The Store-512 Edition Wednesday, June 16, 2021

After More Than 17 Months, All 511 Apple Stores Are Open Today, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Jewel Changi Airport temporarily closed on May 13, 2021 due a COVID-19 outbreak at the airport and reopened yesterday. Every Apple Store was finally set to open on June 14, but last minute temporary closures at Apple Lenox Square and Apple Río Shopping pushed the timeline back to today. On June 24, Apple Tower Theatre will officially join the fleet and become store 512.

How Shazam Evolved From Music Recognition With Apple's Investment, by Halyna Kubiv, Macworld UK

Apple has bought Shazam as a quite useful feature for its streaming service Apple Music, but has continued to invest in and develop it for its own resources. Hence a gimmick can become a basis for great apps.

How Apple Collects Data About You And Protects Your Privacy, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Here’s an overview of the major apps and services you should know about, how it uses the data collected, and what Apple does to protect your privacy.

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Apple Says It's Time To Digitize Your ID, Ready Or Not, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

One major question is how Apple users and law enforcement like TSA agents will actually interact with these digital IDs. If your driver's license is on your phone, you could potentially have to present your fully unlocked device to a law enforcement agent in a transaction like a traffic stop or at airport security. That could, in turn, expose you to incidental search of your data, social media accounts, or anything else the agent flicks to.


Nomad Debuts AirTag Holder To Fit In Your Wallet, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

AirTag easily snaps into the center which slowly tapers to the edges. It can then slide into your wallet and rids you of the small bump for a more tapered fit.

Twelve South Releases MagSafe Compatible SurfacePad For iPhone 12, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The SurfacePad is a simple two-card wallet case that sticks to the iPhone using an adhesive pad.

New Level Lock Complete Smart Lock Package With HomeKit Arrives, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Level Lock is an all-in-one lock solution that includes the lock hardware as well as the smart components. It has a smaller footprint than previous models and Level claims that it is the smallest smart lock ever made.


Apple Says You Can Build Apps On An iPad Now, But Devs Say The Reality Is Trickier, by Monica Chin, The Verge

It has significant limits and lacks several advanced tools — debugging and profiling tools, versioning, storyboard integration, support for third-party packages, etc. “Swift Playgrounds is great for experimenting and debugging code, but it is missing many of the features ... required to make fuller-fledged apps,” Haas explains. He says the program is “perfect for developing small utility applications, such as a to-do list, but currently incapable of building the next Angry Birds.”


Apple Struggles In Push To Make Healthcare Its Greatest Legacy, by Rolfe Winkler, Wall Street Journal

If Apple could prove that its combination of device sensors, software and services could improve people’s health and lower costs, the company could franchise the model to health systems and even other countries, according to the documents.


The effort continues today, but Apple has struggled to move Casper past a preliminary stage, say people familiar with its operations.

Why Do I Like Waiting For My Smartphone Photos To 'Develop'?, by Meghan O'Gieblyn, Wired

It’s difficult to talk about cameras without also talking about time. Photography is an attempt to outwit the clock and the calendar, an art that, as the film critic André Bazin once put it, “embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.” Even as the technology grows more sophisticated, cameras maintain some of their ancestral trappings, as though they too are frozen in time. The capture button on your phone’s camera app still makes the mechanical clack of a physical shutter. The filters fade images and alter the color palette, mimicking an aging process to which digital photos are immune.

With that said, I’m doubtful that simple nostalgia led you to download this app. If you’d wanted to entertain the fantasy of living in the past, you could have easily hopped on eBay or headed over to a second-hand shop, those graveyards of analog technologies, and picked up an old SLR. My guess is that the app is satisfying a more specific desire, that the wait itself is the primary draw.

Bottom of the Page

I don't know what tomorrow will bring, or whether some countries are too optimistic, or if some countries are too pessimistic, or what, but let's just do a little celebration dance of having all Apple Stores opened.

(Yes, I am also aware that Apple Stores are really not located a lower-income regions.)

The Singapore government has already hinted that the next phase of the re-opening from the current semi-lockdown will probably be delayed.

Have a nice evening, and we'll meet again tomorrow.


Thanks for reading.