The Forced-to-Install Edition Friday, January 14, 2022

Apple Is No Longer Letting Users Stay On iOS 14 With Security Updates, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

For some unknown reason, [Apple] has backtracked and is no longer letting users stay on iOS 14 with security updates. Instead, it has reverted to the traditional method of updates where users are forced to install the latest version of the operating system (which is iOS 15) to get the security improvements.


iA Writer Is The Productivity App Every Apple User Needs, by Erik Eckel, TechRepublic

Thanks to iA Writer's simple interface that focuses on and prioritizes writing, I find my attention better concentrated and my production more efficient.

Kaleidoscope Review: Spotting The Little Things You Can't See, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The app compares plain text, rich text format (RTF), Word, and PDF files, among other document formats, in both side-by-side and integrated views that highlight their distinct contents. It can examine two images and show you the pixel-by-pixel differences. You can also compare the contents of directories. The app integrates with popular version-management and developer tools, like P4, Subversion, Versions, and Xcode, but doesn’t require other utilities for you to benefit.


Apple 'Ready To Spend Billions' On Live Sports Content Over Next Four Years, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple is on an “aggressive hunt” for potential deals that would allow it to broadcast live sports content on its TV+ streaming service as part of a wider effort to boost subscription numbers, according to a new report from investment firm Wedbush.

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I still don't see how live sports can be used to boost Apple TV+ profits. Sports content are time-sensitive, and money spent yesterday must be earned back today, because tomorrow's audience is not going to watch sports from today. However a hit like Ted Lasso can potentially bring in more revenue in the future even after the series have run its course.

Will sports entertainment bring in audience that stay for the 'regular' Apple TV+ subscription? Personally, I doubt it. Or maybe Apple is looking into an even more-premium tier of Apple One, which probably does bring in additional subscribers who are basically seeing some services as free?


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