The Query-Your-Location Edition Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The iPhone 11 Pro’s Location Data Puzzler, by Brian Krebs, Krebs On Security

One of the more curious behaviors of Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro is that it intermittently seeks the user’s location information even when all applications and system services on the phone are individually set to never request this data. Apple says this is by design, but that response seems at odds with the company’s own privacy policy.


Apple has not yet responded to follow-up questions, but it seems they are saying their phones have some system services that query your location regardless of whether one has disabled this setting individually for all apps and iOS system services.

Apple Acknowledges Issue With Some Entry-Level 2019 13-Inch MacBook Pro Models Unexpectedly Shutting Down, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple today posted a new support document outlining troubleshooting steps for users experiencing problems with unexpected shutdowns on the entry-level 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which was introduced back in July.


Apple News Launches Daily Email Newsletter, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple News is expanding its mail notifications with a new ‘Good Morning’ daily newsletter. Previously, users could opt in to receive email alerts from Apple News about select featured stories. The company appears to be formalizing that into a regular daily newsletter.

Apple says it will bring top news, analysis, and fascinating features every morning, collating the ‘best stories from the most trusted sources’.

A Review Of The 16-inch MacBook Pro, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

These are the six main areas of differences between the desktop Magic Keyboard and the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s Magic Keyboard. How each category of differences affects you will be very, very personal — to me, the warmth of the laptop and the squishy, cushioned feel at the bottom of each keystroke make this a very inviting keyboard to use each day.

iPadOS Vs A MacBook Pro In All The Tasks That Really Matter, by David Nield, Gizmodo

At times it feels like Apple wants to present the iPad as the future of computing or whatever’s after computing, but it’s not going to want to ditch its MacBooks any time soon—and the way that iPadOS is right now, it’s in no danger of having to do that. The OS makes iPads better than ever at doing a variety of jobs on the go, but that extra screen real estate, the sophistication of top-end desktop software, and the precision of a mouse (or trackpad) and keyboard mean professional users are only going to make one choice.

Adobe Photoshop For iPad, by Shelby Tupper, PC Magazine

Adobe is taking deliberately small steps with this much-anticipated iPad version of its flagship Photoshop image-editing application. The result is some pretty harsh criticism from those who took the company's promise of "full Photoshop on the iPad" at face value and expected exactly that from the outset. But part of the company's approach stems from a wish to address the justified perception that Photoshop on the desktop is a cumbersome learn. Nevertheless, if you want to feel closer to your pixels, you should download and install this initial release of Adobe Photoshop on the iPad and nuzzle up. This built-from-scratch app offers the basics as well as some of the most-loved features of desktop Photoshop.

Transit Is Back On Apple Watch After Two Years Away, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

One of those is more detailed information on future arrival times as well as a map to make sure you don't get lost on the way to your next bus or train. The app will also notify users if a trip is wheelchair-friendly, too.


Apple Says It Cares About The Climate. So Why Does It Cost The Earth To Repair My Macbook?, by Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

The fact that it is so hard to repair the things we supposedly own makes me angry at the best of times. But, on Monday, I became particularly apoplectic. Scrolling though Twitter, I noticed a sanctimonious tweet by Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Humanity has never faced a greater or more urgent threat than climate change,” he noted. “Apple will continue our work to leave the planet better than we found it ...”

To quote the great Greta Thunberg: how dare you? Seriously, Apple, how dare you take the higher ground vis-a-vis the climate crisis when you make it so difficult to repair rather than replace?

Why I Listen To Podcasts At 1x Speed, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

I’ll miss things, and that’s totally fine. But, in the meantime, I get to listen to the human voice somewhat close to realistically, with its the natural human pauses, with its rhythms and flows relatively unmediated and natural. Its warmth and music means so much more to me than being caught up.

Instagram, My Daughter And Me, by Duff McDonald, Wired

My daughter was just 3 years old when the marriage ended, and the first eight pictures I posted were of her. Like many parents, I saw Instagram as a way to share pictures of her with my family, particularly my mother, who lives 500 miles away.

But I was also posting them for myself. I only have my daughter with me two out of every 14 days, and I miss her every single day that she is not with me. It’s painful. What Instagram has allowed me to do is to employ a kind of digital physics, to warp my experience of space and time in my favor. In the offline world, I spend precious hours with her and then she disappears. But online, she is with me again when I post, and then again each time I receive a notification that someone has reacted to that post. It’s like the universe sending me an echo of the moment.

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Yes, I listen to my audiobooks and podcasts at regular 1x speed too. And I also don't skip silence. The space between is important too. (So, please, don't over-edit.)


Thanks for reading.