The Best-Battery-Life Edition Thursday, October 6, 2022

Apple iPhone 14 Plus Review: A Big Deal, by Allison Johnson, The Verge

This is the new iPhone that most people want. It’s not the iPhone with the neat new display features or a high-resolution camera. It’s the iPhone with a big display and a battery that goes for days.

That’s really all you need to know about it, honestly. If you’d rather have an iPhone with the best possible battery life than an iPhone with the very newest features, then the iPhone 14 Plus is the one for you.

How Apple Makes You Think Green Bubbles = “Gross”, by UX Collective

The blue Apple picked for the iMessage bubbles provides a better color contrast against the white text on it compared to the green Apple picked for the Android bubbles. In other words, Apple picked a darker blue but a lighter green to make iMessage texts more readable.

Big Tech’s Next Big Thing? Making You Pick A Team, by Austin Carr, Bloomberg

If fall product events from Apple, Google, and Samsung are any indication, the industry’s strategy is to wring more dollars out of each existing customer by upselling them on accessories and subscriptions that function uniquely well within each ecosystem—and make it ever more inconvenient to shift to a competitor’s platform. An Apple spokesperson disputes that the company makes it hard to use competing products, citing the vibrancy of its app store and suggesting that it’s easy to switch device ecosystems. Google and Samsung spokespeople say their Android and Galaxy experiences are, respectively, supportive of user choice and open to integration with partner devices.


Shazam Update Adds Songs Identified By Siri To Music Recognition History In Control Center, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated the Shazam app for iPhone and iPad, introducing a new feature that is designed to allow songs identified using Siri to be added to both the Shazam App library and the Music Recognition History view in the Control Center. Note that this functionality requires iOS 16.

Apple Music Now Allows Artists To Personalize Their Profile Page And More, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced that artists and bands can now personalize their Apple Music profile page with a custom bio and the option to add their hometown, birth date or year formed, and more. Artists can also quickly add lyrics for their songs on Apple Music.

Apple Watch Overheats On Customer's Wrist Before Blowing Up And Prompting ER Visit, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

An Apple Watch Series 7 user is speaking out after their device overheated, started smoking, and eventually exploded. The case was brought to Apple’s attention and the company confirmed it would investigate what happened. At the same time, however, Apple also attempted to coerce the user into staying silent and not sharing the story.

BBEdit 14.6, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Bare Bones has released BBEdit 14.6, marking the triumphant return of font ligatures (when supported by the display font in use) and improving Unicode character rendering.


Apple iPhone: Can India Be China’s ‘Plus One’ To The World?, by Nikhil Inamdar, BBC

"Companies are no longer willing to sit and wait for a policy change in China, or put their eggs in one basket for their sourcing needs," Oscar De Bok, CEO of logistics company DHL's supply chain business, told the BBC.

"They want to make sure they have two or three alternatives," said Mr De Bok, adding that this trend towards "omni-sourcing" had clear beneficiaries in countries like India, Vietnam and Mexico.

Fast Company Returns After Attack That Saw Obscene Apple News Alerts Pushed To Readers, by M. Moon, Engadget

Fast Company's website finally came back online eight days after the publication took it down due to a cyberattack. The business publication was initially hacked on September 25th, but it wasn't until the second security breach on September 27th that it had to take drastic measures to contain the situation. If you'll recall, Apple News users who are subscribed to Fast Company received a couple of obscene push notifications with racial slurs in late September. The bad actors had also defaced the website with obscene and racist messages and posted details on how they were able to infiltrate the publication.

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The iPhone Plus, with more than two days of battery, sure sound nice. I have to remind myself: it's 50% heavier than my iPhone mini, and I cannot sit down with that phone in my pants' pocket.


Thanks for reading.