The Open-and-Busy Edition Monday, March 15, 2021

Apple Maps Could Soon Be Able To Tell You How Busy A Business Is Based On Anonymous Location Data, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple explains that this privacy-preserving feature would use anonymous location data to “let users know” if a point of interest is open and busy. The data would be collected when you “open an app near a point of interest.”

Apple Promotes AirPods Pro In New Ad Ahead Of Rumored AirPods 3, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Titled “Jump,” the new video shows an AirPods Pro user running and jumping as he listens to a song with Apple’s wireless earphones. At the same time, the ad highlights the Active Cancellation Mode, which reduces noise from the external environment.

Adobe Photoshop's 'Super Resolution' Made My Jaw Hit The Floor, by Michael Clark, PetaPixel

So what does this mean? For starters, it means that AI technology will have a huge impact on photography. Going forward, the software we use to work up our images (and upres them) might in some instances have a larger effect on the final images than the camera that was used to capture the image.


Apple Releases Latest iOS App Economy Data For Several European Countries As Antitrust Pressure Looms, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In the UK, Apple says the App Store supports about 330,000 jobs, an increase of 10% compared to a year ago. Germany has another 250,000 jobs, as does France.


Apple has aggressively released app economy data in the last couple of years as antitrust pressure toward the App Store has grown.

Apple Failure Modes, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

One of the things that beset HP was its divisional structure with the unavoidable rivalries, territorial disputes, and fights over resources. Customers, of course, don’t care about divisons, they care about products. Apple’s robust, flexible, functional organization helps everyone focus on products and customers.

It’s an extremely valuable Steve Jobs legacy.

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