The No-Key-to-Lose Edition Tuesday, January 25, 2022

I Tried The New Feature That Turns An iPhone Into An Instant Hotel Room Key And It’s Clear The Days Of Plastic Keys Are Numbered, by Rich DeMuro, KTLA

Overall, it’s going to be tough to ever use a plastic key again after trying out this new method using the iPhone. There’s no plastic key to lose and there’s no worry that your key will be demagnetized and stop working.

Also, you might leave your plastic key behind in the room, but you’re unlikely to leave your phone behind, which means your key is always with you.

Developers Unhappy With Bug Causing iCloud Unreliability, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

A number of developers are upset with an increasingly problematic iCloud server issue that is causing some apps that have implemented ‌iCloud‌ support to fail to sync properly.

As outlined on the Developer Forums and on Twitter, there are CloudKit connectivity issues that have been occurring since November. Some users of apps that have ‌iCloud‌ support built in are seeing the following message: “Request failed with http status code 503.”

Adventures with AirTags

A Woman Put An AirTag In One Of Her Boxes And Caught Her Mover Lying About His Location, by Marisa Iati, Washington Post

McNulty’s experience, which was first reported in the Military Times, comes amid a robust debate about the small plastic-and-metal disks, which launched last spring: Are they creepy or helpful? The trackers have been found on expensive cars, presumably so they could be stolen. But they can also be attached to commonly lost valuables, like keys, to make finding them easier.

Apple's AirTag Uncovers A Secret German Intelligence Agency, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

A researcher has sent one of Apple's AirTags to a mysterious "federal authority" in Germany to locate its true offices — and to help prove that it's really an part of an intelligence agency.

On App Stores

Dutch Regulator Says Apple's Plan For Third-Party In-App Payments Is Insufficient, Fines Apple 5 Million Euros, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple’s announced changes fail to “satisfy the requirements,” the ACM said today in a press release. “At the moment, dating-app providers can merely express their ‘interest’. In addition, Apple has raised several barriers for dating-app providers to the use of third-party payment systems,” the ACM added, alluding to the fact that dating apps must first ask and receive approval for a special ‌App Store‌ entitlement to point users to third-party payment methods.


Beats Fit Pro Available To Pre-Order Worldwide Starting Today, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Beats Fit Pro will be available to pre-order worldwide starting today, including in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, and more.

7 Tips And Tricks To Better Organize Your Notes App, by Tim Marcin, Mashable

The app actually has lots of cool functions and tricks to help you get stuff done efficiently. Here are seven of our favorites.

Recipe App Pestle Helps You Organize, Plan, And Cook Hands-free Or With Friends On FaceTime, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

A newly launched recipe app called Pestle aims to do more than provide a place to save and organize your favorite recipes. The app, from indie developer Will Bishop, also helps you plan meals, create shopping lists, keep up with new recipes from creators and even cook hands-free or with friends and family remotely over Apple’s SharePlay feature for FaceTime.

Sleep++ Adds Readiness Score To Apple Watch Sleep Tracker So You Know When To Take It Easy, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Sleep++ version 4.5 introduces Readiness Score, a new stat that helps explain how restorative your sleep was. Your score will range from 0 to 100, and higher numbers mean more readiness. The idea is that if you score a low number, it may be wise to avoid overexerting yourself today and plan ahead for improved sleep tonight.


No, Apple Did Not Crowdfund :Focus-visible In Safari, by Eric Meyer

“Wait, shouldn’t the $browser_name team have already done $feature_name by now? Why did an outside party have to do it?” is a little short-sighted. There will always be a $feature_name that the $browser_name team hasn’t done yet, for any value of $browser_name you care to posit. Today it could be WebKit; tomorrow, Chromium.

A WebKit Feature Was Crowdfunded. Let The Dunks Begin?, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I sure wish I could crowdfund features that Apple doesn’t care about in my favorite apps and have Apple add them to its code base! But only in very particular circumstances—when there’s an open-source project at the core—can it happen. And yet when it happened in this case, the reaction in some quarters was to complain. Why am I not surprised?


New $1 Billion Apple Campus In Northwest Austin Has Taken Shape, by Kathryn Hardison, Austin Business Journal

Apple executives have long predicted that the campus would open this year, though it’s unclear when employees will occupy the space given the iPhone maker’s decision to indefinitely delay its return to the office.

Bottom of the Page

On my iPhone, I can add all songs in an Apple Music playlist to my playlist. I can't do that in Apple Music for Mac.

On my Mac, I can remove all songs in my playlist. I can't do that in Apple Music for iPhone.

And that is why I need multiple devices to 'manage' what I want to listen.


Thanks for reading.