The Carbon-Account Edition Friday, April 16, 2021

Apple Releases 2021 Environmental Progress Report, Focus On 2030 Carbon Neutral Target, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The 2021 report reviews the significant steps towards lowering environmental impacts of its products over the last year, and projects Apple’s progress towards net zero emissions from now until 2030.

Achieving overall carbon neutrality by 2030 involves Apple designing products using more recycled materials. It also means making them ever more power efficient, as Apple aims to account for the amount of carbon these devices draw over their lifetime as well as what it takes to manufacture them.

Apple Expands Fitness+ Offerings With New Classes Designed For Pregnancy And Older Adults, New Trainers, And Time To Walk With Jane Fonda, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Today, Apple announced an expansion of Fitness+ with new workouts for pregnancy and older adults. The company also expanded its existing offerings with new yoga, HIIT, and strength workouts for beginners and said Jane Fonda will be featured in the next episode of Time to Walk.

Latest App Store Scam Exposed Is A Kids Game With A Hidden Online Casino, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Developer Kosta Eleftheriou has developed a knack for finding App Store scams over the last few months. And the latest one he’s exposed is quite interesting. The app disguises itself as a kids’ game but in reality, it’s an online casino that bypasses Apple’s in-app purchase system and appears to be scamming users out of unknown sums.


You Can Now Buy Audiobooks Directly Within The Audible App, Using Audible Credits, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Audible’s subscription model was previously caught up in this policy mess. However, starting today, the company is advertising that these workarounds are no longer necessary as of Audible version 3.45. If an account has available credits to spend, users can simply browse the Audible catalog in the native app and press the Add to Library button to buy it.

Latest Camo App Update Adds Power User Features For Turning Your iPhone Into A Mac Webcam, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Now the great software has gotten an update with more advanced features including a new screen curtain and pause screen, option to save images, support for 11 languages, improved performance, and more.


Above Avalon: Designed By Apple In California, Not Assembled In China, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

Apple is quietly and gradually showing us that the phase “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” will evolve. The company remains heavily invested in China, and that likely won’t change in the near term. However, by gradually diversifying product assembly into other countries, Apple ends up showing the world that its supply chain contains much more optionality than critics imagined.

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What will make me want to buy a new iPad Pro next week? If it can run macOS apps. Even if it is just macOS apps from the Mac App Store.

If macOS can run iPad apps, iPadOS should also run macOS apps.

(I am not holding my breath, though.)


Thanks for reading.