The Unique-and-Creative Edition Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Apple Shares Resources For Parents And Teachers As Part Of Its Racial Equity And Justice Initiative, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The new project was announced by Apple’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, on Twitter. The new resources for educators come as part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, allowing parents and teachers to find unique and creative ways for students to learn about race, injustice, and inequality.

Display Zoom Reveals New iPhone Resolution, by Benjamin Mayo

As tested by 9to5Mac in the iOS Simulator, and as seen by taking a screenshot on the iPhone 11 Pro in Zoomed mode, the never-before-seen resolution is 960x2079 (or 320x693 at 3x scale). That’s the same width as the old 4-inch phones. Odds on, this is the resolution of the new 5.4-inch iPhone, which will be one of four iPhone 12 models coming this fall.

Never Raised Commissions, Never Added Fees

Apple’s Cook Says App Store Opened ‘Gate Wider’ For Developers, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

“In the more than a decade since the App Store debuted, we have never raised the commission or added a single fee. In fact, we have reduced them for subscriptions and exempted additional categories of apps,” Cook wrote. “The App Store evolves with the times, and every change we have made has been in the direction of providing a better experience for our users and a compelling business opportunity for developers.”

App Store Chief Says Apple Aimed To Level Playing Field For Developers, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

“One of the things we came up with is, we’re going to treat all apps in the App Store the same - one set of rules for everybody, no special deals, no special terms, no special code, everything applies to all developers the same. That was not the case in PC software. Nobody thought like that. It was a complete flip around of how the whole system was going to work,” Schiller said.

Emmy Nods

Apple, With A Big Bet On Streaming, Gets A Shock From The Emmys. Disney Gets A Boost., by Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post

At a time of darkness for Disney, its movies out of theaters and theme parks embattled, the conglomerate was granted a major gift: a place at the table at television’s most exclusive club and a chance to bill its heavily capitalized streaming service as more than just a destination for Disneyheads.

For Apple, on the other hand, the news was a harsh and potentially strategy-changing reminder that the money and brand ubiquity that has helped it come to dominate the tech sector isn’t having close to the same impact in Hollywood.

Apple TV+ Earns Over A Dozen Emmy Nominations For 'The Morning Show,' 'Defending Jacob,' And More, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Apple TV+ has earned its first Emmy nominations this morning, with nominations for “The Morning Show,” “Central Park,” “Defending Jacob,” “The Elephant Queen,” and “The Beastie Boys Story.”


Apple Store Field Trips Will Be Replaced With A New Educational Experience, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

While Today at Apple has returned online with virtual sessions and will someday return to physical Apple Stores, the Apple Field Trip program will not. Apple today removed its Field Trip registration system and noted that customers can no longer book sessions. “Stay tuned,” Apple says, for “a new educational experience.”

Due For Mac Modernized With New Design And Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

If you’re not familiar with Due, the app’s strength is the ability to create reminders and timers quickly. Reminders can be one-off or repeating events and can be entered using natural language syntax that auto-populates the due date and time field.

A Budgeting App For People Who Hate Budgeting, by Angelica Leicht, Komando

Nudget is a financial app available for iPhone coined the “the budgeting app for the rest of us.” It’s geared toward people who want to get their finances in order but dislike the process of tracking, entering and calculating purchases and other expenditures.


Apple Updates Apple Music Toolbox With New Tools And Banners For Marketers, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced several updates to its Apple Music Marketing Tools today. The changes are designed to make it easier for publishers and marketers to link to Apple Music, as well as specific songs and albums.


CES 2021 In Las Vegas Is Cancelled; Event Moves Online, by Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica

CES 2021 was scheduled to take place in early January, but with the terrible pandemic response in the US, the CTA doesn't think the country will be ready to host international events by next year. CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro sent out an email with the now all-too-familiar COVID cancellation language. "Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19," Shapiro wrote, "it's just not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.”

Bottom of the Page

The 30-percent cut that Apple enforced on the iOS platform has always been consistent, since the very first day. One can probably argue that developers went in with their eyes opened, and made the iPhone and iPad the success they are today.

The concern should be all the inconsistent rules surrounding the app stores -- what apps cannot do, what apps aren't allowed, and such. Yes, the rules should evolve with time, but they need to be applied fairly and consistently.

Is there a place for a closed platform? I'd say yes. Apple never promised us an open platform, and we shouldn't expect otherwise.


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