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Apple Releases iOS And iPadOS 13.4.1, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Most notably, they address a problem caused by iOS/iPadOS 13.4 wherein users running that version could not join FaceTime calls with users running older versions of iOS or macOS—iOS 9.3.6 or OS X 10.11.6 or earlier, to be specific. Users began reporting the issue shortly after iOS 13.4 launched, and the timing was unfortunate given that users have been seeking digital ways to connect with family and friends amidst shelter-in-place orders across the world. Apple claims this issue is now fixed.

Apple Music Launches $50m Advance Fund For Independent Labels Hit By Covid-19 Impact, by Tim Ingham, Music Business Worldwide

The company is set to inform independent labels and distributors later today (April 7) that any amongst their ranks who meet a minimum quarterly threshold of $10,000 in Apple Music earnings can qualify for one-off advance payments on future royalties out of the $50m fund.


Apple is apparently telling the indies that it hopes the money will be used to “to help them pay artists and maintain operations”.

What To Do If You Break Your iPhone During A Pandemic, by Aaron Mak, Slate

Though stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders may make IT troubleshooting seem impossible, consumer tech companies have come up with a number of ways to get your devices fixed while minimizing your possible exposure to the coronavirus. Apple, for instance, has kept its online support portal running despite closing its stores. If the malfunction is purely software-related, a representative may be able to diagnose the problem and configure a fix remotely. You can also mail in your device to a repair center to address hardware issues or reference Apple’s database of authorized third-party service providers, some of which may still be open based on your location. (It’s a good idea to call ahead, though, to make sure they’re actually open before you make the trip.)


Apple Maps Emphasizes Food Delivery, Hospitals, And Pharmacies During COVID-19 Pandemic, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

When you choose the new Food Delivery category, you see all of the nearby restaurants that are open and providing delivery options. Previously, Apple Maps generally prioritized categories including Restaurants, Fast Good, Gas Stations, and Cafes.

Clips Update Adds Mickey And Minnie Mouse Stickers, Split And Duplicate Tools, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has updated its Clips app for iPhone and iPad, adding new 8-bit and Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers alongside the Split and Duplicate buttons, and support for mouse and keyboard peripherals in iPadOS 13.4.

Pixelmator Photo For iPad Brings Color Matching, Plus Trackpad Support, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Pixelmator Photo for iPad has been updated with support for trackpads and other input devices in iOS 13.4, plus new machine learning-powered features that you can use to match colors between two photos.


Apple Schedules Q2 2020 Earnings Release For April 30 After Confirming It Won't Hit Guidance, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple announced back in February that it would not hit its Q2 earnings range due to coronavirus and the associated supply constraints and economic uncertainty. Apple had forecast a wider-than-usual range revenue range for Q2, predicting revenue between $63.0 billion and $67.0 billion. But due to the effects of the coronavirus, Apple won’t hit even the lowest-end of that guidance.


Apple said in February that customer demand across the product and services categories was been “strong to date and in line with our expectations,” but things have obviously changed significantly since then. We should learn more in Apple’s earnings release and during the call with analysts and investors on April 30.

It's A "Cold War Every Day" Inside This Group At Apple, by Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed News

“There’s a Cold War going on every single day,” Archana Sabapathy, a former IS&T contractor who did two stints in the division, told me. Sabapathy’s first stint at IS&T lasted more than three years, the second only a day. Inside the division, she said, contracting companies such as Wipro, Infosys, and Accenture are constantly fighting to fill roles and win projects, which are handed out largely on the basis of how cheaply they can staff up to Apple’s needs.

“They’re just fighting for the roles,” Sabapathy told me. “That’s all they care about, not the work, not the deliverables, the effort they put in, or even talent. They’re not looking for any of those aspects.”

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