The Head-Scratching Edition Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Announcements Missing In Action From Apple’s MacBook Pro Event, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

But even though what Apple did announce seemed to strike a chord with its audience, the event left a few head-scratching questions about what Apple chose not to do. It seemed like there were a few opportunities that the company decided not to move on—but, as always, there’s probably a rationale at work, even if it’s not immediately obvious.

Apple Botched The MacBook Pro Notch, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

And somehow, Apple — notch pros at this point — managed to utterly botch the notch. Because the new MacBook Pros completely missed out on the most important part of the notch: adding Face ID.


Apple Developer App Updated With Picture-in-picture, Accessibility Improvements, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Today’s update brings the app to version 9.3, and it includes accessibility improvements, sorting improvements, and system-wide picture-in-picture support.

Mapper Safari Extension Automatically Redirects Google Maps Links To Apple Maps, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

No more copying and pasting addresses, no more manual typing the same address in Apple’s Maps app: once the extension is installed, every time you tap a link to a place in Google search, it’ll load in Apple’s Maps app for iPhone and iPad instead.

Yoink Brings Background Clipboard Monitoring To iOS And iPadOS 15 Via Picture In Picture Workaround, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Yoink uses Apple’s Picture in Picture technology to remain active even if you close the app, monitor what you copy, and save it into the main Yoink app. Best of all, it does so with controls embedded in the Picture in Picture video overlay that even let you customize how Yoink checks for the contents of the clipboard.

5 iOS Apps On Apple Store To Help You Look After Your Mental Health, by Puteri Yasmin Suraya, Augustman

After months of sluggishness brought on by lockdown upon lockdown, it’s always good to check in with yourself on how you’re doing. From taking a moment to unwind to practising your breathing and meditation, Apple has a range of apps that’s best suited to every method of improving yourself mentally.

Ambient Sound App Portal Adds Support For Spatial Audio And Head Tracking Using AirPods, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Adding the feature to Portal helps bring the audio to new heights as you virtually travel around the world to experience unique places like a Hawaii beach, snow in the Scottish Highlands, a thunderstorm in the Amazon rainforest, and many more.

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Since 2004, I've been getting new headphones from Apple. I didn't do a tally, but I will not be surprised if it averaged out to be at least one new pair every year. Some of these came bundled with iPods and iPhones, while the rest were replacement purchases when the headphones eventually broke.

Which is to say: I've placed an order for the new AirPods, thus fulfilling my purchase for the year of 2021.


Thanks for reading.