The Ultralow-State Edition Friday, December 18, 2020

Apple Clarifies Behavior Of AirPods Max Low Power Mode When Not In Use, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

According to Apple, when ‌AirPods Max‌ are taken off but not put in their Smart Case, they enter a "low power mode" after five minutes of being left stationary. If left untouched, they remain in this low power mode for three days, after which the headphones enter an "ultralow" power state that disables Bluetooth and Find My location data to help further retain their remaining charge.

How Apple's Fitness Plus Solves The Netflix Forever-browsing Problem, by Vanessa Hand Orellana, CNET

This is by no means the first service to offer recommendations based on previous workouts, but it's unique in that it has access to past workout data outside of the app as well. That includes outdoor runs or training sessions at the gym that you've logged on your Apple Watch, or even workouts you've done on other third-party fitness apps, as long as they connect to the Health app.

Tim Cook Tweeted About App Tracking Transparency, Targeting Facebook, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a message to Facebook last night, using Twitter as the medium. The social network has been outspoken about iOS 14's App Tracking Transparency feature, saying that it will harm small businesses. Cook's tweet explained the situation – using Facebook as an example.


Apple No Longer Offers Delta And Combo macOS Updates As Standalone Downloads, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Standalone update packages are useful for users who have multiple Macs since you can use the same update file for all machines without having to download the full 12GB macOS installer.

Eve 5 Is Now Available In The App Store With Apple Silicon Support For Managing Your Smart Home On A Mac, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Eve makes a number of really popular HomeKit accessories, including the Eve Energy and Eve Strip. Many people don’t realize that their Eve app is one of the best ways to manage a HomeKit environment as well. A just-released version 5 makes it an even more robust application by adding Mac support for the Eve app.

Darkroom Photo Editing App Adds Support For Apple’s New ProRAW Format, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The popular photo and video editing app Darkroom has been updated today with support for Apple’s new ProRAW photo format.


App Store Wars: Facebook Vs. Apple, Publishers Vs. Apple, Apple Vs. Brave, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

All things considered, Apple has had a great year, but it has been a rough ride for the App Store business.

Wistron’s Apple Factory In India Committed Serious Violations Of Labour Laws, Report Finds, by Vasudevan Sridharan, South China Morning Post

Serious violations of labour laws were taking place at the iPhone manufacturing facility in India where a workers’ protest on Saturday turned violent and caused US$7 million worth of damage, a report by the Karnataka state government has found.

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There are two controls on the iPhone lock screen that requires me to slide my finger left or right: to turn up or turn down the volume of whatever I'm listening to, or to change the playback position of the podcast/audiobook/song.

And every time I perform one of the above actions, I often end up sliding the entire screen left or right, ending up in the camera or in the Today view.


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