The Wrist-Notification Edition Monday, February 22, 2021

How ‘Unlock With Apple Watch’ While Wearing A Face Mask Works In iOS 14.5, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I’m not sure if anyone will be annoyed by this mandatory wrist notification, but they shouldn’t be, and it shouldn’t be optional. You want this notification every time to prevent anyone from surreptitiously unlocking your iPhone near you, just by putting a face mask on.


Apple Investigating Issue With 'Pink Squares' Appearing On Displays Connected To M1 Mac Mini, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In an internal memo this week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple informed service providers that it is aware of and investigating an issue that may result in “pink squares or pixels” appearing on displays connected to an M1 Mac mini.

5 Best Subscription Tracking Apps To Manage Your Subscriptions, by Yash Wate, TechPP

Subscription trackers are utility apps that help you manage all your subscriptions in one place by keeping track of your apps and services subscriptions in the background and offering alerts/reminders for ones that need your attention. That way, you are informed of your active subscriptions and know which ones are due for renewal.


Apple Blocks Advertisers From Tracking Children's Data, by Laurence Dodds, Telegraph

Apple has quietly blocked advertisers from tracking children’s iPhone usage across different apps ahead of a coming privacy crackdown, data suggest.

Figures from Appsflyer, a mobile advertising company, showed that the number of iPhone users opting out of such tracking has doubled since the start of 2019, with a sudden spike in ­September 2020.

Apple-funded COPAN Ships Over 15 Million COVID-19 Test Kits, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

With investment from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund, medical firm COPAN Diagnostics hired almost 250 people, created a new medical facility, and has shipped more than 15 million coronavirus sample collection kits across the US.

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I do believe we will continue to have to wear masks at least until year 2022. I don't see a mask-free 2021.

Come on, mother nature. Prove me wrong. :-)


Thanks for reading.