The World-Getting-Sick Edition Saturday, December 5, 2020

Apple's Covid Response Was Extremely…Apple, by Steven Levy, Wired

Apple’s 2020 is best viewed on a dual display. On one imaginary monitor, you’d see a montage of engineers, fabs, and factories churning out a new generation of iPhones, upgrading its iPads, and most emphatically, launching a supercharged, battery-sipping class of Macintosh computers. But on another monitor, you’d see closed stores, empty offices, and intense meetings of WFH execs deciding how to change the way the company sells and supports its products while the world was getting sick.

Apple Launches Recall Program For iPhone 11 Display With Touch Issues, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

As reported by Apple, a small percentage of iPhone 11 models manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020 were affected by this problem. The company says the issue is related to a failure in the display module, which needs to be replaced in order to get the phone working properly again.

How The iPad Pro's Versatility Fueled My Lockdown Creativity, by Andy Boxall, Digital Trends

What the iPad Pro has done these last months is fuel my own creativity, encourage experimentation, provide hours of enjoyment, help improve my presenting skills, and enable me to learn about video editing — all with absolutely no fuss whatsoever. There are very few single tech products that can claim to be able to do the same.

Climate Strategies

Why Apple Is Giving To The Malala Fund As Part Of Its Climate Program, by Adele Peters, Fast Company

Now, the Malala Fund, the international nonprofit that was founded by Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, is starting to delve more deeply into the connections between climate change and educating girls. Apple, which runs its operations on 100% renewable energy and plans to be carbon neutral throughout its entire supply chain by 2030, is supporting the work with new funding.

In Conversation With Apple's Lisa Jackson: Her Vision For Reducing The Environmental Footprint And Her Joint Project With Malala Yousafzai, by Sharnaz Shahid, Hello Magazine

There's no denying that Lisa is the driving force behind this change, gearing Apple to be very progressive with the impact it has on climate change. Recognising the difference between meaningful action, Lisa explains that Apple plays a vital role in encouraging other companies' climate strategies too.


Apple HomePod Mini Review: An Almost Perfect Smart Speaker, by Jeremy White, Wired

The sound is genuinely superb, especially considering the size of the Mini. As a smart-home hub it's a secure option where you won't be worrying about data security nearly as much as with the competition. And, lastly, if you have already bought into the Apple ecosystem, and in particular Apple Music, then this all works as seamlessly as you would expect.

Review: MagSafe Duo Is Almost Everything You Need, But Has Too Many Compromises, by AppleInsider

We love MagSafe Duo for what it is, but the high price tag gets harder to justify the more compromises you consider. The price, the slower speeds, the ability to charge only two devices, and the durability.

PopChar X 9.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The release introduces a new Character Info window that shows information about the character’s Unicode encoding and typographic properties, plus adds an option to assign custom names to characters to simplify finding those characters later.


Here's The Details Apple Asks Developers For The New App Store Privacy Labels, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

While this feature is not yet available to users, developers can already submit their privacy reports to the App Store.