The Screen-Unlocking Edition Thursday, June 3, 2021

Apple Watch, Fitbit Users With Heart Conditions Get More Medical Procedures, by Nicole Wetsman, The Verge

People with irregular heartbeats who use wearable devices like Apple Watches and Fitbits aren’t overwhelming doctors with worried calls about their hearts, a new study shows. But they are more likely to be treated with a heart procedure called an ablation, the analysis found.

MagSafe Has 'Clinically Significant' Risk To Cardiac Devices, Says American Heart Association, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

The Journal of the American Heart Association has concurred with a previous report by the Heart Rhythm Journal which said close contact with an iPhone 12 affected certain implantable cardiac devices. As with that report, the American Heart Association says the effect are solely when the iPhone is on or very near the implant.

On Security and Privacy

‘Secure Intent’ On Apple Devices, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

You want the confirmation button to be built into a keyboard, and that keyboard needs to have its own Secure Enclave to have a physical connection to the button. Bluetooth and USB are out — they both go through the OS, so they’re not secure enough. And if you need a Magic Keyboard or Apple Watch for secure intent confirmation, would it really be that convenient to have Face ID on iMacs just for unlocking the screen on wake?

Apple Hasn’t Cracked Down On Fingerprinting On IOS 14 Yet, But That Other Shoe Is Gonna Drop, by Allison Schiff, Ad Exchanger

To date, Apple has barely begun to enforce ATT. As a result, a gray zone has emerged wherein several mobile measurement providers (MMPs) continue to obliquely enable fingerprinting as a backup mechanism when the IDFA isn’t available.


Apple Launches New Apple Wallet Webpage, Redesigns Apple Pay Site, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

The new Wallet webpage, details the types of cards and passes that can be stored on an iPhone or Apple Watch. It also offers information on the privacy and security features of the Wallet app.

Timery Comes To The Mac And Makes Time Tracking With Toggl Easier Than Ever, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Version 1.2 also packs in a long list of new keyboard shortcuts and settings for all users, making this one of the biggest updates since the app was launched.

Strava Releases Group Fitness Challenges And Personalized Segment Recommendations, by Bradley Chambers, Connect The Watts

The maps tab is seeing a visual refresh and segments and routes are now in a single place. The maps tab also has a new segments recommendations function to help you plan a workout.

Nomad MagSafe Moment Case Comes To iPhone 12 Handsets, by Blair Altland, 9to5Toys

As the latest in its continued partnership with photography brand Moment, the new MagSafe Rugged cases pair the usual leather stylings with support for a variety of interchangeable lens attachments to elevate your iPhoneography setup.


Apple Asks Staff To Return To Office Three Days A Week Starting In Early September, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

Apple employees are being asked to return to the office three days a week starting in early September. Tim Cook sent out an email Wednesday informing staff of the change.

“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” he said. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”

Apple Music For Artists Webpage Redesigned With More Details About Spatial Audio, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

With the upcoming release of Apple Music Lossless with Spatial Audio, the redesigned webpage also features more details about songs in Dolby Atmos and how artists can take full advantage of this technology.

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