The Power-Source Edition Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Apple Launches $99 MagSafe Battery Pack, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌ can also be charged through the ‌iPhone‌ if the ‌iPhone‌ is plugged into a power source. Apple suggests users might want to charge this way if the ‌iPhone‌ needs to connect to another device while charging, such as wired CarPlay or transferring photos to a Mac.

Virtual Today At Apple Sessions Invite You To Create Ted Lasso Fan Art, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Starting July 23, type artist Tyrsa will join Apple Creative Pros to guide three free Ted Lasso Fan Art Sessions. Grab your iPad, Apple Pencil, and the Procreate app to draw motivational mottos inspired by Ted Lasso.

Apple TV+ Scores At The Emmys With 34 Nominations, Led By Hit Ted Lasso, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Ted Lasso’s performance at the Emmys mirrors the success the comedy has seen at other high-profile awards shows including winning a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series.

Coming Soon?

Apple, Goldman Plan ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Service To Rival Affirm, by Mark Gurman, Sridhar Natarajan, Bloomberg Law

The upcoming service, known internally as Apple Pay Later, will use Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as the lender for the loans needed for the installment offerings, according to people with knowledge of the matter.


Darkroom For iOS Updated With Rebuilt Grain Slider Feature, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Darkroom for iOS has just been updated to version 5.5, which brings a new grain slider to reduce memory usage, improve speed and aesthetic, and make it look closer to film grain.

AppSwitcher For Mac Helps Users Cleanly Deliver Presentations, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

AppSwitcher is a new system extension-like app that allows users to switch to one app at a time and switch to only that app. For example, when you click on Safari, you instantly hide the open Mail app.

Shopping Guide: The Ultimate Directory Of Home Furnishings In Virtual Apple Keynotes, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Behind every great virtual Apple keynote is an equally impressive collection of modern furniture and tasteful objects from top designers across the globe. Poring through all six online-only Apple events, I’ve cataloged more than 100 chairs, sofas, tables, lamps, books, and accessories that fill the sets.


Apple’s Weather App Won’t Say It’s 69 Degrees, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

A possible explanation for the issue [...] is that Apple may be sourcing data for its iOS Weather app in Celsius and then converting it to Fahrenheit. For example, 20 degrees Celsius converts to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, while 21 degrees Celsius converts to 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit — which rounds up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where’s The Apple M2?, by Tim Bray

But it’s been eight months since the M1 shipped and we haven’t heard from Apple. I have a good guess what’s going on: It’s proving really hard to make a CPU (or SoC) that’s perceptibly faster than the M1. Here’s why.

Apple Security Bounty: A Personal Experience, by Nicolas Brunner, Medium

This is my personal story with the Apple Security Bounty program and why I believe it is a lie after reporting an issue, testing fixes and being left in the dark after 14 months.

The Ugly, Geeky War For Web Privacy Is Playing Out In The W3C, by Issie Lapowsky, Protocol

Over the last year, far from the notice of the average consumer or lawmaker, the people who actually make the web run have converged on this niche community of engineers to wrangle over what privacy really means, how the web can be more private in practice and how much power tech giants should have to unilaterally enact this change.

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This is the first time there is a battery pack from Apple available for the iPhone I'm carrying. My previous iPhone X and iPhone 6 both didn't have an Apple battery pack, if I remember correctly.

However, my iPhone is still new. Moreover, I haven't really been outside yet, at all. So, I guess I will hold out on getting this MagSafe battery pack for now.

(It definitely look cool, though.)


Thanks for reading.