The Cleaner-Methods Edition Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Some People Are Upset At The Way iPhones Charge. Here’s Why., by Chris Velazco, Washington Post

While it barely raised eyebrows when it was first released in an update in October, the feature — which attempts to charge iPhones using electricity generated through supposedly cleaner methods — has gotten Apple customers and critics debating on social media.


If you haven’t noticed anything unusual about the way your phone has been charging, though, it might be worth leaving the feature on. An untold number of iPhones in the United States are trying to prioritize charging when more sustainably generated electricity is available, too — it couldn’t hurt to see if the feature manages to make sort of a dent in carbon emissions.

Apple Responds To EU's Decision To Narrow Antitrust Case Involving Spotify, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The investigation will now focus entirely on Apple preventing streaming music apps from informing iPhone and iPad users within the app that lower subscription prices are available when signing up outside of the App Store.


In a statement shared with MacRumors, an Apple spokesperson said the company is “pleased” that the Commission has narrowed its case.

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iOS 16.4 Beta 2 Re-Adds Page Turning Animation To Apple Books, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The second beta of iOS 16.4 that was introduced to developers today appears to have a limited number of new features, but it does have a major update for those who use Apple Books - it reintroduces an option for the page turning animation.

Apple Music Classical Launch Could Be Approaching Based On Code In iOS 16.4 Beta 2, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Code in the beta suggests that listening to ‌Apple Music‌ Classical will require users to have the standard ‌Apple Music‌ app installed. “To listen in ‌Apple Music‌ Classical, you’ll need to install ‌Apple Music‌,” reads a line in the MusicKit framework.


Apple Schedules Apple Watch Activity Challenge For International Women's Day, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced its next Activity Challenge for Apple Watch users. This time, Apple is celebrating International Women’s Day with a challenge that will take place on March 8.

Apple Watch Running Track Mode Expands To More Countries, by DC Rainmaker

Apple’s running track mode depends on Apple Maps data combined with what is essentially a giant running track database. Whereas every other company instead detects the running track in real-time over the course of the first 1-2 laps (and then saves that for future usage). Both methods have their pros and cons.

In the case of Apple, it’s only available for those countries they’ve explicitly turned on, but it means that the second you step onto the track, it’s ready (no track calibration needed).

Pixelmator Pro Update Makes It Easier To Remove Color And Improve Photos, by Jeremy Gray, PetaPixel

Pixelmator Pro version 3.3, codenamed Mosaic, is now available and includes an all-new Remove Color adjustment to make it easy to remove color from images and video quickly. The latest release also includes powerful Clarity, Selective Clarity, and Texture adjustments for enhancing fine details in photos.

This Smartphone App Can Check Your Health Just By Scanning Your Face — And I Tried It, by Richard Priday, Tom's Guide

Developed by Canadian outfit NuraLogix, Anura can test up to 30 different parameters by using "transdermal optical imaging" — that being reading the activity of the blood vessels in your face. No smartwatch or fitness tracker is needed for this analysis — all that's need for this investigation into potential health problems (and not diagnosis, as the app is clear to state) is your phone's selfie camera.


Microsoft’s Phone Link App Now Lets You Use iMessage From Your PC, by Tom Warren, The Verge

Microsoft is using Bluetooth to link Windows devices to iPhones, passing commands and messages to users’ Messages (iMessage) app. That means you’ll be able to message contacts that also have iPhones straight from your PC, but there are some limits. You won’t be able to send pictures in messages or participate in group messages.

MLS Opens New Season On Apple TV+, But How Many People Watched Is A Mystery: Sports On TV, by Bill Shea, The Athletic

The traditionally tight-lipped Apple isn’t disclosing audience data, at least not so far, and the streamed games are not measured by Nielsen. MLS isn’t talking, either.

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My day job today is an interrupt-driven kind of day: it seems like I have talked to a lot of people, it seems like I dipped into a lot of projects, but when the sun sets, I can't tell how many things were done.

Well, at least one important decision was made. :-) It wasn't all bad.

I can't wait to lie on my bed and listen to some classical music.


Thanks for reading.