The Salad-Photo Edition Monday, July 5, 2021

5 Photographers Proving How Awesome The Apple iPhone Truly Is!, by Dan Ginn, Yahoo!

Back in 2007, its far from attractive 2 Megapixel camera had no other purpose than to make snapshots of day-to-day life. Fast forward to the present day, and the cameras packed into the iPhone are nothing short of breathtaking. So much so, many photographers use it for far more than photos of their salad. The skilled photographer is able to maximize the iPhone camera’s potential. Don’t believe us? Well, in this piece, we’re going to prove it!

Bypassing macOS TCC User Privacy Protections By Accident And Design, by Phil Stokes, Sentinel Labs

We know that malware abuses some of these loopholes, and that various TCC bugs exist that have yet to be patched. Our only conclusion at this point has to be that neither users nor admins should place too much faith in the ability of TCC as it is currently implemented to protect data from unauthorized access.

A Speciifc Network Name Can Completely Disable Wi-Fi On Your iPhone, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Only a couple of weeks after the initial iPhone Wi-Fi bug was found, the same security researcher Carl Schou has found another similar issue.

Work Culture

Apple Decentralizes From Silicon Valley, But Workers Just Want To Be Remote, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Just a few years after completing the multibillion-dollar Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple Inc. is ramping up efforts to decentralize out of Silicon Valley. I’m told that executives at the highest levels of the company recognize that hiring and retaining talent will be one of the biggest challenges to its future success, and reducing its reliance on the Valley is a key step in mitigating that issue.

Apple has traditionally operated on the principle that ambitious technologists yearn for a place in Silicon Valley where they can put their mark on the next iProduct. The company’s top brass for years fought against decentralization. But that thinking has changed for several reasons based on what I’ve heard from Apple employees.


These MagSafe iPhone Mounts Are The Future Of iPhone Accessories, by Tyler Hayes, Newsweek

Moment began its journey as a mobile photography-centric company but has since branched out to other ancillary product categories. Here it wonderfully takes advantage of MagSafe to make a tripod, car vent mount, wall mount and other products with magnets embedded.

Audacity 3.0 Called Spyware Over Data Collection Changes By New Owner, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Audacity, the well-known open-source audio-editing software, has been called spyware in a report, with privacy policy changes revealing the tool is collecting data on its users and sharing it with other firms, as well as sending the data to Russia.


Apple Music Is Missing One Major Thing: A Classic iPod To Go With It, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

The iPhone makes it difficult to plug in many types of headphones, and Siri interrupts what you’re listening to when you’re asking it to do something simple that doesn’t really warrant an audible response (like turning on HomeKit-powered lights, for example).

Apple Wins Privacy Battle In China, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple made its position clear shortly afterwards by rejecting updates to several Chinese apps that it had caught enlisting CAID in their software updates from its App Store.

Several people in China and Hong Kong said that, following these rejections, CAID lost support quickly and the whole project failed to gain traction.

Bottom of the Page

I've used my previous iPods mainly to listen to podcasts and audiobooks. And the occasional BBC radio. (Yes, there is a BBC World Service station here at Singapore, and yes, there was an iPod that can receive radio signals.)

So, no, an iPod for Apple Music will not excite me. And I don't think this idea excites Apple either. Apple is pursuing an Apple TV+ everywhere strategy, but Apple Music on iPhone and Apple Watch is already everywhere.

Maybe, instead, one of the Focus in the upcoming OS should be Music-Listening?


Thanks for reading.