The Trust-Apple Edition Thursday, August 16, 2018

The One Extremely Simple Step That Apple Could Take To Protect Our Location Privacy, by Will Oremus, Slate

[Apple] said it couldn’t comment on what features or settings might come in future versions of iOS. But a representative clarified that the company sees its main goal as protecting users’ location privacy without them having to think about it on a regular basis—an approach it refers to as privacy by design. That’s why its location-privacy settings are geared toward keeping a lid on users’ location data via local storage and fine-grained app permissions, rather than making it easier for them to turn it on and off manually on a routine basis.

It’s clear that Apple is thinking seriously about users’ location privacy. But the AP report about Google’s misleading tracking underscores how vulnerable iOS users remain to tracking and profiling by even reputable third parties, even if they trust Apple itself.

The Apple I Knew…, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

I’m not saying I need a brand new Watch when I walk out of the store the day I go in with the problem. But it doesn’t seem unreasonable that they’ll fix it for free if I tell them I didn’t break it. Yes, people lie. And Apple has no reason to trust me, Mr. Random Consumer. But it feels like the old Apple would have trusted me. Because is it worth it to investigate a claim from a customer who bought your brand new, state-of-the-art product less than a year ago?

Apple's Growth Story, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

Much of Cook's optimism around smartphones is supported by recent Apple financial trends as revenue growth has been driven primarily by iPhone, with Services and wearables serving in more supporting roles.

However, this doesn't mean that Apple is betting on iPhone over the long run. In fact, over the next few quarters, it is reasonable to expect that iPhone will become less of a growth driver for Apple, with the growth spotlight turning to digital content distribution and wearables as Apple's primary growth engines.

Beta Track

Apple’s Group FaceTime Delay Is The Right Move. Here’s Why, by Jason Snell, Macworld

The first step is not releasing buggy software. The next step is being a better judge of what features can be shipped in a given timeframe, so Apple can stop making promises it can’t keep. That’s a much harder, more complex challenge—but it’s something Apple should work to change.


Use Photos To Fit Event Photos Into A Single Timeline, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Most cameras embed time data on every file they take, which is great, but whenever I try to mix photos from multiple sources in one place, I end up discovering all the ways that the clocks don’t match. [...]

Anyway, as a user of Photos for Mac, I end up needing to figure out how to get the times of the various cameras at an event adjusted and in sync. To do this, I use two tools: Smart Albums and the Adjust Date and Time command.

Hands On: Scrivener 3.03 Is The Best Tool For Writing Books, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

So just as you know writing a book is a long task, don't regard the publishing part of the job as being an easy one.

Having Scrivener and Vellum talking to one another is a boon, and can make the road easier.

How To Use 1Password As A Digital Will, by The Sweet Setup

While death is a grave topic that isn’t fun to discuss, it’s also a reality that no one can avoid. In order to prepare for this and ensure that the systems and services we use are accessible to your family in such an event, we believe that 1Password is the perfect place to store this private information alongside your digital keyring.

Tweetbot Loses Timeline Streaming, Activity/stats Tab, And Apple Watch App Over Twitter API Change, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Tapbots has released an updated version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad that removes or degrades lots of useful features due to Twitter’s API change set to occur tomorrow. Due to the API changes, Tweetbot’s Apple Watch app which focused largely on showing alert activity has also been removed.


Collaborate, But Only Intermittently, Says New Study: The March Toward Always-on Technology May Hinder Groups' Ability To Solve Complex Problems, by Science Daily

Bernstein and his co-authors see a number of workplace implications for these findings, including the advantages of alternating independent efforts with group work over a period of time to get optimal benefits. In some ways, that's how work has been done in organizations -- with individuals working alone, then coming together in a meeting, then returning to work alone, etc. But those cycles are being broken by the constant advancement of technology. "As we replace those sorts of intermittent cycles with always-on technologies, we might be diminishing our capacity to solve problems well," Bernstein notes.

The Easiest Way To Keep Your Web Apps Accessible, by Jason Rodriguez, LogRocket

Keeping increasingly complex web apps accessible is a necessity. Fortunately, there is one thing you can do to keep any web app accessible to as many users as possible, and lessen the burden of development and maintenance for yourself, too.

Just use text.


How WeChat Became China’s No. 1 Super-app, by Iris Deng, South China Morning Post

Many people outside China either still haven’t heard of WeChat or they think it’s the country’s equivalent of popular messaging service WhatsApp or social media giant Facebook. For many people in China, WeChat is much more – it is not an overstatement to say it’s an indispensable part of their everyday lives.

WeChat, or Weixin as it’s known in China, began life in a southern corner of the country at the Tencent Guangzhou Research and Project centre in October 2010. Since then, it has grown into the most popular mobile app in the country with over 1 billion monthly active users who chat, play games, shop, read news, pay for meals and post their thoughts and pictures. Today, you can even book a doctor’s appointment or arrange a time slot to file for a divorce at the civil affairs authority.

Twitter’s Misguided Quest To Become A Forum For Everything, by John Herrman, New York Times

The internet of old — composed largely of thousands of scattered communities populated by people who shared interests, identities, causes or hatreds — has been mostly paved over by the social-media giants. In this new landscape, basic intelligible concepts of community become alien: The member becomes the user; the peer becomes the follower; and the ban becomes not exile, but death. It is not surprising that the angriest spirits of the old web occasionally manifest in the new one. But what’s striking is how effectively they can haunt it, and how ill-equipped it is to deal with them.

Bottom of the Page

I am not going to spend all that money to get a driving license just to buy an Apple Car. Just saying.


Thanks for reading.