The Plugged-the-Gaps Edition Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Angry MacBook Owners Get Class Action Status For Butterfly Keyboard Suit, by Adi Robertson, The Verge

This suit claims Apple knew for years that its butterfly switches were defective — and that its incremental changes weren’t fixing the core problem. It cites internal communications inside Apple, including an executive who wrote that “no matter how much lipstick you try to put on this pig [referring to the butterfly keyboard] . . . it’s still ugly.”

Apple Deserves To Get Battered By The Butterfly Keyboard Lawsuit, by Callum Booth, The Next Web

It was clear to anyone and everyone that the hardware was faulty, but instead of actually fixing it, the company just flung shit at the wall and hoped that plugged the gaps.

When Apple finally discontinued the butterfly keyboard, I wrote a piece saying the company should reimburse everyone who had one of the machines. I still believe that.

Coming Soon?

Apple Adds FaceTime Framework To Apple TV/HomePod Amid Speaker With Screen Rumors, by Juli Clover and Steve Moser, MacRumors

That means features included in tvOS are also included in the ‌HomePod‌ software since they have the same base code. Therefore, the ‌FaceTime‌, iMessage, and image capture frameworks added to tvOS in tvOS 14.5 could actually be designed for a future ‌HomePod‌ that has a screen and a camera, as described by Gurman.


Apple Launches New 'Apple Teacher Portfolio' And Other Tools For Educators, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced today that it is launching Apple Teacher Portfolio, a new “professional learning recognition badge educators can earn through Apple Teacher Learning Center.” The company also has updates in store for the Every Can Create curriculum, Schoolwork, and Classroom apps.

Apple Promotes TikTok Challenge In Brazil, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple is promoting a new TikTok challenge in Brazil featuring the Apple Watch. With the hashtag #DançarTbConta – which translates to “Dancing also counts [as an exercise]” – Apple takes advantage of the popularity of the app in the country while promoting dance exercise on the Watch.

Yup, Apple Arcade Is Still Worth Five Bucks A Month, by N. Ingraham, Engadget

But my favorite thing about Spire Blast is that it’s the kind of game that would ordinarily get loaded up with ads, in-app purchases and other unpleasantries that would make it not worth dealing with. But in this case, it’s a polished, fun puzzler that I’ve been playing for months without any obnoxious tactics to suck more money from my wallet.

Be Careful When Deleting Conversations In Messages, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

The spam-reporting prompt seems to appear only when you delete an entire conversation or delete several messages from a single conversation. If you regularly delete messages or conversations in Messages, read the prompts carefully before responding to them.

Morgrie RK68B, Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

There’s a chance this is end game level here. Only time will tell, but this is an extremely good keyboard which gives me a nice hybrid solution of Bluetooth and mechanical, while being very low friction to use. I love this keyboard, so no more fluff, I’ll tell you why you need one or two.

Review: Eve's HomeKit-enabled Light Strip Is Bright, Colorful, And Adaptive, by Christopher Close, iMore

While I expected HomeKit Adaptive Lighting to be the star of the show with the Eve Light Strip, I was more impressed by what I was missing out on for the past couple of years: excellent color reproduction and incredible brightness.

You Can Now Photoshop The World In Real-time With AR On An iPhone, by Ben Lang, Road To VR

WarpAR is a free iOS app from developer Matt Bierner which lets you use Photoshop-like liquify tools to dynamically modify the world through AR. More than just a cool tech demo, it also helps us imagine what the future might be like when our physical reality becomes increasingly subject to digital whims.

Morpho Converter Is A New Currency Conversion App, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The app puts a new spin on common currency conversions, with a focus on speed.

Reflector 4 Updated With Modern UI And M1 Mac Support, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Reflector 4, an app for mirroring iPhones, iPads, and other devices to the Mac, has been updated with a new design, M1 Mac support, and new onscreen device frames.

Rumpus 9.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Maxum Development’s Rumpus file transfer server has been updated to version 9.0, a significant release with updated security and cryptographic libraries and protocols (including LibSSH and OpenSSL).


Samsung Display Likely To Receive Compensation From Apple Over Order Shortfall, by Yonhap, Korea Herald

Samsung Display's worldwide small OLED shipments in January dropped 9 percent month-to-month to 45 million units, according to market researcher Omdia, which added that the decline is apparently prompted by sluggish sales of Apple's iPhone 12 mini.


Industry observers are now predicting that Apple may once again have to pay Samsung a hefty penalty for not meeting the minimum order quantity.

Apple's Longtime App Store Developer Relations Lead Retires, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Okamoto was responsible for overseeing the ‌App Store‌ review process and policies, distributing tools to allow developers to build and sell apps, developer support, developer communications, developer awards, and he also handled the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple marketing executive Susan Prescott will be taking over Okamoto’s role as vice president of developer relations. Prescott is Apple’s vice president of product marketing and has been at Apple since 2003.

Apple Reaffirms Alliance For Water Stewardship Partnership, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

On World Water Day, Apple and the Alliance for Water Stewardship are touting their long-term commitment to their work together. Apple and the alliance will continue to invest in Chinese industries and all around the world, according to a post in Apple’s newsroom.

Bottom of the Page

It will be pretty interesting to find out why Apple continued to stick to the butterfly keyboard for so long. Let's hope someone some day will do a tell-all book about this part of the Apple's history.

I hope it's not just pride: not just someone throwing a tantrum and insisted Apple, of all companies, should know how to make it work and should just soldier on.


Thanks for reading.