The Full-Fledged Edition Sunday, October 3, 2021

Using Extensions In Safari In iOS 15 And iPadOS 15, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the iPhone and iPad are one step closer to matching the capabilities of full-fledged computers. Safari now supports third-party extensions on those platforms, just as it does on the Mac. Safari in iOS and iPadOS has supported content blockers for a few years, but now developers can create other extensions with more capabilities.

Why Hasn’t Apple Axed The iPhone Mini And iPad Mini?, by Craig Grannell, Wired

Ultimately, then, there isn’t one reason Apple hasn’t axed its minis, but several — beyond the obvious that Apple doesn’t care what others think it should do and does what it believes is best, making devices it believes have worth. Response to the minis also suggests people retain misconceptions about how Apple operates. This isn’t a company out to axe a product if it’s not immediately very profitable, but one that understands an ecosystem has many moving parts that co-exist. The reasoning behind product survival is multifaceted — especially for the minis.


Apple Ends iPhone 8 Logic Board Repair Program That Started In 2018, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple today ended a program that offered customers with possibly defective iPhone 8 models with a free repair for their logic board, which in some cases caused the device to restart and become unresponsive.

Nomad Magnetic Base Station Mini Review: Magnets Align For The Fastest Charge, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

Qi is great, but if you are even slightly off-center, your charging speed can deteriorate significantly. Just by adding this magnet, you will always get the best speeds possible for your device.


Apple Doesn’t Make Videogames. But It’s The Hottest Player In Gaming., by Tim Higgins, Wall Street Journal

Apple raked in more profits from games than Xbox maker Microsoft Corp. , gaming giants Nintendo Co. and Activision Blizzard Inc. and PlayStation maker Sony Corp. —combined—in its fiscal year 2019, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of figures released as part of the company’s recent antitrust trial.


The risk for Apple is that its role as the gatekeeper between the gaming world and its more than 1 billion iPhone users as well as the fee it collects as the middleman could be disrupted—whether by legislation, court order or regulatory action.

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If you are buying a new iPhone, but do not really want any of the color choices, will you wait maybe half-a-year more for the purple iPhone of 2022?


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