The New-Controllers Edition Thursday, September 5, 2019

Apple Hits Restart On Game Controller Support, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The latest cause for optimism is Apple’s announcement at WWDC this past June that iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS would all support the Sony DualShock 4 and Bluetooth-based Xbox controllers when Apple’s OSes are updated this fall. The reaction from developers and other observers was a combination of surprise and excitement that was uncannily similar to the MFi announcement in 2013. Yet, the news begs the question: ‘How is this time any different?’ The answer to that question lies in how the new controllers work and the role they will play in Arcade.

Apple's Catalyst Polarizes Developers Ahead Of iOS 13, Catalina Launch, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Every single developer we approached, across iOS and Mac, has seriously looked at Catalyst. A surprisingly high proportion simply have no use for it, because they've already got Mac apps in development.

For others, though, Catalyst is the reason they began considering making a Mac version —even if some developers soon decided to stop, and others are choosing to postpone the work until they've exploited all the new benefits in iOS 13 and iPad OS 13.

iCloud Clusterfuck, by Craig Hockenberry,

Anyone who’s not a developer, and hasn’t been burned by a bad OS, does not know the kind of trouble that lies ahead. It’s irresponsible for Apple to release a public beta with known issues in iCloud. It’s doubly egregious to then promote that release with an email campaign to customers. For a company that prides itself in presenting a unified front, it sure looks like the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.

How To Flip An App For Profit, by Becky Hansmeyer

Background used to be a good app. You can tell from its early reviews that its users genuinely enjoyed browsing and making use of its hand-curated selection of iPhone wallpapers. In fact, its reviews are generally positive up until late June, when an update began causing some issues. From that point on it becomes clear that Background is no longer owned or updated by its original developer. It’s been flipped.

So how does an app get flipped? Read on to discover the ultimate secret to making millions on the iOS App Store.

Rumor Today

Apple Working On In-Display Fingerprint ID For Future iPhones, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is developing in-screen fingerprint technology for as early as its 2020 iPhones, according to people familiar with the plans. The technology is in testing both inside Apple and among the company’s overseas suppliers, though the timeline for its release may slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private work.


The upcoming fingerprint reader would be embedded in the screen, letting a user scan their fingerprint on a large portion of the display, and it would work in tandem with the existing Face ID system, the people familiar with Apple’s plans said.


Apple Music Releases Up Next Live EPs Following Summer Concert Series At Apple Stores , by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Over the summer, Apple held a series of Up Next Live concerts at Apple Stores around the world. The series wrapped up last weekend with a performance by Khalid at Apple Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. Now, Apple has released a collection of seven live EPs on Apple Music covering the summer concert series.

Bear 1.7 Brings Note Locking, New Themes, Emoji Auto-Complete, And More, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

The update enables locking individual notes, or locking access to the app altogether, it brings two new themes and 33 new tagcons, there’s now emoji auto-complete, live note links, Apple Watch improvements, and more.


On The Many NetNewsWire Feature Requests To Show Full Web Pages, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Having boundaries means we can concentrate on doing a great job at the things that do belong in the app.


DRM Broke Its Promise, by Cory Doctorow, Locus Magazine

We gave up on owning things – property now being the exclusive purview of transhuman immortal colony organisms called corporations – and we were promised flexibility and bargains. We got price-gouging and brittle­ness.

A Decade Of Music Is Lost On Your iPod. These Are The Deleted Years. Now Let Us Praise Them., by Dave Holmes, Esquire

Now, listen: I can tell you my favorite music from 1987, because I still have my Replacements, George Michael, and Tommy Keene records. I know my favorite music from 1997, because I’m hoarding CD booklets overstuffed with post-Oasis Britpop, Ben Folds Five, and Soul Coughing. I can call my favorite music from 2017 right up on my phone, because I make year-end playlists in both Apple Music and Spotify and post them on Twitter at Christmas (which I think we can agree is not the same as burning a CD).

But if you ask me to name my favorite songs from 2007, I might need to use a lifeline. The music of the mid-aughts to early-teens is largely gone, lost down a new-millennium memory hole. There is a moment that whizzed right past us with no cassettes, discs, or Shazam queries through which to remember it. These are the Deleted Years, and we need to start honoring this period, right now, before we forget it forever.

Why Phones That Secretly Listen To Us Are A Myth, by Joe Tidy, BBC

The results won't surprise those in the information security industry who've known for years that the truth is that tech giants know so much about us that they don't actually need to listen to our conversations to serve us targeted adverts.

Bottom of the Page

I'm probably not buying new phones this year. I am trying to get my iPhone X to last three years. (Current battery capacity: 91%. Current pre-event temptation level: 0%) And I hope there is a design refresh by next year.

I'm wishing for a lighter iPhone.


Thanks for reading.