The Rapid-Succession Edition Tuesday, October 1, 2019

iOS 13.1.1 And iOS 13.1.2: Apple Takes An Aggressive Update Cadence To Clean Up iOS 13, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple doesn't usually release so many updates in rapid succession. iOS 13 only launched 11 days ago, and it has already received three updates. As we noted in our review of iOS 13, it's a major and ambitious update compared to last year's iOS 12, but iOS 13 has had a relatively rocky beta period and a number of kinks that still need to be ironed out even after today's update.

Tim Cook Confirms Apple Card Will Launch In More Countries, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

"We want to offer the cards everywhere," Cook told German newspaper Bild, indicating that the plan is to make Apple Card as ubiquitous around the globe as the iPhone. Cook does warn there are many difficulties in launching a credit card, with each country having different rules and regulations relating to banking countries.

The iPhone X’s Power Button Reflects The Evolution Of The Smartphone, by Chaim Gartenberg, The verge

It was a frustrating change at first, but the difference is a positive one, I think. I use Siri for simple tasks like setting alarms and adding reminders to return Amazon packages far more than I did to turn off my phone. And putting that function in the power button — which I nearly always have a thumb on when holding my phone, even more so than the home button — makes it even more accessible. Plus, the bigger button is just more enjoyable to press, especially on brand-new devices when the click is still nice and crisp.


Apple News+ Subscription Launches In UK And Australia, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple News+, Apple's paid subscription offering content from magazines and publications has gone live in two more countries, with users in the United Kingdom and Australia now able to sign up and read from over 150 outlets via their iPhone or iPad.

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: As Always, On Point, by Michael Simon, Macworld

Of course, there are other watches that do similar things with their always-on displays, but none of the methods I’ve seen come close to this level of care. Some are hard to read, others eschew basic functionality, but Apple’s both look good and perform exactly as they should. The Series 5 display may be the same size as the Series 4, but it feels like a whole new experience. If you’re coming from a Series 3 or earlier, there’s no comparison.

Hands-On With iWork’s Multiwindow, External Drive, Full-Document Screenshot, Third-Party Font, And Dark Mode Support, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The feature that should be most useful to the greatest number of people is the new multiwindowing support on the iPad. All three apps already supported Split View, but now you can open two instances of Pages, Numbers, or Keynote side-by-side.

I often find myself borrowing elements from one spreadsheet to build a new one or reviewing a reference document in Pages or Keynote while editing another. With multiwindow support that just got a lot easier. Now you can drag tables, page elements, and slides from one instance of an iWork app to another or use one as a reference for the other.

Postbox 7 Review: A Clean, Full-featured Alternative To Apple Mail For The Mac, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of messages a day, customizing many to each recipient and creating attractive or well-formatted messages for mass distribution. Postbox 7 is tailored for people who swim in email and deal with customers, clients, and leads.

Pixelmator Photo Adds Direct iCloud Photo Library Access, Batch Editing, And New Export Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With the update, you can now now edit images in your iCloud Photo Library non-destructively without creating duplicates. There are also new batch-processing workflows and better options for exporting images. It’s an interesting mix of updates that I expect will appeal to a wide audience even though there remain iPadOS features I’d like to see adopted in the future.


Apple Is Denied Tariff Relief On Five Mac Pro Parts After Staying In Texas, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. won’t be exempted from tariffs on five Chinese-made components for the upcoming Mac Pro computer, even after the company announced it was keeping some assembly operations in the U.S.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office denied Apple’s request for relief from 25% tariffs on the much-discussed optional wheels for Apple’s Mac Pro, a circuit board for managing input and output ports, power adapter, charging cable and a cooling system for the computer’s processor.