The No-Real-Problems Edition Thursday, March 11, 2021

Is It Safe To Upgrade To macOS 11 Big Sur?, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

So I won’t tell you that you should upgrade to Big Sur—if you choose not to, that’s entirely your prerogative. But I will say that I have upgraded with no real problems, and if you wish to upgrade, it’s safe to do so.

Apple Now Able To Repair An iPhone 12 Pro's Cracked Rear Glass Without Replacing The Entire Device, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers have access to a new “iPhone Rear System” part that is essentially an iPhone enclosure that includes all components except the display and rear camera. As of this week, this part is available for all four iPhone 12 models, according to an Apple memo obtained by MacRumors.


Adobe Fresco: A Fun And Powerful iPad Drawing And Painting App For Pros And Novices, by John Voorhees, MacStories

From the spot in the app to which every user is taken when they open their first canvas to the many ways to learn and draw inspiration from experienced users, Fresco’s thoughtful design provides a focused approach to drawing and painting that works for users at all levels.

Adobe Delivers Native Photoshop For Apple Silicon Macs And A Way To Enlarge Images Without Losing Detail, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Per internal testing, Adobe says that users should see improvements of up to 1.5x faster performance on a number of different features offered by Photoshop, vs. the same tasks being done on the emulated version. That’s just the start, however, since Adobe says it’s going to continue to coax additional performance improvements out of the software on Apple Silicon in collaboration with Apple over time.

Adobe Updates Premiere Pro, After Effects With New Features, Enhanced Speed, by Will Shanklin, AppleInsider

Released on Wednesday, the updates from Adobe aim to enhance the speed, flexibility, and seamless collaboration of users to create content. The announced changes largely affect its video and audio tools, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Premiere Rush, and Audition, as well as Character Animator and Adobe Stock.

TextBuddy Is A New macOS App That Transforms, Sorts, Captures, And Filters Text, by Jon Henshaw, Coywolf

TextBuddy is a plain text manipulation app that stuffs a lot of features into a small package. It has over 100 useful commands that enable developers, writers, and anyone needing to modify text the ability to transform, sort, capture, and filter plain text. It’s designed to complement and work with existing apps via macOS Services, and it also integrates apps like Drafts and Marked.

Newton Email App Adds Integration For Automated Meeting Scheduling, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

After you link your account to Newton, you can share your availability instantly with easy keyboard shortcuts or use the built-in AI Scheduler to send available times directly to someone else, right on the email thread.

6 iPhone Mixology Apps For Crafting Great Drinks, by Ari Simon, Make Use Of

The apps featured below are excellent for the striving mixologist hoping to broaden their wine knowledge or rise out of the gin and tonic rut. They'll become just as vital to your toolkit as a solid shaker or corkscrew.


Developer Tells How He Became Ineligible For The Reduced App Store Fees After A Mistake, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

We don’t know if the company will ever make exceptions for cases like this, but if you’re a developer, be aware that transferring your apps from one account to another may result in you never being able to join the App Store Small Business Program.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar Plans To Hold Antitrust Subcommittee Hearings On App Store, by AppleInsider

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who was recently installed as chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, on Wednesday said she plans to investigate tech-related topics including app stores.

The Future Of Apple Retail, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

While the Apple store celebrates its 20th anniversary this May, the pandemic causes many to question retail’s future amid changing consumer behavior. A close examination of Apple’s ecosystem shows both where the company’s retail operations are headed and what changes are needed.

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I've had too much excitement with servers and caches and gateway-errors today. I think I will go lie down and listen to some playlists with the word "chill" in the name over at Apple Music.


This has nothing to with this little web site you are reading now. Nobody cares about this little web site. :-)


Thanks for reading.