The In-Person Edition Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Apple Aims To Bring Back In-Store Classes As It Tiptoes Toward Normalcy, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. told U.S. and European retail staff it plans to bring back in-person classes at its stores on Aug. 30, but that plan could be delayed in some areas given a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Apple opened its reservation portal for in-store classes on Monday, allowing consumers to sign up for the courses in advance.

Corellium Launching New Initiative To Hold Apple Accountable Over CSAM Detection Security And Privacy Claims, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Security research firm Corellium this week announced it is launching a new initiative that will “support independent public research into the security and privacy of mobile applications,” and one of the initiative’s first projects will be Apple’s recently announced CSAM detection plans.

Apple Selects 15 Black- And Brown-owned Businesses To Join Its Impact Accelerator Program, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced this morning that it has selected 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses for a “first-of-its-kind Impact Accelerator.” This program is part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, and it will help “combat systemic barriers to opportunity, while also advancing innovative solutions for communities most impacted by climate change.”


Apple Releases iCloud 12.5 For Windows With iCloud Keychain Password Manager App, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

With the new password management option, those who are running Windows can access their ‌iCloud‌ Keychain passwords and can add, edit, copy and paste, delete, and look up usernames or passwords.

Mela: An Elegant And Innovative Recipe And Cooking App For iPhone, iPad, And Mac, by John Voorhees, MacStories

I can’t point to any one feature of Mela as the thing that sets it apart from other recipe and cooking apps. Part of it is the innovative use of RSS, the carefully thought-out, focused cooking mode, and the reliability of table stakes features like recipe parsing. It’s more than that, though. Like Reeder, Rizzi’s RSS client, the app also succeeds by virtue of its careful attention to the interface and user interaction details that vary from platform to platform, making the most of each device.

FlickType Pulling Apple Watch Keyboard App After Continued Rejection Issues, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

An update to FlickType with bug fixes and VoiceOver improvements was submitted last week. Though it added no new features, Apple rejected the app and said that it wouldn’t work without full access, an issue that Eleftheriou says was addressed three years ago.


U.S. Lawmakers Take A Direct Shot At Apple And Google App Stores, by Brad Stone, Bloomberg

But the open secret behind such laws is that they are just as likely to simply shift the balance of power between existing giants as they are to empower a new generation of entrepreneurship and competition.

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I'm wondering what sort of settlements Apple made with Corellium.


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