The Incredible-Snaps Edition Friday, August 12, 2022

These Award-winning iPhone Photos Show What You Can Do With Your Older Model, by Mark Wilson, TechRadar

You might understandably be pining for an iPhone 14, but the iPhone Photography Awards 2022 has just landed to proved you don't really need that rumored 48MP camera to take incredible snaps.

The annual competition, which runs independently from Apple but is now in its 15th year, has just announced its impressive winner's list. And it's by no means dominated by the latest iPhones, with the winners stretching all the way back to the iPhone 6S Plus from 2015.

Apple Still Trying To Keep Up With M2 MacBook Air Demand Almost A Month After Launch, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Almost a month after launch, demand for the new M2 MacBook Air continues to be high, with supply in relatively short supply. For just the baseline configuration, customers are facing up to a three-week wait, according to Apple’s online store.

What An iPhone Lidar Can Show About The Speed Of Light, by Rhett Allain, Wired

Lidar is useful whenever you need to know something about the shape of an object or surface. It's used in autonomous vehicles to determine the edge of a road, and to detect people and cars. You can put lidar in an aircraft looking down at the surface of the Earth to get mapping data that is useful for both agriculture and archeology, like to find lost structures. It's also great for surveying a region to get a nice 3D map of buildings.


Lidar is an acronym that stands for "light detection and ranging." It's basically like a tape measure—except that it uses the speed of light to measure distance, instead of a physical object.

(Not) Coming This Fall

Hide My Email Ventura Feature For 3rd-party Apps Seemingly Dropped Or Postponed, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

A Hide My Email Ventura feature for third-party apps has been removed from Apple’s website. The disposable email address feature now appears to remain limited to the company’s own Mail and Safari apps.

Apple Removes Network Locations From macOS Ventura, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Network Locations is a feature of macOS that, ever since version 10.0, has allowed users to switch between different sets of network configuration preferences in different environments and situations. It’s not visible in the redesigned System Preferences app of macOS Ventura—and Tyler Loch discovered that the disappearance is not an accident. Loch’s Feedback submission to Apple has been marked as “works as currently designed.”


Weather Strip For iOS Gets Air Quality Forecasts To Keep An Eye On Smoke, Smog, And Ozone, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Weather Strip, the unique weather app for iPhone and iPad is out with an update today that delivers detailed air quality data and forecasts, more detailed views for temperature, and wind, and more.

Kuri Is An App That Wants To Reduce Your Food’s Carbon Footprint, by Haje Jan Kamps, TechCrunch

In short, Kuri is a personalized, climate-friendly cooking app that helps people cook seasonal, low-carbon meals. As part of the onboarding process, it takes you through your dietary preferences, and from there it filters out everything you can’t eat, so you don’t end up with the “vegetarian at a steak house” syndrome that a lot of apps seem to suffer from.

5 Bookmarking Apps To Keep Your Unread Open Tabs Organized, by David Nield, Popular Science

If you need a better bookmarking system and find yourself drowning in web links, these apps are worth a look, and the good news is you’ve got several top-quality options to pick from.

The 7 Best Educational Apps For Kids, According To Learning Specialists, by Lauren Heller, Encyclopaedia Britannica

The apps our educators chose are ones that do it all, providing screen time that’s educational, entertaining, and helpful for kids who need a leg up.

Batteries App Brings iOS 16's New Battery Percentage Icon To The Mac, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Batteries for Mac is a useful app that lets you view battery percentages for an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats, and other Bluetooth devices in the macOS menu bar.


Apple Users - Stop Using AirPrint To Print Your Photos, by John Aldred, DIY Photography

You see, as photographers, we spend far too much time calibrating all of our devices to ensure that our cameras, monitors and printers all see and produce the same colours. And all of this goes to waste the instant you send a print to an AirPrint printer.

Stephen Colbert Gets Severed In A Comedic 'Severance' Parody, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

Colbert claims to have been an original cast member of "Severance," but for some reason, all of his scenes were cut from the final production. Luckily, "The Late Show" was able to get ahold of some of the alleged deleted scenes.

Bottom of the Page

The iPhone camera has reached the point of good-enough-to-make-great-photography many years ago.

I am not a photographer. I can't tell a good photo from a bad photo.

But I will have to remind myself the Intel Mac I am typing on right now is more than good enough for me to have fun with Swift and PHP and Marathon. I don't have to lust for the M2 MacBook Air.



Thanks for reading.