The Different-Ambitions Edition Friday, October 1, 2021

State Of The Streamer: Apple TV+ Is Charting A Unique Path Through The Streaming Wars, by Brandon Katz, Observer

Yet different streaming services have different ambitions and raw subscriber counts are not the only metric of success and failure in the streaming wars. So before we go slapping labels on Apple TV+ all willy nilly (people still say that, right?), let’s first explore Apple’s greater goals, strategies and future outlook.

Apple Issues Mac 'Device Support Update' For Restoring iOS, iPadOS Devices, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple's Software Update, in the Mac's System Preferences, is now showing a new option alongside the familiar macOS Big Sur updates. Called "Device Support Update," it appears to be an additional fix for problems with devices being updated via Macs.


Many iPhone 13 Owners Unable To Get Find My Working On New MagSafe Wallet, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The new MagSafe Wallet is designed to be easier to find should it slip off of an iPhone or fall out of a pocket, but some new ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet owners are unable to get ‌Find My‌ to connect.

Apple Continues Its Clever 'Box In A Box' Trick For Selling The iPhone 13 With EarPods In France, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This allows Apple to use the same iPhone 13 box and packing process for all iPhones, and then include the EarPods separately to streamline shipping and operations.

Pixelmator Improves Super Resolution Algorithms For Pixelmator Pro And Pixelmator Photo, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

The Pixelmator team has rolled out improvements to their Super Resolution feature, providing better results, faster, when making images larger.

Pok Pok Playroom iOS App Gets Major Boost With New Additions To Its ‘Busy Board’ For Kids, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The wonderful kids’ app Pok Pok Playroom has got its latest update today with a big Busy Board expansion. This toy is great for open-ended play that builds memory, spatial awareness, creative thinking, understanding cause and effect, and much more.


Apple’s Fortress Of Secrecy Is Crumbling From The Inside, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

To some employees, the bargain of working at Apple is to endure the hierarchical, secretive nature of the company. But to the workers who are pushing back, the question they’re asking is: does it really have to be this way?

Bottom of the Page

My definition of my success has changed over time -- probably just like many of us. It is probably a bit fortunate for me, in that I have never equate success with money. Thankfully. I suspect if one equates success with money, that life will probably come with a lot of regrets later on, especially if the live was not that successful.

However, lately, I even started to think not of success, but sustainability. This is something new for me, and I hope I have some... er.... success in figuring out what I want.


Thanks for reading.