The Slowly-Or-Reasonable-Speed Edition Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Apple's New M2 MacBook Air Chargers Tested: Twice The Ports Or Twice The Speed?, by Jason Cross, Macworld

But the 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter feels like the real winner here. You can’t fast charge, but you have the flexibility to charge two devices slowly if you’re not in a hurry or one device at a perfectly reasonable speed if not.

The 67W adapter is really only a priority for those who are often in situations where they need to get a lot of juice quickly, and that’s honestly not often a concern with the awesome battery life of the MacBook Air. But if you often find yourself with only 45 minutes to get as much charge as you can during a layover between flights, thistle 67W adapter might be the better choice.


Apple To Hold App Store-focused Live Presentations For Developers Next Month, by Allison McDaniel, 9to5Mac

Sessions cover TestFlight, app discovery and marketing, Family Sharing, subscriptions, in-app events, custom product pages, and also product page optimization.


Top US Regulator Fires Warning Shot After Apple’s Push Into Lending, by Stefania Palma, Financial Times

In a warning shot to Silicon Valley following Apple’s decision to launch its own BNPL service, Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said his agency would “have to take a very careful look [at] the implications of Big Tech entering this space”.

Among the issues the agency would consider was “whether it may actually reduce competition and innovation in the market”, Chopra said in an interview.

Will Streaming Save Sports Or Kill It?, by Shira Ovide, New York Times

I don’t know what will happen next. I can sketch out a scenario in which streaming services have a long marriage of mutual benefit with sports as conventional TV did for decades. This could be great for fans, team owners and players, too.

I can also imagine a sports and streaming death spiral. If people grow tired of big streaming bills for sports, then leagues have less money and fewer fans.

Apple Expands San Diego Footprint With Purchase Of 67-acre Campus For $445M, by Mike Freeman, The San Diego Union-Tribune

While Apple has operated retail stores in San Diego for years, it began establishing an engineering operation locally in 2018 when it unveiled plans to open a 1,200-person hub for wireless technologies.


Apple’s move to purchase property in San Diego has some wondering whether its engineering efforts locally have moved beyond smartphone processors. Job openings on Apple’s website include a variety of software, data science and other non-hardware positions.

Bottom of the Page

I do think Apple shouldn't get into Buy-Now-Pay-Later service. It's not worth it, I believe, even without scrutiny from regulators. It is a service, in the current form, that isn't useful and beneficial to the customer. Apple should remember what it stands for: give customers what they need, not what they want.


Thanks for reading.