The Flying-Time Edition Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Apple’s Next Event Is On September 15, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

The company also sent out email invitations to press with slightly more specific copy: "Please join us for a special Apple Event from Apple Park. Watch it online at" Additionally, it carries the tagline "Time Flies." The event time is 10am PDT on Tuesday, September 15—one week from today.

Apple Announces Virtual ‘Time Flies’ Event Next Tuesday, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I’m in the camp who believes there often aren’t any noteworthy clues in the logos or event names for Apple events, but you don’t have be a genius to guess that “Time Flies” implies that Apple Watch is the headliner at next week’s event, which, in turn, means that there will be no iPhones announced.

Hyped For The September Event? Check Out Apple’s AR Event Easter Egg, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

When heading to Apple’s Events website you’ll see the date and time for the September “Time Flies” event along with an option to add it to your calendar. But on iPhone and iPad, you can tap on the September event logo to open a little hidden AR experience.

Coming Soon

Smart Banners Point To Apple News Instead Of Publisher Apps In iOS 14, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

The banner behavior is in addition to a new feature in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur that automatically redirects users to the Apple News app when they click on a News+ publisher link. Apple says the feature is designed for user convenience, since an Apple News+ subscription doesn't allow users to bypass publisher website paywalls.

Big Sur Beta 5 - Still Not Education Ready, by Nathaniel Strauss

Today marks the release of beta 5 and Apple has not implemented a way for standard users to enable screen recording. As a result they can’t share their screen with common video conferencing solutions like Webex, Zoom, Google Meet, and others. Imagine an online class where the teacher isn’t able to display a presentation or a student can’t show their work. During the largest shift to remote learning ever, that’s the future Apple delivered in beta 1, entirely missing the mark when it comes to how a large majority of their education customers use Macs.


Apple Launches Oprah’s Book Club Podcast Featuring 8-Part Series On Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontents”, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Today, Apple and Winfrey extended coverage of Caste even further with an eight-episode podcast series hosted by Winfrey and Wilkerson that will “take listeners through the 8 Pillars of Caste.” A trailer and the first episode are available now. Episode one covers “what called [Wilkerson] to write Caste, how society needs a new way to talk about racism and why Oprah says Caste is one of the most profound books she’s ever read.”

Focused Work Review: Staying On Task Amidst Growing Distractions, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Focused Work enables setting timers for different tasks that you can easily run to keep you on track with getting things done. Timers can be strung together in larger Focus Sessions wherein every timer represents a different stage of that work session.


Apple Swift Resources & New Course For Educators Added In Canada, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple Canada's Develop in Swift curriculum has been redesigned to meet student learning styles thanks to educators' input. The new series includes four books— "Develop in Swift Explorations," "Develop in Swift AP CS Principles," and "Develop in Swift Fundamentals," which are all live today, and "Develop in Swift Data Collections," which will be available this fall.


Apple Fires Back In Fortnite App Store Battle, by BBC

[Apple] denied that its 30% commission was anti-competitive and said the fight was "a basic disagreement over money".

Apple also said Epic Games had violated its contract and asked for damages.

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Will there be any flying watch faces this year? Maybe an actual fly that goes around and around?

(There is already a butterfly watch face, if I am not wrong.)


Thanks for reading.