The Opposite-Island Edition Friday, September 16, 2022

The iPhones 14 Pro (And iPhones 14), by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

In a way, the always-on display mode for iPhone 14 Pro is the opposite of the Dynamic Island. The Dynamic Island I took to immediately — a where’ve you been all my life? feature. The always-on display is still startling me every time I glance at it. I suspect I will get used to it, but if I still feel so unsettled by it a few weeks from now, I might try turning it off and seeing if I miss it. Because the other difference from the Dynamic Island is that I’m still not sure what purpose it serves. (The answer, I suspect, is Live Activities, which aren’t shipping until iOS 16.1. Being able to see updates to a Live Activity on an always-on display sounds potentially useful.)

Apple Confirms iOS 16 Bug Impacting New Device Activation As iPhone 14 Orders Begin To Arrive, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

In a memo seen by MacRumors, Apple says that “there is a known issue for iOS 16 that may impact device activations on open Wi-Fi networks.” To resolve the issue, Apple says customers should select “Connect to Mac or to a PC with iTunes” in the initial iOS onboarding process when prompted to connect to a Wi-Fi network and then return to the previous screen and try again on Wi-Fi until the activation goes through successfully.

Apple Reveals 8 Scenarios Where iPhone 14 Pro's Always-On Display Turns Off, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today published a new support document with additional details about the new always-on display mode on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Notably, the document lists eight scenarios where the always-on display temporarily turns off.

iOS 16: All The Things I Didn’t Like, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

I compiled all my iOS 16-related complaints, organized them into sections, and you can find them below.

Here are all the things I didn’t like in iOS 16, which I hope Apple will fix in the future.


How The Hidden Antivirus Tools Already Built Into Your Mac Work, by David Nield, Gizmodo

While macOS has a strong reputation for keeping your computer and your data safe from harm, it doesn’t have a visible antivirus tool like the Windows Security suite that comes as part of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. In fact, there are antivirus and security tools built into the software on your Mac—they’re just not as noticeable.

Award-winning Pok Pok Playroom iOS App For Kids Gets ‘Space' Update For Busy Book Toy, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The Busy Book toy now has a new Space section that offers fun open-ended play while encouraging growth with imagination, curiosity, problem-solving, cause and effect, storytelling, and much more.

The Best Keyboard For Your Mac Is Not An Apple Keyboard, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Specializing in keyboards, Das Keyboard has been in the business of making keyboards since 2005, starting out by making a keyboard with blank keycaps.

Fast forward to today, and the company is making some of the best, most robust, most beautiful keyboards available, and the company's first Mac-specific keyboard embodies all this keyboard manufacturing experience.


This Song Will Break Your MacBook’s Speakers, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

The speakers of a MacBook Air can be damaged just by playing a really, really loud song, and a loud sound for 40 seconds, according to a researcher who pushed the laptop’s speakers to their limits.

Hector Martin, an independent security researcher who focuses on Apple products, said he was able to damage his MacBook Air powered with the company’s M2 chip in a recent experiment by “overdriving them with settings and content they were not designed to play.”

Of God And Machines, by Stephen Marche, The Atlantic

All technology is, in a sense, sorcery. A stone-chiseled ax is superhuman. No arithmetical genius can compete with a pocket calculator. Even the biggest music fan you know probably can’t beat Shazam.

But the sorcery of artificial intelligence is different. When you develop a drug, or a new material, you may not understand exactly how it works, but you can isolate what substances you are dealing with, and you can test their effects. Nobody knows the cause-and-effect structure of NLP. That’s not a fault of the technology or the engineers. It’s inherent to the abyss of deep learning.

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Happy Dynamic Island day.

I will still be on mini island for now. I really like a light phone. I hope Apple will rethink and relaunch a better mini phone soon.


Thanks for reading.