The Square-Edges Edition Monday, February 1, 2021

I Switched From iPhone XR To iPhone 12 And Things Got Weird, by Chris Matyszczyk, ZDNet

I find myself enjoying the phone's square edges. I find myself thinking back to the rounder edges of the iPhone XR and concluding they looked cheap.

I also find myself believing that the screen has a noticeably sharper resolution and a much better microphone. It clearly takes appreciably better pictures too. I actually like holding this phone. Someone seems to have spent a little more time making its ergonomics fit my handonomics.


Apple Watch Unity Challenge Celebrating Black History Kicks Off Today, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The Unity challenge, which is listed in the Activity app on the iPhone, asks users to close their Move rings seven times in a row during February.

Review: Apple's New Headphones Are Truly Incredible, But Will Likely Spark Ridicule, by Daniel Rutledge, Newshub

You can spend half of what the AirPods Max cost and still get a really, really good pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones - but they won't have a few of the luxurious little touches these have, nor will they so perfectly match with an iPhone, iPad or Mac.


But if you're the sort of person seriously considering buying these, when you pop them on, chuck on your favourite track and the real world melts away... well, the sense of satisfaction you'll get is pretty special.

iCloud Passwords Chrome Windows Extension Now Available, by Abner Li, 9to5Google

It provides access to the passwords that you’ve created, had automatically generated, or saved in Safari for iOS and macOS while using Chrome.

Flickr For iOS Adds Home Screen Widgets To Surface Images From Flickr Explore, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The Flickr widgets bring in images from the Flickr Explore feed, so you can see the images directly on your home screen.


EU Calls $15.8 Billion Apple Tax Ruling ‘Contradictory’, by Aoife White, Bloomberg

The EU said that the lower court improperly conflated Apple’s lack of employees at two Irish units and the company’s level of responsibility for intellectual property on iPhone and iPad sales across Europe. Judges failed to properly weigh the EU’s analysis of the Irish branches and showed “contradictory reasoning” in a separate part of their findings.

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I don't think I have seen the new iPhone colors in person yet.


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