The Universal-Shortcuts Edition Friday, October 29, 2021

Building Cross-platform Shortcuts, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

While you might have rightfully assumed that not everything that works in Shortcuts on the Mac will work in Shortcuts on iOS—AppleScripts, shell scripts, and the like simply don’t exist on that platform—it might surprise you to learn that the reverse is also true. The Mac’s version of the Share menu is not nearly as sophisticated as the one on iOS, and the Share menu is a major launching point for iOS shortcuts. Safari’s automation interface is, similarly, not nearly as friendly on the Mac as on iOS.

But will that stop us? No! This week I’ve converted several of my shortcuts to “universal” versions that run on both macOS and iOS. Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way.

How macOS Is More Reliable, And Doesn’t Need Reinstalling, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

If your Mac, running Big Sur or Monterey with Secure Boot enabled, boots normally, then its System volume is in perfect condition. Whatever might be wrong with it, re-installing the System volume isn’t likely to fix it.

At the end of a macOS update or install, if your Mac boots normally with Secure Boot enabled, then its System volume is in perfect condition. If the install fails, your best course is to enter Recovery mode and there re-install macOS. If that’s successful, you can have confidence in the integrity of the installed System again.

Dear Apple: Why Can't iCloud's Backup And Restore Be More Like, Well, Google's?, by Jason Perlow, ZDNet

Most of your software and services just plain work -- most of the time. But lately, iCloud restore has not been a great experience.

Revenue Still Up

Apple Sales Miss Expectations, Tim Cook Says Supply Issues Cost Company $6 Billion, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Apple revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations in its fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday, which Apple CEO Tim Cook attributed to larger-than-expected supply constraints on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.


However, Apple’s overall revenue was still up 29% and each of its product categories grew on an annual basis.

Why Apple’s Record Quarter Has Everyone Worried, by Jason Snell, Macworld

How does a company that’s reporting record earnings and repeatedly citing “robust” demand for its products put a chill into the hearts of Wall Street types? It’s the story of the season, and it has to do with kinks in the worldwide supply chain, which severely affected Apple in the just-finished quarter and threaten to do worse in the holiday quarter.

This Is Tim: Transcript Of Apple’s Fourth-quarter Call With Analysts, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

We are incredibly proud of the product lineup we have going into the holiday season and we are encouraged by the customer response we’ve seen. And while we cannot know exactly which path the pandemic will take the world down in the months to come, we feel quite confident that this new year will be driven by the values that guide us and by the innovation that defines us.


2021 MacBook Pro Features Display Reference Modes And Fine-tune Calibration Settings, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple’s advanced Pro Display XDR comes with multiple reference mode options, which allow users to change specific display color settings to fit their workflow. Since the 2021 MacBook Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display with similar specs to Apple’s $5000 display, the company has made the same reference modes available for its new laptops.

SpamSieve 2.9 Review: Snag And Tag Spam Before It Hits Your Mac's Inbox, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

SpamSieve is a one-trick pony and it performs its Bayesian trick exceptionally well. We will never be free of spam, and this decades-old method built out with simplicity in the app remains an important line of defense.

Camo Teams Up With Snap To Bring Augmented Reality To Video Meetings, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Camo, the popular app that allows you to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam, has released a new update that integrates the Snap API to add augmented reality to your video meetings.

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