The Future-in-Mind Edition Monday, June 14, 2021

Beyond iOS 15: How WWDC Sets Up The Next Generation Of Killer Apps, by Dan Moren, Macworld

But the reason tools are important is because they point to the kind of things that Apple thinks are important. That’s not always to say that the company is infallible, but it’s a good indication of where it thinks the future is heading. And, of course, in cases where it’s a future that Apple itself has in mind, that gives it a leg up.

So, by looking at the kind of tools and technologies that Apple has laid out for developers to take advantage of this year, you can get a pretty good idea of at least some things that are coming down the pike for the company, whether in the short term or farther off in the future.

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Apple Plans Faster Watch, Future Temperature And Glucose Sensors, by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg

For this year’s model, Apple has tested thinner display borders and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. The new Watch is likely to be slightly thicker overall, but not in a way that’s noticeable to the user.

The model will include updated ultra-wideband functionality, the same underlying technology in the Apple AirTag item finder. At its developer conference in early June, Apple previewed the upcoming watchOS 8 software update that will let the device unlock door and hotel rooms.

Apple’s U.S. Stores, Offices To Start Dropping Mask Requirement, by Mark Gurmanm, Bloomberg

The technology giant has begun informing retail employees of the impending change in impacted markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified discussing policy changes that haven’t been announced. The change will go into effect as early as Tuesday, and employees have been told that they won’t be required to ask customers for verification of vaccination.


Securely Erasing Your iPhone Or iPad — With A Power Drill, by Nikita Mazurov, The Intercept

But what do you do if you’ve tried all of Apple’s troubleshooting steps, and your device still won’t turn on or connect to your computer — and contains sensitive information that you want to be sure is not recoverable?

Elgato Stream Deck Review: A Mac Accessory You Didn't Realize You Need, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Any one of its buttons can be programmed to do a variety of tasks. So you could press one button to launch Microsoft Excel, if you wanted and if you have that app.

Or you could press one button to launch Zoom, plus a specific Keynote presentation and a particular outline in OmniOutliner — and then change all the other buttons into video-conferencing controls.


Deaf Coder One Of Two Vancouverites Among Global Winners In Apple's Swift Student Challenge, by Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Sun

Pham’s submission involved audiograms and making video-chatting apps such as Zoom and audio-chatting apps such as Clubhouse more accessible.

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