The Unresponsive-Touch Edition Tuesday, November 17, 2020

iPhone 12 Mini Users Report Touch Issues When Using Case And Screen Protector, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

A number of iPhone 12 mini users are reporting issues with the touchscreen, with the smallest iPhone becoming unresponsive to touch input when it is inside a case and using a screen protector.

I Hate How Much I Love The iPhone Mini, by John Davidson, AFR

I was hoping the iPhone mini would be the phone I could carry everywhere, but that I would barely use anywhere, turning me back into a proper human being.

But, alas, it was not to be.

Macintosh Way

Meet The New Mac, Same As The Old Mac, by Dan Moren, Macworld

And that speaks to a larger point of the Mac: it's not just a product, it's an ideal. In the same way that every new iPhone seems like it gets closer to some platonic concept of "the smartphone," the progression of the Mac shows it approaching that fundamental core of what personal computing means. It might seem like the company should have made even more progress as the Mac nears the 40-year mark, but this curve is asymptotic, and I doubt that anyone at the company will ever conclude that the current version is perfect and can never be improved.

Tuned For The Mac, by K.Q. Dreger, Audacious

For a while, I’ve quietly referred to these apps as “higgy.” As in they closely follow Apple’s HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) for patterns of design and interaction. But while “higgy” is a fun word to say it’s a terrible word for marketing and writing. Nova, a higgy app for the Mac. Pass.

But turning it over in my mind the past few weeks, I keep coming back to “tuned.”


Apple macOS 11 Big Sur Review: A Long Time Coming, by Monica Chin, The Verge

Big Sur is a fine operating system as it is. It’s fast, nice to look at, and full of useful features. But it’s also a hint that Apple’s biggest innovations are still to come.

Beats Flex Review: Apple's Budget Bluetooth Earbuds, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

You won’t be hearing new details in well worn tracks, but they sound great for a cheaper set of earbuds with a balance often lost in rivals.

American Express Launches Support For Adding New Cards To Apple Pay Instantly After Approval, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

American Express is deepening its integration with Apple Pay. The company has announced today that when you’re approved for a new American Express credit card, you can now instantly add that card to Apple Pay and begin using it immediately.


Apple Launches An Embeddable Web Players For Podcasts, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The player comes is responsive and can display either a show with multiple episodes or an individual episode along with playback controls and navigation options.

Apple Updates Its Transporter Developer App With New Features, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Version 1.2 of the Transporter for Mac app enables users to easily upload metadata packages of apps, music, and other content. The update also brings a history of delivered builds for each app version with filters by time period.


20 Macs For 2020: #6 – Macintosh SE/30, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

John Siracusa called the SE and SE/30 “the apex of the original Macintosh form factor,” and I think he got that exactly right. The SE line was perfectly placed between the original Mac models and the Mac Classic product line.

Adobe Releases Arm Beta Version Of Photoshop For Windows And macOS, by Tom Warren, The Verge

The beta releases will allow owners of a Surface Pro X or Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini to run Photoshop natively on their devices.

Apple Hits Back At European Activist Complaints Against Tracking Tool, by Kirsti Knolle, Reuters

Apple said in response that it “does not access or use the IDFA on a user’s device for any purpose”.

Apple’s Cork Campus Celebrates 40 Years Of Community And Looks To The Future, by Apple

The story of Apple in Ireland began in 1980 with a single manufacturing facility and 60 employees.

Fast-forward to today, and Ireland is home to more than 6,000 Apple employees and a sprawling campus in the city of Cork. As Apple celebrates its 40th anniversary in Ireland, the original manufacturing facility has expanded and is now part of a campus that includes AppleCare, Operations, Logistics, and a variety of other teams staffed by a diverse group of employees representing over 90 nationalities. Cork also serves as Apple’s European headquarters, supporting customers across the continent and beyond.