The Supply-Chain-Cleanup Edition Friday, January 1, 2021

Apple Reportedly Took Years To Drop A Supplier That Used Underage Labor, by Igor Bonifacic, Yahoo

Former employees who worked for Apple’s supplier responsibility team, the internal unit that audit’s the company’s manufacturer partners to ensure they’re adhering to labor and safety rules, said several issues prevent Apple from cleaning up its supply chain. To start, there aren’t many manufacturers that meet Apple’s standards for quality and volume, and there are fewer still that can step in and fill its needs on short notice. Related to that problem is that the company is often unwilling to incur higher costs and go through product delays. They claim Apple has avoided or delayed dropping a manufacturer when doing so would mean hurting its business. The Information details two examples that showcase how that’s created a problem for the company.

Charger Nerdery, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

What really matters when an adapter is negotiating with a device are the various voltage/amp configurations that the charger can supply as output, and the device can accept as input.

macOS Big Sur 11.1 Now Reverts Open/Save Dialog Boxes To Original Size, by Zohaib Ahmed, PiunikaWeb

The macOS Big Sur 11.1 update now forces users to resize Open/Save dialog boxes according to their requirements each and every time they pop up.


Two Weeks With Apple Fitness+, by Cherlynn Low, Yahoo

The good news is that with its excellent tech, Fitness+ has laid the groundwork for a satisfying service that can grow with its users.

AirPods Max Case: WaterField Shield Hands-on, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The WaterField Designs Shield Case provides ample protection for when my AirPods Max are in my backpack, which is a crucial advantage over the Apple Smart Case.

Textcraft App For iOS And Mac Offers Powerful Text Conversion Tools For HTML Stripping, Base64, Alt Case, Emoji, Much More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Textcraft brings over 50 formats that you can quickly convert your text to which should be useful for everyone from developers to everyday users.


Apple Executes New Year's Eve Apps Purge In China, by Leo Kelion, BBC

Apple kicked tens of thousands of products off the Chinese version of its App Store on the final day of the year to meet Beijing's demands.

The bulk of them were unlicensed games.

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The M1 chip is out. This year, there may even be a more powerful Apple-Silicon making its debut. So, the obvious the question to ask: Will the upcoming iPad Pro take advantage of the same Apple Silicon chips? Will iPads be making a huge leap too, just like what the Mac is doing right now? What new capabiltiies will the iPadOS bring this year? Will we finally have all the Pro apps -- Xcode, Final Cut, Logic -- on iPadOS?

I can't wait to see what Apple is doing for this year.


Thanks for reading.