The High-Bandwidth Edition Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thunderbolt On The M1 Mac Mini – When 2 Actually Does Equal 4, by Tim Standing, Rocket Yard

So with an M1 Mac and a single Thunderbolt Hub, I can have the stability and usability which comes from four Thunderbolt ports currently found in my Intel Macs and also have the high bandwidth which comes with two separate Thunderbolt buses. Combine that with the lack of fan noise and better battery life, and the move to an M1 Mac now looks very enticing.

M1 Macs: Truth And Truthiness, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

M1 Macs completely upend what we can and should expect from PCs. It’s a breakthrough along the lines of the iPhone itself in 2007.

The adage is, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Emphasis on probably — the M1 Macs are an exception. They really are that good. But, like the iPhone in 2007, there are people who refuse to believe it.

Apple Launches Redesigned Accessibility Site And New Support Videos, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today is honoring International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a re-launch of its Accessibility site and a new collection of tutorial videos highlighting the accessibility features of its software.

Phone Problems

Multiple iPhone 12 Users Report Sudden Drops In 5G And LTE Cellular Coverage, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Several users report suddenly losing all reception bars and seeing a “no service” message on their ‌iPhone 12‌, despite being in an area of network coverage and seeing no connectivity issues on other devices, and iOS version doesn’t seem to be a factor.

iPhone 12 Battery Drain: Some Seeing Issues On Standby, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The iPhone 12 lineup brings a host of new features beyond the design change and one in particular that can reduce battery life is 5G support. However, a growing number of users are finding their iPhone 12 battery draining quickly on standby, even when on Wi-Fi or with 5G turned off.


Apple Music Replay 2020: How To Find Your Year-in-review, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple Music Replay is Apple’s competitor to Spotify Wrapped, allowing Apple Music subscribers to access details on their most listened to songs, albums, and artists of the year. Here’s how to find your Apple Music Replay 2020 year-in-review.

Spotify's Annual 'Wrapped' Feature Looks Back On Your 2020 Listening Habits, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Delivered this year via the mobile app and in a Stories-style format, the company’s year-in-review offers a microcosm of your listening over the last 11 months, including top songs, artists, genres, and podcasts.

Google Authenticator iOS App Gains New Export Accounts Option, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Google has updated its 2FA Authenticator app for iOS with a new account transfer feature that makes it much easier to transfer two-factor authentication codes to a new iPhone.

Ecobee Rolling Out HomeKit Secure Video Support For Its SmartCamera With Voice Control, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

HomeKit Secure Video support allows users to access and record motion events directly in the Home app via iCloud.


Apple's Deirdre O'Brien Talks Lessons Learned From Coronavirus Response, by AppleInsider

While many, including Apple, turn to virtual experiences as a replacement for in-person meetings, O'Brien says face-to-face encounters are at times necessary.

"We also do feel that collaboration, and many times face-to-face work, does allow us to do our best work and sometimes move a little faster," O'Brien said, adding that Apple will "find that right balance" between remote and in-person contact.

Apple Will Be Forced To Sell iPhones With Included Power Adapter In Brazil, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The agency claims that Apple hasn’t provided enough evidence that removing chargers from the box will help the environment and the company hasn’t guaranteed that it will offer the same technical support to consumers who have bought third-party chargers. Apple must respond to the decision by tomorrow, otherwise the company will be fined in Brazil.

Bottom of the Page

What I've learnt during these strange times:

Do not take your temperature using a thermometer in your mouth right after drinking a hot cup of coffee.

Online meetings are perfect for walking: just make sure your video is turned off, and you don't wander off bluetooth range, and you'll reach your 10,000 steps in no time.

Take care of yourself. Your work is not your entire identity.


Thanks for reading.