Soon, iPhone will speak in your own voice
Apple's new accessibility feature looks promising.
Today, Apple announced a bundle of new features for better accessibility — including Personal Voice, which trains your device to speak in your voice with 15 minutes of training.
It’s designed for folks who may lose their ability to speak, but the possibilities for everyone seem intriguing.
In addition, Apple added new features to its Music and Maps apps that make it easier to find live music in your area.
We're only a few weeks from WWDC, and Apple continues to drop news before the big show, and that can only mean one thing: Everything Apple announces at WWDC is going to get drowned out by the big reveal — a groundbreaking VR/AR headset.
Also in today’s newsletter:
One of the things I like about our how-tos is that I learn something new with just about every post. Take today’s how-to for adjusting blur after you’ve taken the shot — a feature I’d completely forgotten about.
Photomator is a low-cost Photoshop rival that launched on iOS and iPadOS. Now it’s coming to the Mac.
This hybrid charger/travel case from Momax looks perfect for summer travel.
Today’s the day that Apple launched the PowerBook 540c, dubbed Apple's best laptop yet. Nearly 30 years later, the design still sets the basic template for notebooks.
— Leander Kahney, EIC.
A message from the Cult of Mac Store
A message from Momax
Tweetz o’ the day
Macintosh with Monitor Portrait. https://t.co/e2p9cPikLI
— Dana Sibera (@NanoRaptor)
May 15, 2023
@willw When I was a teenager I emailed him, because back then the student discounts on products used to be mail-in rebates. Mine got lost in the mail. Steve had a VP at Apple personally call me. Steve told him to apologize, and that the iPod was on them. Free iPod. Pretty awesome day!
— Evan Sims (@evansims)
May 16, 2023
This is honestly one of the hardest albums of all time. And they made this shit in GarageBand. https://t.co/AYEv78xrMI
— lil uzi perf (@ken_wheeler)
May 15, 2023
One more thing ...
People say sometimes, ‘You work in the fastest-moving industry in the world.’ I don’t feel that way. I think I work in one of the slowest. It seems to take forever to get anything done. All of the graphical-user interface stuff that we did with the Macintosh was pioneered at Xerox PARC [Silicon Valley’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center] and with Doug Engelbart at SRI [the Stanford Research Institute think tank] in the mid-’70s. And here we are, just about the mid-’90s, and it’s kind of commonplace now. But it’s about a 10-to-20-year lag. That’s a long time.
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