The Catch-All Edition Friday, June 10, 2022

WWDC 2022: Desktop-Class iPad Apps, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Lost in the excitement about Apple finally breaking the iOS multitasking paradigm and introducing overlapping windows and support for external displays with Stage Manager was something that will probably have an even greater impact on users. Apple’s referring to it by the catch-all title of “Desktop-Class Apps”, but it’s a collection of feature updates and app updates in iPadOS 16 that should make using an iPad for productivity, especially with a keyboard and trackpad, a lot better.

iOS 16 Accessibility Features: Three Small Things That Make A Big Difference, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple has introduced three iOS 16 accessibility features that might sound like small things, but one 9to5Mac reader says they will make a big difference to his independence.

The Real System Requirements For Apple’s 2022 Operating Systems, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Apple has released new versions of its operating systems to developers, with a public beta slated for July 2022 and a release likely in September or October of this year. Unfortunately, some of your older devices won’t get the chance to experience these upgrades. Apple is cutting out a lot of older models this year, and many of the sparkly new features require the latest and most powerful devices.

iOS 16 Adds Find My, Health, And Clock To The List Of Deletable Apps, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The first beta of iOS 16 was made available to developers earlier this week, and we now know more about several of its new features, including the customizable lock screen and new iMessage features. In addition, Apple will now let users uninstall the Find My, Health, and Clock apps with the update.

Coming Soon?

Apple Plans 15-Inch MacBook Air For 2023 And New 12-Inch Laptop, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The company is working on a larger MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen for release as early as next spring, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. This would mark the first model of that size in the MacBook Air’s 14-year history.


Apple has also begun work on a new 12-inch laptop and is considering launching it at the end of 2023 or in early 2024. If Apple moves forward with the release, it would represent the company’s smallest laptop since it discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019.

On Security

MIT Researchers Find New Vulnerability In Apple's M1 Chip, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Because PACMAN requires a hardware device, a hacker has to have physical access to a Mac, which limits how a PACMAN can be executed. But as a technological demonstration, PACMAN shows that pointer authentication isn’t completely foolproof and developers shouldn’t completely rely on it.


macOS Big Sur 11.6.7 Update Is Now Available, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Apple on Thursday released the macOS Big Sur 11.6.7 update. According to the release notes, the update “fixes an issue where Mail and apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, cannot open attachments if the app required to open the file is already running.”

Apple TV's Friday Night Baseball Schedule For July Announced, Games Remain Free To Everyone, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple just released the Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball schedule for July. The best part is that the Major League Baseball games will remain available to watch for free for another month.

Lingon X Review: Powerful Job Scheduler For Your Mac, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The app lets you schedule recurring tasks to launch an app, run a script, execute a command, or, in macOSMonterey, invoke a Shortcut. This is a mix of options anyone can benefit from up through the most technically proficient. Creating recurring jobs in macOS and modifying entries can be a bear. Having a simple interface is a dream come true.

Strava Trail Routes Will Keep You From Getting Lost, by Rachel Kraus, Well+Good

Released Wednesday, Strava Trail Routes are an interactive portion of the app’s map that shows trail networks all over the world to help users choose the route that’s right for them.


Rising From The Ashes: Stage Manager, by Tech Reflect

While Apple was transitioning to Intel in 2006, I worked on a team that was toying with a feature code-named “shrinkydink” (sometimes referred to as “always-on exposé”). It was a radical new way to manage apps and windows and effectively made the existing Exposé irrelevant as well as the Dock as a way of managing running apps and windows.


At WWDC 2022, I was very excited to see Apple announce a new feature for macOS and iPad called Stage Manager. It’s a radical new way to manage windows and likely makes much of Exposé and the Dock functionality irrelevant. Sound familiar? Well, it turns out it looks familiar too!

Cloud Gaming Ban On The App Store, And Mandatory WebKit Usage, Both Declared Anticompetitive, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple’s ban on cloud gaming services in the App Store, and its insistence that all iOS browser apps must use its own WebKit browser engine, have both been declared to be anticompetitive by the UK competition watchdog.

Apple Retail Workers In New York Switch Unions, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

In a press release, both unions framed the move as a positive step toward consolidating worker power across the country. “CWA has a national plan that will lead to density and collective power for Apple Retail workers,” said Lynne Fox, international president of Workers United. “It is counterproductive for Unions to go after ‘hot shops’ to the detriment of the collective good of the campaign.”

Bottom of the Page

So, according to rumors, Apple is making all sorts of laptops at all sorts of screen sizes, from 12-inch to 16-inch.

Also, according to rumors, Apple is getting rid of the iPhone mini, and only do two sizes: regular and max.

Okay, got it.


Thanks for reading.