The Launch-Studio Edition Thursday, February 23, 2023

Apple Files Bluetooth 5.3 Listing Amid Rumors Of New MacBook Air And Mac Pro, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple this week filed a new listing in the Bluetooth Launch Studio database, a move that sometimes foreshadows the launch of new products. The filing does not mention any specific products, but it lists the latest Bluetooth 5.3 standard and references a prior macOS-related listing, suggesting the filing could be related to upcoming Macs.

iOS 16.4 Code References New ‘Compute Module’ Device — Mac Pro, Reality Pro, Or Something Else?, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

9to5mac has found a new “ComputeModule” device class in Apple’s iOS 16.4 developer disk image in the Xcode 16.4 beta release last week, and it could be the missing piece to Apple’s modular Mac Pro plans… or it could be a processor box for the Apple Reality Pro headset, or perhaps even a Raspberry Pi-like device.

Apple Makes Major Progress On No-Prick Blood Glucose Tracking For Its Watch, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The goal of this secret endeavor — dubbed E5 — is to measure how much glucose is in someone’s body without needing to prick the skin for blood. After hitting major milestones recently, the company now believes it could eventually bring glucose monitoring to market, according to people familiar with the effort.

If perfected, such a breakthrough would be a boon to diabetics and help cement Apple as a powerhouse in health care. Adding the monitoring system to the Apple Watch, the ultimate goal, would also make that device an essential item for millions of diabetics around the world.


Center Cam Solves Webcam Eye Contact Problem, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

If you’re looking for a webcam that will help you maintain eye contact during video calls, the Center Cam is worth considering. Its approach of putting the camera precisely at your eye level in the middle of your screen works well and doesn’t obscure more of the screen than is necessary. Although I wouldn’t recommend it if your office has a lot of windows, it’s ideal for anyone who works in dark surroundings.

Artifact, The AI-powered News App From Instagram’s Co-founders, Is Now Open To All, by Jay Peters, The Verge

Instagram’s co-founders are throwing open the doors to their new personalized news app, Artifact. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger’s new app launched last month with a waitlist, but now anyone on iOS or Android can download Artifact to try it for themselves.

Spotify Launches AI-powered Personal DJ Feature With 'Stunningly Realistic Voice', by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Spotify has announced a new “AI DJ” feature, which it says is a “brand-new way to listen on Spotify and connect even more deeply with the artists you love.” The feature will deliver a “curated lineup of music alongside commentary around the tracks and artists we think you’ll like in a stunningly realistic voice.”

Uber’s Redesigned App Uses The Latest iPhone Features, by Umar Shakir, The Verge

Uber is launching a redesigned version of its app that introduces a homescreen that the company says makes hailing a ride and ordering takeout food a lot easier. Uber is also adding enhancements to the app that make use of the latest iPhone and iOS features.


The iPhone’s Dynamic Island Isn't Living Up To Its Potential, by Ian Carlos Campbell, Inverse

More iPhones with the Dynamic Island is more reason to develop for it. Selling every iPhone with 3D Touch capabilities wasn't enough to make it catch on, but the Dynamic Island is highly visible and a part of what’s become an iconic (post-home button) visual signifier of Apple’s phones — the camera cutout. Maybe all it needs is a little more oomph to become the vital component it was sold as.

Apple Is Convinced My Dog Is Stalking Me, by Katie Malone, Engadget

Or, I could deal with the minor inconvenience knowing that somewhere out there, this feature is helping someone else stay safe. I think I’ll go with that.

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Oh, the sweet scent of Mac rumors… Is Apple ready for a spring event to complete the Apple Silicon transition? Sure smells like it.


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