The Further-Tweaks Edition Saturday, May 29, 2021

Apple Delaying Podcasts Subscriptions Launch Until June, Promises Improvements To Podcasts App, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced in an email to podcasters today that it is delaying the launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. The company had originally said this new platform for paid podcasts would launch in May, but it’s now delaying the rollout to allow it to make further tweaks to the Apple Podcasts application.

The AirPods Pro’s Force Sensor Is A More Comfortable Way To Control Audio, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Is it a lot of engineering work for a relatively simple function? Undoubtedly. But it makes a crucial part of operating the AirPods a seamless, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable process. And what more can you ask than that?

Apple Details Supply Chain Progress In Annual Responsibility Report, by AppleInsider

For fiscal 2020, Apple recorded only nine so-called "core violations" of its supplier code of conduct, down from 17 in 2019 and 27 in 2018. According to the report, violators must immediately address the issue by making management changes and taking preventive measures to ensure the breach does not reoccur.


The Chipolo ONE Spot Is A Solid AirTag Alternative With Built-In Hole And Louder Sound, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The ONE Spot wins out when it comes to attachment points and sound thanks to its built-in hole for a keyring or strap and its speaker that isn't as easily muffled.

The AirTag wins out when it comes to aesthetic design, setup, indoor item location, and water resistance, so both have their pros and their cons. You're going to get the same general performance with either of these item tracking tags, and it just comes down to the add-on features that are most important to you.

Reincubate Camo Brings The New iPad Pro’s Center Stage Feature To Your Mac, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Reincubate Camo, the popular software that lets users leverage iPhone and iPad as high-quality Mac webcams has some nice news for 2021 iPad Pro owners – support for the new Center Stage auto-tracking camera feature. This effectively brings Center Stage to almost all video call platforms on Mac.


Top 3 Gamification Techniques, by Nick Babich, UX Planet

Most product designers want to retain their users and keep them active. But how to achieve this goal? The techniques that I will cover in this article are widespread in computer games, but they can be valuable for almost any product.


Why Can’t Anybody Compete With Apple’s Displays?, by Stephen Kampff, Fstoppers

I don’t think that sleek, well-built displays are out of fashion. An everyday “Pro Display XDR” could soon become the next standard. It’s just frustrating that Apple still has a lead in the market, five years after leaving it. Perhaps we'll see more displays like this if Apple returns? I can only hope this sparks more competition.

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The current Apple TV+ free trial is coming to an end next month, and I don't think Apple is going to extend the trial again.


Thanks for reading.