The Next-Generation Edition Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Apple’s WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge Winners Code To Change The World, by Apple

“Every year, we are inspired by the talent and ingenuity that we see from our Swift Student Challenge applicants,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “This year, we are incredibly proud that more young women applied and won than ever before, and we are committed to doing everything we can to nurture this progress and reach true gender parity.”

Among this group are three young women who are not only using technology to solve real-world problems, but are actively involved in teaching the next generation to do the same. They’re simultaneously blazing their own trail while making sure others have the tools to follow in their footsteps — all before they’ve graduated high school.


The Art Of Note-Making, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

For a long time, I used Evernote as my reference file and OmniFocus as my task list. When COVID-19 happened and I reworked my system, I found a lot of value in having everything in one place. So now, I keep reference material and tasks in the same bucket as the ideas I want to develop. This has a lot of benefits, but I’ve also discovered I can’t treat all my notes the same. I have a separate, more active system for developing my ideas. It’s quite a bit more involved, but I believe it’s worth it.


Your iPhone (And iCloud Backups) Are Full Of Gigabytes-worth Of Old iMessages That Are Virtually Impossible To Read, by Spencer Dailey, Key Discussions

Many iPhone owners have iMessages from years ago that they can’t access. For example, my wife and I simply want to read the first few messages that we exchanged in 2017, but we can’t.

Yet we pay for the right to read these messages in two ways: precious space our 64GB iPhones (and Macs) and iCloud storage, which Apple charges us for each month.

Ken Kocienda’s “Up Spell” Appears To Have Started Its Life As An Internal Apple Tool For Testing Game Center, by Parker Ortolani, 9to5Mac

It’s incredibly rare that internal development apps from Apple ever see the light of day, let alone get a full-fledged release.

Once Tech’s Golden Child, Apple Loses Its Luster As Scrutiny Grows, by Joe Light, Bloomberg

It will be of little solace to Apple’s investors if it wins in court but misses whatever tech revolution comes next.

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I wish there is a single button where I can press and export conversations in my iMessages to go into iCloud Drive as a text file.

I also wish there is a single button where I can press and have all the photos in my iMessages go into my photo library.

Yes, I agree there should be a way for customers to retrieve their own messages, and no, I don't think we need to wait until the Message app is improved upon. Just plain old 'export' buttons will do, Apple.


Thanks for reading.