The Wisdom-and-Judgement Edition Sunday, September 19, 2021

Apple CEO Tim Cook On What Technology Excites Him Most, by John Simons, Time

Cook played a starring role in App Store courtroom proceedings, defending the company on the witness stand, in part by arguing that Apple excludes rival app stores from the iPhone not to garner additional revenue, but to ensure user security. “We’re not thinking about the money at all, we’re thinking about the user,” he told the judge in an Oakland, Calif., courtroom in May.

Those words—“…not thinking about the money”—would surely illicit groans and eye-rolls coming from any other millionaire CEO, but uttered by Cook, with a good dose of serene Southern charm, they have potential to melt anyone’s icy skepticism. In our 2021 TIME100 issue, Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, confirms that the Cook we see in public is the same man behind boardroom doors. Knight praises Cook’s wisdom and good judgement, writing: “What separates the good from the great are intangibles such as character, compassion, courage—adjectives that apply to Tim.”

I Finally Signing Up For Apple Fitness Plus Because Of This One New Feature, by Katie Mortram, Tom's Guide

Meditation is something I try to find time for everyday. We live in a hectic world and with the constant speed and pressure that comes with it, we all need to take time out to pause and calm ourselves. It’s arguably as important as exercise considering it improves your overall well-being, and it’s great to see Apple has recognized that.

BirdNET App Is A Game-changer For Bird Research, by Sneed B. Collard III, BirdWatching

I pull out my phone, punch a couple of buttons, and record a short snippet of sound. Then I press “Analyze.” After a delay of several seconds, two species’ names appear. The first is Cedar Waxwing. That doesn’t surprise me since I can look up and see six of them perched in a tree. The second name does surprise me: Yellow-rumped Warbler. I haven’t been able to detect that one, but now that I’m alerted to its presence, I listen specifically for it and — shazam — its sweet spring song quickly penetrates my awareness. The discovery puts a bounce in my step, and not just because I’ve heard the warbler. It’s because I feel myself standing at the threshold of dramatically new birding possibilities.

Castlevania Composer On Returning To Her ‘Masterpiece’ With New Apple Arcade Game, by Andrew Webster, The Verge

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls isn’t just the long-awaited return of the vampire-whipping series. It also marks the return of some big names, including character designer Ayami Kojima and composer Michiru Yamane, who left Konami in 2008.


iPad Mini 6 Shipping Estimates Begin Slipping Into October And November, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The iPad mini 6 pre-orders opened just after the “California Streaming” event, with the first orders arriving on September 24. If you waited until today to try to pre-order one by next week, you’ll probably need to wait at least the second half October to receive it from the Apple Online Store.

How To Use Taptic Time On The Apple Watch, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

A relatively underused feature of the Apple Watch, Taptic Time enables you to actually feel what the time is at that moment. Instead of noise or using the display, it instead employs the Taptic Engine of the Apple Watch to vibrate on your wrist.

Take Your iPhone Movies To The Next Level With The Shiftcam ProGrip, by Alistair Campbell, Digital Camera World

The minimalistic but thoroughly thought-out design of the new ProGrip by Shiftcam will have you instantly feeling like a pro shooter the next time you're creating movies with you iPhone, and better still; you'll now never run our of juice with its built in powerbank which will wirelessly charge your phone leaving you to concentrate on great content creation.


Why You Need A Personal Laptop, by Monica Chin, The Verge

The prospect of using your work laptop as your only laptop — not just for work, but also for Netflixing, group chat messaging, reading fanfiction, paying bills, and emailing recipes to your mom — is understandably tempting, especially for folks who work from home. Keeping work tasks and personal tasks in one place may feel like an easy way to simplify your life, and it might save space on your desk. Most of all, it may seem like a good cost-saving measure.

But I’m here to be the bearer of bad news: Don’t do that. Please, I’m begging you, don’t do that.

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What I am looking forward in the new operating systems:

Focus: I have no idea how I want to configure my devices yet, but I really hope this will make the notification system better for my mental health.

Shortcuts on Mac: Currently, I am mostly using Shortcuts on iPhone to launch apps and play audio, but I think I will be able to do more things on my Mac with Shortcuts. And, who knows, maybe I can also start getting more of the things I do available on my iPhone and iPad too.

Widgets and App Library on iPad: Finally!


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