The Keynote-and-Event Edition Sunday, June 6, 2021

Apple Music Teases Spatial Audio Special Event For June 7, Scheduled For After WWDC Keynote, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple will hold its kick-off WWDC keynote on Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, but it turns out that this won’t be the only Apple event that morning. Apple Music has now announced a special event, seemingly focused on Spatial Audio, for June 7 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET.

I Just Found My Lost AirTag… You'll Never Guess Where It Went, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

If nothing else, it's closure on my AirTag. Sorry lil buddy, I didn't mean to lose you.

Apple Pays Millions To Woman After Explicit Photos Posted Online, by James Titcomb, The Telegraph

The incident, which occurred in 2016 at a centre in California run by Pegatron, an Apple contractor, is one of the most significant privacy violations to be revealed at an iPhone repair facility.

Apple has often argued that its control over how its devices can be fixed helps to protect customers’ privacy, lobbying against legislation that would make it easier for third parties to fix its electronics.

Coming Soon?

Apple To Boost iPad Features, Privacy Tools At Developer Event, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

One major new addition will be a control panel that provides in-depth detail on what data are being collected by each third-party app installed on a user’s device.


On the iPhone and iPad software updates, users will now be able to set a status -- such as whether you are driving, sleeping, working or don’t want to be disturbed -- and have that dictate how incoming notifications are handled. The update will also include a larger focus on auto-replying to messages and a new design for incoming notification banners at the top of the screen.

App Store Leak Hints At New 'Mind' App To Be Announced At WWDC, Tips And Contacts Apps In watchOS 8, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The App Store manifest has been updated to include references to several new app bundle identifiers. ‘’ and ‘’ likely refer to new Apple Watch apps (as ‘Nano’ is often used as the internal codename for watch apps). The other new entry is ‘’, perhaps some kind of new mental health or mental wellness application from Apple.

Remote Work

Apple Employees Are Right To Question Tim Cook’s Hybrid Return-to-work Strategy, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Discussing ideas openly is how the best ideas rise to the surface, and I would hope that Apple’s remote work pilot program is very much open to feedback from the workforce that makes Apple the trillion dollar company it is today. A healthy dialogue between leadership and the workforce is hardly turning Apple into a democratically ran company. It’s how healthy workplaces thrive.

Apple's 3-Day Return To Work Plan Is The Best I've Seen Yet, by Jason Aten, Inc

You can dispute whether or not a hybrid workforce is the best arrangement, or whether students should be allowed to work entirely remotely. That isn't the point. Apple's leadership believes there is value in having its teams together in person, at least part of the time. As a result, the company is creating expectations that reflect that value.


Whether You Want To Rediscover Lost Apple Music Songs Or Create Magic DJs And Playlists, Now You Can On A Bigger Screen., by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Whether you want to rediscover lost Apple Music songs or create Magic DJs and playlists, now you can on a bigger screen.

Browser Privacy Settings You Need To Change Right Away: Chrome, Firefox And More, by Rae Hodge, CNET

Privacy is now a priority among browser-makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web. Here's a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking.


Meet Adrit Rao, A 13-year-old Computer Expert Who Created Four Apps, by Daniel Kuhn

Instead of playing with Lego, he messed with what’s called block programming. “This was my first introduction to coding. It was so visual that I had a lot of fun.”

Bottom of the Page

Remember when Apple introduced Apple Music at a WWDC keynote? Looks like either Apple has decided to never do another Apple Music event in a WWDC keynote, or that this year's keynote is so jam-packed with new stuff that there is no room for Apple Music.


I didn't find ScreenTime useful for me. I also didn't use the bedtime alarm. So, I am not terribly excited about this potential Minds app. But, if Apple is serious in tackling mental health, I will definitely give it a try.

Or maybe I should figure out how to adjust myself to use ScreenTime and bedtime alarm better?


Thanks for reading.