The Cracking-Screens Edition Friday, July 30, 2021

The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting, by Gilad Edelman, Wired

In the past, Apple has used software design and App Store policies to protect users, stepping into the vacuum created by the lack of comprehensive privacy legislation. Now, in California and any other states that follow its lead—Colorado, for example, will require businesses to honor the global privacy control starting in 2024—the law has finally gotten ahead of the technology. The public won’t start seeing the full benefits until the private sector catches up. If even a privacy-centric company like Apple isn’t interested, though, the wait might be longer than you'd think.

Reports Of M1 MacBook Screen Cracks Occurring During Normal Usage, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

There have been multiple reports of M1 MacBook screen cracks occurring during normal usage of the machines, with both the M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro affected.

OS Update

watchOS 7.6.1 Fixes Severe Security Vulnerability, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has issued watchOS 7.6.1 with a fix for the same vulnerability that sparked the iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS 11.5.1 updates: a kernel vulnerability that may have been actively exploited in the real world.


Apple Releases Remix Sessions, Sound Packs, And Producer Packs For GarageBand On The iPhone And iPad, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Today, Apple announced Sound Packs for GarageBand for iOS and iPadOS from artists and producers that allow users to remix hit tracks from Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga and create their own music, using hundreds of XX from producers that include Boys Noize, Mark Lettieri, Oak Felder, Soulection, Take A Daytrip, Tom Misch, and TRAKGIRL.

Doppler For Mac Offers An Excellent Album And Artist-Focused Listening Experience For Your Owned Music Collection, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple’s Music app continues to maintain backward compatibility for users who own their music libraries, but Apple’s focus these days is squarely on streaming, not purchasing. That’s left apps like Doppler to fill the void offering features like the ability to add new music to your library from an iPhone, something that isn’t possible with Apple Music.

Byword, by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

Byword's strength is its ability to export and publish directly to Blogger, Evernote, Medium, Tumbler, and WordPress. For budget-minded writers who compose reasonably short pieces for the web, it's a fine option.


Apple Is Now An Antifragile Company, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple is robust because of securing its supply chain, and it’s antifragile thanks to a diverse mix of strong products.

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Is it normal in the new normal to not to expect any normalcy at all?


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