The Two-Pandemics Edition Thursday, January 6, 2022

Apple Will Donate 50% Of (PRODUCT)RED Proceeds To Fight COVID In sub-Saharan Africa, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

In fifteen years, Apple has raised nearly $270 million through the sales of (PRODUCT)RED devices and accessories. To honor this achievement, (RED) has released a minute-long video highlighting some of the iconic (PRODUCT)RED devices Apple has sold.

The video also informs viewers that while COVID threatens the progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Apple (PRODUCT)RED products and experiences will help fight two pandemics.

Lessons From Developing An App On The iPad In Swift Playgrounds From Start To Finish (Including Publishing On The App Store), by Cephalopod Studio

In the end, this is exactly what it says it is: Swift Playgrounds. It’s a playground! It’s a place that is primarily great to figure things out. It’s certainly not Xcode on the iPad, nor is it a brand new App Composer app or anything like that. It will shine mostly as a great educational and prototyping tool.

And heck, it’s pretty great as a sideproject engine so far. I say that because there is a sweet spot where constraints enable creativity, like the limitations of a sonnet. I’ll be interested to see if any masterpieces emerge.


Security Camera Snapshots In Home App Failing To Refresh For Some Users, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

HomeKit Secure Video cameras added to the Home app each have a thumbnail that provides a still view of recent footage, and normally these thumbnails automatically refresh on a periodic basis. However, users on multiple iOS versions are experiencing an issue with the thumbnails failing to refresh and showing outdated footage as a result. The issue appears to extend to the Home app on the iPad and Mac for some users.

Apple Offering Free AirPods With Purchase For Annual 'Back To University' Promo In Australia, New Zealand, South Korea And Brazil, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Eligible devices include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, ‌iMac‌ Pro, iPad Pro, and iPad Air. Purchases come with free standard second-generation AirPods, but customers can upgrade to third-generation AirPods or AirPods Pro for an additional fee.

Trying To Tame The Tangle Of Charging Cables On Your Desk? These 2 Products Can Help., by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle

At any given time, there were three or four cables snaking across my desk, drawing the occasional eyeroll from my lovely wife. But last month I decided to end the madness, and two products helped me do it.

'Audio Trimmer' Lets Users Easily Trim Any Audio Files On iPhone And iPad, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

iOS offers native tools for editing images and videos, but there’s nothing when it comes to audio editing. With this in mind, a developer has created an app called Audio Trimmer that comes to solve just that, as it lets users trim any audio files on iPhone and iPad.

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This is my prediction on how Apple will allow third-party payment methods: the payment gateway will need to apply to be one of the alternative, with strict rules to follow: customers must be able to unsubscribe at any time, without the subscription's provider having any say; payment gateway must adhere to Apple's policies on privacy and family settings; payment gateway must refund any payment whenever Apple says so; and, of course, payment gateway must collect Apple's cut and pay Apple promptly.

Perhaps Apple may just give a higher percent to these alternate payment gateways as an incentive, but Apple will collect its thirty percent.


Yes, I do feel that third-party developers clamoring for alternative payment gateway is fighting the wrong battle.


Thanks for reading.