The Amid-the-Pandemic Edition Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Apple Extends Online Group In-app Purchase Commission Reprieve To June 2021, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Back in September Apple decided to stop charging its 30% commission for in-app purchases for certain online events. That was set to end at the end of December this year. Now Apple is extending it until June of 2021 to help developers and businesses amid the pandemic.

Some HomePod Mini Users Report WiFi Connectivity Problems, With No Permanent Fix Available, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Affected users report that their HomePod mini will disconnect from the internet, leading Siri to respond with an error message saying “I am having trouble connecting to the Internet.”

Apple Maps Transit Directions Go Live In Vienna, Austria, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple appears to have updated its Maps coverage to add transit directions in Austria, with a focus on public transportation routes in and around the capital, Vienna.

Wi-Fi Explorer Pro 3 Launches With Support For Big Sur, Apple Silicon, And More, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Wi-Fi Explorer Pro is one of my favorite Wi-Fi tools to use when troubleshooting poor connections or generally to learn more about the RF health of the environment I am in. Version 3 is now available with support for macOS Big Sur, Apple Silicon, and more.

Apple Shutting Down App Store Connect From December 23 To December 27, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple shuts down App Store Connect for a week around the holidays each year in an effort to give ‌App Store‌ staff time off from work. This year, ‌App Store‌ Connect will be unavailable from December 23 to December 27.

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The part of the Big Sur that I haven't gotten used to are all the strange-looking dialog boxes with their buttons not in the place I'm expecting them to be.

Fortunately for me, in my regular workflow, I don't encounter dialog boxes a lot.

But other than that, Big Sur looks like a macOS, and that's good.


Thanks for reading.