The Same-Rules Edition Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Why Is New TV So Much Like Cable?, by Shira Ovide, New York Times

Yes, there are serious downsides to that system. App makers and regulators complain that it gives Apple and Google near total control over our digital lives. But the benefit of making the same rules for every app is it reduces the constant fighting.


Another idea: Maybe we should make our TVs dumber by ditching apps entirely. Would we be better off if TVs didn’t have app stores at all, but were just web browsers on our TV sets?

Wondery To Join Apple Podcast Subscriptions, by Alex Weprin, Hollywood Reporter

Wondery, which produces podcasts like Dr. Death, Business Wars and The Shrink Next Door, will bring its Wondery+ subscription service to Apple Podcast Subscriptions, which is set to launch later this month. Wondery+ offers ad-free podcasts, with early access and exclusive episodes for subscribers.

The deal is good news for Apple users, some of whom were left wondering whether Wondery would continue to invest in the Apple ecosystem after being acquired by fellow tech giant Amazon earlier this year.

Give Back to Communities

Coders, Designers, And Entrepreneurs Thrive Thanks To Apple Developer Academy, by Apple

The program has empowered students around the world with app development and entrepreneurial training, many of whom have gone on to start their own businesses, create and sell apps on the App Store, and give back to their communities. With the expansion plans underway, thousands more students worldwide will now have access to these opportunities each year.

Apple Developer Academy Expands To Detroit And Korea, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The Apple Developer Academy is being expanded to Detroit and Korea. The Detroit location will be the first time the programs have ever been made available in the US.

On Security

Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Affect Most Devices, But The Risk Is Small, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

You can maximize your protection by using HTTPS websites wherever possible, and using VPNs when on public hotspots.

On App Stores

Apple Says It Rejected Almost 1 Million New Apps In 2020 And Explains Common Reasons Why, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Apple said Tuesday it rejected almost 1 million apps that were submitted to its App Store for the first time in 2020.

The announcement is the latest sign that Apple is becoming more transparent about how it approves and rejects iPhone apps in response to scrutiny including a lawsuit from Epic Games and regulatory attention from lawmakers.

Epic V. Apple Keeps Coming Back To The Gap Between Ignorance And Inconvenience, by Adi Robertson, The Verge

Getting rid of anti-steering provisions would be a comparatively small win for Epic, which wants to put full-fledged third-party App Stores on iOS. But it’s a smartphone ecosystem feature that’s often overshadowed by bigger antitrust complaints — and Epic v. Apple is putting it under the spotlight.


Apple Clarifies iCloud Issue For Apple One Subscribers With Two Apple IDs, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple has presumably had enough questions that it has updated the support document to clarify a key issue. It now specifically states regardless of which Apple ID you choose for Apple One and iCloud storage, your existing data is not affected.

I Mailed An AirTag And Tracked Its Progress; Here's What Happened, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

You may also be able to use an AirTag to track a package. I sent one in the mail to a friend, and followed it across the country. Here’s what happened.

Brydge Unveils Air MAX+ Case For iPad Air With Backlit Keyboard, Multitouch Trackpad, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The new Brydge Air MAX+ features an expansive keyboard and multi-touch trackpad with a magnetic design, backlit keys, and more.

Snowman Announces New Creative Studio And Its First App, Pok Pok Playroom, A Digital Play Experience For Kids, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Pok Pok Playroom is an app designed to encourage interactive play with a series of digital toys that spark curiosity and creativity in kids in a low-key, calming environment. The app’s digital playroom includes multiple brightly colored toys that prompt children to explore through independent play.


Why “Idea” People Are Risky And What To Do About It, by Casey Winans, Better Outcomes

While nowhere near a definitive list, here are several characteristics to look for in an “idea person” that would work well in a small business.


How Apple's New MacBook Can Avoid The Same Old Mistakes, by Jason Snell, Macworld

I have to believe Apple remembers the last time it attempted to replace the MacBook Air with something new, and won’t repeat that mistake. While I’ll miss the MacBook Air when it goes—it’s perhaps the defining Mac of the last decade and it’s entirely possible a shrunken-down laptop won’t be able to offer the same battery life as the current model—it does feel like it’s time for Apple to redesign all its Macs.

Matter Is The New Name Of Project CHIP, The Partnership That Promises To Simplify Your Smart Home, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP) — the ambitious smart home partnership that will see Apple, Apple, Google, Samsung, the Zigbee Alliance, and dozens of other companies work together on an open standard — has gotten a new name: Matter.

The rebranding comes ahead of the first Matter certifications, which are set to arrive before the end of 2021.

Tech Giants Join Call For Funding U.S. Chip Production, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

Some of the world's biggest chip buyers, including Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc's Google, are joining top chip-makers such as Intel Corp to create a new lobbying group to press for government chip manufacturing subsidies.

Bottom of the Page

I don't think we are anywhere close to the day when we don't need to wear masks outside of our home in this dense city that I live in.

Or it could be the pessimisism in me that is talking.

Stay safe, everyone.

(One more week to my scheduled second dose.)


Thanks for reading.