The Dedicated-Area Edition Saturday, February 27, 2021

See The Tiny New Apple Stores Inside Target, by Mark Wilson, Fast Company

The two companies spent months designing the new, dedicated Apple area, which is currently installed in 17 Target stores nationwide, with more set to launch over the course of 2021 “and beyond,” according to the press release. The space is comprised of a wooden, under-lit table topped with Apple products (somewhat like the product presentation inside an official Apple Store), backed by two cases full of Apple Watches and other accessories.


Apple Music's Behind The Songs Hub Highlights Songwriters And Producers, by K. Holt, Engadget

Apple Music has rolled out a portal that shines a spotlight on songwriters, producers and session musicians. Behind the Songs includes radio shows, playlists and videos that highlight their work. You'll get to take deep dives into songs and lyrics, and hear from producers about collaborating with artists.

Review: SwitchEasy's MagDoka And MagStand Add MagSafe Compatibility To iPhone 11 Models, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Once in place, the ‌iPhone‌ or the ‌iPhone‌ case will be able to attach to ‌MagSafe‌ accessories and chargers. Adding a magnet to an ‌iPhone 11‌ will let it work with ‌MagSafe‌ items, but when it comes to charging, it’s not going to charge faster.


Developers Have Until March 31 To Return DTK Mac Mini To Apple And Get $500 Credit, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

In a new email sent out tonight to developers who were part of the Universal App Quick Start Program, Apple says that developers need to return these Mac prototypes with Apple Silicon chips by the end of March.

Apple Developers Despair As DTK Rebate Offers Vary Worldwide, by Stephen Warwick, iMore

Developers outside the US, however, have noted that they are not getting a full rebate like their American counterparts are because the offer is fixed. One Aussie developer noted the purchase price in the country was $779, however, they are only receiving $646 as a rebate because it is a fixed amount of US$500.


Apple's Indoor Maps Format Is Now A Standard; Here's Why That Matters, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Apple developed IMDF to provide indoor maps for venues, so Apple Maps users have an easier time navigating spaces. The company says it “offers a mobile-friendly, compact, human-readable, and highly extensible data model for any indoor space, providing a basis for orientation, navigation, and discovery.”

That integration between standards is understood as vital to the evolution of autonomous machines.

Minnesota Bill Targets Apple And Google's Smartphone App Fees, by Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune

Under the proposed bill, Apple and Google cannot retaliate against a developer for using an alternative system to charge customers.

These alternative payment methods are part of an ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and the tech giants. Epic tried to bypass Apple and Google's fees and charge customers directly for the game Fortnite. After the game was removed from the Apple and Google app stores, Epic sued both companies, alleging antitrust violations.

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It is easier to argue that developers weren't promised anything in the first place for the DTK rental, than to argue about the lack of fairness.


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