The Still-Present Edition Monday, June 1, 2020

Apple Temporarily Closes US Retail Stores In Wake Of Widespread Looting And Protests, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple has temporarily closed the majority of its US retail stores for the safety of employees and customers as protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue to spread across the nation. [...]

Apple says store closures will last through Sunday. Some locations with extensive damage have indefinite closures listed on their webpages.

Apple's Cook Says 'Painful Past Is Still Present Today' In Memo, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said protections for people are “still not universally applied” as he discussed discrimination and inequality in the U.S. in an internal memo to employees.


The Apple executive said that the company would be donating to a number of groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit focusing on racial injustice. The iPhone maker will also offer a two-for-one match for employee donations in the month of June.

How Apple Supports LGBTQ+ During Pride Month And All Year Long, by Lory Gil, iMore

From its openly gay CEO to its yearly special edition Pride Apple Watch bands, Apple preaches about diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community and backs up those words with everyday actions. Support for diversity in the workplace is on display with its Pride parades, commitment to workers' rights, employee networks, and more.

Apple Reopening Flagship Tokyo Stores As Japan Eases Restriction, by Vlad Savov, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is set to reopen its biggest stores in Japan from midday on Wednesday, bringing its physical retail network back online in one of its biggest markets.

Shuttered after the coronavirus outbreak forced a series of restrictive measures across the country, Apple’s stores in the shopping districts of Omotesando, Ginza and Shibuya are all reopening their doors, with the biggest and latest outlet in Marunouchi joining them. All 10 of Apple’s stores in Japan will be open by midweek, after the company tentatively resumed sales at two of them a week ago.


Apple 13in MacBook Pro Review 2020: Going Out On A High?, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

To make a better laptop than this Apple will have to radically redesign the machine, so this feels like the last great version of a long-running model. It’s not exciting, nor does it reinvent the wheel but it is great – the 13in MacBook Pro many have been waiting for.

iPad Pro And Magic Keyboard: Hands-on Impressions After 6 Weeks, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

For example, if you work with a lot of text, as I do, the Magic Keyboard will likely be far more useful to you than other people. The precision offered by the trackpad while editing text is simply can’t be rivaled with touch input.


For me, the iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard serves as my go-to option for mobile editing, writing, and even podcasting when necessary. The Magic Keyboard improves my productivity in all of these areas and has become an integral part of my setup.

Is It Safe To Upgrade To Catalina 10.15.5?, by Howard Akley, The Eclectic Light Company

Catalina has many warts and minor bugs, but there are three areas which have generated the most problems: the Mail app, Time Machine, and replacement apps for iTunes.


To Move Forward, Siri Needs A Lot Of Attention, by Dan Moren, Macworld

This year, as Apple gets ready to take the wraps off iPadOS and iOS 14, the next version of macOS, and perhaps even an update to the HomePod, it seems like a good time to revisit the places where Siri still falls short.

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