The Impact-Accelerator Edition Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Apple․com Adds Dedicated Page For REJI; Impact Accelerator Applications Now Open, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple today has officially opened applications for its new Impact Accelerator for Black- and Brown-owned businesses addressing environmental challenges. The company has also added a completely new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative page to its website.

Shot On iPhone 'Hometown' Campaign Celebrates Black History Month With Local Perspectives, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has a number of initiatives for Black History Month this year. One of the creative projects is the latest Shot on iPhone campaign as the company gave 30 Black photographers the iPhone 12 Pro to capture their “Hometowns” and highlight their local culture.

Apple Watch Black Unity Collection Featured In Custom Apple Store Displays, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

A bright backdrop referencing the colors of the Pan-African flag fills the Apple Watch Display Table in stores. To debut the new collection and Unity watch face, Apple has dedicated the entire glass-topped table to Black Unity.

OS Update

Apple Rolls Out macOS Big Sur 11.2 With Bug Fixes And Bluetooth Tweaks, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Today, Apple pushed out a small update to its macOS 11 Big Sur operating system for supported Mac laptops and desktops. Labeled Big Sur 11.2, the update "improves Bluetooth reliability" and fixes a number of bugs.

Coming Soon

Apple Releases Betas With Face ID Plus Apple Watch iPhone Unlocking, App Tracking Transparency, And Other New Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The iOS 14.5 beta introduces the ability to unlock your iPhone with a combination of Face ID and the Apple Watch when you’re wearing a face mask. When iOS detects that you’re wearing a mask and you’re wearing a nearby, unlocked Apple Watch, your iPhone will unlock, eliminating the frustration of having to enter your passcode.


Another nice convenience coming to Fitness+ is the ability to AirPlay workouts to an AirPlay 2 compatible TV.


Next-Hour Precipitation Rolling Out In Weather App In UK And Ireland, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Multiple MacRumors readers in the UK and Ireland have noticed that the built-in Weather app now supports next-hour precipitation readings, a feature that appears to have rolled out recently.

iOS Users Report Apps Crashing On Opening After Syncing iPhone Or iPad With M1 Macs, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Some iOS users have been reporting that they can no longer open any third-party app on the iPhone or iPad after syncing the devices with the new M1 Macs. The apps crash right after opening them, which makes it impossible to use any installed app.

Apple Pulls Version 12 Of iCloud For Windows That Supported iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

It’s not known why Apple pulled the latest version, but it could be due to issues many users have experienced with the Chrome extension, including problems with two-factor authentication when trying to access websites and the browser extension failing to work at all.

Text Case Adds Customizable Flows: User-Created, Multi-Step Text Transformation, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Text Case is a text transformation app that includes 37 text transformations. The app can capitalize titles according to multiple style manuals, trim whitespace, URL encode and decode text, change text to all uppercase or lowercase lettering, generate Markdown, and more.

Art Text 4 Review: Typography Mac App Adds New Creative Design Options, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

With a dizzying number of available creative options, Art Text 4 makes typography fast, easy, affordable, and most of all, fun.

SoundSource 5.3, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Rogue Amoeba has issued SoundSource 5.3, a big update to the audio control utility that brings faster device switching with in-app keyboard shortcuts.


Apple Adds App Tracking Transparency Rules To App Store Review Guidelines, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple on Monday announced new changes, additions and updates to its App Store Guideline policies, one of which includes developer instructions for implementing App Tracking Transparency.


001. Becoming A Microsoftie (Chapter I), by Steven Sinofsky, Hardcore Software

“At Microsoft we have amazing things going on in multimedia. Have you seen all the things we are doing with CD-ROMs and video? We are going to make a whole encyclopedia on a CD-ROM, 650 megabytes with videos, maps, quizzes, and more.”

“I haven’t. I use a Macintosh and workstations. I used MS-DOS at my summer job and Windows 1.0, but it was pretty slow.”

“Well, Microsoft makes more money on Macintoshes than Apple does because of our apps—our word prosser [sic], Word, is super good. OS/2 runs in protect mode, which the Mac does not do. Do you have any more questions?”

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Can't wait to unlock my iPhone with my AirPods.


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