The Begurding-Physics Edition Friday, July 23, 2021

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack Review: Convenience Over Capacity, by Dieter Bohn, The Verge

The MagSafe Battery’s best feature is that it is a good MagSafe wireless charger. It’s also a decent battery — but only if you think of it as a small extender, one that trades longevity for size. Do I wish it had more capacity? Of course. I also wish it could have more capacity without getting any larger than it already is. I don’t begrudge physics and I get why Apple chose the size it did.

This Clever Hack Turns Your iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack Into A Magnetic Charging Stand, by Mahit Huilgol, iPhone Hacks

Apple recently launched MagSafe charger for iPhone 12. A new hack that helps you build a wireless magnetic charging stand for iPhone. All you need is an iPhone 12, MagSafe Battery pack and an iPhone dock.


Apple Clarifies Which Devices Support Apple Music Spatial Audio With Built-in Speakers, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

While Apple had once said that older devices such as the iPhone XR and iPad Air 3 supported Spatial Audio in Apple Music, that appears to not be the case after all.

Apple Music App For Android Gains Spatial Audio And Lossless Quality, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple does not provide specific details on which Android devices are able to support the ‌Apple Music‌ features, and suggests in a support document that Android users check with their device’s manufacturer.

Apple Shares 'Hello Sunshine' Ad Highlighting Apple Watch Series 6 Health And Fitness Features, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

“With features like fall detection, the Blood Oxygen app and workout tracking, the future of health is on your wrist,” reads the tagline for the video.

Review: Apple MagSafe Charger Brings Versatility But Not Speed, by Jaclyn Kilani, iMore

This accessory also adds convenience since it snaps right into place automatically. I like that it can be used with other accessories to create iPhone mounts; this makes the iPhone much easier to use while it charges, and it helps prevent the charger from falling off while you use the phone. Overall it adds convenience and versatility that you won't find in previous charging methods.

Two Siri Remote Sleeves That Incorporate AirTag Pockets, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

Both sleeves work in the same way: you first insert an AirTag into a snug circular pocket at the bottom and then slide the Siri Remote into the sleeve over the tag so they’re held tightly together.

This approach makes the remote thicker, but not enough to hamper usability. My thumb still easily reached most of the buttons.

Carrot Weather Adds Smart Layouts, Ability To Film Your Own Ridiculous Weather Reports, More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new version comes with the ability to automatically switch between custom UI layouts, includes a fun new feature to film your own weather reports to share with friends and family, and more.

Apple To Pull 'iDOS 2' DOS Emulator From App Store, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to iDOS developer Chaoji Li, he tried to submit an iDOS update with bug fixes to the ‌App Store‌, but was told that the update was rejected because it violated the 2.5.2 ‌App Store‌ guideline that says apps cannot install or launch executable code.

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