The Decent-Choice Edition Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Apple Music Voice Plan Is A Bargain If You’re OK Using Siri, by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, TidBITS

Before this, I had never been much of a Siri user since I don’t like using my voice for tasks I can readily accomplish on my iPhone. Even so, forcing myself to use Siri with the Voice Plan has persuaded me that a Siri-centric music service could be a decent choice for certain kinds of people. To my surprise, I’ve enjoyed using Apple Music via Siri—even with the other Voice Plan limitations—and I may even decide to stick with it.

Siri No Longer Able To Rate Apple Music Songs On Request In iOS 15 And Later, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

It’s unclear if this is an intended change by Apple, or an intermittent server-side problem that has arisen since the release of ‌iOS 15‌, but it’s worth noting that ‌iOS 15‌ and iOS 15.2 both made functional changes to ‌Siri‌, in relation to ‌Apple Music‌ interoperability and more generally at the system level.

The Mystery Of An iPhone 'Replacing A Woman's Head With A Leaf', by Michael Zhang, PetaPixel

As the principle of Occam’s razor suggests, the simplest explanation is usually the best one.


Apple Needs To Address AirPlay Issues When Connecting Multiple HomePods, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

For a company that praises the instant connection of AirPods, it’s so weird how unreliable AirPlay can be. Sometimes, Control Center says a song is playing in one of the HomePods, but there’s no sound at all. Eventually, the AirPlay section says all HomePods are paired, and a few seconds later I see that one of them disconnected.

Need An RSS Reader For iPhone, iPad, Or Mac? Get NetNewsWire, by OS X Daily

If you’re looking for a great no-nonsense RSS reader for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then you’ll find NetNewsWire is an excellent choice. You can add as many RSS feeds as you’d like, and scanning through them is easy no matter what device you’re using. And if you’re on an iPhone or iPad, you can even add a handy RSS feed Home Screen widget.


Apple TV Plus Has One Great Feature I Wish Other Streaming Services Would Copy, by Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide

Apple makes it very clear that your trial's about to end, even if it means losing out on recurring revenue. That helps build trust and goodwill, not just for Apple TV Plus but for the many other services Apple offers.

Apple Becomes First $3 Trillion Company After Boost From Pandemic Demand, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple’s stock climbed more than 30 percent in 2021 as it deftly navigated the supply chain crisis and benefited from extra demand during the pandemic for iPhones, Macs, and iPads as customers upgraded their home offices.

The stock jumped early in December after analysts at Morgan Stanley increased its 12-month price target to $200, arguing that investors had not yet priced in the expected launch of augmented and virtual reality devices.

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In the middle of last year, I've purchased the MagSafe Battery Pack for my iPhone mini, and an AirTag for my wallet. That was when we were returning to office, part-time. Of course, Delta (and then Omicron) happened, and the government made work-from-home the default and we stopped going to office, and I didn't get to use my two new toys much.

Well, we are going back to office, part-time, again. (Tomorrow is my first day back.) This time round, I don't have any new tech toys. In fact, I've stopped using a case for my iPhone, since I do like the look and the feel of iPhone better without the case. I'll also be bringing my new drinking mug to-and-from from now on. I'll stop using the two cups that is at my desk in the office. Who knows when we will stop going to office again.


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