The Rabbit-Holes Edition Friday, February 25, 2022

Poppy Seed Health’s Simmone Taitt Wants To Eliminate Maternal Health Inequities, by Apple

Simmone Taitt isn’t afraid of rabbit holes. As the founder and CEO of Poppy Seed Health — an on-demand health advocacy app for birthing people providing pregnancy and postpartum care — Taitt digs deep, no matter how dark or scary or in the weeds a topic may get.

“I’ve never been afraid of exploring,” Taitt says. “It’s the one thing that’s ingrained in my DNA: I don’t mind asking questions, and I don’t mind trying new things.”

How Volvo Put Apple Watch At The Center Of Its Services Vision, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Volvo has unleashed a big improvement in customer satisfaction after equipping its 1,500 service engineers with an Apple Watch to use during their day. What, on the face of it, seems a small change reflects extensive cultural change across the company, which is actively engaged in digital transformation across its business.

Apple AirTag Review, by David Motton, Cycling Weekly

David Wilkins recovered three bikes just hours after they had been stolen. The AirTag fitted to one of the bikes gave him their location. The police told him the location wasn't specific enough to take action, but after driving to the housing estate where the AirTag was located he was able to give the police a specific address.

"To think that a tag found £15,000 worth of bikes... it's a pretty decent investment! They might not work all of the time, but for me they worked brilliantly," says Wilkins.

11-Inch White Magic Keyboard Long-term Review: The Perfect Writing Tool?, by Mark Ellis, AppleInsider

The keyboard has been faultless and does an admirable job given the space constraints. Minor complaints aside, it's a joy to type on, and combined with distraction-free writing, it will help professional and hobbyist writers craft more words than ever before.

But it's the convenience and undeniable magic offered by this accessory that makes it such a brilliant addition to your iPad. There are no Bluetooth shenanigans to be frustrated by, and the build quality makes it a joy to open, adjust, and carry around.


Apple News: Local News Coverage Expands To Canada, Starting With Two Cities, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple News local news coverage is rolling out to Canada, starting with Toronto and Montreal. It follows a recent expansion of the service in the US.

Apple Starting To Catch Up To 14-inch And 16-inch MacBook Pro Demand Four Months After Launch, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple is finally catching up to demand for its latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, with wait times for both models in lower-end configurations substantially improving over the last month in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Review: Chipolo's Find My-Enabled 'CARD Spot' Is Ideal For Keeping Tabs On A Wallet, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

It’s thin enough to fit inside of most wallets and it offers all of the ‌Find My‌ benefits of an AirTag without the bulk. Compared to in-wallet solutions that use an actual AirTag, the CARD Spot is the superior option.

OtterBox’s MagSafe Battery Pack Outdoes Apple’s, by Alice Newcome-Beill, The Verge

The double-sided magnets allow the battery to sandwich itself between any compatible MagSafe charging case and a dock, allowing you to top off your phone and the battery pack simultaneously. The battery pack itself is compatible with any iPhone or iPhone case from either Apple or Otterbox with MagSafe charging.

Belkin's New Thunderbolt 4 Dock Offers A 12-port Design, But With A Hefty Price Tag, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The dock can deliver total sandwich of 40Gbps and supports USB-C Power Delivery of up to 90W for charging of connected devices. It can drive up to three external displays as well.


Apple Will Soon Offer Face ID Repairs Without Replacing The Entire iPhone, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will soon be able to repair Face ID on the iPhone XS and newer without having to replace the whole device, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source.

This Is What’s Wrong With The $99M Pay Package For Tim Cook — And It Has Nothing To Do With Money, by Jeff Steen, Inc

For where I sit, that's the really the crux of it. Tim Cook is beholden to shareholders, yes, but the company's success is only possible when employees trust their own leadership and engage fully in the company mission. Widen the chasm of compensation and you start making employees uncomfortable -- disenchanted, disengaged.

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Were there any new rumors of the new Apple service that supposedly will be launched this year? Maybe audiobooks? Or are we more-or-less sure the new VR/AR thing is going to be a service, and not just a product?


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