The Voice-Isolating Edition Thursday, October 7, 2021

AirPods Pro Can Help You Hear Conversations Better After Recent Firmware Update, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

Conversation Boost is included as a Custom Transparency Mode in Apple’s headphone accommodations. When the feature is enabled, the beam-forming microphones on the AirPods Pro attempt to isolate voices above any background noise and other conversations. There’s also access to sliders to modify the amplification, transparency, and tone of what you hear.

Apple Confirms New 'Report A Problem' Option Rolling Out On The App Store To Fight Scam Apps, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Earlier this week, App Store users and developers noticed that Apple had quietly started rolling out a new “Report a Problem” link to app listings. Now, Apple has officially confirmed that this feature is available for users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States — with plans to “expand to other regions over time.”

Coming Soon?

Apple Plan For Cars Uses IPhone To Control A/C, Seats, Radio, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The company is working on technology that would access functions like the climate-control system, speedometer, radio and seats, according to people with knowledge of the effort. The initiative, known as “IronHeart” internally, is still in its early stages and would require the cooperation of automakers.


Apple Shares 'Celebrating Steve' Video On Its Official YouTube Channel, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple celebrated the tenth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing on Tuesday with a special version of its website homepage dedicated to the company’s co-founder. Along with a letter signed by Jobs’ family, Apple also shared a video called “Celebrating Steve,” which is now available on the company’s official YouTube channel.

Apple Advertises Apple Music, Apple Arcade In iOS Settings App, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple device users who purchased a new iPhone 13, or who recently upgraded to the latest iOS 15 release, are seeing static Settings menu options advertising for first-party services Apple Music and Apple Arcade.

I Shot An Entire Photowalk Episode With iPhone 13's "Cinematic Mode," And I'm Impressed, by Jefferson Graham, DIY Photography

For my money, I’d give Cinematic Mode a B+ at launch. It worked more often than it didn’t.

Halide 2.5 Adds New Macro Mode, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Halide 2.5 is out, and it includes a brand new Macro Mode. Macro photography is an exclusive feature of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Still, Halide has managed to make its Macro Mode available on the iPhone 8 and newer models thanks to some cool machine learning tricks.


Apple Is Making It Easier To Delete Accounts Attached To Third-party Apps, by Ian Carlos Campbell, The Verge

Apple will require developers that offer a way to create accounts in their apps to also offer a way to delete them, starting with app submissions on January 31st, 2022, the company shared Wednesday.

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I find it uncomfortable to talk with the AirPods Pro in my ears. I don't think I will be using this new Conversation Boost feature anytime soon.

I do hope that the next version of the regular AirPods will still be as comfortable to wear as the current AirPods (for me), but with some of the features of the AirPods Pro of today. I'm not sure if this wishlist violates any law of physics though.


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