The Wrongly-Removed Edition Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Apple Apologizes To Developer After Indigenous Language App Wrongly Removed From App Store, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple has apologized to the developer of an app meant to promote the Indigenous language Sm’algyax after he was falsely accused of dishonest and fraudulent acts, and as a result, had the app removed from the App Store.

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Apple Maps Is Getting Google And Waze-like Accident Reporting, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

Apple is bringing accident, hazard, and speed check reporting to Apple Maps. The feature is currently only available to users with the iOS 14.5 beta, and is similar to user-reporting features found in Waze and Google Maps.

Why Doesn’t “Look Around” Cover More Areas?, by Justin O'Beirne

And what does it tell us about Apple’s overall mapping effort?


macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur Fixes MacBook Pro Charging Bug And Sudo Vulnerability, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Apple has released macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur to fix a single bug that prevented some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models from charging.

Adobe Brings Doc Collaboration To Photoshop, Illustrator, And Fresco On Mac And iOS, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Adobe is out today with a handy update to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fresco that brings document collaboration to all three of these Creative Suite apps. Additionally, Photoshop gets a new Preset Sync feature.


Is Apple Banning Free Analytics SDKs?, by Allen Pike, Steamclock Software

The challenging thing for developers evaluating all this is that many of the points above have not been said so explicitly by Apple. Apple has instead outlined a series of rules, each rule being worded somewhat differently between the App Privacy documentation and the App Tracking Transparency documentation. A generous reading makes it seem like you maybe could comply with the rules and still use some of these SDKs. Maybe.


Apple Will Let Super Healthy Kids Have A Pear (Shaped Logo) After All, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Six months later, the case is now settled, and it seems Apple didn’t actually have a pear-shaped problem after all — because Super Healthy Kids has agreed to change the shape of the leaf atop that pear, and Apple has agreed that’s good enough to let the trademark go forward.

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Keep safe everyone. I hope we all make it through to 2022.


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