The Work-with-Older-Devices Edition Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Latest iPadOS 16 Beta Brings Stage Manager To Older iPad Pro Models, by N. Ingraham, Engadget

Now, Apple is making Stage Manager work with a number of older devices: it'll work on the 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation and later) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation and later). Specifically, it'll be available on the 2018 and 2020 models that use the A12X and A12Z chips rather than just the M1. However, there is one notable missing feature for the older iPad Pro models — Stage Manager will only work on the iPad's build-in display. You won't be able to extend your display to an external monitor.

Apple also says that developer beta 5 of iPadOS 16. is removing external display support for Stage Manager on M1 iPads, something that has been present since the first iPadOS 16 beta was released a few months ago. It'll be re-introduced in a software update coming later this year.

iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Now Lets Users Switch Between Wallpaper Sets In The Settings App, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

With today’s beta, Apple is also letting users switch between wallpaper sets through the Settings app. More specifically, you can now see all lock screen options by going to the Wallpapers menu within iPhone Settings. Users can easily navigate between the wallpaper sets and tap to customize them.

Apple Laying Groundwork For Apple Music Classical Feature Launching In 2022, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Mentions of Apple Classical have appeared in backend code used by Apple, suggesting that we could perhaps be seeing ‌Apple Music‌ Classical debut in the near future.

‌Apple Music‌ Classical will be built around Primephonic, a classical music service that Apple purchased more than a year ago. When Apple acquired Primephonic, the company promised an improved classical music experience for ‌Apple Music‌ subscribers.


Apple Updates iPad Mini 6 Battery Replacement Policy To Substitute Battery Only, Not Entire Device, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Apple is rolling out a new policy for the sixth-generation iPad mini that will allow customers to get their batteries replaced without being given a replacement device.

Billie Eilish Ending 'Happier Than Ever' Tour On Apple Music Live, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The Apple Music Live concert series features exclusive live concerts from popular artists. The next concert features Billie Eilish at the end of her Happier than Ever world tour.

Apple Explains Why Duplicates Album In Photos Not Showing For Some Users, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

In a new support document, Apple has clarified that for the Duplicates album to appear, your iPhone has to first index the photo library and find duplicates, but that this detection process requires your iPhone to be locked and connected to power.

“Depending on what tasks are running in the background and the size of your photo library, the process could happen quickly or take up to a few days to complete,” adds Apple.

Logitech Launches New 'Designed For Mac' Mice And Keyboards, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Logitech today announced the launch of several new mice and keyboards that have been developed for use with Apple’s Macs, including Logitech’s first mechanical keyboard that has been optimized for the Mac.


Fast Company’s Apple News Access Hijacked To Send An Obscene Push Notification, by Richard Lawler, The Verge

Apple has addressed the incident on its Apple News Twitter account, saying that it’s disabled Fast Company’s channel.

The publication confirmed the hack. “Fast Company’s Apple News account was hacked on Tuesday evening. Two obscene and racist push notifications were sent about a minute apart. The messages are vile and are not in line with the content of Fast Company. We are investigating the situation and have suspended the feed and shut down until we are certain the situation has been resolved.”

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My iPad will still not get Stage Manager. :-)


This past month, I briefly tried out virtual desktops, again, and see if the experience is any different. I've tried out Spaces on macOS, as well as virtual desktops on Windows 11 at work.

Turns out, it is still a hassle to manage windows across multiple desktops, and, for me, the effort doesn't justify any gain of segregating my projects during the day.

The biggest obstacle for me is that there is no good place to put all my 'utilities' windows -- email, notes, etc.

I've returned to a single desktop. I'll probably try out Stage Manager when it arrives on my Mac, but I don't have any high hopes that it will be something I'll use regularly.


Thanks for reading.