The Recycled-Gold Edition Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Apple Spotlights Recycling Efforts In 2022 Environmental Progress Report, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

The company highlighted that in 2021, 59 percent of the aluminum, 45 percent of the rare earth elements, 30 percent of the tin, and 13 percent of the cobalt Apple shipped in its products came from recycled sources, and plastics accounted for just four percent of packaging. All new iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Mac models feature 100 percent recycled tin in the solder of their main logic boards, and Apple is using recycled gold in the plating of the main logic board and wire in the front camera and the rear cameras of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

A Year After Apple Enforces App Tracking Policy, Covert iOS Tracking Remains, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Last week’s research paper said that while ATT in many ways works as intended, loopholes in the framework also provided the opportunity for companies, particularly large ones like Google and Facebook, to work around the protections and stockpile even more data. The paper also warned that despite Apple’s promise for more transparency, ATT might give many users a false sense of security.

The Birth, Life, Death, And Possible Resurrection Of The Thunderbolt eGPU In macOS, by Mike Wuerthele and Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

While Apple embraced Thunderbolt 3 eGPU technology for years, it doesn't have the same love for the upgrade option for its Macs since the launch of Apple Silicon. Here's how Apple's relationship with eGPUs started, matured, died — and could come back.

Sunday Ticket

Rupert’s Age, Apple/NFL, And The Bomb Of The Pandemic, by Matthew Belloni, Puck

My sources say it’s Apple’s to lose, at this point. (One source told me this weekend that the deal is actually done and is being kept quiet at Apple’s request, which I haven’t confirmed and don’t know for a fact; Apple isn’t commenting.) That would make sense: Even after winning top Emmys and the best picture Oscar, C.E.O. Tim Cook has said Apple is merely in its early days of premium video, and nothing is more premium than NFL football. Plus, it would explain Apple’s recent foray into live events and advertising with MLB games. (Note to Apple: Your baseball broadcasters are bush league; no way will the NFL tolerate a C-level crew.)

Report: NFL Sunday Ticket To Apple TV+ May Be Done Deal, by Matt Tamanini, The Streamable

The NFL has long looked to diversify where fans can find its content, so adding a partnership with the world’s largest company would make sense. If Apple TV+ does become the NFL’s newest broadcast, the question then becomes how the streamer will price the football package. Their new MLB deal is included with the standard $4.99 per month subscription, but it would seem unlikely that Apple would continue that practice with Sunday Ticket included; but this is Apple after all, and they often have different economic goalposts than other companies.


However, Apple TV+ has been open about its strategy of using high-quality, high-cost content as a way to bring people to the platform, and there is no bigger bait in the broadcast world than NFL Sunday Ticket.

More Rumors On Apple Obtaining The Rights To NFL Sunday Ticket, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

If Apple does get the rights to Sunday Ticket, and they do choose to charge subscribers a premium for access to it, I think there’s a good chance that they’ll charge substantially less than DirecTV’s rates — that Apple will still try to make it more of a mass-market play for regular NFL fans, not just for superfans and gambling junkies.


To me, that should be the point of Apple securing the rights to Sunday Ticket. Not just to get NFL games on Apple TV+, but to further cement TV+ as a dominant force in streaming video.

Working in Retail

Apple Retail Union Organizers Want To Be Paid At Least $30 Per Hour, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

Workers who hope to organize a union at Apple's Grand Central Terminal store want workers to be paid a minimum of $30 per hour, according to a website for the group, Fruit Stand Workers United, that was updated on Monday.


The request for increased wages shows Apple's wage workers believe they're more valuable in a tight labor market.

Apple Retail Careers Page Overhauled To Highlight Benefits, Testimonials, More, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

While Apple Store employees at Grand Central Terminal in New York are taking the first steps to unionize, the Cupertino company has recently revamped its retail careers page by highlighting benefits, employees’ testimonials, and lots of info on what roles are available in its retail stores.


Five Solutions For Pasting Plain Text On A Mac, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

By default, pasting text into many Mac apps brings with it any styling that had been applied. Maintaining text styles is often desirable—particularly when duplicating or moving text around within a document—but it’s often an annoying waste of time when you’re bringing content into a document from another app. In such situations, it’s best if you can paste just the text itself and have it take on the styling of the text around it.

There are numerous ways to solve this problem. Some are free, and others take advantage of a commercial utility that you may already have for another purpose. If the built-in solutions don’t work in your particular workflow, turn to one of the alternatives.

You Should Try ‘Zest,’ The Duolingo Of Cooking, by Jake Peterson, Lifehacker

The app looks great, the videos are helpful: It feels like an app made by people who want to teach people how to cook. While the free app is a bit limited (the $9.99/month option includes all lessons and recipes, and new meals every week), it’s enough to make a few dishes on your own.


TidBITS 32nd Anniversary And The 32K Text Barrier, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In the early years of TidBITS, the Mac’s built-in editing capabilities for text fields were limited to 32 kilobytes of text. That limitation trickled down to numerous apps and systems—for instance, early versions of Eudora couldn’t display more than 32K of text in a single message. Unsurprisingly, the venerable BBEdit, which was released on 12 April 1992 and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, had a custom text engine that never suffered from the 32K limit.

That size restriction also hampered the email gateways that allowed messages to flow between the Internet and commercial online services like AOL, AppleLink, and CompuServe. For years, we had a self-imposed limit on the size of a TidBITS issue to ensure it wouldn’t be bounced, truncated, or prevented from display because of being too large.

iPhone City Is Operating Normally Despite China Covid Lockdowns, by Debby Wu, Bloomberg

The world’s biggest iPhone assembly campus, on the outskirts of the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, is operating normally despite lockdowns and mass Covid-19 testing in the area that began last week, the official Henan Daily reported.

Bottom of the Page

Are we sure Apple can keep something like the NFL Sunday Ticket a secret?


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