The Online-Only Edition Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Apple Announces That WWDC 2022 Will Be Online-Only From June 6 - 10, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple has announced that WWDC will be an online-only event again this year, running from June 6-10, 2022, but with a limited in-person event for developers and students. The company also opened submissions for the Swift Student Challenge from now through April 25.

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Apple Pilot Tests Feature That Allows Developers To Automatically Charge Users For Subscription Price Increases , by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

An Apple spokesperson did not dispute the accuracy of the developers’ claims we presented and said this was part of a pilot test.

“We are piloting a new commerce feature we plan to launch very soon. The pilot includes developers across various app categories, organization sizes, and regions to help test an upcoming enhancement that we believe will be great for both developers and users, and we’ll have more details to share in the coming weeks,” the spokesperson said.

Everything New In iOS 15.5 Beta 1: Apple Classical References, Apple Pay Cash Updates And More, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

There are references to the upcoming “Apple Classical” app that Apple has in development to complement Apple Music, suggesting the standalone app could soon see a launch. There are “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music” in the Music app code, but the Classical app has not yet launched.

Apple To Rebrand iTunes Pass In Wallet App With iOS 15.5, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

As analyzed by 9to5Mac, iTunes Pass will become a new card called “Apple Account.” This card will be displayed in the Wallet app just like the Apple Card and the Apple Cash card. This way, instead of having to show the QR Code when shopping at an Apple Store, the user will be able to complete the purchase using Apple Pay.


Why AirTags Should Be An Essential Part Of Any Frequent Traveler’s Kit, by Jason Barnette, Matador

After a thousand miles of road trips, shuffling between hotels, restaurants, and hiking trails, AirTags have kept track of my belongings. It has given me peace of mind to know that I would likely recover my stuff if something was forgotten, lost, or stolen.

Traveling with AirTags is now an indispensable part of my routine.

Penbook Is The Digital Notebook Your iPad Needs For Just About Anything, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

There is no shortage of note-taking apps in the App Store and plenty of them are built for use alongside an Apple Pencil. But Penbook comes with almost 1,000 different types of stationery to ensure that there is one that's perfectly suited to your needs. Looking for ruled or graph paper? Penbook has it. Something more specialist like chemistry or perspective paper? No problem!

Everything You Need To Game On A Mac, by Brendan Hesse, LifeHacker

Are Macs good gaming machines? Sorta. Macs, and MacBooks especially, aren’t optimized for gaming to say the least, and many games simply do not support macOS. That said, Mac gaming has come a long way in the past few years, and it’s easier than ever to find and play games on an Apple computers (you know, relatively).

Review: This iMac Stand And USB-C Hub Combo Is Great For iMac Owners, by Luke Filipowicz, iMore

After using Satechi's USB-C hub aluminum iMac stand for a few weeks, It's become a staple in my work setup because it accomplishes two things: raising my iMac up a little bit and giving me extra ports.


Apple, Meta, And Discord All Handed User Data Over To Hackers. Now What?, by Josephine Wolff, Slate

But it’s difficult to see how companies could decide to stop responding to such requests entirely, or even implement a very time-intensive vetting process to establish their authenticity, given the urgency of these requests. In the end, it’s quite possible that responding to a few fraudulent requests will be seen as a reasonable price to pay for being able to help law enforcement in emergency situations—and it’s quite possible that calculus will be correct.

Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code, by Clive Thompson, Wired

Suddenly, the field has begun to bloom. A small cluster of startups have in the past year released spreadsheet products–such as Rows,, and Grist–with newfangled robot superpowers, like automatically hoovering up data from other sites or sending emails when the logic in a formula triggers. In a strange way, they’ve taken spreadsheets and turned them into all-purpose, helpful bots–crafted from rows and columns.

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Looks like I am again very much looking forward to the next version of iOS. This time round, it's Apple Classical, the app, that is the main attraction for me. I hope I will not be disappointed too much.

(I was just a little disappointed with the FaceID with masks, the main attraction of the current version of iOS that I was looking forward to. Somehow, it can't reliably unlock the phone with my face+mask.)


Thanks for reading.