Weekly Wrap: Tim Cook, a WWDC keynote, and a whole lot of how-to's
What a week! Tim Cook shed some light on Apple’s future plans, the Mac App Store sandboxing deadline arrived, and we offered up a boatload of how-to articles. Let’s take a look at Macworld’s biggest stories from the week gone by.
Cooking with Tim
Following in his predecessor’s sneakered footsteps, Apple CEO Tim Cook headlined the All Things D conference earlier this week; our own editorial director Jason Snell was there and live blogged the whole darn thing. Cook said that Apple was working to become even more secretive—and then immediately dished on some of Apple’s future plans. We call this “pivoting” in the biz.
Cook said that Apple had big plans for Siri, talked a bit about what might motivate Apple to make a television set, and—oh, just read the highlights, OK?
As you just read by clicking on that link, Cook also indicated that Apple’s customers should “stay tuned” regarding what integrations the company might make with Facebook; we shared some thoughts on what that integration might look like on iOS and the Mac. Then we went back to playing Farmville.
Cook further implied that killing Ping may be on his to-do list. Here’s a look at what went wrong with Apple’s failed iTunes social network. (Short answer: Pretty much everything.)
You want how-to’s? We got how-to’s
Each month, Christopher Breen shares an Automator workflow, and May’s was a doozy: It lets you quickly add Spotlight comments. Check it out. Trust me. And since Chris Breen and Automator go as well together as Chris Breen and hair products, he put together a video on using Automator’s services and folder action workflows.
Chris is a smart guy. He also wrote up some advice this week on how to transfer old emails from one Mac to another—you don’t have to forward them one by one, folks. Elsewhere, Chris advised you on manually configuring an iCloud email account.
We even offered some how-tos written by people other than Chris Breen. Want to quickly share iOS photos with your Mac? This hint explains how to browse a folder of your Photo Stream-synced photos. And the latest edition of Ask the iTunes Guy covers metadata, sorting, and sharing.
Elsewhere, we pointed out hidden features from Apple’s built-in iOS apps. And we put together a guide to using your Mac and iOS device to help your kids beat summer “brain drain.” This week’s podcast covers that same topic, and I’ll bet you can guess who hosted it. Hint: His name rhymes with Bliss Green.
Other Apple news
June 1 marked the start of Apple’s new sandboxing requirement for the Mac App Store. Here’s a primer on what that means for you, your favorite apps, and the developers who make them. Developer Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch was nice enough to let us reprint an opinion piece he wrote on how sandboxing strengthens the case for buying software directly from developers.
Also this week, Apple formally announced that a keynote of some sort will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference later in June, but didn’t provide any indication of whom will be speaking or what they might talk about. My money is on Mike Daisey leading a discussion about the Newton, but I’ve been wrong before.