The Short-Grace-Period Edition Thursday, January 20, 2022

Apple Says It Never Intended iOS 14 Security Updates To Last Forever , by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Apple told Ars that it always intended the iOS 14 security update option to be temporary. Essentially, people could have a short grace period while Apple worked out the worst of the new operating system's early bugs, but you would always eventually have to upgrade to stay patched.


For the sake of the people who use this hardware and software, and for the developers and administrators who support Apple's devices out in the real world, a little more transparency would go a long way. And we'll keep saying that until Apple actually gives it to us.

Apple AirTags - "A Perfect Tool For Stalking", by James Clayton & Jasmin Dyer, BBC

Apple says AirTags will make a beeping sound between 8-24 hours after a device is detected moving with an unregistered phone. But it's easy to register an AirTag, and then disable it.

Anna Mahaney says Apple Support told her this could be why she hasn't been able to find the AirTag: "It looks like what could have happened in my case was that the person that owns the AirTag tracked me until I got home, and then they turned off the AirTag."


The BBC put these criticisms to Apple, who said: "We take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag's privacy and security…If users ever feel their safety is at risk, they are encouraged to contact local law enforcement, who can work with Apple to provide any available information about the unknown AirTag."


Keep Your Notes App Organized By Using Tags — Here's How, by Luke Filipowicz, iMore

You can think of tags in Notes kind of like social media hashtags. They are keywords with the "#" symbol in front of them that allow you to easily search the Notes app — like #shopping or #gaming. You can create, delete, rename, and even add tags to multiple notes at once, all from the Notes app.

The best iPhone is an organized iPhone — here's how to use tags in Notes on iPhone and iPad.

How To Get Work Done—From Anywhere, by Leigh Shulman, Wired

I love the freedom I have to make choices for my life. Now, it looks like more of us will be moving out of the traditional office setting and creating a different vision of our work lives.

This guide will help you decide what to keep in your backpack so you can travel light while living and working anywhere you want.

Wemo Smart Video Doorbell Review: The New HomeKit Doorbell Of Choice, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

We appreciate how easy installing the Wemo doorbell was, and its HomeKit support is top-notch. HomeKit remains the largest problem in the doorbell category, and Apple has periodically addressed these in iOS updates.

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I do hope Apple is still investing significant resources in AirTags to improve security and privacy.


Thanks for reading.