The Went-Uncorrected Edition Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Apple’s Troubling Stubborn Streak, by Ken Segall

After nearly six frustrating years—six years!—one of the company’s most inexplicable design blunders was finally corrected.

Hello, new Siri Remote.


Here’s a look back at the more notable Apple mistakes—and how long they went uncorrected.

Apple And The Built-In Advantage, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If you have a good idea for a third-party product on a big platform, you need to expect that the platform maker will eventually use your idea. If they don’t, maybe it wasn’t that good an idea in the first place. If they do, you should be ready to keep your product viable by going further than the platform maker is willing to go.

Watch Updates

My Apple Watch Just Dumped Me. Should We Get Back Together?, by Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times

So you can imagine my consternation when, instead of those red, green and blue rings, I saw a weird notice flash on my screen and was so discombobulated at the erasure of my entire and fairly active day that I hit “no.” And the next thing I knew, my watch and I were being unpaired.

In all our years together, I make one rash move and it’s over. What kind of a faithful companion is that?

Updating An Apple Watch Series 3 Is A Nightmare In 2021, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

The Apple Watch Series 3 was first released in September 2017, bringing fitness improvements and a faster processor. Nearly four years later, in 2021, Apple is still selling the Series 3 as its entry-level Apple Watch model starting at $199, an $80 savings compared to the more recent Apple Watch SE. Only, as I’ve recently learned, “still selling” and “supporting in a reasonable manner” are two very different things, and updating an Apple Watch Series 3 in 2021 is a nightmare of infuriating technological hoops to jump through.

On App Store

Epic CEO Says He Would Have Taken A Special App Store Deal If Apple Had Offered, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The Epic CEO also acknowledged during his testimony that “30% is most the prevalent rate charged” by various app stores, including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.


Sweeney was asked by Epic’s lawyers whether or not he would accept a special deal from Apple for a lower App Store commission. Sweeney, despite the fact that Epic claims to be fighting Apple on behalf of all developers, said that he would have accepted such a deal.

Tim Sweeney Emailed Tim Cook Personally To Call For Open App Sales After WWDC In 2015, by Russell Brandom, The Verge

In particular, Sweeney asked to “separate iOS App Store curation from compliance review and app distribution,” essentially suggesting that Apple could maintain its security features across the platform without routing all downloads through the central App Store.

Emails Show Apple’s Internal Debate Over Showing Ads In The App Store, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Friedman went on to explain that Apple should combine all of its “ranking functions,” such as charts, recommendations, search, and explore, to make it such that “the only way to game the system is to be an engaged developer who makes a useful, high quality app that lots of real devices keep around.”


Apple Releases Safari 14.1 With WebKit Patch For macOS Catalina And Mojave, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

As Apple detailed earlier this week, the exploit found in WebKit had been exploited to execute arbitrary code on a user’s device without consent.

AirTag Review: A Neat Product At Odds With Apple’s Pro-privacy Messaging, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

I have no complaints about the user experience or functionality of AirTags for those who buy them to use them for their intended purpose. They are much better than most preceding competitors, thanks primarily to Apple's huge install base. [...]

But I have deep concerns about how AirTags could be used outside their intended purpose. They can be used maliciously to track people, particularly people who do not have iPhones that can detect them quickly.

Celebrating Mother’s Day With The Creators Of Winnie, An App To Find Childcare, by Apple

Winnie is the brainchild of Chief Executive Officer Sara Mauskopf, 36, and Chief Product Officer Anne Halsall, 37, who met while working at the same startup six years ago. Both were mothers with young children, and knew how challenging it could be to find quality childcare.


Apple Now Inviting Developers To Appear In New Prominent App Store Ad Slots, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The new ad campaign type allows apps to appear as the top promoted result in the prominent Suggested section of the Search tab, which appears before the user actually types in a search query. Ads appear at the top of the Suggested section delineated by a blue background to indicate the developer has paid for placement.

Forget To-Do Lists. You Really Need A 'Got Done' List, by Stacy S. Kim, Wired

It is natural to feel exhausted from everything going on around us, on top of the regular work and personal responsibilities you’re likely to have. So much still feels unfinished and therefore unsatisfying. Supplementing our digital tools and keeping track of our small wins and unexpected accomplishments can give us some relief and inspire us to keep going.

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I'm probably in the minority here, but I didn't have any problem using the original iMac hockey-puck mouse; I'm not sure if it is the nostalgia talking here, but I don't recall facing the issue of moving the cursor in the wrong direction, which is the problem most people had with that mosue.

I also quite enjoy using the current Magic Mouse. No, I am not a fan of turning-the-mouse-upside-down-to-charge. And if Apple can change the charging situation without changing the shape of the mouse, I will be all for it. But, what I enjoy about this mouse is its low profile.


But I did managed to not purchase an Apple laptop during the entire butterfly era.


Thanks for reading.