The Severity-of-Issue Edition Thursday, October 3, 2019

Apple Creates iOS 13/iPadOS/macOS 10.15 Catalina Upgrade Mess And Potential Data Loss, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Apple's new Reminders app for iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina isn't compatible with earlier versions of iOS and macOS. Problem is, the current release version of macOS is the earlier version, so while you can upgrade your iPhones and iPads to use the new Reminders, your Mac will be left out of the equation.

Apple does warn users about this issue, but it's likely that users either will misunderstand the issue, or not appreciate the severity of the issue.

Apple Bans Hong Kong Protest Location App, by BBC

Apple has removed a crowd-sourced app that tracks the location of protesters and police in Hong Kong.

For some, the app was seen as a way for protesters to stay safe, while others saw it as a way to evade the police.

Apple told app creators it "facilitates, enables, or encourages an activity that is not legal" - but it is still available on Google's app store.

How A 14-Year-Old Designer Became Part Of Apple's Splashy New Gaming Service, by Patrick Klepek, Vice

“When I saw the Apple Arcade announcement in March I dropped everything and decided to build a whole new game for Arcade,” he told VICE via email. “I thought that the games that really fit Apple Arcade will probably be designed for it from the ground up, so I came up with a stealth game that would work on all the Arcade platforms.”

New In-ear AirPods With Noise Cancelling Found In iOS 13.2 Beta, by Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac

Rumors about new Apple AirPods with noise canceling aren’t exactly new, dating back a couple of years. But now a glyph found in iOS 13.2 reveals what the new AirPods with noise canceling will look like.


I’m A Safari Truther Now, by Dave Gershgorn, Medium

Apple obviously has the advantage here. It makes Safari, and also makes the operating system Safari lives on, as well as the hardware that the operating system runs on. It can build all three of these components to work more efficiently together, and it does.

This iPad Mini Keyboard Makes For A Surprisingly Great Tiny Laptop, by Sam Byford, The Verge

I love tiny computers, and the Zagg Folio turns the iPad mini into a great one. This isn’t a product I’d use every week or even every month, but I would happily take this along with me whenever I’m traveling light and when my iPad Pro would be overkill.

GoodNotes Adds Superior Multiwindowing, Dark Mode, And OCR Scanning, by John Voorhees, MacStories

What makes GoodNotes special is not just the sheer number of unique ways to open a second window for the app, though that’s impressive in itself, but the thoughtfulness of its execution. In every corner of the app where you might want to move a folder, document, page, or bit of data into a new window or document, you can. The result is a level of flexibility that even Apple’s own iWork suite doesn’t match, further cementing GoodNotes as my favorite app for taking handwritten notes.

Get Your Virtual Crayons Out With Lake Colouring Book App, by Marie Boran, Irish Times

The reason Lake works so well is because it has tablet-friendly features: activate automatic colouring inside the lines and swipe and swish your chosen colours without making a mess. The best part is the opportunity to colour some gorgeous original illustrations from emerging artists around the world. Between the paintbrush, pen, spray paint and fill tools, it’s easy to do justice to landscapes, cute doodles and intricate floral sketches alike.


Apple's Swift Being Taught Across Europe In EU Code Week, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

This month, the European Union is running its annual series of Code Week initiatives with projects taking place between October 5 and 20. Apple is championing the EU's campaign which sees both its Swift language and Everyone Can Code events involved.

'Sign In With Apple' Better But Not Perfect, Says OpenID Foundation Head, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

"We applaud your team's efforts in quickly addressing the critical security and compatibility gaps identified and successfully implementing them while Sign In with Apple is still in beta," wrote Sakimura. "Now users will no longer be limited to where they can use the service and they can have confidence in their security and privacy. Furthermore, Sign In with Apple is now interoperable with widely available OpenID Connect Relying Party software."

Sakimura concludes by asking Apple to "continue working through the issues identified."


People Are Typing On Their Smartphones Almost As Fast As On Keyboards Now, by Matthew Gault, Vice

A good typist can type around 100 words per minute (WPM) on a desktop keyboard, but most of us only type around 35-65 WPM. According to the research, people using two thumbs can achieve typings speeds averaging 38 WPM on smartphones.

“[That’s] only about 25% slower than the typing speeds we observed in a similar large-scale study of physical keyboards," Anna Feit, a researcher at ETH Zürich and co-author of the study said in a statement. Feit said the number of people who can achieve speeds of 100 WPM on a keyboard is decreasing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Wades Into Supreme Court Fight Over DACA, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. executives Tim Cook and Deirdre O’Brien waded into the battle over Dreamers, filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In its brief, Apple profiled five DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, and said it employs 443 of these people from more than 25 countries. “We are distressed at the prospect of ripping our DACA colleagues from the fabric of our company,” the executives wrote. “This issue is a moral one: Our country made a deal with a highly vulnerable population interested in a bright future, and we should keep that deal.”

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Microsoft sure is doing this embrace, extend, and extinguish thing at an extremely slow pace nowadays, isn't it? :-)


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