The New-Emoji Edition Friday, November 6, 2020

Apple Releases iOS And iPadOS 14.2 With New Emoji, Wallpapers, AirPlay 2 Interface, AR Face Detection, And Shazam Toggle For Control Center, by Alex Guyot, MacStories

iOS 14.2 seems like a very solid update mid-cycle update. The new AirPlay controls are an improvement over what was there previously, and I really like the new Shazam toggle in Control Center. Especially when I’m in public, it always felt a little strange to ask Siri out loud what song was playing. Now that process can happen silently with the tap of a button.

The new people detection feature in the Magnifier app could be a breakthrough in visual accessibility, and I’m excited to see how Apple continues to utilize the new LiDAR sensors for features like this. Topping things off with new emoji and wallpapers leaves us with an exciting update only a month after iOS and iPadOS 14 shipped.

Apple Releases watchOS 7.1 With Mac Unlocking Fix, Headphone Audio Warnings, ECG In Korea And Russia, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Today’s update brings hearing health protections that lets the Apple Watch send a notification when connected headphones are playing music that’s too loud and has the potential to damage the ears. The update also brings the ECG app to South Korea and Russia.

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update With Security Fixes, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple’s release notes, the Supplemental Update improves the security of macOS and is recommended for all users. An Apple support document outlines several vulnerabilities that that have been addressed, including those that leave the Mac vulnerable to malicious fonts and applications.

Apple Releases 14.2 Software For HomePod With New Siri, Intercom And Home Theater Features, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Alongside iOS and iPadOS 14.2, Apple today released new 14.2 software for the HomePod, which includes support for new Siri and Intercom features.

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Sizing Up The iPhone 12 Mini And 12 Pro Max, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

It’s honestly a bit weird to hold at first, especially if you’re coming from a big phone. Some things do take a bit of an adjustment, like typing — but other parts of using an iPhone, like swiping down from the top of the display for notifications or the control center, are easier than they’ve been in years. But for the first time since arguably the iPhone 8, Apple has made a flagship phone that nearly anyone should be able to comfortably use and hold in one hand.

On Health

Is Your Sleep A Nightmare? How To Use Your iPhone To Get Better Rest, by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Poor quality, inconsistent, and insufficient sleep can make life miserable. While a variety of reasons cause sleep problems, one of the steps to figuring out what they are is to create a consistent bedtime and waking routine. That way, you can begin eliminating factors and start collecting data about your sleep to look for patterns, clues, or just clear information to share with a health professional. As of iOS 14, iPhone has some new sleep features that can help.

A Year Of Closing My Rings: How My Apple Watch Kept Me Moving All Year, by David Gewirtz, ZDNet

I can't stop now. I've completed a year and met my goal, so I could just decide I'm done. But I'm not. I'm now a guy who exercises every day. That's who I am. So, I'm going to keep it up. I'll let you know next November (which will hopefully be a much more peaceful November) how it turns out.

I owe it to myself, and to the Apple Watch. I'm not sure I would have kept this up -- or be continuing it -- if I needed to notate my exercise on some kind of form or spreadsheet, or just do the exercise out of habit without the feedback the Watch gives.


Satechi USB-C Wireless Charging Dock For Airpods, by Chris Gonzales, Tools and Toys

Since it connects right into a USB-C port, there are no messy cables to worry about — just plug it in and you’ve got a platform to set your AirPods case onto, where it’ll immediately start charging at full speed.


Apple Says New ‘Nutrition Labels’ For App Privacy Will Be Required Starting December 8, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced today that developers will be required to provide new privacy details to users in the App Store starting December 8. These privacy “nutrition labels” were first introduced at WWDC over the summer, with Apple saying the goal is to better inform consumers of the privacy practices of individual applications.


Apple Must Face Shareholder Lawsuit Over CEO Cook's China Sales Comments, by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Apple Inc has been ordered to face a proposed class-action lawsuit by shareholders who accused Chief Executive Tim Cook of concealing falling demand for iPhones in China, resulting in billions of dollars of investor losses.

Fortnite To Return To iPhones Via Nvidia Cloud Gaming Service, by Leo Kelion, BBC

Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs in the mobile web browser Safari.

Apple will not get a cut of virtual items sold within the battle royale fighting title when played this way.

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