The Channeling-Creativity Edition Thursday, May 26, 2022

How Andy To Shoots And Edits His Incredible iPhone Films, by Raymond Wong, Input

A self-taught filmmaker and creator from Oakland, California, Andy To could have ended up in a life of crime had it not been for a single iMac that was not stolen from his high school’s computer lab.

That iMac was ultimately what led Andy to channel his creativity into making videos — telling stories — and later, even impress Apple CEO Tim Cook with his incredible travel films shot entirely with iPhone (like this one).

Apple To Keep iPhone Production Flat As Market Grows Tougher, by Debby Wu, Bloomberg

The company is asking suppliers to assemble roughly 220 million iPhones, about the same as last year, according to people familiar with its projections, who asked not to be named as they’re not public. Market forecasts have hovered closer to 240 million units, driven by an expected major update to the iPhone in the fall. But the mobile industry has gotten off to a difficult start to the year and production estimates are down across the board.

Help The Aged: From Car Parking To Banking And GP Visits, We Must Stop Punishing The Elderly For The Crime Of Not Being Able To Work An App, by Baroness Altmann, Daily Mail

The majority of those left behind by the drive to digitise even the most vital services are elderly or disabled. For assorted reasons they cannot — or do not feel confident enough — to embrace digital technology and, as a result, they find themselves excluded from accessing vital services.


Apple Updates tvOS And HomePod Software To 15.5.1 To Address Music Bug, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has released tvOS 15.5.1 and HomePod Software 15.5.1 to fix a bug where music could “stop playing after a short time.” Neither update includes any security fixes.

Apple's iTunes Pass Is Now Rebranded As 'Apple Account Card' For iOS 15.5 Users, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

The Apple Account card functions the same way as iTunes Pass did and can be used to purchase subscriptions, music, movies, apps, and Apple products.

However, one notable change is that the Apple Account card can be used with Apple Pay. This allows users to check out at the Apple Store using tap to pay, rather than using the previous QR code system.

iPhone Driver's License Feature In Wallet App Now Available In Maryland, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Maryland residents can now add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless way to display proof of identity or age. The feature first launched in Arizona back in March.


Apple To Boost Pay For US Workers As Inflation Bites, by Mark Gurman and Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

The Cupertino, California-based company is expanding its overall compensation budget this year, it said in a statement Wednesday. It will hike minimum hourly pay for its staff to at least $22, up 10% on last year. The move follows a pay bump in February after inflation woes and complaints from some staffers about working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Companies often announce improvements while battling unionization campaigns, and by doing so may interfere with employees’ free choice, Seattle University labor law professor Charlotte Garden said in an email. “The risk is that workers perceive that keeping the improvements is contingent on voting against union representation, and that if they vote for the union, the company will play hardball.”

Apple VP Discourages Retail Workers From Joining A Union In Leaked Video, by Mitchell Clark and Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

In the video, O’Brien shares common anti-union talking points, including that a union would slow the company’s ability to respond to employee concerns. “Apple moves incredibly fast,” she said. “It’s one thing I love about our work in retail. It means that we need to be able to move fast too. And I worry that because the union will bring its own legally mandated rules that would determine how we work through issues it could make it harder for us to act swiftly to address things that you raise. I’m committed to and proud of our ability to act fast to support our teams, to support you. But I don’t know that we could have moved as quickly under a collective bargaining agreement, as it could limit our ability to make immediate widespread changes to improve your experience. And I think that’s what really is at stake here.”

iPod Touch Now Removed From Apple Website As Old URL Redirects Users To Apple Support, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

When we try to access the iPod touch webpage through Google results or even by typing the old URL, it redirects users to the Apple Support website with links to the user manual, iPod technical specifications, and easy access to AppleCare options.

The ‘Form’ Element Created The Modern Web. Was It A Big Mistake?, by Paul Ford, Wired

I have argued many times, to the despair of anyone within range, that the <form> element was a pivot point for the entire technology industry. It is what changed the web from a read-only medium for physics papers into a read-write medium for anything. But lately I’m not so sure I think that was a good idea. Perhaps the <form> element was a terrible mistake, the original sin of the web industry. We weren’t ready. Nearly every problem we face on the internet—in society—comes back to this one HTML element.

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I support a new internet protocol that is an uni-directional read-only medium. No <form>. No Javascript. No CSS. No nothing.

We haven't been inventing new internet protocols lately, have we?


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