The Health-and-Safety Edition Sunday, May 10, 2020

All Four Apple Stores In Switzerland Reopen May 12, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Switzerland’s four Apple Stores are set reopen on May 12 at 11:00 a.m. after closing in mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19. [...] Apple Stores in Switzerland will follow the familiar health and safety procedures outlined for previous reopenings in South Korea, Austria, and Australia.

The Secrets Behind The Runaway Success Of Apple’s AirPods, by Jeremy White, Wired

According to Joswiak, Apple “had a vision for our wireless future for many years” before the first AirPods were unveiled. “We had this incredible wireless product, the iPhone,” he says. “And yet, what began to feel odd is when you saw somebody using wired headphones. Right then you thought, why would you attach the wire?”

Roundguard On Apple Arcade Game Designer Andrea Roberts Interview, by TJ Denzer, Shacknews

We had already been working on the game for PC and consoles, but we had a lot of folks tell us they wanted Roundguard on their phone, so we knew Apple Arcade was going to be a perfect fit. The gameplay was already fairly developed at that point, so we spent most of the time in the last several months working on nailing touch controls and making sure everything was smooth and legible on the phone. Working with Apple Arcade also meant that we had enough funding for Bob to quit his job and come work full time on the game with me, which was a dream come true for us.

Spyder On Apple Arcade Lead Designer Nic Cusworth Interview, by TJ Denzer, Shacknews

When Spyder was starting out as a project we showed it to Apple and it just felt like a natural fit for Apple Arcade.

Apple is a company that truly backs creative talent, and we knew Spyder was going to be something a little different to the more standard platform/puzzle games. Working with Apple on the title gave us the confidence to really explore the possibilities of the game, knowing they fully supported the creative direction of the project.


Meeter Is A New Mac App For Quickly Joining Zoom Meetings, Google Hangouts, And More, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Meeter is a new macOS app that, once installed, will live in your Menu bar. It allows you to quickly join your scheduled calls for services like Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.


The Ideal iPhone App First-Run Experience Is None At All, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

It seems to me that the best first-run experience is to get people into the app as quickly as possible, because that’s where they want to be.

They’ve already waited long enough — finding the app, downloading it — and now you want to delay the joy even longer, and thereby tarnish or even risk it? Don’t do it!


Eric Schmidt, Who Led Google's Transformation Into A Tech Giant, Has Left The Company, by Richard Nieva, CNET

Eric Schmidt, who drove Google's transformation from Silicon Valley start-up to global titan, is no longer an adviser to the search giant and its parent Alphabet, marking another milestone in recent personnel shake-ups that've seen the company's old guard bow out.

Schmidt, tapped as Google's CEO in 2001, left his role as a technical advisor in February, according to a person familiar with the situation. His exit ends a 19-year tenure at Google, where he was brought in to be the "adult supervision" to the company's young founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Schmidt's departure comes three years after Schmidt said he was stepping down as executive chairman and would no longer serve in an operational role.