The Optimized-for-Mac Edition Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Why 'Appification' Is The Real Threat Facing The Mac, by Anders Lundberg, Macworld UK

Apple's biggest challenge is creating incentives for developers to make their apps objectively better, and properly optimised for the Mac. It may not be possible to prevent bad apps from becoming profitable - a utopia where every app in the store is fantastic and no one tries to make money on cheap tricks is too much to hope for - but somehow it must be profitable for developers to care.

The results will be something completely different from the Mac we've known and loved for almost 40 years, but it can still be good.

After The Mac's Processors, Apple's Next Transition Is Apps, by Michael Simon, Macworld

It might not have gotten its own segment during the WWDC keynote, but Apple laid down the tracks for a major shift away from traditional apps over the next several years. It won’t be as sudden or even as quick as the move to Apple’s silicon, but before long apps aren’t going to be something we need to download before we can use them. Rather they’re going to be ever-present, glanceable, dynamic, and agnostic extensions that adapt to both our location and the device we’re using without needing to visit a store.

Apple Re-closes Texas Stores, Including Two In San Antonio, by Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News

Apple has temporarily closed its Texas stores once again as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to surge.

All 17 of the company’s Texas locations are shuttered until further notice, including two stores in San Antonio — at the Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall.


Apple Music's 'Africa Rising' Program Highlights Emerging African Artists, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple Music this week launched a new artist discovery initiative and accompanying playlist that will highlight artists and musicians from Africa.

As part of the "Africa Rising" program, the Apple Music editorial team will select an artist from the continent to highlight every two months. A companion playlist will also feature songs from some of Africa's newest emerging artists.

Hands-on: Logitech MX Master 3, MX Keys, And K380 Keyboard, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

Today Logitech is releasing Mac-flavored iterations of a few of its most popular peripherals. The MX Master 3 for Mac is the latest iteration of the popular wireless mouse for creative professionals, sporting a Mac-friendly space gray exterior and USB-C to USB-C cable for easy recharging. MX Keys is a wireless keyboard with Mac-centric keys and built-in person-sensing backlight. It too comes with a space gray exterior and is the perfect companion for the MX Master 3.

Apps We’re Trying: GoodLinks, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

GoodLinks’ quick share sheet saving extension, great reading mode, cross-platform compatibility, and extensive action support make it a better read-it-later app for me.

Portrait Mode Videos Come To iPhone With Focos Live App, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Focos Live allows you to shoot wide aperture with Bokeh effect videos for iPhones “on dual camera, triple camera, and front Face ID camera.”


How We Shot The Talk Show Remote From WWDC 2020, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I have good news and bad news. The good news is the answer is very simple and doesn’t require any expensive equipment. The bad news is it’s a lot of work.

Apple Assessing New Hong Kong Law As Others Pause Data Responses, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. said it is “assessing” a new Hong Kong security law that has sparked concern about criminalizing protests.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant also said it has not received requests for Hong Kong user data since the law kicked in last week, and noted that it doesn’t get requests directly from the government there.

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Even though iPad Pros exist, I hope Apple will still go ahead and make a Mac that is as light and as portable as an iPad Pro.


Thanks for reading.