The Unplug-from-Power Edition Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Apple Admits Studio Display Experiencing Speaker Issues, Offers Only Temporary Fix, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

In a memo to authorized service providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple acknowledges that customers may find themselves facing speaker issues with the company’s $1599 display. Apple says that customers facing issues should unplug the Studio Display from power, unplug any accessories or devices connected to the display, wait ten seconds, then reconnect the Studio Display to power. Apple explicitly notes this is not a hardware problem and implies that a future iOS update may address the issues.

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Latest Xcode 14 Beta Corroborates Always-on Display Coming To iPhone 14 Pro, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

As noted by iOS developer @rhogelleim, the SwiftUI preview (which lets developers interact with their app projects in real time) now has a new behavior that is potentially related to the always-on display. Once the developer simulates the action of turning off the screen, the new lock screen widgets become semi-transparent while the clock remains there too.


Apple Preps Android Switchers For iPhone 14 With New Explainer Video, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

The company talks about seven important points when switching to the iPhone.

First Batch Of Apple Arcade Games Removed As Developer Contracts End, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today removed 15 games from Apple Arcade, just over two weeks after it listed the first batch of titles set to leave the subscription service due to developer contract expirations.

Apple Adds Eight More Macs To Vintage Products List, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Vintage products are typically ineligible for repairs at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, unless spare parts remain available.

'Focused Work' Productivity App Updated With New Design, Picture-in-picture, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The app is designed to help you be more productive with so-called Focus Sessions, timers, and more. Focused Work 3 enhances the app with a new design, gestures, a new picture-in-picture feature, and more.

Lumen Metabolic Analyzer App Gets Macro Widget To Track Nutrition And See Real-time Impact, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Lumen, the pocket-sized device that measures your metabolism to help you achieve health and fitness goals has launched its latest update. After the iOS app got a built-in food log and macro tracker earlier this year, Lumen has launched a new widget on iPhone to more easily track your nutrition and see the impact it has on your metabolism in real-time.


Apple Drops Mask Requirements For Most Of Its Corporate Workers, by Zoe Schiffer, The Verge

Apple is dropping its mask mandates for corporate employees at “most locations,” according to an internal email from the COVID-19 response team, obtained by The Verge.

“Don’t hesitate to continue wearing a face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so,” the email reads. “Also, please respect every individual’s decision to wear a mask or not.”

Outsourcing Our Memory To Digital Devices May Actually Be Beneficial, by Rich Haridy, New Atlas

Does anyone remember phone numbers anymore? Or have all these little bits of information you used to memorize moved onto digital devices such as smartphones? Some have argued this outsourcing of our memory is damaging our ability to remember anything properly, but a new study suggests that is not the case. Using a digital device to remember some things may actually be freeing up our brains to remember more things overall. Unless of course, we lose our smartphones …

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Yes, I know that the Studio Display is not just a monitor. But seriously, a monitor that needs to be rebooted from time to time does not boost confidence in Apple's upcoming Car Play and iCar.


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