The People-Said Edition Thursday, August 22, 2019

Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro, by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning to announce three new iPhones at an event next month, according to people familiar with the situation. The handsets will likely go on sale in September, contributing to fiscal fourth-quarter sales. But the real test will come in the crucial holiday season. That’s when the company is banking on a combination of new hardware, software and services to drive revenue higher, following a huge miss at the end of last year.

Also coming in 2019: refreshed versions of the iPad Pro with upgraded cameras and faster chips, an entry-level iPad with a larger screen, new versions of the Apple Watch, and the first revamp to the MacBook Pro laptop in three years, the people said.

It’s Time To Admit We Overreacted About U2 Putting A Free Album On Our Phones, by Steven Hyden, Uproxx

The most ominous implication from the harshest critics of the Songs Of Innocence giveaway basically boiled down to a variation of the “slippery slope” argument: If Apple would dare do this, what could possibly be next? Would we all be forced to hear the next Coldplay album? Would the latest iteration of the iPhone be brought to you by the bros from Mumford And Sons? Could Apple figure out a way to implant the next Imagine Dragons single in our brains?

Thankfully, none of these soft-rock doomsday scenarios came to pass. After Songs Of Innocence, it was clear that any band attempting something similarly brazen probably would be killed in the press. But technology, along with listener habits, also moved on. Just five years later, the idea of curating a music collection on your phone is kind of quaint for the average listener. In the streaming era, every album appears on your phone, week after week.

Sign In With Apple: Goodbye Account Management, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Sign In with Apple is a modern alternative to the current mess of login methods, offering Apple users a solution that addresses the current options’ shortfalls. It makes account creation and sign-in trivially simple – even more so than buttons from Google or Facebook – while also keeping your data in the hands of a company with a decent privacy track record.

When apps update to adopt Sign In with Apple, I suspect many users’ initial thoughts will be some variation of what immediately popped into my mind after trying it for the first time: “Where has this been all my life?”


Apple Shares Details On Cleaning And Protecting Your Apple Card In New Support Document, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple says that household cleaners, abrasives, solvents, ammonia, aerosol sprays and compressed air must be avoided, and warns that some fabrics, such as leather and denim, have the potential to cause permanent discoloration.


The Apple Card should be stored in a wallet, pocket, or bag constructed from soft materials, and it should not touch another credit card because doing so could cause scratching.

Zagg Folio Keyboard Case For iPad Mini 5 Review: Like A Book-sized MacBook, by Leif Johnson, Macworld

If you’re looking for a case that lets the iPad mini act like a little MacBook, this is a good case to bring home.