The Narrower-Slice Edition Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ten Years In, The iPad Is Still Capable Of Surprising Us—and Apple, by Harry McCracken, Fast Company

Compared to the home button’s nice, round sweet spot, the top button has “a super narrow aspect ratio that we never had before,” says Ternus. “And we had to do a tremendous amount of work at the sensor level, the silicon level, and also from an algorithm standpoint. Because when you think about it, the sensor is seeing a much narrower slice of the fingerprint. And so what we actually have to do is capture a broader area so that at any given time, if you shift a little bit to the right or a little bit to the left, we can still make that match.”


PSA: New Apple Watch Owners Have To Return Entire Device For Ill-Fitting Solo Loop Or Braided Solo Loop, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple Watch models that are not fitting properly must be returned in full, and Apple’s online support staff has been offering no alternative.

One Infinite Return Loop, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

Customers need to get the sizing right. And Apple just created a whole new complication when it comes to getting that sizing right. And they did so in the middle of a pandemic which is keeping people out of stores. So… you better hope you have a printer and that the measure you print is accurate.

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Today At Apple And Girls Who Code Hosting Virtual Sisterhood Story Sessions In October, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Today at Apple will host a week of virtual sessions this October to celebrate Day of the Girl, an international observance that recognizes the challenges girls face and promotes empowerment. The online creative sessions are a collaboration with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that equips young women with the technology skills they need to succeed.

QR Codes Bring Helpful Context To The Apple Store Experience, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

QR codes and NFC tags for Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade have recently been added to the Avenue displays at some stores. The small tiles are Apple’s first use of NFC tags with a call to action in the retail environment. Customer iPhones are directed to pages in the TV app and App Store where they can learn more about Apple’s services.


Five Tips For Easier Rearranging Of iOS Apps, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

So, as welcome as iOS 14’s App Library may be for many of us, particularly alongside being able to hide Home screens, here is a collection of tips that will help anyone rearrange their app icons more easily, regardless of iOS version or device.

Creating Your Own Widgets: A New Category Of Apps Emerges, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

While most widgets will come built in to the apps you already know and love, some developers have built brand new apps for the sole purpose of enabling users to create and customize widgets in a hyper-personalized way. The best widgets I’ve tried offer configuration settings so you can tailor them to your exact needs, and these new apps take that idea even further, offering widget creation tools relating to a variety of traditional app categories – like weather, photos, health and fitness, productivity, and more – but in a single centralized app.

Launcher Brings Its Powerful Widget-making App To iOS 14, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Launcher is bringing its customizable widgets to iOS 14 with new functionality, including the ability to rotate a widget’s icons by date, time or even location. It also supports customizable widget backgrounds, icons of different sizes or those with no labels for a cleaner look.

Widgets And A New Sidebar Design Make Anybuffer A Standout Among Clipboard Managers, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The app supports multiple shelves for storing clippings, which work like folders for text, URLs, files, photos, and scanned documents. You can also add items from the clipboard, the system document picker, your photo library, the system markup tools, and a share extension.

Review: Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Is Tailor-made For The Work-from-home Era, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

MX Anywhere 3 addresses that by not just being compact, but working on nearly any surface. [...] Another benefit of working anywhere is the ability to quickly swap between devices. There is a small button on the bottom that keeps three devices in its memory. Press the button to quickly change to the next device in your list.


Apple CEO Impressed By Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he’s been impressed by employees’ ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic.

20 Macs For 2020: #13 – Mac IIcx And IIci, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The IIcx/IIci design stuck around for a long time. It was so well balanced that you could stick it up on its side to save some desk space, or lay it flat and pop a small monitor on top of it. [...] In the Power Mac era, Mac desktops devolved into larger towers or flatter “pizza box” style designs. But I’ll always consider the Mac IIcx and IIci as the pinnacle of early Mac desktop design.

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I am surprised Apple doesn't already have an AR app that will measure your wrist size, and recommend which Apple Watch Solo Loop you should purchase.


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