The Defraud-Prevention Edition Thursday, June 2, 2022

App Store Stopped 1.6 Million 'Risky' And 'Untrustworthy' Apps From Defrauding Users, Says Apple, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The App Store prevented 1.6 million risky and untrustworthy apps from defrauding users in 2021, according to new fraud analysis data shared today by Apple. Apple says that the ‌App Store‌ stopped “nearly $1.5 billion in fraudulent transactions” during the year.

Apple rejected more than 34,000 apps for hidden features, and more than 157,000 that were spam or copycat apps. 343,000 apps were rejected for various privacy violations. Over 800,000 fraudulent developer accounts were terminated.

My WWDC 2022 Wishlist, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

So I realize that wishing real hard in the direction of Apple Park isn’t going to change a single thing that will be announced Monday. That won’t stop me from hoping that at least some of my dreams might come true, though.

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Apple Music No Longer Jettisons Apps From The Dock With iOS 15.6 Installed, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

The issue, which first came to light last month, meant that downloading the Apple Music app would see its icon take a spot in the Dock, often replacing whatever was already there if there was no space available. It didn't help matters that only third-party apps were kicked out of the dock and that, predictably, caused uproar — with some suggesting that this was an intentional move on Apple's part. Apple subsequently confirmed to iMore that that wasn't the case and that a fix was being worked on.


Apple Music Makes The Ultimate Jubilee Playlist To Help You Celebrate, by The Sun

Apple announced the playlist of 'Songs That Built The UK' on Thursday and it is bursting with UK bangers.

From trailblazers to pop powerhouses, the list features the best of the best, and makes the perfect soundtrack to see you through the long weekend.

How To Write A Novel In Ulysses On iPadOS, by Matt Gemmell, TechRadar

While traditional word processors have always been a popular choice, we now have apps more tailored to large and complex writing projects, and one of the premier examples is Ulysses.

Carry Your iPad Mini In A Leather Book With BookBook, by Skip Owens, GeekDad

The iPad mini is a great form factor as light and portable tablet, but in order to comfortably take it anywhere with you it really needs some kind of protection in the form of a case. That is where the ingenious BookBook design by Twelve South transforms your glass tablet into a rugged, portable, highly functional and protective leather-bound book (at least on the outside).

Diablo Immortal MMO Action Roleplay Game Now Available For iOS, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Diablo Immortal, a massive multiplayer online action roleplay game, is now available for both iOS and Android. Some regions got early access, but the game is now available in most parts of the world.


Apple Promotes Community Events For Developers Attending WWDC 2022 Keynote, by Allison McDaniel, 9to5Mac

We’re on the heels of WWDC 2022 as Apple unveils a new schedule of community events for developers attending the keynote next week. There’s a variety of in-person and virtual events, meant for developers to learn and connect with one another.


Why Apple Worries About Photography On The iPhone, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

“We expect that still images will exceed the image quality of single-lens reflex cameras within the next few years," said Terushi Shimizu, President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS). This statement comes as pro photographers (and video makers) make increasing use of iPhones for professional work — but also as machine vision intelligence reaches a tipping point to enable enterprise and industrial applications.

Apple Music Names Juan Paz Global Head Of Latin Business, by Leila Cobo, Billboard

In his new position, effective immediately, Paz will oversee Apple Music’s global Latin business and the Latin music business partnerships teams, working with established and up and coming artists, majors, indies, media partners, creative agencies and other industry players. Paz will be based in Miami, where Apple has been growing its presence.

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Why did Apple even bother inviting people onto its Park for WWDC? One obvious answer: new hardware that requires physical hands-on in order to be appreciated. The obvious hardware: Reality headset.

But, of course, Apple may have just invited developers as a trial run for a truly hybrid WWDC that, most likely, has to replace the physical event that the company has been putting on for so many years.

As for the media? Surely it doesn't hurt to talk to even more people about all the security and privacy in the new operating systems, and to demonstrate why Apple is right and the regulators are misguided.


I'm using Miximum to play tracks from Apple Music's playlists, and I've just added a new condition -- genre does not contain "spoken words" -- to all my smart playlists.


Thanks for reading.