An Apple Pencil customized to look like a real pencil

A variety of skins are available for customizing the design of the Apple Pencil, but Reddit user Cedric Chase decided to take the do-it-yourself route with some sandpaper, synthetic fabric dye, and paint, transforming his second-generation Apple Pencil into one that closely resembles a No. 2 graphite pencil.

He did a great job, but there’s no way I take a chance on doing this with my new Apple Pencil.

How to lose thousands selling on Amazon

It was only after they’d sunk $40,000 and nine months of precious nights and weekends that Jordan McDowell and William Bjork realized how hard it is to make a passive income selling things on Amazon.

The couple had hoped to strike it rich—or at least quit their day jobs—buying goods from China and reselling them on the e-commerce site. Instead, they lost their savings.

I feel bad for the people that have lost money trying to sell products on Amazon, or any other service, but when people claim to have all the answers to make you successful, it’s usually a scam. Those people never lose money.

The Dalrymple Report: Pole Dancing for Mark Zuckerberg with Rene Ritchie

Rene and I had a great conversation today that went from Apple’s triumphs of 2018 to how it could improve Siri while keeping its commitment to privacy.

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BBEdit: The Mac Text Editor for Coders and People Who Use Words

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Do you sling code or compose with words? Whether you’re an app developer, web developer, systems admin or just want a powerful writing tool that stays out of your way, BBEdit is worth checking out.

I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted in response to the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and the manipulation of text.

BBEdit 12.5 is 64-bit ready. Download and try it today!

iPad Pro meets or exceeds all of Apple’s quality and precision standards

Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering:

Relative to the issue you referenced regarding the new iPad Pro, its unibody design meets or exceeds all of Apple’s high quality standards of design and precision manufacturing. We’ve carefully engineered it and every part of the manufacturing process is precisely measured and controlled.

This iPad Pro bend is a real head scratcher for me. Apple is so diligent and precise in every aspect of manufacturing that it seems impossible that this could happen, but yet it has. I haven’t seen this with my iPad Pro and we don’t know how prevalent it is beyond the few pictures we’ve seen online.

Apple’s Transparency Report

Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received.

I love that Apple releases this information.

The Dalrymple Report: AirPods, Glitter bomb, and iPads with Dave Mark

Multiple AirPods sharing audio on the same device, getting back at package thieves, and the bend of the new iPad Pro are among the topics Dave and I tackle on this week’s show.

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BBEdit: The Mac Text Editor for Coders and People Who Use Words [Sponsor]

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Do you sling code or compose with words? Whether you’re an app developer, web developer, systems admin or just want a powerful writing tool that stays out of your way, BBEdit is worth checking out.

I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted in response to the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and the manipulation of text.

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The Dalrymple Report: Apple Music Connect with Dave Mark

Dave and I talk about Apple’s recent decision to discontinue Apple Music Connect, as well as talking about if we could give up our iPhones for a year.

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djay for iOS adopts subscription model and free download

After more than 8 years as a paid-for app, djay for iOS is changing. With the latest release, we are now offering a single universal app as a free download which offers everything you need to DJ, along with an affordable new monthly Pro subscription service with power user features, video mixing, music production tools, and most importantly, unlimited access to a large library of audio loops, samples, FX, and visuals.

Changing your business model is always tricky, no matter what your app does. The company posted an extensive explanation on its web site that should answer most questions from customers, including the differences between the free and subscription-based app. I’ve always loved djay and the people behind the app, so I’ll be interested to see how this transition goes for them.

Google Maps introduces the For You tab

Today, the For You tab is making its way over to Google Maps in over 40 countries on iOS and 130+ new countries on Android—helping you stay up to date on fun, new places so you’ll know exactly where to take the fam this winter. The For You tab is designed to be a constant source of inspiration tailored to your tastes and preferences. Simply follow neighborhoods or places you’re interested in to get updates and recommendations—everything from recent news about an opening or pop up, a new menu item, and even restaurant suggestions based on what you’re likely to enjoy. If you’re making a trip this holiday season, the For You can help you get a jump start on travel planning even before you take off.

I mostly use Apple Maps, but I’ll give this a try just to see how it does picking places for me to visit.

The Dalrymple Report: Alexa, Queen, iPhone Wifi with Dave Mark

Apple Music will be available with Alexa next month, but is that a smart decision for Amazon? A new video of Queen surfaced playing “We are the Champions” in the studio, and Dave and I look at the problem of the iPhone trying to stay connected to your Wifi network when you leave the house.

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DriveSavers offers passcode lockout data recovery

DriveSavers, the worldwide leader in data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensic solutions, today announced it is utilizing new proprietary technology to recover data from password-locked smart devices with any length passcode. The first-of-its-kind service is being offered exclusively to consumers who have forgotten device passwords, been locked out after too many incorrect attempts, and for those who need access to data stored on the device of a deceased family member.

Other companies offer a similar service only to law enforcement. DriveSavers is the first to offer a Passcode Lockout Data Recovery service to consumers. The DriveSavers service is not available for law enforcement and requires proof of ownership prior to unlocking a device.

According to its web site, they have a 100 percent success rate. DriveSavers is one of the most reputable companies I’ve ever dealt with, so this very interesting news.

BBEdit: The Mac Text Editor for Coders and People Who Use Words

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Do you sling code or compose with words? Whether you’re an app developer, web developer, systems admin or just want a powerful writing tool that stays out of your way, BBEdit is worth checking out.

I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted in response to the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and the manipulation of text.

BBEdit 12.5 is 64-bit ready. Download and try it today!

iPhone XR

Apple’s iPhone XR is one of the most fascinating products I’ve seen from the company in quite a while. Being behind the iPhone XS and XS Max, you would think the XR would be a modest device, designed for people that want a less expensive iPhone and are willing to accept massive compromises. In my experience, it’s a full-featured phone packed with quality and few compromises.

BBEdit: The Mac Text Editor for Coders and People Who Use Words [Sponsor]

My thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Do you sling code or compose with words? Whether you’re an app developer, web developer, systems admin or just want a powerful writing tool that stays out of your way, BBEdit is worth checking out.

I’ve been using BBEdit since 1995, so I know first hand that it can handle any job I throw at it.

BBEdit is crafted in response to the needs of writers, web authors, and software developers, providing an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and the manipulation of text.

BBEdit 12.5 is 64-bit ready. Download and try it today!

The Dalrymple Report: iPad Pro, Amazon’s social responsibility with Dave Mark

Dave and I discuss the iPad Pro magnets, Stan Lee, and Amazon’s, or any companies social responsibility, when moving into a new town.

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Universal Audio releases five new plug-ins

This is a great release from Universal Audio with plug-ins being released for all aspects of your workflow. The five new plug-ins are Lexicon 480L Digital Reverb and Effects, Softube Vocoder, AMS Neve DFC Channel Strip, Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic, and the Suhr SE100 Amplifier.

There are videos of the plug-ins on the company’s web site.

Learn the differences between Ampeg Bass amps

Ampeg bass amps are so universally revered, it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t synonymous with electric bass amplifiers. But what started from a modest idea — literally, an “amplified peg” that would install into an upright bass — in Everett Hull’s modest shop in Midtown Manhattan in the 1930s, has become a towering name in the world of bass amplification.

This is a great article from Universal Audio. You can even hear how each amp sounds using the Brainworx developed plug-ins.

iMazing Quick Transfer

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly copy any kind of media, document or file from any Mac or PC to iPhone and iPad in exactly 2 clicks? No iTunes syncs, without iCloud, and for free?

Well, today we’re announcing just that. It’s called Quick Transfer and it’s now available with no restrictions in the free version of iMazing.

This is a really versatile app.

Jony Ive on the new iPad Pro

When asked about changing the iPad Pro:

“I think your responsibility actually goes further back than that,” he says. “It starts with the determination not to fall into the trap of just making things different. Because when a product has been highly regarded there is often a desire from people to see it redesigned. I think one of the most important things is that you change something not to make it different but to make it better.”

Yes.

Apple Maps detail

Justin O’Beirne did a fascinating post on the differences between Apple’s old map and the increased detail of the new map. He also compares Apple and Google side-by-side and does a comparison of the included detail.

Apple posts quarterly revenue of $62.9 billion

Apple on Thursday posted its fourth quarter earnings, posting revenue of $62.9 billion. Apple CFO, Luca Maestri, said it’s was Apple’s best September quarter ever. […]

Thoughts on Apple’s iPad and Mac event

Apple had its special event in New York this morning focusing on Macs and the new iPad Pro. The focus of the event was clearly on the creative market with both product lines, but the most compelling for me was the iPad Pro. […]

Mac mini

Apple today gave Mac mini a massive increase in performance. Now with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and blazing fast all-flash storage, the new Mac mini delivers an insane five times faster performance, making it the most powerful Mac mini ever made. And with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option, the new Mac mini is a faster and more capable desktop that can do so much more.

Mac mini is a funny machine. I’m not surprised they released a new version, but then again, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they hadn’t. I think this is definitely a great upgrade though.