The Heavy-Lifting Edition Wednesday, June 22, 2022

iWork Update Brings New Features To Pages, Numbers, And Keynote With Version 12.1, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

After two months, the iWork suite is being updated from version 12.0 to 12.1. With that, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are receiving general improvements and new functions so iPhone, iPad, and Mac users can take advantage of them.

Mail Merge Returns To Pages After Nine Years, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

Sure, not everybody needs Mail Merge, but for those who do, having it built in and no longer requiring you jump through a series of hoops is a huge relief. Next time I have to send out my personalized bookplates, I’ll be glad to be able to let Pages do the heavy lifting.


Elton John Says It's An 'Important' Time To 'Love People For Who They Are' As His Music Is Curated For Apple Fitness+, by Daniela Avila, People

Elton John is using his music to inspire inclusivity everywhere — including fitness!

On Tuesday, Apple's Fitness+ announced new music for its Apple Spotlight series by diverse musicians like John, Katy Perry, Prince and Daft Punk. The series dedicates an entire workout playlist to each artist.

Watch YouTube Videos On Your Apple Watch With WatchTube, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

WatchTube is a new app that, as the name suggests, lets you watch just about any YouTube video on the Apple Watch. And the best part is, it works as intended.

Leviton Launches Decora Smart 4 Button Scene Controller With HomeKit Support, No Bridge Needed, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new 4 button switch gives simple one-touch control of HomeKit scenes and multiple smart lights and other devices.


Meta And Other Tech Giants Form Metaverse Standards Body, Without Apple, by Katie Paul, Reuters

Participants in the Metaverse Standards Forum include many of the biggest companies working in the space, from chip makers to gaming companies, as well as established standards-setting bodies like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the group said in an statement announcing its creation on Tuesday.

Conspicuously missing from the member list for now however is Apple, which analysts expect to become a dominant player in the metaverse race once it introduces a mixed reality headset this year or next.

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I doubt whatever Apple is creating is anything closed to what these companies call a metaverse.


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