The Founders-and-Developers Edition Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Apple Recognizes The 13 App Companies Joining Its Inaugural Entrepreneur Camp For Black Founders And Developers, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple announced and opened up applications for its first Entrepreneur Camp for Black founders and developers back in October last year. Now the inaugural camp has launched and Apple has shared the 13 app companies to take part in the program.

New Apple Service System Could Make iPhone Repairs Easier, More Efficient, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple will soon introduce a new same-unit repair method for iPhone 12 problems that would normally require a device replacement, the company told service providers Tuesday.


Instead of a whole-unit replacement, technicians will get access to a new "iPhone Rear System" part to fix these problems. The repair would include all of the components in the rear half of an iPhone besides the display and rear camera.

The Rise Of The Wellness App, by Jenna Wortham, New York Times

They’re everywhere, but they can’t address the real problem: the alienation of 21st-century work.

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Apple’s Adjusting Emoji In iOS 14.5 To Promote Helmet Use And Sell Headphones, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

The changes to skin tone and gender presentation are probably the most important to note. Popular emoji like “Couples Kissing” and “Couples with Heart” now have many more skin tone variations for all options.


Apple is also making tweaks to some existing emoji: the rock-climbing emoji will now feature a helmet, the syringe emoji is now a more generic one rather than one filled with blood, and the headphones look like the AirPods Max.

Apple Music Subscribers Can Share Lyrics And Song Clips In iOS 14.5 Beta 2, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

While viewing the real-time lyrics of a playing song, it’s possible to long press individual lines and share them via the Actions menu, which includes support for Instagram Stories.

According to Viticci, if users opt to share over iMessage, an ‌Apple Music‌ card appears in the conversation, and will even allow the recipient to play that specific part of the song in Messages via a playback button.


How To Use Radio Garden To Bring Global Radio Stations To Your iPhone, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Radio Garden and its iOS app Radio Garden Live, presents a Google Earth-like globe of the world. As you spin around it, myriad green dots appear. Each dot represents one place — a city or a town — where there is at least one radio station.

PDF Extra Comes To iOS With Productivity Tools And Free Storage, by AppleInsider

PDF Extra is now on Apple's App Store, featuring the ability to scan images, and both create and edit PDFs, all on iPhone.


Apple Debuts New 'Shared Values' Webpage Telling The Stories Of Individual Employees, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has published a new “Shared Values” webpage today as part of its “Jobs at Apple” website. The new page tells the stories of Apple employees across various teams, including Apple Retail, Operations, Machine Learning, and more.

Apple Says COVID 'Health Pass' Apps Are Limited To Developers Working With Public Health Authorities, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

A “health pass” app is classified as an app that generates a pass that’s used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records.


Is Apple About To Admit It Was Wrong About The MacBook Pro?, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Failed features don’t disappear—they’re replaced by exciting new features. One of its most colossal flops, the Power Mac G4 Cube, was famously put “on ice” rather than retired, in a press release that fantasized that it might eventually return. The mistake of the 2013 Mac Pro was only admitted to as part of a handpicked media roundtable where it was put in the larger context of a recommitment to professional Mac users.

Considering that pride, what happens when the company decides that many of the decisions it made a few years earlier were mistakes, actually? What does it look like when Apple makes a strategic retreat?

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess On Apple’s Purported Interest In Making Cars, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

There is no such thing as a “typical tech-sector that you could take over at a single stroke”. That Diess seems to think that’s how any of the markets where Apple currently competes work — that’s the thing that would worry me if I were at Volkswagen.

$424 Million Up For Grabs As Music Streaming Services Fill MLC’s Black Box With Unmatched Royalty Payments, by Jem Aswad, Variety

The Mechanical Licensing Collective announced Tuesday that it has received a total of $424,384,787 in accrued historical unmatched royalties from Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, along with corresponding data reports that identify the usage related to these royalties. In other words, some songwriters and publishers will be receiving a windfall once the MLC reviews and analyzes the data to pay the copyright holders — the MLC anticipates sending out its first royalty payments and statements in April of 2021.

North Dakota Senate Shoots Down App Store Bill Apple Said Would 'Destroy The iPhone', by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The North Dakota Senate today voted no on a new bill that would have paved the way for third-party app store options by preventing Apple from requiring developers to use its App Store and in-app purchase methods for apps.

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Will Apple just get rid of the Touch Bar, or will it replace it with something different? I suspect the latter, but I can't think of anything different.


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