The Delaying-Play Edition Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Apple Says SharePlay Won't Be Included In The Initial iOS 15 Release This Fall, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has made the decision to delay the launch of its new SharePlay feature in iOS 15. The new feature will be available in a later update to iOS 15, Apple says, and will not be included in the initial public release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

Pushing Health App Data To Doctors: A Burden Or An Asset?, by Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News

Previous Apple moves to get more data into the hands of doctors have been announced with great fanfare, but questions remain as to how many health care providers are using the data and to what effect, and whether success stories are the norm or outliers. To date, rigorous studies showing clear health benefits from monitoring these types of data remain limited.

Apple Appeals Against Security Research Firm While Touting Researchers, by Joseph Menn, Reuters

Apple Inc on Tuesday appealed a copyright case it lost against security startup Corellium, which helps researchers examine programs like Apple's planned new method for detecting child sex abuse images.


The appeal came as a surprise because Apple had just settled other claims with Corellium relating to the Digitial Milennium Copyright Act, avoiding a trial.

Apple Says Researchers Can Vet Its Child Safety Features. It’s Suing A Startup That Does Just That., by Patrick Howell O'Neill, MIT Technology Review

Realistically, however, all of those options have at least one major problem in common: They don’t allow you to look at the code running live on an up-to-date iPhone to see how it actually works in the wild. Instead, these methods still rely on trust not merely that Apple is being open and honest, but also that it has written the code without any significant errors and oversights.

Another option would be to grant access to the system to members of Apple’s security research device program in order to verify the company’s statements. But that group, made up of researchers outside of Apple, is a highly exclusive, constrained program with so many rules on what researchers can say or do that it doesn’t necessarily solve the problem of trust.


Next Apple Watch Activity Challenge Scheduled For August 28 To Celebrate National Parks, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has set its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for August 28 to “appreciate the beauty of national parks all over the world.” Apple Watch users can earn the achievement by completing a hike, walk, wheelchair workout, or run at least one mile.

Apple's Carpool Karaoke Series Renewed For Fifth Season, Now Branded As An Apple TV+ Original, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Up to now, the series has been branded as hailing from Apple Music video department and made available via the Apple Music and Apple TV apps. Starting with season five, it will now be branded as an Apple TV+ original series and appear alongside Apple’s other flagship premium titles.


Apple To Increase Covid Testing Of Staff As Delta Spreads, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

This week, the iPhone maker informed staff participating in the company’s at-home testing program with Quest Diagnostics Inc. that they will now receive testing kits twice per week instead of weekly.


Apple also informed staff that it is reversing course on its move to bring back in-person classes at its retail stores in some regions later this month. The company told staff in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Canada that it is pausing that plan, which was reported on by Bloomberg News Monday.

COVID Slows Apple And Google Production Shift Away From China, by Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li, Nikkei Asia

Apple [...] will start mass-producing its latest AirPods earphones in China instead of in Vietnam as previously planned, two people familiar with the situation said. The company still hopes to move around 20% of new AirPods production to Vietnam later, they said.


Apple's plan to bring some MacBook and iPad production to Vietnam has also been put on hold due to a lack of engineering resources, an incomplete notebook computer supply chain and the dynamic COVID situation, one of the people said.

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