The Skipping-Release Edition Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Apple Delivers iPadOS 16.1 Beta Ahead Of iOS 16 Fall Release, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

In a comment to TechCrunch, the company notes, “This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.”

In other words, Apple will be skipping the iPadOS 16.0 release in the fall and going straight to 16.1. This means the first version of iPadOS 16 will ship to non-beta users after the arrival of the first iOS version. It seems likely the two 16.1 releases will arrive at – or around – the same time, though Apple hasn’t confirmed the speculation. The move is unique, but not unprecedented, for Apple software releases.

No, Apple Won't Let You Replace Your MacBook's Main Board With A Higher-spec Option, by Derek Wise, 9to5Mac

Apple just expanded its self-service repair program to include M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pros. You can get replacement screens, batteries, and even logic boards, but don’t expect to be able to upgrade your laptop, as you can only purchase the exact same main board that originally came with your device.

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iOS 16.1 To Let Users Delete Wallet App Amid Antitrust Concerns Over Apple Pay, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Code seen by 9to5Mac makes it clear that the Wallet app has become “deletable” with iOS 16.1. Unsurprisingly, some features like Apple Pay won’t work without the Wallet app. In this case, users will see a message telling them to “Download the Wallet app from the App Store.”


Apple Expands Annual AppleCare+ Option To Mac Users In More Countries, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

New Mac buyers in Australia, Canada, and Japan can now get AppleCare+ through the same annual plan available to US customers.

A year after it made the option widely available in the US, Apple has now brought its annual AppleCare+ pricing to more countries. Instead of the previous three-year upfront commitment, new Mac users can have all of the benefits of AppleCare+ insurance for an annual fee.

Apple Music 4.0 For Android Now In Beta With iOS 16 Features And 'Apple Classical' Mention, by Abner Li, 9to5Google

Ahead of iOS 16 launching next month, Apple Music for Android has been updated with the latest features to ensure parity as part of version 4.0, which is currently in beta.

Claris’s Plans For FileMaker Bode Well For Individual Users, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

The more important change for longtime individual FileMaker users is that there will be a freemium version of Claris Pro with free access to Claris Studio (and presumably Claris Go). Its only restriction is that databases created with the freemium version are restricted to a single user—but there are no size or time constraints.

Anker Launches New Slim MagSafe 5,000mAh Power Bank Ahead Of iPhone 14, by Rikka Altland, 9to5Toys

Taking on a much more slim approach than we’ve seen from previous releases, the new Anker MagSafe Power Bank packs much of the same specs as before.


Tim Cook, Joby Ive, Laurene Powell-Jobs Will Appear At Vox's Code Conference, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at Vox Media's Code conference, with former Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive and Laurene Powell Jobs also set to appear to talk about Steve Jobs

Running macOS Ventura On Old Macs Isn’t Easy, But Some Devs Are Making Progress, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

For Big Sur and Monterey, the OpenCore Legacy Patcher (OCLP for short) is the best way to get new macOS versions running on old Macs. It's an offshoot of the OpenCore Hackintosh bootloader, and it's updated fairly frequently with new features and fixes and compatibility for newer macOS versions. The OCLP developers have admitted that macOS Ventura support will be tough, but they've made progress in some crucial areas that should keep some older Macs kicking for a little bit longer.

Apple’s Return-to-office Order Sparks Anxiety Across Tech Workers, by Dave Lee, Financial Times

The move by Apple, a bellwether of Silicon Valley, has led to growing disquiet across tech workers on whether their company will follow. While Big Tech companies were quick to send their workers home at the onset of the pandemic, the sector has been markedly less decisive in calling everybody back over concerns it could trigger an exodus of top talent.

“There is some palpable anxiety,” said one hardware engineer at the iPhone maker, who asked to remain anonymous. “Apple is working from a place of hubris in believing that it’s a desirable place to work and there’ll always be people who will want to work for Apple regardless of the conditions.”

Bottom of the Page

The more we have to wait for a new thing from Apple, the higher the expectation we will all have. No, I am not talking about Stage Manager. It's the new Apple Classical app that I am probably expecting too much.

As an amateur listener to classical music, I am hoping the new app will make me learn to appreciate better. As a realist, I am not expecting that.

But, about Stage Manager: I will probably try out on my Mac, seeing that Spaces didn't really work for me. But I also don't have high hopes that it will suit my workflow.


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