The Still-Nothing Edition Thursday, March 17, 2022

His Software Sang The Words Of God. Then It Went Silent., by S.I. Rosenbaum, Input

The first warning Shepard got was when she went to update her Mac, and the system warned her that TropeTrainer wouldn’t run on the newest OS. She held off on the update and emailed Kinnor, the software company that made the program: Are you going to address this? She’d corresponded with Kinnor before when she needed tech support, but this time she didn’t get a response. So she sent a snail mail letter. Still nothing.

Shepard couldn’t figure out why the company wasn’t dealing with the problem.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she lamented to a friend. “What could have happened?”

“Didn’t you hear?” the friend said. “The developer died.”

Universal Control Is Apple’s Most Impressive New Feature In Years, by Sam Byford, The Verge

In beta state, though, Universal Control is already an example of Apple at its best. This isn’t an obvious feature or one that thousands of people will have been crying out for. But it is a feature that’s made possible by the fact that there are a lot of iPads and Macs out there that Apple has full control of the software for and a feature that will make a relatively small number of people very happy through its sheer wizardry. Count me among those people.

Performance and Portability

iPad Air 2022 Review: Refined Balance, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

After a week spent using the new iPad Air for both work-related tasks and media consumption, I can say this: the new Air is the most balanced tablet in Apple’s lineup – a lightweight, colorful 10.9” iPad that combines the performance of the M1 iPad Pro with increased portability that is reminiscent of the 8.3” iPad mini. The iPad Air isn’t as fancy as a 1 TB iPad Pro with a Liquid Retina XDR display or as diminutive as an iPad mini; but as a device that can be a little bit of both, now with M1, 5G, faster USB, and Center Stage support, I feel confident saying this iPad Air is the definitive multi-purpose tablet for most people right now.

Apple iPad Air (2022) Review: It’s The Nice One, by Dan Seifert, The Verge

New processor and 5G aside, the iPad Air remains the iPad for those looking for a nicer tablet than the base model, but don’t necessarily want to spend the cost or need all the bells and whistles of the iPad Pro. It’s got a modern design, more performance than most people will know what to do with in a tablet, and an excellent screen that works equally well in portrait or landscape orientation.

On Security

CryptoRom Bitcoin Swindlers Continue To Target Vulnerable iPhone And Android Users, by Jagadeesh Chandraiah, Sophos

Previously, we found CryptoRom’s deceptive applications for iOS devices exploiting Apple’s “Super Signature”application distribution scheme (a limited ad-hoc distribution method using a developer account) and abuse of Apple’s enterprise application deployment scheme. We are now also seeing Apple TestFlight being abused by CryptoRom authors.


The majority of the iPhone users we spoke with who had encountered these fraudulent apps were lured with another approach to bypassing the App Store: they were sent URLs serving iOS WebClips. WebClips are a mobile device management payload that adds a link to a web page directly to the iOS device’s home screen, making it look to less sophisticated users like a typical application.


Take Better Screenshots On Your Mac With CleanShot X, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

I’ve used the built-in macOS keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots for years, but cleaning up screenshots can be a pain — especially if you have a messy desktop.

Enter CleanShot X — a simple utility that offers several tools to make taking screenshots on the Mac easier than ever.

WaterMinder 5.1 Delivers A Ground-Up Redesign Of Its Apple Watch App And More, by John Voorhees, MacStories

It’s easy to not stay hydrated whether you’re being blasted by warm, dry air in the wintertime or exercising in the heat of summer. I’ve always appreciated WaterMinder for how it takes the tedium out of logging liquids and its clear depiction of the data it records. With the redesign of the Watch app, Funn Media has created a more unified experience across all platforms.

Chipolo CARD Spot Review: A Better Wallet Tracker Than AirTag, by Allison McDaniel, 9to5Mac

I really like the Chipolo CARD Spot; it’s simple to set up and use – the two major items that stand out to me are that it is easier to fit in a wallet than an AirTag. My wallet is thin and couldn’t handle the thick, coin shaped design of the AirTag.

I also like that the CARD Spot is much louder than the AirTag.

iRobot Update Brings Siri Support To Roomba Vacuums & Braava Mops, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

Siri support has arrived for iRobot products like the Roomba, so now users can have the robots clean specific rooms using Siri voice commands and Shortcuts.


The 27-inch iMac Conundrum, by Ken Segall

Never in a million years did I imagine that Apple could leave such a large group of customers twisting in the wind. It’s frustrating. Even more so because Apple could remove the frustration by simply telling the truth.

Just the briefest of communiques would suffice. One tiny clue about the possibility of a new Apple Silicon-powered iMac 27. Do we sit tight, or do we make other plans?

iPod Modders Give Apple’s Abandoned Music Player New Life, by Brendan Nystedt, Wired

Six years later, in 2021, Apple let the 20th anniversary of the iPod pass as quietly as it had let the iPod Classic fade into obscurity. Fans of the iPod, on the other hand, have been growing in number as vintage players are dusted off, repaired, and upgraded with new parts. Groups of hardware modders are adding things like Bluetooth capability, Taptic Engine feedback, custom colored cases, and terabytes of silent, power-sipping flash storage to their iPods, bringing the device fully into the 2020s—all without Apple's blessing.

The End Of Infinite Data Storage Can Set You Free, by Drew Austin, Wired

While the age of inexpensive or free personal data storage is far from over, its slowing expansion presents an opportunity to reimagine our relationship with the information that we possess as individuals and as a society. At the individual level, we might develop better systems for organizing, prioritizing, and even discarding the information that we accumulate—not because we’re concerned about running out of space, but because our hoarding behavior diminishes the utility of the information that is truly valuable. A more decisive attitude toward what belongs in our personal archives might improve our understanding of what information we actually value, while also enabling us to undertake similar efforts at the collective scale.

Bottom of the Page

I am still using my iPad Pro 10.5, which, according to Wikipedia (because I cannot remember anything anymore), was released back in 2017. And the iPad is still going strong; battery life is still good, the screen is still great, it is on the latest iPadOS, and all my apps are still great.

I can't say the same about Apple's Smart Keyboard. The keys worked, but the quality of everything surrounding the actual keyboard was horrible.


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