The Terrific-Widgets Edition Thursday, November 26, 2020

macOS Big Sur: Widget Roundup, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Over the course of the summer and fall, I tried several different widgets as I ran the Big Sur betas. A few of those widgets — which have been in development the longest and were highlighted in my Big Sur review — remain some of my favorites and are recapped below. However, many more terrific widgets have been released since and deserve consideration as well, so let’s dig in.

Apple ID Adds Recovery Key Option, But It’s Not Yet Ready For You To Use, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Apple has updated necessary pieces of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to let you set a recovery key. But weeks after iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released, the Apple ID support sites, Apple Support app, and Find My app remain out of date with the use of this newly revived recovery key, even though various support documents have been updated to explain correctly some of the details of how it’s intended to work.

I recommend not enabling a recovery key until Apple has fully updated its ecosystem to explain and support the feature.


Apple Highlights HomePod In Its Annual Holiday Ad: ‘The Magic Of Mini’, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The ad highlights the new HomePod mini and sticks to one of Apple’s long-running trends: how music can help improve your mood.

iPhone 12 Pro Max Review: Apple's Longer Lasting Superphone, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

If you can manage its sheer gargantuan size and cost, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is one hell of a superphone.

Tasks App Gets Update With New Features, macOS Version, More, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Version 1.3.1 of the app features a redesigned task detail view and enhancements to the date and time pickers throughout the app. Adding images to tasks has also become more intuitive as users can just copy and then tap a button that will paste the images from the clipboard automatically.


ConnectKit Is A New App That Lets Developers Integrate App Store Connect With Shortcuts, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

ConnectKit uses the App Store Connect API keys to let developers integrate Apple’s platform with the Shortcuts app and also iOS widgets.


Foxconn To Shift Some Apple Production To Vietnam To Minimise China Risk, by Yimou Lee, Reuters

Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple Inc, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the U.S. firm diversifies production to minimise the impact of a Sino-U.S. trade war.

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In a environment where apps are really always running with multiple windows that can show stuff without any real restrictions, I am not sure if there is a place for iOS-style widgets on macOS.


Thanks for reading.