The Cinematography-Techniques Edition Friday, September 24, 2021

Apple Stores Start Selling New iPhones, iPads Worldwide, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

The first preorders for the iPhone 13 range, the iPad mini 6, and the new ninth-generation iPad, are being delivered to customers today. At the same time, Apple Stores around the world have stocks, in some cases including ones of models like the iPhone 13 Pro Max which are now backordered online.

How Apple Built The iPhone 13 Pro’s Cinematic Mode, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

Drance says that before development began, Apple’s design team spent time researching cinematography techniques for realistic focus transitions and optical characteristics.

“When you look at the design process,” says Manzari, “we begin with a deep reverence and respect for image and filmmaking through history. We’re fascinated with questions like what principles of image and filmmaking are timeless? What craft has endured culturally and why?”

iPadOS 15 Ruined My iPad’s Homescreen, by Chris Welch, The Verge

For me, widgets aren’t worth the homescreen looking different based on how I’m holding my iPad.

On Privacy

When You ‘Ask App Not To Track,’ Some iPhone Apps Keep Snooping Anyway, by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post

But something curious happens after you ask not to be tracked, according to an investigation by researchers at privacy software maker Lockdown and The Washington Post. Subway Surfers starts sending an outside ad company called Chartboost 29 very specific data points about your iPhone, including your Internet address, your free storage, your current volume level (to 3 decimal points) and even your battery level (to 15 decimal points). It’s the kind of unique data that could be used by advertisers to identify your iPhone, possibly letting them know what other apps you use or how to target you.

In other words, it’s sidestepping your request to be left alone. You can’t stop it. And your privacy is worse off for it.


Apple Releases iOS 12.5.5 And Security Update 2021-006 For Catalina To Block Exploited Vulnerabilities, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

If you’re still running either of these older operating systems, you should update immediately.

Apple Warns That Restoring From Backup Can Cause Apple Music Bug On New iPads And iPhone 13 Models, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

To fix this issue, Apple says that the devices must be updated, which can be done by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 15 Breaks Siri AirPods Pro Controls, Fix Coming In iOS 15.1, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

A bug in iOS 15 is preventing some AirPods Pro owners from using Siri to control the Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency features, but it appears to be fixed in the iOS 15.1 beta.

Center Stage Keeps You In The Video Chat Frame, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

iPads, for all their power, have long been subpar video chat devices, and lack of auto framing is one reason. There are others, and I’ll get to those later.

Apple has now leveled the playing field when it comes to auto framing, and then some, with a feature called Center Stage.


Upcoming 14-Inch And 16-Inch MacBook Pro Display Resolutions Likely Revealed In Latest macOS Monterey Beta, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

The two new display resolutions are listed as “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina” and do not correspond to resolutions of the built-in displays on any current or previous Apple products.

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I have updated to iOS 15 on my iPhone. So far, so good. No devices have been bricked yet. :-)

I still haven't figure out what kind of Focus I want. The part that I tripped over myself when thinking about this is that my brain is still thinking of apps to exclude from notification, whereas Apple's Focus feature works by thinking of apps to include.

And I also want to make sure I still get notified if my servers start to melt down.


Here in Singapore, we have another u-turn again: Group size for dining out and social interactions have been reduced from 5 down to 2.


Thanks for reading.