The Moving-Cards Edition Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Apple’s Taken The Joy Out Of Its Books App With iOS 16, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

Apple Books has been my main reading app for years for one very specific reason: its page-turning animation is far and away the best in the business. Unfortunately, that went away with iOS 16 and has been replaced by a new animation that makes it feel like you’re moving cards through a deck instead of leafing through a digitized version of paper. And despite the fact that I’ve been trying to get used to the change since I got onto the beta in July, I still feel like Apple’s destroyed one of the last ways that my phone brought joy into my life.

Oh, The Places Your Apple ID Will Go, by Nick Heer, Pixel Envy

I may be getting something wildly wrong here, but I am not sure I see the presence of this Apple ID proxy in Apple’s services logs to be a violation of either its own policies or users’ expectations for using internet services in general. Its highly granular analytics are more comprehensive than I think many people would believe is necessary, to an extent they violate the spirit of what Apple professes to stand for, and it would be better if this identifier were sandboxed to avoid any association with real-world activity like service requests. I do not think it is news that device analytics are not the same as services analytics, certainly not to the extent that it justifies a lawsuit.

But there is a quirk that interests me: does Apple continue to view the iPhone as a device with a unified and interconnected set of hardware, software, and services it controls at a platform level?

NFL's Clock Ticking For New Sunday Ticket Partner. Why Is It Taking So Long?, by Daniel Kaplan, The Athletic

The individual said part of the problem is the contract: Apple expected that categories not specifically excluded would belong to them, while the NFL way of doing business is only what is mentioned in the contract is given as rights.

“Because you have to think about, not the way things are today, not just the way things are tomorrow,” the individual said. “But the technology that has never even been invented, delivery systems that have never even been invented yet, ways people want to consume that have never been invented yet.”

In other words, Apple wants rights to the unknown.


Chaka Khan Hopes To Inspire People To Get Moving Through Apple’s “Time To Walk” Series, by Jonathan Landrum Jr, AP

In the 32-minute episode, Khan reflects on her upbringing in Chicago, how she found her better self in Europe, learning the music business and the importance of friendships during a walk through her neighborhood in Santa Monica, California. The episode features songs including Khan’s “Woman Like Me,” Joni Mitchell’s “California” and Mile Davis’ “Tomaas.”

iCloud For Windows Users Complain Of Corrupted Videos, Photos From Strangers, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple’s iCloud for Windows software appears to experiencing serious issues for some users, with complaints on the MacRumors forums about corrupted videos and images from strangers appearing in Photo Libraries.

Finally, A Formidable Response To Amazon-owned Goodreads: Introducing The StoryGraph, by Laura Rosenberg, 9to5Mac

The StoryGraph – an app that lets you track, rate, and review the books you’ve read amongst many, many other things – is something every book lover should have in their app library. Complete with beautiful analytics, personalized recommendations, and a 1.2 million-member community, The StoryGraph is everything Goodreads isn’t. We spoke with cofounders Nadia Odunayo and Rob Frelow to dig more deeply into everything we love about our new favorite book app.

Flighty Update Brings Live Flight Tracking Data To Your iPhone, Even When You're In Airplane Mode, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

With a new update this week, Flighty has a trick up its sleeve: it can download real and live data using free in-flight Wi-Fi, even when your iPhone is in Airplane Mode. This means you don’t have to pay for premium Wi-Fi on your flight. “Get live data even in Airplane Mode: Simply connect to the free ‘messaging only WiFi’ on most major airlines.”

Gibson Launches The Digital Amp, An App That Uses Your Phone’s Mic To Detect And Amplify Your Guitar Signal – No Cables Required, by Matt Owen, Guitar World

As the name implies, the Digital Amp offers Gibson App users a wealth of sound-sculpting tools, allowing guitarists to make the most of the app’s expanded features while simultaneously employing a more appropriate guitar song.

Mondo Announces Collectible Vinyl Soundtrack For Apple TV+ Series 'Severance', by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Collectibles company Mondo today announced an exclusive vinyl soundtrack for the first season of the Apple TV+ series Severance. There are two versions of the vinyl with different artwork, packaging, and merch included, and both go on sale this Wednesday.

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I think Apple can afford to wait for a better deal from NFL.


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