The Most-Sophistication Edition Saturday, January 22, 2022

The Inside Story Of iBeer, The Underdog Beer App That Made Millions, by Quinn Myers, MEL

On July 10, 2008, Steve Jobs teased the opening of Apple’s highly anticipated App Store. “The quality and the sophistication of the applications you can write for the iPhone is in a different class,” he told the New York Times. The next day, the App Store launched with more than 500 apps curated for the iPhone’s groundbreaking technology, but only the app of the highest quality and most sophistication would rise to the top: iBeer, an app that kind of made it look like your phone was a glass of beer.


Apple Walks Back UNiDAYS Verification Requirement For U.S. Education Store, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

After the UNiDAYS requirement rolled out, there were complaints from some MacRumors readers that suggested the UNiDAYS site was broken for staff member verification, as it was asking customers to upload a student ID with an expiration date. Staff members were prevented from obtaining discounted products, which could be why Apple has nixed the requirement.

Apple Airing New TV Ad For Apple TV+ Featuring Everyone But Jon Hamm, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple is launching a new ad campaign for its streaming service, Apple TV+, which is set to debut as a commercial during the NFL playoff games this weekend. It features Jon Hamm comedically complaining that all of Apple’s shows feature big name celebrities .. but not him.

Pestle For iOS Transforms Any Recipe Into A Step-by-step Guide With Voice Control, SharePlay, And More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This app allows you to import recipes from anywhere and turn them into a step-by-step process, aiming to “make every recipe easily achievable.”


Here's Why Apple Should Provide Standalone Updates For Native iOS Apps, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

When Apple keeps new things exclusive to an update, it certainly motivates more users to install it – and the company knows this. Unfortunately for us, that means we have to wait longer to get even a small change in a specific app.

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Once upon a time, we were amazed by all the sensors on the iPhone, where it can detect how you were holding the phone and rotate the screen accordingly. If you are fortunate -- or unfortunate? -- to play around with Microsoft Windows Tablet PC Edition, you probably remembered a row of small little buttons on the side of the tablet, one of which, when pressed, will rotate the screen 90 degrees. That's how you rotated the screen.

And if you happened to accidentally pressed on one of those buttons, you'd have a hard time remembering how to get the screen rotation back correctly.

Also, remember Super Monkey Ball? That was fun.


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