The Science-and-Privacy Edition Tuesday, June 14, 2022

How Apple’s Thoughtful, Measured Approach Is Building A Revolution In Health, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

“It started when we were working on the watch,” he said. “And because the watch was such a personal device, and you’re wearing it, we thought that there is a huge opportunity to maybe give people information about their health, and the more we started pulling on threads, we decided that not only is there an opportunity — there’s a responsibility to do more in the health space.”

Williams said that the impact of that felt responsibility is what has resulted in the many health features Apple has introduced in the years since the Watch’s introduction, both on the Watch and across its platforms. Ultimately, Williams said, Apple has two “fundamental tenets” that undergird its approach to introducing new health-related products and services: that they be “deeply grounded in science,” and that “privacy is at the core of everything” Apple does.

Apple Resizes The iPad’s Workflow With Stage Manager, byMatthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“On the Mac, there are so many different ways to work. Some people use spaces, some people are in and out of Mission Control. Some people are command tab people, some people like to create a mess, some people clean up their messes and some people use minimization. I mean, there’s no wrong answer here, there are a lot of valid ways to work on the Mac.”


“There were many of us who use the Mac every day who really wanted this kind of focused experience that gave us that balance. So we were on the Mac side, picking this idea up and saying we think that’s in reach, we want to make this happen. And separately on the iPad side we were thinking about [it]. And believe it or not two independent teams who are brainstorming and designing converge on almost the identical idea.”


Adobe Lightroom 5.4 Update Adds Ability To Edit Video, New Adaptive Presets And Mask Options, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

With the release of version 5.4 for Mac and 7.4 for iOS, Lightroom now enables you to edit videos using the same controls that are used for photos. You can trim videos, adjust color and exposure, and apply presets optimized for video.


Apple’s Privacy Rules Targeted By German Competition Watchdog, by Samuel Stolton, Politico

At the heart of the matter are concerns that the U.S. tech giant's rules obstruct third-party apps from accessing data used for targeted advertising, while not limiting Apple’s ability to obtain that same data.


“ATT does not prevent companies from advertising or restrict their use of the first-party data they obtain from users with their consent,” an Apple spokesperson said. "These rules apply equally to all developers — including Apple — and we have received strong support from regulators and privacy advocates for this feature.”

Apple Reneged On OCSP Privacy, by Jeff Johnson

Since the Mac OCSP appocalypse, which occurred on the day that macOS 11 Big Sur was released, we've now seen two major updates — macOS 12 Monterey and macOS 13 Ventura — that have both failed to fulfill Apple promise for an opt out preference.

Meet The Australian Woman Who Voices Apple's 'Siri', by Danica Baker, The Brag

“I had done a lot of voiceover work and jingle work in Sydney before,” she said. “The client was looking for a female voiceover artist working in the north east of the United States and so I went to the audition and got the job.”

She added, “I recorded 50 hours of script to create a voice system that was based on my speaking voice,” she said.

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I've never installed nor use any beta software from Apple... since the very first Mac OS X public beta. Which do mean that I have not used Stage Manager on either macOS nor iPadOS yet. Which do mean I have no idea what I am about to say...

But, why wasn't the Stage Manager's shelf part of the Dock?


Thanks for reading.