The Inclusive-and-Diverse Edition Sunday, March 21, 2021

Apple Discontinues 512GB And 1TB SSD Configurations Of 4K 21.5-inch iMac, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple has now removed both of the affected SSD options from the ‌iMac‌’s configuration page entirely, leaving a 256GB SSD and a 1TB Fusion Drive as the only options for customers.

Apple Shares New Data About Diversity In The Company, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple is now sharing updated data about its effort to be a more inclusive and diverse company. On its Diversity page, Apple brings its effort to become “a better reflection of the world we live in.”

According to the data, the number of employees from underrepresented communities (URCs) has increased by 64%, or over 18,000 people, and makes up nearly 50% of Apple’s U.S. workforce.


How To Use Apple Music, TV, And iCloud On Non-Apple Devices, by David Nield, Wired

While Apple devices still offer the best experience for Apple services, and not every Apple service can be accessed on non-Apple hardware, here's what you can do in terms of getting at these apps on devices not made by Apple. It's particularly handy if you're sharing Apple subscriptions with family members who aren't using Apple devices exclusively.

'Hue Sentiment' Is A New iOS App For Adjusting Philips Hue Smart Lights Based On Your Mood, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The app has the option to pick any hue to display when you feel positive, neutral, or negative. It’s also possible to enable/disable individual lights to include them with every mood change. Don’t know what is your mood? The app can help you with that.

The Best Music Streaming Apps To Get Your Groove On, by Matt Jancer, Wired

What separates them today are the quality of music discovery—whether it's based on algorithms or human curation—the user experience on desktop and mobile apps, as well as sound quality. Most of these services have free tiers, but the experience improves if you subscribe and pay a monthly fee. We put 'em all to the test, and these are our favorites.

5 Chore Apps That Might Get Your Kids To Clean Their Room Already, by Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Mashable

If a paper to-do list stuck on your refrigerator or a family Google calendar isn’t working, apps can help manage chores and household responsibilities. Parents can enter what needs to be done and when. Kids can follow along, typically on their own device or on a shared device like an iPad. They can check off that their bed is made and move on to the next activity.


“These apps shouldn’t take the place of communication,” Elgersma said. “It’s not a set-it-and-forget-it situation for the most part. It’s another tool in our parenting toolbox.”


How NetNewsWire Handles Threading, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

But what senior developers are good it is eliminating concurrency as much as possible by developing a simple, easy, consistent model to follow for the app and its components.

And this is because concurrency is too difficult for humans to understand and maintain. Maybe you can create a system that makes extensive use of it, and have it be correct for one day. But think of your team! Even if you’re a solo developer, you and you-plus-six-months makes you a team.


Outgrowing Software, by Benedict Evans

The car industry probably created more millionaires in retail and real estate than in the actual car industry - making cars was just one industry, but mass car ownership changed everything else. I often think that’s a good way to think about the state of tech today: 80% of the world’s adult population has a smartphone now, so how many things can we do with that? That’s what ‘software is eating the world’ means. But part of that is also that Walmart wasn’t built by car people, from Detroit. It was built by retailers. Sam Walton was born a decade after the Model T, and this year’s MBA class was born the year Netscape launched. At a certain point, everyone has grown up with this stuff, everything is a software company, and the important questions are somewhere else.

Bottom of the Page

It sure looks like the next Mac update will not include the higher-end iMac and Mac Minis. If only the lower-end iMacs are updated this March/April, perhaps the following update will come in June, just in time for WWDC.


Thanks for reading.