The Get-Work-Done Edition Friday, December 24, 2021

Back To The Mac: How The 14-inch MacBook Pro Won Over A Longtime iPad Pro User, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The Mac is purpose-built as a work machine first with complete user access to every system and tool available in the operating system. This level of control gives users the ability to create complex workflows perfect for their exact needs.

This level of complexity is precisely why people still buy into the old paradigm — it just works. If you're any level of proficiency with using any computer over the past thirty years, then you'll be able to sit down at a Mac and get work done.

Apple's AirTags Used To Follow 2 Women In West Seneca, by Danielle Church, WGRZ

"A female came in and she got this message notification on her phone that there was an Apple AirTag or device moving with her, so she came to the station," West Seneca Lieutenant Jonathan Luterek said.


West Seneca Police have subpoenaed records from Apple to help them find out who was trying to track the woman last month. If found, that person could face a misdemeanor.

Apple's 20 Color Options Show Fragmented Offerings Across Devices, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

While Apple’s color options have been a source of considerable discussion in recent years, complaints about the company’s color offerings started to gain traction following the launch of the iPhone 13 and the aluminum Apple Watch Series 7, which are not available in Space Gray or Silver. With 2021 drawing to a close, we have examined Apple’s entire selection of colors across its devices to take a look at the growing fragmentation that seems to be occurring.


Apple Logic Pro 10.7 Review, by MusicRadar

The headlines might well be yet more top-line producers spreading their mixes and samples across the software – 2800 new samples from the likes of Mark Ronson, Boys Noize, Tom Misch and TRAKGIRL, being the bulk of them – but the real story is the expansion of what was already a wide spatial remit in Logic to more immersive levels, so you can export your projects as Dolby Atmos files, all ready to play on Apple Music in full surround sound.

Apple Shares New Video Detailing 10 Helpful Tips For Your New iPhone, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

In a video shared by the Apple Support channel on YouTube, the company gives “helpful tips for getting the most out of your iPhone.”

PCalc Review: A Simple Adding App With A Treasure Trove Of Features, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

It’s testament to humanity’s need to enter numbers one at a time and transform them that PCalc persists. Not only persists, but finds new features to add to an app that could have matured decades ago. PCalc offers one of the best calculators for macOS out of the virtual box, while also providing the greatest versatility and configurability.

Rolling Square's AirCard Fits In Your Wallet, Works Just Like An AirTag, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

The tracker is 3.2mm thick, a bit over the thickness of three standard credit cards. It's powered by three ultra-thin batteries rated to get up to one year of battery life before needing to be replaced.


You Should Listen To CDs, by Gilad Edelman, Wired

Indeed, the immediate, frictionless availability of something else keeps me from spending as much time as I otherwise would even with music I really love. In the pre-streaming era, I’d buy an album and listen to it over and over. With Spotify, I often discover a new artist, get really excited about them, and three months later forget about their existence entirely. If it doesn’t occupy space on your wall, it may not occupy space in your mind.

'Apple Together' Group Organizing Corporate, Retail Walkout On Dec. 24, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

A group of Apple workers spanning not just the company's retail channel but AppleCare and corporate offices are organizing a walkout on Friday, Dec. 24 to demand better working conditions.

California Looks To Weigh Into Apple-Epic Legal Fight Over Apps, by Peter Blumberg, Bloomberg

The state attorney general’s office said in a court filing Wednesday that it wants to take a position on how the law is interpreted, but that it would be premature to weigh in until Apple fleshes out its arguments for why the Sept. 10 ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers was wrong.

Big Tech Split Leads To Demise Of Internet Association, by Dave Lee, Financial Times

Growing tensions between Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, and Apple lie behind the death of the Internet Association (IA), the nine-year-old lobby group that was Big Tech’s voice in Washington, according to insiders and industry observers.


The closure is a sign of the increasingly different policy objectives of its Big Tech members, said observers, with Microsoft in particular looking to distance itself from its Silicon Valley peers.

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