The Opt-In Edition Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Apple Releases iOS 13.7, Bringing COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express To The Public, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Apple is releasing a point update to iOS just a week after the update’s first beta debuted. iOS 13.7 is rolling out now to iPhone users, bringing the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system to users without the need to download a separate third-party app.

Apple And Google Make It Easier To Opt In To Virus Tracing, by Jack Nicas, New York Times

On Tuesday, Apple and Google said they would make it easier for states to use their new technology that detects phones that come close to one another and can notify people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

States that sign on will be able to send a notice directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology. Previous versions of the technology had required people to seek out a state health agency’s app.

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Apple Says iOS App Economy Created Nearly 300K New U.S. Jobs Since April 2019, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced that the iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs in the United States since April 2019, citing research shared by Dr. Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the non-profit Progressive Policy Institute.

Apple, Amazon, And And Google Hike Their Developer And Ad Client Fees To Pass On The Costs Of Paying New Digital Taxes In Europe, by Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider

European countries including France, the UK, and Italy have introduced "digital services taxes" which, unlike corporate income tax, target the tech giants by taking a slice of their gross revenue from that particular market. Turkey has introduced a similar tax. The broad thinking is that Big Tech should pay taxes where their consumers are located.

Apple on Tuesday announced a series of adjustments to its App Store fees in various countries as a result.

Apple's 30% Cut Has Even More Anomalies, Say Developers, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

iA argues that Apple can’t have it both ways: on the one hand claiming that all apps and developers are treated equally, and on the other coming up with a complex set of rules which allow it to grant exceptions when it’s in the iPhone maker’s interest to do so.


Metro And Apple Roll Out Mobile Payment System In Virtual Wallet And New App, by Justin George, Washington Post

Metro customers can now use their iPhones and other Apple devices to pay rail and bus fares. Customers also can reload their SmarTrip accounts with Apple Pay and a new Metro mobile app, the transit agency announced Tuesday.

New AR App Helps Engineers Visualize Data To Improve Robot Design, by Kyle Wiggers, VentureBeat

Developed in Unity and dubbed Iviz, the open source app lets roboticists view a range of visualizations for ROS data, including point clouds and interactive markers.


What Apple Silicon Mac Will We See First? It Might Be A Familiar Face, by Jason Snell, Macworld

While I’d love to see Apple come strong out of the gate with a pro laptop and an iMac running Apple silicon, I can see how releasing an Apple silicon MacBook this fall would be a relatively low-impact product that would allow Apple to buy time on the hardware development front, and also lower the pressure on developers who are recompiling their apps for Apple silicon.

Apple To Declare Last iPod Nano Model 'Vintage' Later This Month, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

MacRumors has learned that Apple later this month will add the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially marking the final iPod in the iconic nano lineup as “vintage.”

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Will all new Apple Silicon Mac include touchscreens? (Of course, the exceptions will be the Mac Pro and the Mac mini.) The answer may determine whether we will see the MacBook or the iMac first.

Or: is there a market for an even smaller iMac? Essentially, a relatively-portable move-around-the-house still-need-powerpoint iMac? This may not be for everyone, but some of the work-from-smaller-home folks may appreciate this over the laptop form-factor.


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