The Passionate-Stance Edition Thursday, April 14, 2022

Apple Has Good Privacy Arguments, But Critics Aren't Listening, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

The problem with Apple’s passionate stance on privacy and user security is that the people attacking its position aren’t interested in the same thing. Apple sees how responsible tech can enable a connected and convenient world, generating millions of new business opportunities, protecting people, and coalescing around shared, collective values.

Apple’s critics don’t see it the same way. In their world, privacy and security aren’t human rights, and the data generated as we go about our digital lives should be a business opportunity for them. If your online security or the fabric of your society suffers as a result, that’s just a consequence of them doing business with your destiny.

The Surprising Legacy Of The HomePod, by Matt Birchler, Birchtree

The HomePod was all about sound quality, and since then you can see major improvements in sound in basically everything from iPads to MacBooks to iPhones. [...] The other thing is high quality power cables.

Apple Helped Suppliers Double Clean Energy Use In 2021, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple has announced that through its renewable energy efforts, its supply chain avoided 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions during 2021.

Through efforts such as using the world's first low-carbon aluminium in the iPhone SE, Apple is continuing to progress toward a goal of becoming entirely carbon-neutral by 2030. Now it has announced that over the course of 2021, the efforts of its suppliers meant the equivalent of removing three million cars from the road for one year.


Apple Reveals Winning 'Shot On iPhone' Macro Challenge Photos, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Apple today unveiled the 10 winning photos from the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge that the company launched earlier this year.

Studio Display, One Month In, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

But “pull the power cord out of the wall” is not exactly an intuitive solution to glitchy audio. It is fascinating that the Studio Display is, under the hood, a self-contained iOS computer, but the overwhelming majority of Studio Display owners will never know that, nor should they. A monitor is the sort of thing you expect to plug in and never need to unplug — certainly not just to get sound working.

Some MacBook Pro Models Seeing Significantly Extended Delivery Times Due To Lockdowns In China, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

High-end MacBook Pro models are experiencing extended delivery times due to component shortages and ongoing lockdowns in China caused by the global pandemic, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

5 Mind Mapping Tools For Project Management, by Andy Wolber, TechRepublic

Mind mapping software makes it simple to capture a core concept, then add related ideas and details. Unlike a printed page or dry erase board, mind mapping software redraws layouts rapidly: No need to erase or redraw anything as you add or restructure connections. Additionally, most mind mapping software lets you quickly switch between map and outline views, as well as add links, notes and additional content (e.g., images, video or audio files) to individual map nodes.

Launching Multiple Apps At Once With Bunch, by Joe Buhlig, The Sweet Setup

At its heart, Bunch is an app launcher and quitter that uses plain text files to tell it what to do. It can do much more, so if you want to be super nerdy, you can get really deep into automating workspaces with Bunch.


Yelp, Citi, Apple And More Are Expanding Employee Benefits To Cover Abortion Care, by Jennifer Liu, CNBC

More employers are taking steps to show that supporting employees in abortion care is a workplace issue.

Q&A: What's The Deal Behind Apple TV's Deal To Broadcast Baseball Games? We Asked MLB, by Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times

I think the conversation a few years ago of, ‘Hey, you’re streaming something and that is somehow going to negatively impact the viewership,’ I don’t think that’s the reality any more. That’s certainly not what we see, across a wide variety of content.

In this case, Apple reaches into every single home, with their products and their app. Taking some of these games and making them national just gives more people the ability to watch them.

Facebook Parent Meta Set To Take Nearly 50% Cut From Virtual Sales -- And Apple Is Calling It Out, by Jon Swartz, Marketwatch

“Meta has repeatedly taken aim at Apple for charging developers a 30% commission for in-app purchases in the App Store — and have used small businesses and creators as a scapegoat at every turn,” Apple spokesman Fred Sainz said in an email to MarketWatch. “Now — Meta seeks to charge those same creators significantly more than any other platform. [Meta’s] announcement lays bare Meta’s hypocrisy. It goes to show that while they seek to use Apple’s platform for free, they happily take from the creators and small businesses that use their own.”

Bottom of the Page

If you are arguing forcing Apple to allow side-loading equates to having more choice, then you are likely someone who is privileged and can afford to either not do any side-loading, or is able to dictate what apps you want and don't want to side-load. As opposed to someone else who is less privileged and who is likely to have side-loaded apps forced upon them by their employees or government or schools or parents or spouses.


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