The Arduous-Task Edition Thursday, August 19, 2021

Apple’s Attempt At Podcast Subscriptions Is Off To A Messy Start, by Ashley Carman, The Verge

But in the months since Apple Podcasts’ announcement, podcasters say the platform has failed them in various ways. For a company that prides itself on functionality, design, and ease of use, the new backend’s bungled launch is a mess. Podcasters say Apple Podcasts Connect, which they’re required to use in order to take advantage of subscriptions, has a confusing interface that often leads to user error scenarios that have them pinging Apple at all hours of the day in a panic — one podcaster’s entire show was seemingly archived until Apple stepped in to help and explain what happened.


The promise of RSS was a centralized place to publish to all podcasting platforms; however, with this new subscription product, as well as other platforms, podcasters now have to publish in a variety of places and manage various backends — a particularly arduous task for small teams.

Apple Defends Its Anti-Child Abuse Imagery Tech After Claims Of ‘Hash Collisions’, by Joseph Cox, Motherboard

Researchers claim they have probed a particular part of Apple's new system to detect and flag child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, and were able to trick it into saying two images that were clearly different shared the same cryptographic fingerprint. But Apple says this part of its system is not supposed to be secret, that the overall system is designed to account for this to happen in general, and that the analyzed code is not the final implementation that will be used with the CSAM system itself and is instead a generic version.

Apple Walks Back Controversial Safari Changes With iOS 15 Beta 6 Update, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

With the latest release of iOS 15 beta 6, Apple is responding to user feedback and complaints with the introduction of yet another design that now shows the bottom tab bar below the page content, offering a more standardized experience for those who would have otherwise liked the update. More importantly, perhaps, Apple is no longer forcing the bottom tab bar on users.


Apple Debuts 'Play, Pause, Delete' Game Show On YouTube, First Episode With Coi Leray, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has launched a fun new game show series on its YouTube channel today called “Play, Pause, Delete.” It features popular artists sharing about themselves when it comes to their perspective on music, culture, and “everything inbetween.”

'McClockface' App Offers The Best Clock Widgets For Your iPhone And iPad, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

There are some apps that really take advantage of SwiftUI and resemble something that Apple would do but with its own touch. “McClockface” iPhone and iPad app is one of those apps, serving as clock widget but with tons of customization.

Netflix Now Rolling Out Spatial Audio Support On iPhone And iPad, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Netflix has confirmed that it is now rolling out Spatial Audio support to its iPhone and iPad applications. This enables an immersive experience using directional audio filters, and it has been a long time coming to Netflix users.


Apple Backs Biden's Proposal To Eliminate Greenhouse Gases From Power Plants By 2035, by Kif Leswing, Deirdre Bosa, CNBC

Apple supports a clean energy standard proposed by the Biden administration that would eliminate greenhouse gases from power plants by 2035, said Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives.

Apple’s Been Playing It Too MagSafe, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

But crucially, the company only announced that it would be offering the modules on June 22nd, almost nine months after the iPhone 12 launched. Hardware developers were only then able to apply to get their hands on samples and apply to get true MagSafe products approved (which will presumably take even more time), followed by actually manufacturing and shipping those accessories, which could take months by itself.

Apple Censors Engraving Service, Report Claims, by BBC

"As with everything at Apple, the process for engraving is led by our values," chief privacy officer Jane Horvath wrote in a letter provided to CitizenLab in advance of the publication of its report.


But CitizenLab accuses Apple of having "thoughtlessly and inconsistently curated keyword lists".

Apple’s Double Agent, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

Andrey Shumeyko, also known as YRH04E and JVHResearch online, decided to share his story because he felt that Apple took advantage of him and should have compensated him for providing the company this information.

"Me coming forward is mostly me finally realizing that that relationship never took into consideration my side and me as a person," ​​Shumeyko told Motherboard. Shumeyko shared several pieces of evidence to back up his claims, including texts and an email thread between him and an Apple email address for the company's Global Security team.

In-Depth: The Original Apple Watch, by Danny Milton, Hodinkee

So here was the incentive. If you bought System 7.5, you would get – at no extra cost – your choice of either a piece of software called Conflict Catcher 3 (meant to help alleviate issues with third party applications running on the Macintosh), or … an Apple Watch – but not the one you're thinking of.

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My iPhone was at almost 100% charge last night when I go to bed. This morning, the battery level dropped to an unusual low of 51%. The culprit, according to the Settings app: Find My.

Maybe one of my devices sneaked out in the middle of the night, and the app was desperately searching for it…

(I've rebooted my iPhone since. Let's hope this doesn't happen again tonight.)


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