The Embrace-the-Chaos Edition Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Apple Expanding iPhone's Communication Safety Feature To More Countries, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Communication Safety is an opt-in feature in the Messages app on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch that is designed to warn children when receiving or sending photos that contain nudity. In its press release today, Apple indicated that it is expanding the feature to more regions around the world in partnership with local experts. In recent months, Communication Safety became available in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, after launching earlier in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Urban Echoes: The Art Of iPhone Street Photography, by Adrian McGarry, TheAPpWhisperer

Taking photos in bustling streets is an exciting and challenging task that demands a sharp eye, fast reactions, and a good sense of timing. To embody the energy of street life, one must embrace the chaos and be fully immersed in the moment. For me, it’s about conveying the vibe and dynamism into a single frame.

Apple Expands Testing Of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Service To Retail Employees, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. has expanded an internal test of its upcoming “buy now, pay later” service to the company’s thousands of retail employees, a sign the long-awaited feature is finally nearing a public release.


The first version of the new service will allow consumers to split a purchase made through Apple Pay into four installments paid over six weeks — without interest or fees. The company also has been developing a version of the service called Apple Pay Monthly Installments, working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., that will split up the cost of large transactions over several months with interest. That offering hasn’t been announced yet.


Apple Rolls Out Revamped Website Design With New Dropdown Navigation Menus, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

With this change, Apple․com features a new navigation system with dropdown menus that automatically appear as you mouse over items in the navigation bar. For instance, when you mouse over the “iPhone” item in the nav bar, a dropdown menu will automatically appear that offers quick links to more details on the iPhone lineup.

macOS 11.7.3 Breaks Safari Favorite Icons, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple released macOS Big Sur version 11.7.3 in late January with security fixes, but the software update also introduced a new bug that prevents icons from appearing in Safari’s Favorites section, according to widespread complaints online.

Twelve South Refreshes Popular Aluminum Backpack Shelf For Apple Studio Display, by Rikka Altland, 9to5Toys

Clipping into the back of the Apple Studio Display, the accessory gives you a floating shelf to rest all kinds of different gadgets in your setup. Perfect for peripherals you’ll always have plugged into your machine, like hard drives and USB-C docks, or even just collectibles you want to show off, the Backpack provides the perfect spot.

Bottom of the Page

It seems just a little un-Apple-like for the new drop-down menus at the top of Apple's website to be fully text-only. No icons of computers. No waste-my-time animation that Apple is so fond of in the product pages.


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