The Screen-Real-Estate Edition Friday, March 25, 2022

Using Universal Control In macOS 12.3 Monterey And iPadOS 15.4, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Some people may see Universal Control as a way to increase screen real estate by using multiple Macs simultaneously. It’s probably not worth buying new Macs for that purpose, but it might be a great way to keep an older MacBook Pro useful after purchasing a new Mac Studio, for instance. The downside is, of course, that you have to keep both Macs up to date and figure out the best way to sync data between them.

Finally, if you’re more iPad-focused than we are, you could also dedicate an iPad on your desk to a single app that either doesn’t exist on the Mac or doesn’t work as well. Universal Control might also be a fluid way to move iPad-only content to the Mac, such as drawings created with an Apple Pencil.

Outsmart Your iPhone Camera's Overzealous AI, by Jeff Carlson, PopPhoto

You can easily bypass those features by using a third-party app such as Halide or Camera+, which can shoot using manual controls and save the images in JPEG or raw format. Some of the apps’ features can take advantage of the iPhone’s native image processing, but you’re not required to use them. The only manual control not available is aperture because each compact iPhone lens has a fixed aperture value.


I think the larger issue with the iPhone is that most owners don’t know they have a choice to use anything other than Apple’s Camera app. The path to using the default option is designed to be smooth; in addition to prominent placement on the home screen, you can launch it directly from an icon on the lock screen or just swipe from right to left when the phone is locked. The act of taking a photo is literally “point and shoot.”


Apple Announces Revamped 3D Maps In Toronto, Montreal, And Vancouver, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The update delivers more detailed maps, complete with custom-designed 3D landmarks, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, and Robson Square in Vancouver. Navigation is also improved, with more detailed road markings and a 3D road-level view when approaching complex intersections.

HomePod Mini Launches In Belgium, Netherlands, And Switzerland, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today started taking orders for the HomePod mini in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland for the first time.

Clocker Review: Get Easy Access To Time Zone Info On Your Mac, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

If you work or have family across international time zones a bit east or west of you, or you’re just trying to remember “how far ahead/back is Rocky Mountain Time, anyway?” the free app Clocker provides those details at a glance—and some warnings, too.

Wyoming Now Has An App For Collecting Roadkill, by Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine

In January, collecting roadkill was legalized in Wyoming. For residents interested in claiming the carcass of an antelope, deer, elk, moose, wild bison or wild turkey, the state now has an app for that.


Apple Says Resolved iMessage Issues After Third Services Outage This Week, by Niket Nishant, Reuters

Apple Inc said it has resolved the issues that caused outages to its iMessage service after complaints earlier on Thursday, as the tech behemoth grappled with disruptions to its cloud services for the third time this week.

Report: Apple Plans To Sell The iPhone As A Subscription Service, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple is working on a way for users to acquire iPhones as part of a subscrption service, according to reporting from Bloomberg. The service could launch as soon as this year, but it could also arrive in early 2023.

The new offering would fit neatly into Apple's ongoing efforts to emphasize recurring subscription revenue. That model has worked well for big tech companies like Microsoft, which earn most of their revenue from subscriptions, albeit mostly not hardware ones.

Apple Agrees To Pay $14.8M To Settle iCloud Storage Lawsuit, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

Apple has agreed to pay out $14.8 million to U.S. residents to settle a class action lawsuit focused on the storage of user iCloud data on non-Apple servers.

The complaint, filed back in 2019 in a California District Court, alleged that Apple had breached its iCloud server terms and conditions by storing user data on servers run by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft instead of its own.

Europe Agrees New Law To Curb Big Tech Dominance, by James Clayton, BBC

Under the proposed Digital Markets Act, Apple would be forced to open up its App Store to third-party payment options instead of users being forced to use Apple's own payment system.

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I've used Universal Control on my Mac with my iPad for a brief minute after installing the latest OS. It worked. And that's it.

Not because I don't want to use Universal Control, but because I am working on a small desk that doesn't have room for both monitor and iPad.

One day, I hope, I can use my keyboard and mouse on my iPhone.


Thanks for reading.