The Grace-Period Edition Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Apple Offers Extended Return Period Due To Store Closures, Will Accept Returns Two Weeks After Stores Reopen, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

When it comes to returns, Apple says that it will accept returns for up to 14 days after its stores reopen, giving customers who need to return a product or an accessory a grace period while the stores are shut down.


As for repairs, Apple says that it is working to complete all repairs and that if a device is awaiting parts or is ready for pickup, an Apple employee will be in touch. Apple Stores have kept some staff available for customers to pick up devices on March 15 or 16 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Apple Website Banner Now Says Retail Stores Are Closed ‘Until Further Notice’, by Benjamin Mayo

It seems Apple is bracing for the likely scenario in which it will need to extend the deadline further. The global coronavirus pandemic continues to impact more and more industries, with no clear end date.

Apple’s Chinese Website Leaks Four New iPad Pro Models, by Gary Ng, iPhone In Canada

Apple’s iPad user manual in China lists the following iPad Pro configurations with model numbers “A2229” seen today, along with others: A2228; A2231; A2233. These represent 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


Universal To Offer $20 iTunes Rentals Of Movies Still In Theaters Starting This Week, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Universal Studios has announced today that it is planning to release movies that are still in theaters on iTunes and other services starting this week. This announcement comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with theaters limiting attendance and even shutting down completely.


Phones Could Track The Spread Of Covid-19. Is It A Good Idea?, by Will Knight, Wired

In 2011, two scientists at Cambridge University in the UK devised a clever way to measure and model the spread of the flu—an app called FluPhone that used Bluetooth and other wireless signals as a proxy for interactions between people, and asked users to report flu-like symptoms.

If you’d had lunch with someone who later got sick, FluPhone would let you know. Besides slowing the spread of the flu, the app promised to help health authorities monitor and model the spread of influenza. FluApp made headlines and the front page of the BBC website at the time. But in the end fewer than 1 percent of people in Cambridge signed up to use it.

As the deadly Covid-19 respiratory virus stalks the US, some techies suggest using smartphones to track and report transmissions. The idea raises many questions, including how well such a system would actually work, whether it might sow unnecessary alarm or confusion, and whether such tools might enable unwanted corporate or government surveillance.

Apple Park Employees Told To Shelter In Place As San Francisco Enacts Coronavirus Lockdown, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area issued a shelter in place mandate to residents on Monday in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, likely impacting employees at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif.

Bottom of the Page

I do try very hard to reduce my anxiety level these days. Here are some of the things that I do:

a) Listen to audiobooks that has nothing to do with current affairs. (Right now, I am listening to Anthony Horowitz's The House of Silk.)

b) Listen to podcasts that has nothing to do with current affairs. And, be prepared to just skip forward some minutes or maybe just skip to the next podcast episode.

c) Play New York Times' Sudoku.

d) Take long walks while doing either (a) or (b).


Thanks for reading. Stay safe, stay healthy.