The Lo-and-Behold Edition Friday, July 20, 2018

Anatomy Of A Butterfly (Keyboard)—Teardown Style, by Sam Lionheart, iFixIt

We started with a fine, powdered paint additive to add a bit of color and enable finer tracking (thanks for the tip, Dan!). Lo and behold, the dust is safely sequestered at the edges of the membrane, leaving the mechanism fairly sheltered. The holes in the membrane allow the keycap clips to pass through, but are covered by the cap itself, blocking dust ingress. The previous-gen butterfly keys are far less protected, and are almost immediately flooded with our glowing granules. On the 2018 keyboard, with the addition of more particulate and some aggressive typing, the dust eventually penetrates under the sheltered clips, and gets on top of the switch—so the ingress-proofing isn’t foolproof just yet. Time will tell how long the barrier will hold up.

These Are The Winners Of The 11th Annual iPhone Photography Awards, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Salam’s grand prize image was shot with an iPhone 7 and depicts Rohingya children watching a film about health and sanitation awareness near the Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh.

Apple's Lost Decade, HyperCard, And What Might NOT Have Been If Apple Then Was Like Apple Is Today, by David Gewirtz, ZDNet

  1. Thinking about those days gives me a headache. Back then, I was all Apple, all the time. It was not necessarily a good thing.

I had two roles back then. I was the founder of Hyperpress, one of the first major add-on developers for Apple's HyperCard. Today, that'd be like being one of the big iPad app developers or Facebook app developers. HyperCard was essentially the first app-building environment, and Hyperpress was one of the key players.

I was also the head of Apple's Educator HomeCard project, where I had been given the somewhat unusual title of "Godfather". This was a big project with a number of teams, all working together to essentially create a suite of apps for teachers -- tools for managing grading, seating charts, various activities, and so forth.


Apple Promotes iPhone Privacy And Sustainability In New Animated Ads, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple is highlighting some of the iPhone’s unique differentiators with a new webpage and several fun animations posted on YouTube. The page is currently live on Apple’s German website, and will likely roll out to other countries soon.

1Password For iOS Updated With Rich Text Support In Notes, Sticker Pack For Messages, Much More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Users are now able to create secure notes with headers, bold, and italic text, as well as lists, tappable links, and more.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gains Apple HomeKit Support With Software Update, by Gary Ng, iPhoneInCanada

HomeKit support means the Wemo Mini Smart Plug can now be controlled by Siri, integrated into your scenes with other HomeKit devices, plus also accessible from the Home iOS app.

7 Great AR Education Apps For Parents, Teachers And Students, by Lauren Barack, Gearbrain

These 7 AR apps are mostly free, and can be stitched into daily activities, and educational lessons, by K12 teachers and parents alike.


Apple’s Dangerous New Nanny App, by Peter Morici, MarketWatch

If we exercise self-control on their behalf—as helicopter parents too often do—then our children will less likely develop the executive skills to appropriately limit multitasking and balance priorities as adults.

Apple Watch, FitBit Could Feel Cost Of U.S. Tariffs, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

The latest round of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods could hit the Apple Watch, health trackers, streaming music speakers and other accessories assembled in China, government rulings on tariffs show.

The rulings name Apple Inc’s watch, several Fitbit Inc activity trackers and connected speakers from Sonos Inc. While consumer technology’s biggest sellers such as mobile phones and laptops so far have faced little danger of import duties, the rulings show that gadget makers are unlikely to be spared altogether and may have to consider price hikes on products that millions of consumers use every day.