The Disturbance-in-the-Force Edition Friday, April 29, 2022

Apple’s Q2 2022 Results Help Brighten Dark Times, by Michael E. Cohen, Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2022, and they aren’t too shabby: profits of $25 billion ($1.52 per diluted share) on revenues of $97.3 billion. The company’s revenues are up 9% compared to the year-ago quarter with profits up by more than 5%.

Tim Cook Says Supply Chain Constraints Are Easing, Despite ‘Significant’ Impact On iPad Sales, by Allison McDaniel, 9to5Mac

Easing supply chain troubles helped the company grow revenue this quarter. “The supply constraints were significantly lower than what we had experienced during the December quarter,” CEO Tim Cook said in an interview Thursday. The supply issues aren’t over, unfortunately, as Cook also mentioned Apple anticipates a supply chain impact of $4-$8 billion in revenue for Q3.

Apple's Future Is Suddenly Freight–er Fraught With Peril, by Jason Snell, Macworld

And yet, despite all the great numbers, I sense a disturbance in the force. The analysts of Apple’s quarterly conference call to discuss its results felt it, too. Thus far, through unprecedented global instability, Apple has managed to keep on keeping on. But can it continue floating above it all, or is it about to face hard times?

Tim Cook Says Apple Won’t Rule Out Acquiring Large Companies, But Its Focus Is On IP And Talent, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Although Tim Cook said that Apple doesn’t rule out acquiring large companies, he mentioned that Apple’s focus is on acquiring companies in search of IP and talent – which is something Apple also finds in smaller companies and startups.

This Is Tim: Q2 2022 Financial Call Transcript, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Fundamentally, our work is about making technology that enriches people’s lives and unlocks the full creative potential of humanity. And though the twists and turns of the future may be uncertain, what is certain is that we will never stop striving to be a force for good in the world in everything we do and everything we are.


Mac Studio Owners Complain Of Irritating High-Pitched Noise, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Users who are experiencing issues have described the noise as a high-frequency sound that is difficult to ignore, and it is in addition to the standard fan noise.

Latest AirTags Firmware Update Tunes The Unwanted Tracking Sound For Easier Detection, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Earlier this week, Apple began rolling out a firmware update for AirTags, and while it wasn't clear at the time what changes were included in the update, Apple has now revealed in a new support document that it tweaks the sound made by unknown ‌AirTags‌ found to be traveling with you.

Hazel Review: Folder-based Automation That Makes Life Easier On macOS, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Hazel’s rule-based folder watching lets you perform from simple to incredibly sophisticated actions as the result of files or folders being added or removed from a folder.

Little Snitch 5.4, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Objective Development has released Little Snitch 5.4, improving detection of iCloud Private Relay connections on computers with IPv6 connectivity. The connection alert also now indicates when a connection was established via iCloud Private Relay.

Best Stargazing And Astronomy Apps, 2022, by Jamie Carter, BBC

Stargazing and astronomy apps can be a vital resource for beginners who want to get to know the night sky, or indeed for experienced observers who need to quickly locate a target.

I Worked Out With Megan Thee Stallion On This Fitness App, by Annie Blay, TZR

Using the app, I don’t have to worry about planning the sequence of my exercise and stressing if my chosen sessions are the most effective for my goals of toning my abs, arms, and glutes — and just getting back into the habit of being active. The instructors are knowledgeable with years of experience, and the workouts are packaged into digestible, easy-to-follow sequences that you can do virtually anywhere — the guesswork is taken out of the equation leaving much more time to actually enjoy the workout.

Knotwords Offers Crossword Puzzles… Without Clues, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Knotwords, by Gage and Jack Schlesinger, is a crossword-puzzle style game with a twist: instead of filling the puzzle via clues, you have to fill various regions of the board with a limited selection of letters.


Netflix, Apple TV+ To Be Ofcom Regulated, by Jon Creamer, Televisual

The government will give Ofcom powers to draft and enforce a new Video-on-Demand Code, similar to the Broadcasting Code and in line with its standards, to make sure VoD services are subject to stricter rules protecting UK audiences from harmful material.

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