The High-Pitched-Whistling Edition Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Case Of The Singing Studio, by Basic Apple Guy

Throughout this process, I have been conceptualizing the problem as an issue with the fans of the Mac Studio. However, when rewatching the keynote about the Mac Studio, the mention of the "over 2,000 precisely-machined perforations" was a lightbulb moment. I wondered, what if those were the culprit? What if moving air through all those tiny holes at just the right speed created the high-pitched whine I was hearing? Rather than a whine, what if the Mac Studio was whistling?

A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All Of California’s Blazes, by Boone Ashworth, Wired

Watch Duty aims to distill those often disparate efforts into something more direct and tangible. Open the app and you’ll find a map of California. Across the state, depending on the season, are a smattering of red-and-yellow icons indicating the locations of active fires. Zoom into the map, tap an icon, and relevant information appears: evacuation zones, a map showing the perimeter of where the fire has burned, and a scrollable feed of updates about the fire’s movements. Any new updates from official sources are added by one of Watch Duty's volunteers, so anyone tracking the blaze can see the latest news from both official and unofficial sources all in one place in near real time. Users can follow up to eight California counties for free. Any user who makes a donation (even $1) can track all 58 counties in the state. Whenever the app has new information to pass along about the fires in the counties you're tracking, it sends an alert accompanied by a custom audio notification that mimics the sound of a crackling fire.

St Albans Mum Creates Dating App After Fearing She'd Never Have A Baby, by Rikki Loftus and Cameron Rutherford, HertsLive

A St Albans mum, who underwent solo IVF after fearing she was running out of time to find a partner, has used her experience to start a dating app for those wanting to start families. Performace coach and mental health clinician, Stacy Thomson, 43, founder of Reddi dating app, had Milo, one, in 2021 by herself after failing to find a suitable partner to have a child with on the regular sites she was using.


Apple Watch Activity Challenge To Celebrate National Parks On August 27, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Apple has set its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for August 27 to “celebrate the beauty of national parks everywhere.” Apple Watch users can earn the achievement by completing a hike, walk, wheelchair workout, or run at least one mile.

In Praise Of The Audio Message, by Hannah Docter-Loeb, Slate

Perhaps the best part about receiving voice memos is the ability to truly hear your friends. It can be hard to always discern the tone of texts. But with voice memos, you get a better sense of the sender’s intentions and emotions. And if it’s been a long time since you truly talked, there’s something nice about feeling like they’re in the same room as you are.

The Best Video Editors For macOS When iMovie Doesn't Cut It, by Nathaniel Pangaro, AppleInsider

Apple's main video editing program on macOS is iMovie. It's enough for most, but it doesn't satisfy professional and more advanced editors. Here are the best alternatives to iMovie.


The Secret To Apple's Success Isn't Demand, It's Supply, by Jason Snell, Macworld

But more broadly, Apple does all the little things right. Before it even announces its products, it’s been assembling those devices in factories, building up enough supply to at least somewhat satisfy initial orders. It makes an announcement and tells people when orders will be accepted. It opens the gates and begins accepting orders. And ultimately, it ships the orders out when it promised to.

It does this with all its products, but even if we crank the difficulty all the way up to the iPhone… the principle still holds. Quite frankly, it makes the game console makers look like amateurs. Compared to Apple, they are.

Apple Will Start Collecting 'Netflix Tax' In September, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

According to Bloomberg Law, Apple has agreed to collect the tax, starting September 15, from customers in Chicago. As part of the settlement, Apple will not need to pay back taxes.

Vietnam To Make Apple Watch And MacBook For First Time Ever, by Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li, Nikkei Asia

Apple suppliers Luxshare Precision Industry and Foxconn have started test production of the Apple Watch in northern Vietnam with the aim of producing the device outside of China for the very first time, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei Asia.


On the MacBook front, Apple has asked suppliers to set up a test production line in Vietnam, two sources said. However, progress in moving mass production to the country has been slow, partly due to pandemic-related disruptions but also because notebook computer production involves a larger supply chain, multiple sources said. That network is currently centered on China and very cost-competitive, they added.

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Will Apple refresh every single Mac (except the MacBook Air, of course) this fall? And with new iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and AirPods too?

The times are getting exciting.


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