The Core-Pillars Edition Thursday, August 20, 2020

Apple And Privacy In 2020: Wide-Reaching Updates With Minimal User Intrusion, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

On-device processing, for example, powers the new Translate app in iOS 14, HomeKit Secure Video’s face recognition feature, and more. New security protections have been implemented to warn you if a Keychain password’s been compromised, and to enable Sign In with Apple for existing in-app accounts, both of which make your accounts more secure. But the majority of this year’s most prominent privacy updates fell under the remaining two core pillars: data minimization and transparency and control.

Here are the privacy-focused changes you’ll see this fall across iOS and iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

Apple's Mac Catalyst Apps Are More Important Than Ever, And They Still Need Work, by Alex Blake, Digital Trends

For the first time since the inception of the Mac Catalyst project, Apple is giving Mac fans some genuinely excellent cross-platform apps. It suggests the company is starting to get a grip on what exactly it wants from these apps and where it sees Mac Catalyst heading in the future.

Yet for all the good work, there are still apps that feel utterly lost on the Mac, out of place, and full of baffling design decisions.


Today At Apple's AR Art Explored In 'Infinite Canvas' Film, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

In 2019, Apple announced a series of artists to collaborate on an Apple AR project to be used as part of Today at Apple. Now those sessions, and the artists, are profiled in "Infinite Canvas," a new Apple TV+ film.

Adobe Announces Advanced Lip Sync And More New Features For Its Character Animator App, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Adobe has just announced a major update to its Character Animator desktop app, which lets designers combine layers from Photoshop and Illustrator to create animated puppets.

Aerial App Updated With New Settings Interface And More Screensavers, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Aerial is a free, open source app that offers Apple TV screensavers for the Mac. Today, Aerial has been updated to version 2.0 with some important enhancements, including a new settings interface, better cache control, and, most importantly, more screensavers.


Apple’s Value Soars To A Record $2 Trillion, by Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica

The new milestone comes just two years after Apple first reached a market capitalization of $1 trillion. It's particularly remarkable because Apple market capitalization was below $1 trillion as recently as March, when fears of a coronavirus-induced recession were battering stocks across the board.

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