Ask Different Podcast #7: More WWDC, Application Launchers, Soulver

June 15, 2011 by . 2 comments

This is the seventh episode of the Ask Different Podcast, an unofficial podcast created by members of the Ask Different community about Apple and related technologies.

Your hosts this week are Kyle CroninJason Salaz, and Nathan Greenstein.

  • Last week was WWDC, and keeping up with the coverage of the keynote was a very intense task. Not to mention the active discussion we had with our fellow Ask Different chatters. We discuss the act of covering the keynote, or more specifically attempting to keep up with the coverage across at least 4 or 5 websites, and keeping up with all of the details flowing continuously for over 2 hours straight. We also delve into what we expect to see as all the new features begin to release, and where we would like to see as time goes on.
  • On Tuesday, Steve Jobs presented the next major architectural work by Apple to the Cupertino City Council. We discuss the so-called “Apple Mothership” building to be worked on for the next 4 years and the consideration that is sorely lacking in too many other architectural endeavors.
  • We know that as part of iOS 5, Apple will make Twitter functionality a first-class citizen with pop-overs including location sharing, single sign-on functionality, and a dedicated Twitter account field in Contacts. What we have recently learned is that additional social networks will become first class citizens and be added as contact fields in the Address Book.
  • Yet another iOS 5 feature has received more details: Wireless iPad 2 Mirroring via AirPlay. We discuss the possibilities of utilizing an Apple TV in a conference room in order to simplify the process of presentations, and how to immediately greatly improve the quality of presentations, notes, and interactivity.
  • Continuing with the WWDC hangover, we discuss the state of launcher applications, and the possibilities after Lion’s release and official debut of Launchpad. We contrast the functionality offered by Apple, and the workflow exposed by launcher apps such as QuickSilver, Alfred, and LaunchBar.
  • Our Question of the Week is Upgrade personal iPhone to iOS beta 5.0?, asked by Senseful on June 9. We discuss if they (or you!) should, or should not, and lament that we are not more involved in the Apple Development Community in order to make the leap ourselves.
  • Our App of the Week is Soulver. Soulver is a new kind of calculator. Soulver is quick, smart, clear, and flexible. Instead of making a digital analog to a standard desk calculator, Soulver allows you to write calculations as a document, each calculation allowing you to represent a specific part of the entire series of calculations. Soulver is available for Desktop Macs on the Mac App Store, and for iPad and iPhone on the iTunes App Store.

This episode was recorded on Sunday, June 12th. You can subscribe to this podcast via RSS or iTunes. If you have any feedback or questions you’d like for us to answer on air, leave a comment on this post or e-mail us at


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  • Chris says:

    A listener asked if there were any good reasons not to upgrade his iphone to ios 5

    he mentioned he is a developer and uses the phone for development and as his main phone.

    Your answer didn’t focus much in the development usage of the phone.

    once you update the phone to iOS5 beta, you need to update to XCode 4.2 beta on any macs you use for development

    that means you are unable to compile and ship your developed apps in an production development environment. In my case I was unable to target iOS 4.x SDK when compiling with xcode 4.2 beta, and even if there is a way to do it, I would not consider it reliable for shipping binaries to the app store.

  • Jason says:

    Just for what it’s worth, the QotW does not explicitly state that the user will be doing any sort of development with his phone.

    The way the question reads to me is a similar situation as I spoke about on the show. We had a paid account that enabled me to get at the iOS 4 betas, but I am not an ObjC developer. Though my coworkers of course are.

    Having said all that, your comments regarding the inability to target iOS SDKs lower than 5 is very true. But, again, due to it’s development nature, also, Apple mandates that you CAN NOT submit apps to the App Store targeted for iOS 5.

    You still need a separate device to do all your active, production, stable, iOS development/deployments.

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