The Prime-Generator Edition Saturday, April 9, 2022

Apple TV+ To Integrate Apple Music, Siri Into Live Baseball Broadcasts, by Doug Greenberg, Front Office Sports

Apple plans to integrate several of its most notable features during the broadcasts.

Apple Music will provide on-screen callouts for batters’ walk-up songs, while Siri will present baseball trivia.

Apple Lets You Watch MLB Games For Free Now So It Can Sell You Another iPhone Later, by Steve Kovach, CNBC

All that comes back to the same story we've seen play out at Apple since it started its push into online services several years ago. The iPhone remains the prime profit generator, while everything else, from AirPods to Apple TV+, is designed to keep customers locked in and upgrading their devices.

Apple TV+ Strikes Out In First MLB Game, Goes Down For Portion Of Viewers, by Bruce Haring, Deadline

The free service went out shortly before 5 PM Pacific time for some viewers watching the Washington Nationals and New York Mets game. reported a sudden spike in complaints of outages and inability to log in.

Coming Soon?

Apple Support Doc Reveals Unreleased Dual USB-C 35W Power Adapter; Releasing Soon?, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

It’s unclear when Apple plans to release this accessory, and it’s also possible that it has been scrapped altogether. The support document, however, makes it clear that the accessory does exist.


SF Menu Bar Is A Handy New Mac App For Finding And Using SF Symbols, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

SF Menu Bar is a new Mac menu bar app that makes it easier and quicker to browse and search for SF Symbols. Once a symbol has been found users can have its name copied straight to the clipboard, ready to be pasted into Xcode or anywhere else.

Review: Mophie Brings MagSafe To A Foldable And Flexible Stand For Your iPhone, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The mophie magnetic portable stand is super light and convenient to pack in a bag with a weight of just 5.6 ounces, yet it feels sturdy and durable with a rigid core and metal hinges.

Package Tracking App Deliveries Warns Of Shaky Future As Shipping Companies Break Compatibility, by Allison McDaniel, 9to5Mac

Deliveries, the popular package tracking app, is losing many of its core functionalities as shipping companies refuse to provide critical shipping information. In a blog post from earlier this week, the developer of the app, Mike Piontek, provided details of its future.


The Angry Birds Remake Is No Love Letter To Mobile Gaming’s Past – It’s A Reminder Of Its Hideous Present, by Craig Grannell, Stuff

The flip side is it feels like a dangerous reminder of where Rovio started and where it went – and how the purity of old-school mobile was more widely corrupted and transformed into a monster. This is hinted at right in-app store descriptions of Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, which state “no IAPs” (in-app purchases) and “no ads”. It’s easy to forget games on Android and iPhone used to be a straight value swap: money for entertainment.

What China's Covid Lockdowns Could Mean For Apple, by Debby Wu, Bloomberg

Eventually, even Apple may not be immune to the logistical mess now afflicting parts of the country. Covid Zero policies have the potential to waylay the company’s hardware components, a scenario that could have rippling consequences, particularly during peak season when assemblers like Foxconn Technology Group and Quanta Computer Inc. need to secure all the components they can to make iPhones and Macbooks and ship the products.

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