Mazdak Rezvani


iOS 8 Wishlist


WWDC 2014 brought with it much more than anyone had anticipated.

Not only is AirDrop now available across devices, but Continuity brings with it amazing new capabilities like cross-device SMS, phone calls, and more.

File Sharing: Again, more than I could have hoped for. Inter-app file sharing, third party data providers, iCloud Drive, extensions, etc. Haven’t seen the improvements yet, but Craig Federighi did mention that they are going to focus on the basics of making Mail a great email client. That’s, at least, encouraging.

No iTunes Radio in Canada. Might not even be necessary if Beats Music launches in Canada.

No… Something to look forward to for iOS 9! No Live icons, but we got something better: first class widgets in the notification centre.


With less than 2 months until WWDC, there’s no better time to look back at my iOS 7 list and revise it for 8!

While it was improved over iOS 6, there’s so much more that can be done here simply from a compatibility and reliability perspective. While you’re at it, please make the Mac version, once a gold standard of mail clients, suck less.

I’ve heard rumours that iOS 8 might actually include Preview. Things I love to see are the signature feature and complete support for PDF forms.

File Sharing

Allow iOS apps to ‘share files’ with each other. The current iOS security model is prohibitive of such actions. This opens up a ton of new possibilities for apps, like Preview, to save changes to a document owned by another app.


  • AirDrop compatibility between OS X and iOS.
  • iTunes Radio in Canada, please.
  • icon shows the right date, and icon shows the current time (fixed in iOS 7), but not, nor any third party apps.
Jan 7

I Got Bugs


Since the moment it was unveiled at WWDC in June of last year, I’ve been a big fan of iOS 7. While I certainly understand the people who hate change, I am not one of those people. In technology, I welcome change — especially big, bold changes. At the very least, it shows that a company isn’t afraid to experiment. More importantly, it shows that a company isn’t content to rest on its laurels.

So I embraced the gaudy neon and I entered our newly flat world excited. And I remain convinced that in just about every way, iOS 7 is a huge upgrade over the previous iterations. Except one. And it’s a big one.

The software is so inexplicably and inexcusably buggy.

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Some of the little bugs are driving me nuts!

Steve Jobs Danced To Jonathan Mann's Song


Jonathan Mann:

So. Fast forward to 2010. I had just learned that I lost a big video contest, and I was feeling pretty down. It also happened to be the eve of Apple’s “Antenna-Gate” press conference. The anti-Apple hype was at a fever pitch, and I thought the whole non-story was ridiculous. I decided to write a song defending Apple. I hoped that MG would post it, and maybe I’d get some decent traffic. I wrote the song in about 2 hours and spent another hour on the video. I posted the song, sent it to MG and went to bed.

The next morning I woke to a flurry of activity in my inbox, including an email that appeared to be from Apple. I read the email and decided it was fake — someone was trolling me. I was in the shower when my phone rang. It was Apple PR. For real. Could they use my video to open the press conference, they wondered? Um, yes. Sure, uh, how should I send it to you? Jesus Christ.

Later that morning, I watched online as the song and video I had made in 3 hours the night before played before an audience of journalists at Apple HQ. Then Steve Jobs came out on stage and said, “Thanks for coming. We found that on YouTube this morning and couldn’t help but want to share it.” It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I heard later from the PR rep that Steve had been dancing off stage as the song played. If you watch the video of the event, there’s a few seconds, right as my song ends, that you can see him bopping his way on to the stage.

I can verify all of this, including Jobs bopping his way on to the stage that morning — because I was in the audience. When Mann’s video started playing I could not believe it. And I knew what it was immediately from the opening keys.

Every single Apple event is orchestrated to no end, including the “crisis” ones like they held for “Antennagate” — perhaps even more so in that case (a few of us were invited on a behind-the-scenes tour of the iPhone testing facilities after the press conference). Yet they clearly pulled a last-minute audible to play the video that morning. And Steve Jobs clearly had to sign off on such an idea. It was the definition of savvy.


That time of year once again.

Worth reminding everyone of the greatest Christmas movie of all time: Die Hard.


That time of year once again.

Worth reminding everyone of the greatest Christmas movie of all time: Die Hard.

Dec 8


50 Siri Voice Commands - How Many Did You Know About?

I knew most of these already.

iPad is a Work in Progress

It’s not often that I disagree with Ben Thompson, but I think he’s off the mark with his latest post claiming that Apple is lacking a vision for the iPad.

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. The October 22 (2013) Apple Event was not up to their usual standard. They rushed through a lot of announcements, because they had a lot to cover (as their invitation to the event said). There were parts of it that were just plain bad. I am, of course, referring to the “Eddie Cue Demo”. The actual technical part of the presentation was actually pretty good and, I think, a key part of their future vision and strategy, but using an Apple SVP as the subject of the demo seemed completely wrong. It was forced, and not really funny. Almost anything would have made for a better demo. For example, demonstrating collaboration on a yard sale flyer, or a school newsletter. That said, there was lots of great announcements as well.

Saying that this event was evidence that Apple is lacking a vision for the iPad, is missing the forest for the trees. What stood out to me was that Apple wasn’t ready to show off its complete vision for the iPad. The “Eddy Cue Demo” should have been done with an iPad on one side and a Mac on the other. I bet Apple really wanted to to that, but as with everything else in product development, they couldn’t get it all done in time for this event. That’s what I mean when I say that iPad (including its software, services, and even the vision for it), is still under development.

Then there was the Life on iPad video that shows how iPad is being used in the real world today. One of the points of the video, and part of the vision for the iPad, I think, is that its use cases are not yet fully defined. It’s a work in progress. The iPad Air video talks about a product “that’s meant to be taken places, handled, and really used”. That statement, to me, is part of a greater vision. Apple does not believe that they have the ultimate answer to what the iPad can be, but that they are enabling a new generation of applications by providing the best hardware and software possible. They want the iPad everywhere, and they want it to be the centre of learning, collaboration, creativity, and entertainment. It’s an imperfect and incomplete vision. It’s a work in progress.

Finally, there is the new iPad hardware. iPad Air and iPad mini are exactly the same hardware with two different screen sizes. That’s a much bigger deal than it appears on the surface. They are both 64-bit devices with an amazing display, and leaps beyond their predecessors. iPad mini gets a massive bump from A5 to A7 and from standard to Retina Display. iPad Air loses a lot of weight and size to become a truly portable device. I am, like many others, having a hard time choosing one. (Although I am leaning towards the iPad Air).

One of the virtues of Apple is that they are patient. While they were not at their best during this event, I think they are feverishly working behind the scenes to complete their work in progress. If I were the force behind the iPad shown in the Life on iPad video, I would have no problem sleeping at night due to a lack of vision.

Siri is still very hit and miss, but when it works, it works pretty well.

Oct 5



Remembering Steve Jobs

February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011

Sort of crazy that it was two years ago today that Steve Jobs passed away. Seems like it was a lot longer ago.

Sep 7

Look, you should wake up worried, terrified every morning. But don’t be worried about our competitors, because they’re never going to send us any money anyway. Let’s be worried about our customers and stay heads-down focused.

- Jeff Bezos, just after the burst of the Internet bubble, to his then 150 employees facing increased competition from Barnes & Noble with its 30,000 employees.   (via parislemon)

Sound advice.

"Let's give them the $1 billion and shut them the hell up."


Peter Cohan on how Steve Jobs got AT&T to share revenue for the iPhone:

Aggarwal was impressed by the way Jobs was willing to take a risk to realize his vision. “In one meeting in the conference room with Jobs, he was annoyed that AT&T was spending too much time worrying about the risks of the deal. So he said, ‘You know what we should do to stop them from complaining? We should write AT&T a check for $1 billion and if the deal doesn’t work out, they can keep the money. Let’s give them the $1 billion [Apple had $5 billion in cash at the time] and shut them the hell up,’” Aggarwal recounted.

That’s one way to do it.

[via Daring Fireball]

$1B wasn’t pocket change back then.