The Holiday-Shopping Edition Saturday, November 5, 2022

Apple Launches 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Starting today, Apple’s annual Holiday Gift Guide is available via its website to help customers choose appropriate gifts more easily. Simultaneously, Apple Store locations around the world will provide personalized support for holiday shopping, gift recommendations, and delivery and pickup options.

Apple Debuts New Holiday Gift Card Design, Extended Return Policy Now In Effect, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

In addition to launching its annual Holiday Gift Guide today, Apple has also officially started offering its extended return window for holiday shopping. This means that products received between November 4, 2022 and December 25, 2022 can be returned through January 8, 2023.

Matter Is Here, But Does It Matter Right Now?, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

I’m optimistic that Matter will be tremendous in the long run given its wide industry backing. However, I don’t think it’s something to get too excited about just yet. Let those of us on the cutting edge put it through its paces, and I think Matter will naturally fall into place over time.


Belkin Debuts Official MagSafe Car Charging Mount, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Belkin today announced the launch of the first official 15W MagSafe charger designed for in-vehicle use, debuting the Boost Charge Pro Wireless Car Charger with MagSafe.

There are other magnetic car charger solutions on the market, but this is the first that provides full 15W charging for compatible MagSafe-enabled iPhone models.

Photos Search 4.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The update improves recognition capabilities for rotation and handwriting and adds support for new languages.

18-Year-old College Student Launches Discover Me, A Gender-Identity Discovery App, by Gigi Fong, Hypebae

Understanding your identity in a binary world is damn near impossible, which is why 18-year-old college student Joshua Tint created the app, Discover Me.

During the pandemic, Tint witnessed many changes, one of which, was witnessing his friends transition, in terms of gender identity. This made him realize that the resources available to his community were scarce. Not only that but “there’s an overwhelming stigma that surrounds the idea of questioning, which makes it incredibly difficult to seek help during the process,” hehe revealed to Hypebae.


Apple To Expand Live TV Advertising For Major League Soccer Deal, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple is building a live television ad network in preparation for streaming Major League Soccer games, reports Bloomberg. Apple has agreed to expand its advertising as part of its deal with MLS.

Apple Quickly Expands iPhone 14 Production In India With Pegatron As Second Manufacturer, byMichael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple is expected to shift up to 25% of its iPhone production to India by as soon as 2025. Following up on iPhone 14 manufacturing kicking off in September by Foxconn in the country, Pegatron has become the second vendor to start making Apple’s latest smartphone in India.

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The Mac mini I am using was purchased just when we were moving into strange times back in 2020 -- about three months before Apple announced the Apple Silicon transition. So, probably like many people, I've waiting to see the new Mac mini. Well, there is the M1 Mac mini, but just because the Mac mini with Intel inside is still available for sale, I've never decided to buy, and continue to wait.

And right now, it definitely looks like I will continue to wait until 2023 before I have to make any decisions.

Apple has already unveiled new designs for all the Mac computers -- except the Mac mini and Mac Pro. Which is one more reason I will continue to wait.


Thanks for reading.