The Global-Crunch Edition Friday, February 4, 2022

iPad Deliveries Remain Squeezed As Apple Prioritizes iPhones, by Cheng Ting-Fang, Lauly Li and Yifan Yu, Nikkei Asia

Consumers are still waiting up to nine weeks for delivery of new iPads as Apple struggles to clear a backlog that emerged last year amid the global chip and component crunch, according to Nikkei Asia's analysis of more than two months of shipping data.


Wait times for new iPhones, meanwhile, have shrunk dramatically, from over a month late last year to around 10 days for some models.


Apple Says Pro Display XDR And 2022 MacBook Pro Can Experience Limited Brightness In High Temperatures, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today shared a new support document outlining a warning symbol that can show up on the MacBook Pro with Liquid Retina XDR Display or the Pro Display XDR when the screen is running too hot, leading to brightness being diminished.

Third-party Apple Music App ‘Soor’ Comes To iPad With Three-column Design, Cover Flow, And More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Soor for iPad features a fully-optimized three-column design that gives you quick access to your library, playlists, and more. There’s also a gorgeous full-screen Cover Flow option reminiscent of the old Cover Flow feature that used to be a tentpole of the Music app on iPod. Soor for iPad includes full support for Split View and Slide Over, meaning it’s easy to use the app in multi-tasking setups with other applications.

Microsoft Explains Why OneDrive Files On-Demand Is Enforced On macOS, by Bogdan Popa, Softpedia

“Because the new experience is more integrated with macOS, it will have long-term support from Apple. The first version of Files On-Demand is built on several pieces of technology that are now deprecated. Moving to the new platform enables us to support this feature for years to come.”

PeakHour Review: Save Yourself From The Headaches Of Network Troubleshooting, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

By tracking bandwidth usage directly at the edge of your network—between you and the internet—you can often immediately pinpoint whether the internet connection is at fault. You can also track overall bandwidth consumption relatively precisely, useful with internet service providers who have caps on service or charge overage fees. PeakHour lets you set alerts so you’re warned as you approach limits or charges.


Apple Will Charge 27% Commission For Purchases Made Using Alternative Payment Systems In The Netherlands, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple says that the 27% cut is based on the price paid by the user, net of value-added tax. It says “this is a reduced rate that excludes value related to payment processing and related activities”.

Each month, developers will have to send a report to Apple that lists their sales. Apple will then send out invoices for its commission, that must be paid within 45 days.

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Apple is not even matching the four percent reduction that Google is offering in South Korea. :-)

Is Apple daring regulators to set a ceiling on commissions? And will Apple raise the annual developer fees?


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