The Myspace-Layout Edition Wednesday, September 23, 2020

You Can Now Personalize Your iPhone Home Screen. People Are Already Making It Weird., by Rebecca Jennings, Vox

All of these little changes are giving us greater control over what our digital lives look like, however superficially. (Privacy protections, for example, remain fully in the hands of the corporation.) It’s a delightful pivot toward the mid-2000s digital golden age of custom Buddy AIM profiles and designing your Myspace layout while accidentally learning to code in the process.

Why Apple Should Give Us Custom App Icons (But Probably Never Will), by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Widgets have only given iOS users a taste of the levels of customization that could await them — people want more, and they’re willing to go to absurd lengths to get it.

I Lost My Mind Customizing My iPhone Home Screen For The Aesthetic In iOS 14, by Victoria Song, Gizmodo

Do you value your sanity? Do you want to do literally anything else with 2-4 hours of your free time? Do you prioritize speed and function when it comes to using apps on your phone?

Oximeter Sensor

Should You Trust Apple’s New Blood Oxygen Sensor?, by Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum

Is Apple’s a good one? It’s hard to say just yet. Besides the issues of adjusting to different skin colors, coping with motion, and other design challenges faced by all pulse oximeters, putting the sensors on top of the wrist raises the difficulty level. The devices used in hospitals as well as the standalone gadgets sold in drugstores typically clip onto a fingertip or, sometimes, an earlobe.

Apple Watch Series 6 Teardown Unveils Missing Force Touch, Bigger Battery, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

The battery is notably bigger, at 1.17Wh for the 44-millimeter model and 1.024Wh for the 40mm. That's a modest, single-point increase for both. There are fewer display cables to disconnect when disassembling the device, and there's a larger Taptic Engine in the Watch, too. And of course, iFixit found the pulse oximeter sensor inside.

Store Policies

If Apple Follows Its Own Rules, You’ll Soon Be Able To Stream Your Xbox To Your iPhone, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Microsoft now tells me the goal is actually to have full parity between the iOS and Android apps, and that Apple is already reviewing the iOS version now.


Pages, Numbers, And Keynote Add Scribble Support, And Other Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Scribble is the new iPadOS 14 feature that allows you to use the Apple Pencil to handwrite text into a text field that the app then converts into text. The feature also allows you to do things like scratch out text with the Pencil to erase it.

Drafts 22 Review: Widgets, Scribble, And More, by Tim Nahumck, MacStories

Over the course of the summer betas, it’s completely changed my use of the app and done something I didn’t think would ever happen: Drafts is no longer in my dock. This isn’t because the app has lost its usefulness, rather it’s actually increased in versatility so much through the widget that I no longer need it elsewhere.

Weather Line Offers Personalization Through Beautiful Themed Weather Widgets, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Weather Line doesn’t provide any options to choose which data a widget will display. You get the data it gives you: nothing more, nothing less. However, the app has gone all-out with personalization in an entirely different way: widget themes.

1Password Introduces New 'Virtual Cards' For Safer Online Payments, Coming Soon As Safari Extension, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

1Password today announced a new partnership with, allowing users to make safer payments online by creating virtual cards that are unique to each of your online accounts.


Indie Hopes And Dreams, by Becky Hansmeyer

Of course, there’s another side to the whole iOS 14 launch story, and it’s one fraught with frustration, sadness, and disappointment.


A Tip From A Kid Helps Detect iOS And Android Scam Apps 2.4 Million Downloads, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play.

Apple Launches Its Online Store In India, by Manish Singh, TechCrunch

For the first time in more than 20 years since Apple began its operations in India, the iPhone-maker has started selling its products directly to consumers in the world’s second largest smartphone market.

Bottom of the Page

I'm still playing around with widgets. My current homescreen setup: one smart stack, with three widgets: Shortcuts, step count, and battery.

I do wish the buttons in the Shortcuts widget are smaller in size.

And, no, I am not changing all my app icons to Shortcut icons. I do use the long-press menu on some of these apps, which you will lose if they are Shortcut icons instead.


I am wishing there will be a MacBook that looks like an iPad Pro: compact, light, and maybe even a detachable keyboard.

And if the price looks more like an iPad Air than an iPad Pro, so much the better.


Thanks for reading.