The Equality-and-Justice Edition Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Apple Launches New Nationwide Racial Equity And Justice Initiative Projects, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today announced a set of new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices faced by communities of color.

The projects include the Propel Center, a global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), an Apple Developer Academy to support coding and tech education for students in Detroit, and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Living With Apple Fitness+: We Get Sweaty With The New Fitness Service, by James Stables, Wareable

Fitness+ is a brilliant workout app for Apple Watch users – although it’s 100% more focussed on accessibility and inclusivity than rivals. And the price looks great against rival apps.

Where Apple Could Improve Fitness+, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

Even after just a few weeks, we’ve definitely run into places where the service could be tweaked or offer more. That’s understandable, given that Fitness+ just launched, and no doubt Apple is planning to make changes down the road, especially once it sees how customers are using the service.


Apple Still Repairing Eligible MacBooks For Anti-reflective Coating Issues, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The program has already been extended once, and it seems that Apple is still repairing eligible MacBooks for free.

Transform Text In Real Time With Textcraft, by AppAdvice

There are more than 60 text formats available - everything from uppercase or lower case to more fun options like reversed text and bubbles.You can also find great options like the ability to strip HTML or encode/decode strings in Base64.


The Case For A 12-inch MacBook Air, by Jason Snell, Macworld

As much as I love my M1 MacBook Air, I would drop it in a heartbeat for a 12-inch model that looked like the Retina MacBook. There’s room in the Mac laptop line for a smaller, lighter MacBook. I promise it won’t take up very much space.

iTunes At 20: How One App Changed Apple's Course, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

On January 10, 2001, Steve Jobs went on the stage at Macworld Expo in San Francisco and presented a new app that would change the course of Apple. iTunes would become Apple’s most important app, not only because it was the companion of the iPod that would be released later that year, but also because it would become the framework for all of the company’s future online stores.

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