The iTunes-Ping Edition Friday, December 14, 2018

Apple Music Removes Ability For Artists To Post To Connect, Posts Removed From Artist Pages And For You, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple Music Connect appears to slowly be going the way of iTunes Ping. Apple has started notifying Apple Music artists that it is removing the ability for artists to post content to Apple Music Connect, and previously posted Apple Music Connect content is being removed from the For You section and Artist Pages in Apple Music. Connect content will still be viewable through search results on Apple Music, but Apple is removing artist-submitted Connect posts from search in May.

Fall In Love, Again

iOS 12 Surprisingly Breathes New Life Into My iPhone 5S, by Patrick Holland, CNDT

I absolutely love the blocky, petite iPhone 5S. Second to the discontinued 4-inch iPhone SE, the 5S is one of the last truly small smartphones. But Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away. Despite discontinuing the iPhone 5S/SE form factor, the company gave iPhone 5S users a glorious gift: iOS 12.

In the past, if you had an old iPhone, updating to the latest operating system was a bit of a gamble. Software bugs might pop up or performance might slow down. But iOS 12 does the opposite. It's not a glitzy feature-packed update. Instead, it does a lot of behind-the-scene housekeeping that actually makes the iPhone 5S faster. It's a welcomed update and I definitely recommend downloading it.

The New Apple Pencil Made Me A Believer, by Jason Snell, Macworld

What I’m saying is, if you can find an app that does a great job supporting the Apple Pencil, you may fall in love with it—even if you’ve not been a fan of the Pencil up to now. In fact, I’m now intrigued by what other apps out there might make me appreciate the Pencil even more. Given my success with an audio app, I’m starting to wonder if video-editing apps might be a possibility.

Apple and Qualcomm and China

Apple To Push Software Update In China As Qualcomm Case Threatens Sales Ban, by Adam Jourdan, Stephen Nellis, Reuters

Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues.

Apple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the firm said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

“Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones,” the iPhone maker said in the Dec. 10 filing to the court. The document was submitted in Mandarin with an English translation that Bloomberg verified. Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment.


“Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm,” the company said in the filing. The Chinese government “may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses” from the iPhone ban because of lost taxes from sales of the devices, it said, citing estimates of 50 million units sold in the country in 2017.

Qualcomm Seeks China Sales Ban On iPhone XS And XR, by Yuan Yang, Financial Times

“We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models,” Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the Financial Times.

Mr Jiang said additional suits covering Apple’s new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models were pending in courts in Beijing, Qingdao and Guangzhou.


Agenda 4.0 Brings Support For File Attachments, Improved iOS Automation, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Agenda has the best implementation of adding image and file attachments I've seen in a note-taking app for iOS. Attachments can be added either by dragging them into Agenda (on iPad) or picking them from buttons that have been added to the copy & paste menu.

Taking Notes On An iPad With LiquidText, by MacDrifter

The most basic capability of LiquidText is extracting and highlighting PDFs. Highlights aren't that novel but the way LiquidText extracts annotations is marvelously unique. With an Apple Pencil, or a finger, I can select text in the PDF and instantly extract a linked note. LiquidText preserves the connection to the original document. Tapping the annotation in the sidebar immediately scrolls the main document and shows where it is linked.

Architects And The New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?, by Becky Quintal, ArchDaily

This powerful constellation of tools has the possibility of spawning a different, more efficient, mobile and imaginative workflow. If it takes off, this new suite of apps will facilitate a design process that is as smart as it is soft and experiential. Since architects frequently welcome new technology, it's not hard to imagine a future of architecture firms filled with desktops, sketchbooks...and tablets.


Apple Activates Mac App Store Analytics In App Store Connect, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Analytics include the number of times an app was seen on the App Store, product page views and downloads by new customers. Sales numbers for in-app purchases and paying users are also available for developer perusal, Apple says, as are other unspecified metrics.

Bottom of the Page

Rather than relying on artists to create content for Apple Music Connect, maybe Apple should try employing people to create content for the next iteration of its music social network?


Christmas is almost here, and I'm now seeing websites that have added snowmen and snowwomen and snowflakes that litter my screen. And I've noticed that some of these snowflakes do not actually obey the laws of physics. Either that, or there are many strange winds blowing across our lands.


Thanks for reading.