The Shiny-New-Macs Edition Friday, July 1, 2022

Some Macs Are Getting Fewer Updates Than They Used To. Here’s Why It’s A Problem, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

When macOS Ventura was announced earlier this month, its system requirements were considerably stricter than those for macOS Monterey, which was released just eight months ago as of this writing. Ventura requires a Mac made in 2017 or later, dropping support for a wide range of Monterey-supported Mac models released between 2013 and 2016.

This certainly seems more aggressive than new macOS releases from just a few years ago, where system requirements would tighten roughly every other year or so. But how bad is it, really? Is a Mac purchased in 2016 getting fewer updates than one bought in 2012 or 2008 or 1999? And if so, is there an explanation beyond Apple's desire for more users to move to shiny new Apple Silicon Macs?

Grads Of First US Apple Developer Academy Feted In Detroit, by Associated Press

The inaugural class of the Detroit Apple Developer Academy, a free program that teaches students the fundamentals of coding, design, marketing and project management, celebrated its unique accomplishment during a ceremony Thursday.

The academy in Detroit for people interested in a career in the app economy is the first in North America and was launched as part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.

Apple Eyes Fuel Purchases From Dashboard As It Revs Up Car Software, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

A new feature quietly unveiled at Apple's developer conference this month will allow CarPlay users to tap an app to navigate to a pump and buy gas straight from a screen in the car, skipping the usual process of inserting or tapping a credit card. Details of Apple's demo for developers have not previously been reported.

But Dallas-based HF Sinclair, which markets its gasoline at 1,600 stations in the United States, told Reuters that it plans to use the new CarPlay technology and will announce details in coming months.


Apple Launches Apple TV Promotion: Get A $50 Gift Card With Apple TV 4K Or Apple TV HD Purchase, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In a rare move, Apple today launched a special Apple Store promotion in the United States. You can now buy either the Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD and get a $50 gift card with your purchase. The price of the Apple TV box is unchanged; $179 or $149 respectively.

Apple Watch Series 7 Durability Promoted In New Ad Amid Rumors Of Rugged Version, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Named “Hard Knocks,” the advertisement shows just how tough the current generation Apple Watch is. The one-minute video shows multiple people wearing Apple Watch Series 7 as they play extreme sports or simply slip on the ground.

Apple Support App Learns Arabic And Improves Contact Feature, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apart from Arabic as a supported language, the Apple Support app is introducing the option to choose or modify your preferred contact number in your account.

Apple Books App Not Working For Many Users After iOS 15.5 Update, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple released iOS 15.5 in May with enhancements to the Podcasts app, Apple Cash, and overall bug fixes. However, it seems that the update also caused some issues for Apple Books users as the app stopped working for some people after the iOS 15.5 update.

Transfer Your Music Library And Playlists Among Any Streaming Services With This App, by Brendan Hesse, Lifehacker

FreeYourMusic [...] will transfer your data between Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, Soundcloud, and at least a dozen other streaming apps. It also lets you back up and store some of your data locally on your device.

Gentler Streak For Apple Watch Now Suggests Exercises Based On Your Workout Routine, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Gentler Streak for Apple Watch, an app that wants to bring compassion to your fitness goals, has just been updated to version 2.3. With that, the app is bringing yet another exclusive feature called Go Gentler, which plans to stimulate a healthier attitude toward exercise and fitness by suggesting workouts based on users’ exercises.


Apple Stores Will No Longer Offer 'Delivery With Setup' As Enjoy Files For Bankruptcy, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In an earlier SEC filing, Enjoy said it would be pausing at-home delivery and setup of Apple products in the U.S. beginning July 1 in order to “focus on its business priorities.” Given the bankruptcy filing, the service may be permanently ended.

The Playdate’s Launch Was A Unique Opportunity For Small Game Developers, by Andrew Webster, The Verge

The team at indie games studio RNG Party has always loved handheld gaming, particularly Nintendo’s quirky portable devices. So when they noticed a new handheld making waves on Twitter, one that looked a lot like a tiny yellow Game Boy, they knew they had to be a part of it. “With pretty much every major console maker now gone from this space, unless you count the Nintendo Switch, this kind of thing might only ever be possible for us once,” explains RNG’s Ben Busche. “And we didn’t want to miss out.”

Why Big Tech Companies Are So Quiet On Abortion Rights, by Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

But taking a stand on social issues has grown more complicated for big tech companies as their footprints have expanded beyond Silicon Valley and into states that continue to pass laws that clash with their progressive values.

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