The Of-the-Past Edition Thursday, October 24, 2019

With iPadOS 13, The iPad Seems Safe For College Students, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The arrival of iPadOS 13 was actually the thing that tipped me over into believing that it really would be perfectly reasonable to take an iPad to school as your primary device. Every time I tried to picture being in school with an iPad, I’d flash back to all the times I’d tried to get something done on my own iPad only to find a webpage that simply wouldn’t work right, or wouldn’t provide a fully functional desktop version to an iPad. But the desktop browsing feature of Safari in iPadOS 13 suggested that limitation would finally be a thing of the past.

The Shadowy Consortium That Controls Emoji, by Micah Hauser, New Republic

Most of our digital conversations are mediated and monitored by corporations and governments; this is hardly a revelation. But Apple doesn’t own the letter A. It does own smiley face with hearts and all the rest. We have, in a sense, begun to cede to corporations the building blocks of speech—and thought—itself. A friend of mine recently described a mildly horrifying feedback loop: “Now, when I experience a tender moment, instead of sending an emoji, I imagine myself as the crying cat.”

Apple Marks First Year Of Its Entrepreneur Camp Training Program, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Celebrating its work with companies founded and led by women, Apple says it has seen 100 entrepreneurs from 13 countries attend its program of coding, support and mentorship. Applications to join in the second year are now open.


Apple TV App Launches On Amazon Fire TV Devices, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple today released the Apple TV app for Amazon TV devices, starting with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the older HD model. Support for Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (3rd generation penchant design) and some other models is coming soon.

Mophie’s Beefy iPhone 11 Battery Case Adds Hours Of Life, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

The latest Mophie Juice Pack Access both protects and extends the battery life of any of the new iPhone 11 models without blocking the Lightning port.

GameClub Launches A Subscription Service That Revives A Growing Catalog Of 70 Classic iOS Games, by John Voorhees, MacStories

GameClub was not the way I pictured that iOS game preservation might finally become a reality, but the development is nonetheless encouraging. That’s because it demonstrates that back catalog games still have value, and when combined with the latest business models permitted in the App Store, classic games can have newfound longevity.


Apple's 'The Morning Show' Was Only Going To Touch On #MeToo. She Fought To Make It The Focus, by Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times

“I’m about to go on a ride I’ve never been on,” Kerry Ehrin says inside her office on the Sony lot in Culver City.

The 59-year-old writer and producer is hardly a novice, with credits that include “Friday Night Lights” and “Bates Motel.” But for the past 15 months or so she’s been on the suspenseful tick, tick, tick climb up the first peak of television’s newest attraction, Apple TV+, as the showrunner of the company’s most anticipated series and perhaps her highest-profile project to date: “The Morning Show.”