The '90s are back!
Transparent gadgets make their return.
With artificial intelligence dominating tech news, lots of pundits say Apple is falling behind amid the AI revolution.
But yesterday’s announcement of Personal Voice shows what hogwash this is.
Personal Voice allows your gadgets to talk in your own voice with just 15 minutes of training.
It was designed as an accessibility feature for folks who are in danger of losing their ability to speak, but it has a far wider application — as Cult of Mac writer Ed Hardy explains after digging up a recent Apple patent. Personal Voice could radically change text messaging.
Personal Voice is just another example of how Apple is infusing AI throughout its product line. Almost every Apple product already has a ton of AI tech -- from Face ID to Visual Look Up, which can recognize plants, animals and more in photos.
Some of it sucks (Siri) — but it is there!
Apple today also made the bold move of resurrecting the biggest design trend of the late 1990s — see-through electronics.
It’s a very welcome comeback for me. I love see-through electronics.
Also in today’s newsletter:
Why does this setup have monitors set at crazy angles?
I’m always mortified when I travel and can’t communicate even the basics. That’s why I’m going to try Babbel. I like the idea of daily 10-to-15 minute language lessons.
Today’s the day John Sculley took over as Apple CEO. He was much maligned, but he grew Apple and, years later, had a lot of insightful things to say about Steve Jobs.
Most Cult of Mac readers already use some of Apple’s accessibility features, according to yesterday’s poll (see the results below). It shows that Apple’s commitment to all users, no matter their abilities, benefits us all.
— Leander Kahney, EIC.
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Tweetz o’ the day
All hail the return of the 90s Clear Craze!
— Basic Apple Guy (@BasicAppleGuy)
May 17, 2023
The 15 Pro Max's ultrawide camera is swapping positions with the telephoto compared to the 14.
Why? Because there is no room on the bottom lens for the periscope. Can't go down because of the battery. Can't go right because of the LiDAR scanner.
Has to be the middle lens.
— Vadim Yuryev (@VadimYuryev)
May 16, 2023
Use a Mac? This is for you:
An annotated list (very easy to scan) of option key shortcuts (link below).
A ton of useful info here. Nice work. Via @mjtsai.
— Dave Mark (@davemark)
May 16, 2023
One more thing ...
Another priority was to make Apple more entrepreneurial and startup-like. So we immediately reorganized, drastically narrowed the product line, and changed compensation for senior managers so they get a lot of stock but no cash bonuses.
Are you glad Apple is bringing back see-through gadgets?
Results from yesterday’s poll: Do you use any of Apple’s accessibility features?
Best reader comments from ‘caedmonmyers’ and ‘dvbruce’: