The Two-Piece-Folio Edition Saturday, October 22, 2022

The iPad Lineup Is, Like, Growing Out Its Bangs Or Something And Looks A Little Weird Right Now, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The one that I just don’t get, though, is the keyboard accessory schism. I don’t see why the new iPads couldn’t have been designed to work with the Magic Keyboard. And if there’s a market for the new two-piece Magic Keyboard Folio in addition to the cantilever-hinged Magic Keyboard, why couldn’t it have been designed as option that worked with the iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro, too?


Apple Pencil Adapter For New iPad Facing Up To One-Month Shipping Delay, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

While the new iPad is set to launch October 26, the adapter is already facing a 3-4 week shipping delay on Apple’s online store in the U.S. for orders placed today.

Music Remote: A Beautiful Retro Utility For Controlling Playback Of Apple’s Music App, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The compact remote requires Apple’s Music app to be running, but once it is, you can minimize Music and use Music Remote instead. The app includes buttons to play/pause and skip forward and back, as well as a couple of unique buttons above and below the play/pause button. Above play/pause is a button that opens a separate window that lets you pick from your playlists. Below is a stop button. It works the same as pause, except that when you resume playback, it will start with the next song in an album or playlist instead of picking up mid-song.

Belkin’s MagSafe Continuity Camera Mount Is An Easy Webcam Upgrade, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

Belkin’s iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Mac Notebooks has a bad name but is a very good accessory. It lets you clip your iPhone onto your laptop so you can make use of macOS Ventura and iOS 16’s Continuity Camera feature, which turns your phone into a webcam that absolutely crushes pretty much anything that’s built into MacBooks these days. And if that was all it did, I’d still be happy with it — but its design and features are what truly make it worth considering, even though there’s already a flood of other accessories meant to do the same job.


Apple Begins Paying Developers After Reaching $100 Million App Store Settlement, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple recently started sending payments to select App Store developers as part of a $100 million settlement it reached in the lawsuit Cameron et al v. Apple Inc., which alleged that Apple had a monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps and in-app purchases. Apple referred to the settlement as a “Small Developer Assistance Fund.”

Apple’s Industrial Design Chief Hankey To Leave Three Years After Ive, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The departure was announced inside the Cupertino, California-based technology giant this week, with Hankey telling colleagues that she will remain at Apple for the next six months. Hankey oversees several dozen industrial designers, and the company hasn’t named a replacement.


“Apple’s design team brings together expert creatives from around the world and across many disciplines to imagine products that are undeniably Apple,” a spokesman said in a statement. “The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience. Evans plans to stay on as we work through the transition, and we’d like to thank her for her leadership and contributions.”

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I am hoping Apple will not reject Live Activities they weren't expecting. It shouldn't be restricted to sports updates and car locations and other obvious use cases.


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