Katie's Week in Review: November 29, 2015

We’re getting into the swing of the holiday season. Unfortunately I’m coming upon a very busy couple of weeks as I finish up the school semester. Therefore this will be the last Week in Review for a couple of weeks. Look for this series to resume later in December. For now, here are links of interest for the week ending November 29, 2015:

  • Could it possibly be that Hell has frozen over? Mac Rumors reports that Amazon’s Instant Video App could soon be coming to the new Apple TV. The source is a tweet by Dan Bostoneeks who claims to have written into Amazon and received a response that the App is in development. I hope it’s true!
  • Speaking of the Apple TV, Rene Ritchie of iMore wrote a comprehensive review of the Apple TV that discusses not only the hardware and software but also the evolution of the platform and some of the reasoning why decisions and compromises were made with the device.
  • I had no interest in the iPad Pro, until I read Myke Hurley’s review of the Apple Pencil for the Pen Addict blog. I’m not an artist, I have no interest in doodling or sketching. But my dream has always been able to write on an iPad and take it into meetings as easily as I do today with a legal pad. I have pretty poor handwriting and despite their promise, stylus and the iPad have never lived up to their promise. According to Myke the Apple pencil gives him the digital handwriting experience we’ve all wanted for so long.
  • This week saw a few new comprehensive reviews of the iPad Pro. Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. wrote about his use of the iPad Pro from the perspective of a trial attorney. Even if you’re not an attorney, but plan to use the iPad for work, I think you’ll get a lot of value out of Jeff’s review.
  • Jason Snell also came out with his iPad Pro review on Six Colors. Jason has been reviewing the iPad since inception and discussed who the this iPad may be for, and who will struggle with the new device.
  • Not sure which iPad is right for you? Jason has you covered, again. Writing for Macworld he has updated his iPad buying guide.
  • I’m generally not a fan of App bundles, but here’s one that is pretty great . Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac offers the Premium Mac App bundle. For the normal price of Parallels ($79.99 or $50 upgrade) you get 6 more apps including 1Password, Evernote Premium Pocket pRemium PDFpen Pro, Camtasia and Snagit. The bundle pricing is only good till December 1st so act fast.
  • Brent Simmons has put together a great list of blogs that are of interest to Mac/iOS developers, designers, and power users, and written by women. He’s also created an OPML file that you can import into your RSS reader to add all the subscriptions. I’m honored my blog was included.