As noted by Juli Clover of MacRumors, Google's Street View app for iOS was updated this week to support the larger screen of the iPhone X. I've had this app for a while, but this update caused me to try it out again this week, and it is amazing how powerful it is. Enter any address, hold up your iPhone and tap the street view image and then tap the compass button at the top right, and you can move your iPhone around and "see" the area almost as if you were standing there at the address. For an even more immersive experience, place your iPhone in an inexpensive Google Cardboard device. Choose some interesting locations like in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC for some free virtual reality tourism. And now, the news of note from the past week:
- Chicago attorney John Voorhees is also an app developer and an editor at MacStories, and he was recently interviewed by Filip Brož of the Czechoslovakian website iPure.
- A post on the GoodNotes blog provides tips for taking electronic notes at a conference.
- William Gallagher of AppleInsider provides an overview of all of the ways to create text on an iPad: text editors, note-taking apps, and word processors.
- If you want an app to help you remember things which is a little more powerful than the built-in Reminders app, Federico Viticci of MacStories reviews the GoodTasks app.
- Rosemary Orchard discusses some useful apps which run within the Messages app. To be honest, the idea of running a mini-app within Messages still seems a little strange to me, so I haven't really explored this very much.
- Chance Miller of 9to5Mac notes that Carrot Weather, my favorite weather app, was recently updated to add the ability to provide hurricane tracker notifications. Like most folks who live in the Gulf South, I'd rather not be thinking about hurricanes, but we are definitely getting closer to the peak season. (Hurricane Katrina made landfall` on August 29, 2005.)
- Ian Fuchs of Cult of Mac reviews Documents by Readdle, a very useful app.
- Drew Coffman of The Sweet Setup reviews the Lutron Caseta dimmer switch, a HomeKit-compatible light switch that I use throughout my house and which I really like. (My review.) I also see that the Lutron Smart Bridge, which I bought for over $100, is now $79.95 on Amazon.
- And finally, Apple released a new video advertisement for the iPhone X which shows off its computing prowess at running powerful games. The ad is called Unleash. As John Gruber of Daring Fireball noted, it seems strange for Apple to release a new ad for the iPhone X when, presumably, the successor to the iPhone X will be unveiled in two months. Regardless, it's a neat video: