The Short-Supply Edition Friday, May 13, 2022

As WWDC Looms, Apple Is Quickly Running Out Of Macs, by Karen Haslam, Macworld

As Apple readies the release of a new macOS beta, many developers are going to be looking for new machines in June to test out their apps, and they could be in for a long wait. Shipping of most MacBook Pros models is delayed for months, and stock of the new Mac Studio, especially the M1 Ultra model, is similarly constrained.

In fact, the only Macs that don’t appear to be in short supply in the U.S. are the older M1 Macs: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac, all of which are mostly available for shipping immediately.

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Apple Releases macOS 12.4 RC With Studio Display Webcam Fix And New Podcasts Feature, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Another change coming with macOS 12.4 RC is a new setting in the Podcasts app to limit the number of episodes stored and automatically delete old content.

Studio Display Firmware 15.5 With Webcam Improvements To Be Available Soon As A Separate Update, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple has confirmed that once the update becomes available to the public, it will be available as separate software – so you won’t need to install macOS Monterey 12.4 before updating the Studio Display firmware.

Universal Control No Longer In Beta In macOS Monterey 12.4 And iPadOS 15.5, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Universal Control is no longer a “beta” feature, with the beta labeling removed in the macOS Monterey 12.4 and iPadOS 15.5 release candidate versions that were seeded to developers and public beta testers earlier today.


macOS 12.4 Adds New Studio Display Wallpaper, And You Can Download It Right Here, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

This wallpaper comes from the marketing images of Apple’s Studio Display, which was introduced in March alongside Mac Studio. The image shows the letters of the word “Studio” as if they were folded, and it features shades of blue, purple, and orange.

Ulysses 26, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

A small counter now shows statistics like characters, words, and paragraphs, and dedicated buttons provide quick access to publishing and the publishing preview.

Customize Your Mouse With This Mac App, by Pranay Parab, Lifehacker

If you’re looking for granular control over your external mouse’s scrolling behavior or want to customize it in other ways, BetterMouse is the tool you need.


Apple Sending Notice To Developers Invited To Special WWDC 2022 In-person Event, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple last month announced WWDC 2022, another edition of its annual developer conference. This year, however, Apple let developers register for an in-person event at Apple Park. Now the company is sending the notice to developers who have been chosen to join the special event.


Bad Apple #5: iCloud Drive Folder Sharing Risks Data Loss, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Today’s target is the discovery that when collaborators in an iCloud Drive shared folder delete files or folders, those items are destroyed instantaneously, not put in the Trash or added to iCloud Drive’s Recently Deleted folder. They’re just gone, with no option for recovery. If that’s not bad enough—and it is—Apple has recently tweaked its already weak documentation in such a way that further conceals this dangerous implementation. Bad Apple!

Leaked Memo Reveals Apple’s Anti-Union Talking Points For Store Managers, by Lauren Kaori Gurley, Motherboard

In the talking points, obtained by Motherboard, Apple highlights that workers could lose career growth opportunities, the ability to take time off for personal reasons, and merit-based promotions if they vote to unionize. “The quality of your work may not even be a factor,” the talking points read. It has also instructed managers to tell workers that if they unionize they could face "fewer opportunities," have less "flexibility," and that the company will pay "less attention to merit."

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