billion, up 2 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.18, up 16 percent year over year.

“Today Apple is reporting revenue growth for the December quarter fueled by iPhone sales, and an all-time revenue record in Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are pleased to announce that our installed base of active devices has now surpassed 2.2 billion, reaching an all-time high across all products and geographic segments.

Jason Snell:

Overall, it was the company’s second best quarter ever in terms of revenue and profit, behind only the first quarter of fiscal 2022. Mac sales ended a string of down quarters to nudge up slightly; iPhone sales were also up. iPad sales were down double digits, as were wearables. Services growth slowed somewhat, but was still up double digits.

Jason Snell:

Not a product announcement, not even a feature announcement—but a tangible promise that Apple’s going to announce some big AI features later this year.


The iPhone, which accounted for nearly 60 percent of Apple’s overall revenue in the launch quarter of the iPhone 15, managed to show a little growth, improving 6% versus the year-ago quarter.


When you stare at the overall Mac revenue chart, though, things look pretty solid. Yes, the Mac went through a couple of years of huge growth, but it seems to be coming back to a new, higher floor of around $7 or $8 billion per quarter. Apple reported that the overall number of active Macs reached another all-time high.


The problem is that the iPad is usually a seasonal product that does well in the holiday quarter, and this year’s holiday quarter was 25 percent lower. Ouch. On the other hand, Apple sold $7 billion worth of iPads, none of which were released in 2023.