The Chicken-and-Duck-Talk Edition Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Forcing WhatsApp And iMessage To Work Together Is Doomed To Fail, by Matt Burgess, Wired

Using a bridge would involve decrypting messages, potentially on someone’s device, and then making them appear in the destination app. Removing the end-to-end encryption would open up a new layer that could be attacked by hackers or malicious actors. “How do you guarantee that the things sitting next to your messaging app are benevolent and not malicious,” says Robin Wilton, director of internet trust at the Internet Society. Kobeissi adds that it’s unclear under the proposals who would manage the exchange of public encryption keys and how cryptographic metadata would be shared between companies.

Apple Stores Will Now Decline To Repair iPhones Reported As Missing, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will now be alerted if an iPhone has been reported as missing in the GSMA Device Registry when a customer brings in the device to be serviced, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors.

Apple's Craig Federighi Explains Why iOS Auto-Updates Often Arrive Several Weeks Late, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

If early adopters report serious bugs with the software, Apple still has a window of opportunity to resolve any server-side issues or pull the update entirely before the wider user base has automatically downloaded it.

On Deck

Here Are The First MLB Games Coming To Apple TV+ Starting Next Month, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The partnership between MLB and Apple TV+ will see two games broadcast via Apple TV+ every Friday. This will kick off on April 8, when Apple will broadcast a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals.

The First “Friday Night Baseball” Games Are Set, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

“Friday Night Baseball” will be seen in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the UK. This may explain why the Angels are appearing three times, given Shohei Ohtani’s international appeal. I assume the Friday Night Baseball branding will remain intact even though the games will air on Saturday in Japan, Australia, and South Korea.


Latest Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphone Design Should Be Blasted Off Into Space, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

This is the first official partnership between Kerwin Frost and Beats. These Beats Studio3 Wireless are being called “Cosmophone.” They have a blue finish with lots of stars, with Saturn and Earth on each side of the Beats logo.

Are You And Your Partner Unsure About How To Start Tracking Your Spending? Here Are 4 Budgeting Apps That Can Help, by Jasmin Suknanan, CNBC

Budgeting can be tedious and daunting, especially when there are so many different accounts to keep track of, like for savings, investments and retirement. So when you and your partner have to manage your money together as a couple, dealing with double the number of accounts can make budgeting feel extra stressful.

The Omni Group Has Released OmniPlan 4.4 For The Mac, iPad, iPhone, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

OmniPlan 4.4 adds localization across the iPhone and iPad. It also enhances OmniPlan’s resource leveling and scheduling capabilities, which improves how OmniPlan handles complex scenarios with even more accurate and responsive forecasting.

Nuphy Air60 Keyboard Review: Mechanical, Portable, Adorable, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

You get the improved key travel and comfort of a mechanical keyboard while fitting it in a case that can slip into your backpack on the way to the cafe.

Zhiyun Crane M3 Review: A Gimbal For Both Your iPhone And Your Camera , by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

The Zhiyun Crane M3 aims to take a middle-ground approach, providing a way for smartphone videographers to extend their work towards using a bridge or lightweight mirrorless cameras. All without the expense or bulk of a full-scale professional gimbal setup.

Moment Launches Aluminum Filmmaker Cage, Strap Anywhere Mount, And More For MagSafe, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The Mobile Filmmaker Cage for MagSafe aims to make it faster than ever to mount your iPhone and accessories like lights, mics, and handles.


Apple Releases 2022 Supply Chain Progress Report, Launches $50 Million Skills Development Fund, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple also announced a new $50 million Supplier Employee Development Fund that the company said will expand access to learning opportunities and skills development for people across its supply chain. Apple said the fund also includes new and expanded partnerships with rights advocates, universities, and non-profit organizations, including the International Organization for Migration and the International Labor Organization.

Apple Privacy Chief: "Regrets" Creating IDFA, Did Not Intend For Some Ad Tracking Uses To Be Implemented, by Scott Ikeda, CPO Magazine

An Apple software manager that heads up the user privacy division has expressed regret over creating the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) since 2016, saying that developers continued to find ad tracking loopholes that the team did not anticipate.

The IDFA was created as something of a compromise to make ad tracking possible while protecting user privacy, but a report from The Information cites internal sources who say that a string of loopholes and workarounds discovered by app developers enabled them to sop up personal information anyway, and that designer Erik Neuenschwander (now head of privacy at the company) eventually came to openly regret having ever created the system.

Apple Is In A League Of Its Own, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

With most of its product categories, Apple’s largest competitor ends up being itself. The fact that Apple’s ecosystem updates are accelerating rather than declining as the competition breaks apart is a potential sign of Apple decoupling itself from the “competition drives us” mantra that is found in Silicon Valley. There is a deeper drive within Apple – a feeling that if Apple doesn’t create it, no one else will - that is driving teams forward.

Bottom of the Page

As the old cliché goes: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

And a chain that is linked together by many different chains will probably have even weaker links.


Thanks for reading.