The Press-Invites Edition Wednesday, September 8, 2021

California Streaming: Apple’s Next Big Event Is September 14, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple will stream a new product-unveiling event this coming Tuesday, September 14, at 10 am PDT, the company announced today. Invitations went out to press this morning, and marketing SVP Greg Joswiak tweeted a short video teasing the event as well.

Apple Hypes Next Week’s iPhone 13 Event With AR Portal Experience, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Once you see the AR Apple logo appear (may take some time to load), walk into it to enter the lake/mountain landscape that includes the “9.14” event date.

There are also some neat sounds effects including spatial audio support that transitions into the song “Weather” by WDL.

Apple Teases iOS 15 Features Ahead Of Sept 14 Apple Event, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Ahead of next week’s Apple event, Apple has begun teasing iPhone users about upcoming iOS 15 features using a notification from the Tips app.

8th-gen iPad Shipping Times Slip To 3-6 Weeks Ahead Of Apple Event, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it will hold its next special event on September 14, when the company is expected to introduce iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7. However, Apple might also introduce a new entry-level iPad model at that event, as shipping times for the 8th-generation iPad have now slipped to 3-6 weeks.

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Apple's Big Concession: A Willingness To Concede, by Ina Fried, Axios

The individual moves themselves won't hurt Apple and could actually take some pressure off the company. The downside for the company is they show that Apple can back down if pushed hard enough.

Apple App Store Changes Fail To Sway Lawmakers Bent On Overhaul, by Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg

A proposed bill from a bipartisan trio of senators would force significant changes to the way consumers download and use apps on their iPhones and other Apple devices. Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, head of the Senate antitrust subcommittee and one of the bill’s sponsors, said Congress is no longer willing to trust tech companies to “do the right thing.”


Apple Releases Another Revised Version Of AirTags Firmware Update, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

There’s no word on what’s included in the new firmware and no new features were found following the first release, so it likely focuses on bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.

Sticky Widgets 3.0 Is A Huge Update With New Lists, Shortcuts Support, More, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

The app allows users to put iOS 14 widgets onto their Home screen and then fill them with text. Now, that text includes support for lists.


In Defense Of Not Living Up To Your Potential, by Kimberly Hirsh

I have no obligation to live up to someone else’s perception of my potential. And neither do you.


How Slack Changed Apple’s Employee Culture, With Zoë Schiffer, by Nilay Patel, The Verge

Apple employees are demanding more transparency and input than ever, and they’re doing it in public, in a way that challenges Apple’s secretive, top-down corporate culture. The pushback is real, and it starts with the introduction of one software tool to Apple’s workplace: Slack.

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I hope the new AirPods are just as comfortable as the current AirPods. I like the noise-cancelling feature of AirPods Pro, but my ears can't stand wearing them for too long.


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