The Just-Like-Movies Edition Friday, October 22, 2021

Apple Promotes iPhone 13 Pro Cameras With New 'Experiments VI: Movie Magic' Video, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple commissioned an experiment with photographer Dong Hoon Jun and visual artist James Thorton for a sci-fi short. The video called “Movie Magic” shows that with the iPhone 13 Pro, users can shoot “practical special effects that look just like the movies.”

Tim Cook Hails Power Of Education As Apple Marks Europe Code Week, by Martyn Landi, Irish Examiner

Apple boss Tim Cook has stressed the importance of education being “the great equaliser” in society, as he marked Europe Code Week by meeting teachers from across the UK and Ireland.


The tech giant has a catalogue of teaching tools available around digital skills and coding and is using Europe Code Week to encourage teachers to take part in its Inclusive App Design activity with their students, a lesson where they are tasked with turning an idea to boost inclusion and accessibility into an app.

Apple’s Device Shortages Threaten Record-Setting Holiday Season, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Having to wait for an Apple product is nothing new, with the annual release of the iPhone and other hot products bringing long lines and order backlogs. But this year the delays are spread more widely. And that threatens to undercut what could be Apple’s biggest sales quarter in its history.


Cut Down On Junk Mail With iCloud+’s Hide My Email, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Suppose you share one of those alternative addresses and start receiving unwanted messages from which you can’t easily remove yourself by clicking an Unsubscribe link at the bottom. In that case, you can deactivate or delete the address and never be bothered again. Hide My Email also ties in with the Sign in with Apple feature, so you can view and manage the anonymous email addresses it generates.

Apple Confirms New MacBook Pro Models Have Only Slower UHS-II SD Card Slots, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple's new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with a midline SD card slot supporting the UHS-II standard, rather than the substantially faster USH-III, the company has confirmed.

Default Folder X Review: Indispensable Utility Provides Mac's Missing Folder Navigation Tools, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

With Default Folder installed, all your open and save dialogs have a highly configurable overlay that lets you click icons to one side or use keyboard shortcuts to get quickly to the folder location you want to be in.

Elgato’s App That Turns iPhones Into Webcams Gets AR Snap Lens Support, by Jon Porter, The Verge

EpocCam, the app from streaming brand Elgato that lets you repurpose your iPhone as a webcam for your PC or Mac, has been updated with native support for Snap Lenses augmented reality filters, Elgato’s parent company Corsair has announced.


Apple Says In-app Events On The App Store Will Officially Launch Next Week, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

One of the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 features announced at WWDC 2021 was support for discovering in-app events directly through the App Store. Apple has announced today that in-app events will officially go live in the App Store on October 27, and developers can schedule them now via App Store Connect.


The Truth About “Smartphone Pinkie”, by Shannon Palus, Slate

The claim is this: If you stick your pinkie out to form a little ledge for your iPhone, you’re damaging your hand and wrist.


As Slate’s science and health editor, I wanted to know, for the sake of my colleagues, myself, and probably millions if not billions of people worldwide: Is this true?

Basically, no.

Bottom of the Page

I wish Apple would release the new macOS on a Thursday, so that I can immediately install on a Friday, and then spend Saturday and Sunday to fix up anything that is going wrong on my Mac.

But then again, will there be some poor Apple engineers who have to be on standby over the weekend, to get ready to pull the update if anything goes wrong?

Okay, it's not that important that I get to install and play with the new OS that fast.



Thanks for reading.