The Lift-the-Burden Edition Friday, July 2, 2021

Apple Releases First Public Beta Of macOS 12 Monterey, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today seeded the first public beta of the macOS 12 Monterey beta to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the new macOS Monterey software ahead of its public release.

The M1, macOS Monterey And The Next Mac Power Shift, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Shortcuts on the Mac is going to be a great first step, but there’s a lot more work to be done before the next generation of Mac user automation is ready to lift the burden from the last. It might take years, but the future is bright.

Work Culture

Charlie Warzel: ‘This Is The Awful Voice Inside My Head’, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

You argue, you tussle, you make your case, and then when a decision has been made you go for it, even if you don’t like it.


Apple Camp 2021 Registration Opens With New In-store And At-home Activities, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Camp invites kids on creative expeditions in video using the Clips app. Live sessions will be offered in Apple Stores and a PDF guide with 30 More Creative Activities for Kids is available to explore anywhere.

Spark Mail App For Mac Gets Shared Inboxes For Improved Team Collaboration, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

It allows multiple people to access the same Gmail or Google Workplace inbox, assign tasks, set deadlines, see progress, and more.

Brilliant Brings HomeKit To Smart Plug And Wall Switch After Smart Wall Panels, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

A free firmware update has been rolled out to Brilliant smart plug and switch owners that enable this functionality. That allows users to control the plug and switch via HomeKit — whether through the Home app, Siri, or any automations.


Windows 11 For Mac In The Works, Parallels Confirms, by Stephen Warwick, iMore

"Since Windows 11 has just been announced recently, the Parallels Engineering team is waiting for the official Windows 11 Insider Preview build to start studying changes introduced in the new OS to deliver full compatibility in future Parallels Desktop updates," Nick Dobrovolskiy, SVP of Engineering and Support told iMore.

Apple To Test Hybrid Work From Store And Home For Retail Staff, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

[Apple] will begin a pilot program later this year dubbed “Retail Flex” with a small number of store employees. The arrangement will allow employees to work some weeks at their retail store location and other weeks remotely. From home, workers will handle online sales, customer service and technical support, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing company policies.

Are Computers Ready To Solve This Notoriously Unwieldy Math Problem?, by Siobhan Roberts, MIT Technology Review

First proposed (according to some accounts) in the 1930s by the German mathematician Lothar Collatz, this number theory problem provides a recipe, or algorithm, for generating a numerical sequence: Start with any positive integer. If the number is even, divide by two. If the number is odd, multiply by three and add one. And then do the same, again and again. The conjecture asserts that the sequence will always end up at 1 (and then continually cycle through 4, 2, 1).

Bottom of the Page

Is Live Wallpaper still a thing on iPhone? Because it no longer works, right? Pressing on the screen no longer animate the Live Wallpapers, but enter jiggle mode, right?


I hope there are more dynamic wallpapers out in the world for iOS and macOS.


Thanks for reading.