The Charging-Issues Edition Saturday, January 11, 2020

Apple Launches Replacement Program For Smart Battery Cases Designed For iPhone XS, XS Max, And XR, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple, some Smart Battery Cases can experience charging issues, including cases that will not charge or charge intermittently when plugged into power, or cases that will not charge an iPhone or charge it intermittently.

The One Remaining Use Of The Word “Macintosh”, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

My search confirmed my initial hunch that there is only one official remaining use of the word “Macintosh” by today’s Apple: the default “Macintosh HD” name of the internal drive on a new Mac. Many Mac users personalize that name immediately, although less experienced Mac users often don’t realize they’re allowed to change it.

Apple Pushes Recycling With Robot, But Mined Metals Still Needed, by Ernest Scheyder and Stephen Nellis, Reuters

Apple Inc is trying to change the way electronics are recycled with a robot that disassembles its iconic iPhone so that minerals can be recovered and reused, but rising global demand for electronics means new mines will still be needed by manufacturers.

The Cupertino, California-based company says the robot is part of its plan to become a “closed-loop” manufacturer that does not rely on the mining industry, an aggressive goal that some industry analysts have said is impossible.


Oprah Winfrey Steps Away From Russell Simmons Accuser Doc, Pulls From Apple+, by Lacey Rose, Hollywood Reporter

“I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+," Winfrey said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

A Music Artist Says Apple Music Pays Her 4 Times What Spotify Does Per Stream, And It Shows How Wildly Royalty Payments Can Vary Between Services, by Alyssa Meyers, Business Insider

"I wanted people to see the difference between all of the services," Keating said. "Down at the lower levels, no one knows what everyone else makes and no one knows what services pay. How can you make decisions if you don't know what the numbers are?"


Streaming services cut massive checks to hitmakers like Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, and other frequent chart-toppers each month, but some smaller artists like Keating feel the payment system isn't fair to them.

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I have never renamed my Machintosh HD, and now, after realizing that's the last of the Macintosh name, I'll probably never will.


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