How to Crash Any Mac App

Brad Sams, Neowin:

Here is a bit of news that will leave you scratching your head for anyone that uses OS X Mountain Lion. If you type "File:///" (without the quotes) into nearly any app, it will cause the app to crash. This odd bug has been confirmed by Neowin and we have managed to crash Spotify, Tweetbot, Notes and a bunch of other applications too.

Apple's software gets sloppier all the time. Note that the "F" has to be capitalized. I tried this in Safari, Chrome, and Tweetbot, and it works like a charm. Even if you just type it in a search box; even if you don't hit Return. I hope this gets fixed fast.

Scott Forstall out at Apple, Ive Now Controls All Design

Huge news from Apple: Scott Forstall, responsible for much of the success of Mac OS X and iOS, will be leaving in 2013. Legendary hardware designer Jonny Ive will now also be responsible for software interface design.

John Gruber has done a great job analyzing the shift.

I have mixed feelings about this move. On one hand, it's not unexpected. Forstall is more or less responsible for the Maps debacle, and he has long been a proponent of controversial skeuomophic design, such as the leather stitching in Calendar. Seeing what Ive will do with user interfaces will be exciting.

On the other hand, Forstall was an old friend of Steve Jobs, and a NeXT veteran. Apple would not be the success it is today without him. I hope Tim Cook has made the right call here.

What I don't have mixed feelings about is the firing of John Browett, who took over retail when Ron Johnson left. Of all of Apple's post-Steve decisions, Browett's hiring worried me the most. He's the former head of UK electronics chain Dixons, which is the British equivalent of Best Buy. Not a direction I want the Apple Store to go. In fact, one of the first things he tried to do was cut Apple Store staff to raise gross margin. He was just a bad fit for Apple.

I wish them both the best of luck. I don't know about Browett, but I predict big things from Forstall.

The State of the Mac

Phil Schiller, Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing:

“Our approach at Apple has always been to make products we’re proud to own and use ourselves…We wouldn’t make something cheap or low quality. When the economy is difficult, people care a great deal about the things they spend their money on. Customers have come to understand that Apple’s products aren’t priced high — they’re priced on the value of what we build into them.”

Some wondered if Apple would abandon the Mac to focus exclusively on iOS. I think this week's Apple event puts that to rest for good. Despite tough economic times, the Mac is doing better than ever.

Apple's Message Today

Tim Cook, talking about the iPad today:

"But we’re just getting started. We’re not taking our foot off the gas."

Apple broke its annual release cycle to release the iPad 4. Then released the iPad Mini, and even showed it beside the competing Nexus 7, a rare move for Apple.

Apple's message today was clear: The tablet market belongs to us, and we're going to do everything we can to keep it.

The underlying message is also clear: We feel the pressure.

This worries me. Part of Apple's resurgence was avoiding the rat race, instead focusing on making the best possible products. I hope the iPad Mini is as good as it looks.

A Brief Update on the iCloud Bug

The other day, I posted a video demonstrating slow, but steady data usage as long as iCloud is enabled in iOS 6.

I've since received several indepedent confirmations by readers, along with many lovely thank you's from people affected by this problem. Unfortunately, despite yelling from the rooftops, the story hasn't gotten much mainstream attention.

However, I did receive a call from a Verizon representative. I was told that it's been passed along to the appropriate department, but that it isn't really Verizon's problem. I responded that while it may be Apple's bug, something that could clog up their network indeed is Verizon's problem.

Also, I asked about forgiveness for customers who exceeded their caps due to the Wi-Fi bug. I was told that they would be credited automatically, and shouldn't have to contact customer service. Hopefully that will be the case.

I'm giving it rest for now. I've contacted the highest ranks at Apple, along with evey tech journalist who will listen. At this point, there's not much else I can do. Hopefully, the bug will be fixed sooner than later.

Apple Tightens Lightning Adapter Rules

iLounge:

According to the sources, only Apple-approved manufacturing facilities will be allowed to produce Lightning connector accessories, even including third-party accessories. Moreover, Apple hasn’t approved any factories yet, which the sources say will limit the number of Lightning accessories available in the near future.

Seeing that Apple can't make Lightning cables fast enough, you'd think they'd want all the help they could get.