The Simultaneous-Rollout Edition Monday, August 22, 2022

How Apple Pushed Its Ad-vantage, by Sara Fischer, Scott Rosenberg, Axios

Apple has long touted a privacy and security advantage for its products over alternatives like Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows. But the simultaneous rollout of Apple's ad expansion and privacy changes has stoked criticism and could draw the attention of antitrust regulators.

Apple Expands Self Service Repair Program To MacBook Air And MacBook Pro, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Starting tomorrow, users of ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro models with chips from the M1 family will be able to obtain repair manuals and genuine Apple parts and tools via the Apple ‌Self Service Repair‌ Store. Apple says that ‌Self Service Repair‌ for ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro will offer more than a dozen different repair types for each model, including the display, top case with battery, and trackpad, with more to come in the future.

Gurman: Apple Finished iOS 16 Development Last Week Ahead Of Planned September 7 Event, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple engineers wrapped up development of the initial version of iOS 16 last week, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. This likely means that Apple has no major new features or changes planned for the remaining iOS 16 betas and will instead focus on bug fixes in the final weeks before the software update is publicly released.


Mac Studio Still Facing Up To 10-Week Shipping Delay Nearly Six Months After Launch, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

The baseline ‌Mac Studio‌ with the M1 Max chip is estimated to ship in one to three weeks, depending on specific storage and memory options. Customers looking to get their hands on the more powerful ‌M1 Ultra‌ chip will have to wait at least seven weeks for the standard option with a 48-core GPU and up to 10 weeks for the 64-core GPU option.

GraphicConverter 11 Rescues Ancient QuickTake 150 Photos, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

So thanks to Thorsten and GraphicConverter, and if you still have any QuickTake 150 images lying around, I encourage you to convert them while you’re thinking about it.


Gurman: Apple Planning To Show Ads In Maps App Starting Next Year, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

“I believe the engineering work is already underway to launch search ads in the Apple Maps app, and we should begin to see it be implemented sometime next year,” wrote Gurman, in the subscriber-only version of his “Power On” newsletter today.

Apple To Transition To Longer Serial Numbers For Repair Parts In October, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

In a memo obtained by MacRumors, Apple is informing authorized service providers that their machines and equipment will need to be updated to support a new, longer 18-digit serial number for repair parts starting October 1. The current serial number for repair parts is 17-digits.

Group Of Apple Employees Pushes Back Against Return-to-office Order, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

Apple Together counters that a “uniform mandate from senior leadership” fails to respect the “many compelling reasons” why some employees are “happier and more productive” working outside of traditional office arrangements.

The group is demanding that Apple allows employees to work with their “immediate manager” to decide their working arrangements, and that they should not be subject to “high-level approvals” and “complex procedures” or have to provide private information.

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I hope Apple will hold itself to a higher standard in terms of user-tracking: data collected from one app, such as the App Store, will not be used for personal ads on another app, such as Maps.

After all, just because I downloaded the McDonald's app when my daughter wanted some french fries one day doesn't mean I want to see directions to all the McDonald's restaurants whenever and wherever I travel.


Thanks for reading.