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Brian X. Chen on the iPhones 13: ‘The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever’

Brian X. Chen’s review of the new iPhones for The New York Times is the least enthusiastic I’ve seen: This is all to say the annual phone upgrade, which companies like Apple and Samsung tout with enormous marketing events and ad campaigns to gin up sales for the holiday shopping season, has become a mirage of tech innovation. In reality,...

Joanna Stern: ‘From Mini to Pro Max, It’s All About the Battery and Cameras’

Joanna Stern, reviewing the iPhone 13 lineup for the WSJ: With videos, gosh, I was really excited about the new Cinematic mode. Aaaand gosh, was it a let down. The feature — which you could call “Portrait mode for video” — adds artistic blur around the object in focus. The coolest thing is that you can tap to refocus while you shoot...

Raymond Wong’s iPhone 13 Pro Review for Input

Raymond Wong shot a bunch of great camera comparison for his Input review. He was annoyed by the same jarring automatic switch between the 1× to 0.5× lens when entering or leaving macro mode that I mentioned in my review: I welcome greater detail for close-ups and it’s clever that Appleis using the ultra-wide to augment the 1× wide and 3× telephoto...

Panzarino Takes the iPhone 13 Pro to Disneyland

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch, regarding Cinematic video mode: I did some test shooting with my kids walking through crowds and riding on carousels that was genuinely, shockingly good. It really does provide a filmic, dreamy quality to the video that I was previously only able to get with quick and continuous focus adjustments...

Dieter Bohn on the iPhone 13 Pro

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge: Apple’s marketing for the camera system on the 13 Pro is that it’s the “biggest advancement ever.” I don’t know that I would go that far, but I also can’t remember the last time I’ve said “whoa, look at this photo” as many times as I have during this review. […] Where the Pro 13 camera system...

More, Smaller Apps

Apple Newsroom, back on August 30: Primephonic is no longer available for new subscribers and will be taken offline beginning September 7. Apple Music plans to launch a dedicated classical music app next year combining Primephonic’s classical user interface that fans have grown to love with more added features. In the meantime, current...

★ The iPhones 13

I wish I had something more clever to say about the new iPhone 13 lineup. But the practical reality is simple and obvious. The two ways that Apple could best improve the day-to-day utility of using an iPhone are improving the camera system and improving battery life. And those are exactly where Apple focused its attention for this year’s new iPhones....

[Sponsor] Retool

Programming has gotten surprisingly hard. Building a simple form to POST data back to your API means wrangling with redux and thunks. Oh, and debouncing that submit button. Everything but solving the business problem. Retool is a new approach: we’ve unified the ease of visual programming with the power and flexibility of real code. Drag and drop...

Listen Notes

My thanks to Wenbin Fang for sponsoring this week at DF to promote Listen Notes, a podcast search engine. He sponsored DF to share his story of how listening to podcasts has largely replaced Wikipedia as an informal learning resource for him, personally. Fang has used Listen Notes to help himself listen to about 5,000 podcast episodes in the past...

The Talk Show: ‘It Was More Arial Than Helvetica’

Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a recap of this week’s “California Streaming” Apple Event: the iPhones 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and new iPads. Also, last week’s decision in the Apple v. Epic lawsuit.Brought to you by these fine sponsors:Squarespace: Make your next move. Use code talkshow for 10% off your first order.Hello Fresh: America’s #1 meal...

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