The Benefits-and-Limitations Edition Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Changes To Apple’s App Store Could Have Unintended Consequences, by Tae Kim, Bloomberg

More than 1 billion people who are active iPhone users made a conscious choice to buy into Apple’s closed integrated platform—with its benefits and limitations. Even if customers try to stick to only the original App Store, sweeping changes to the operating system could raise their risk of falling victim to malware, phishing or other social engineering exploits. If the government unilaterally dismantled Apple’s tightly controlled app ecosystem, the result could be unfair for consumers.

Apple’s Strategy Bends The World, by Shira Ovide, New York Times

Connecting the dots between Apple’s business predicaments and its choices helps us understand why the company does what it does — and by extension how those actions affect everyone, whether we own an Apple device or not. Apple’s strategy bends the world.


Apple Watch International Collection Introduced, Featuring 22 Sports Loop Bands And Coordinated Watch Faces, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple has announced the Apple Watch International Collection comprised of 22 Sports Loop bands and downloadable Stripes watch faces that feature the colors of countries around the world.

iPad Pro 11in (2021) Review: More Luxury Than Laptop, by David Price, Macworld UK

It's very fast indeed - far faster than it needs to be to run current apps. It has an excellent rear camera setup that most owners will barely use. And it has features like 5G and LiDAR whose real usefulness will only become apparent in the months and years to come.

Mac Mini Stand And Hub Arrives From Satechi With SSD Enclosure, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Satechi originally launched its Aluminum Mac mini Stand and Hub back in 2019 bringing expanded I/O to the front of the desktop Mac and giving it a lift. Now an upgraded Stand and Hub is out today that lets you seamlessly expand your storage with a built-in SSD enclosure along with the extra I/O.

Apple Design Award-winner Pok Pok Playroom Updated With New Handcrafted Toy – 'House', by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Today’s update with House brings another engaging, handcrafted space to play and get creative.


Apple Isn’t Backing Down From Its Hybrid Work Model, According To Internal Note, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

Apple isn’t backing down from its hybrid work model that will require most employees to return to the office three days a week starting in early September. Fully remote positions will be extremely limited.

“We believe that in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future,” said Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of retail and people, in a video recording viewed by The Verge.

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