The Proper-Functionality Edition Friday, March 3, 2023

Apple Now Offering Depth And Water Seal Tests For Apple Watch Ultra, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple today published a new support document letting Apple Watch Ultra users know that they can request a Depth and Water Seal Test by Apple to determine if their watch’s depth gauge and seals are working properly.

The document describes a couple of scenarios under which users might want to have their watches tested, including assurance of proper functionality of the depth gauge for those who rely on it such as for diving and to check for unseen damage in the case of impacts to the watch.

EU Antitrust Regulators Narrow Apple Antitrust Probe, Zeroing In On Anti-Steering, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Putting the legality of Apple’s anti-steering rules aside, I think they make the company look spiteful and petty. They certainly aren’t in the interest of users. Apple is only really Apple when they put the user first.


Apple Maps Redesign Expands To Finland, Norway, And Sweden, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The new experience provides more detail, improved navigation, custom-designed 3D models of popular landmarks, immersive turn-by-turn walking directions powered by augmented reality, and more.


New Apple Tool Lets Developers Compare Their Apps To Those Of Competitors, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Apple has introduced a new way for developers for platforms like the iPhone to track their apps' performance. It's a new dashboard called peer group benchmarks that shows percentile data on how an app compares in certain metrics to other similar apps.

The new dashboard will appear within App Analytics, a tool that is already offered as part of App Store Connect. This is Apple's portal for a suite of services that developers can use to manage their apps across the tech giant's various app stores.

Accessibility: Try, Then Listen, by David Smith

Seek to understand the ‘why’ of what they are experiencing not just the ‘what’. Is there a fundamental disconnect between your own mental model of how something is being used? Can you find a way to accommodate for a wider audience? Did you just plain miss something that you can straightforwardly fix? Excellent…then start the cycle again and try to fix it.


Apple Pumps The Brakes On Artificial Intelligence, by Jesus Diaz, Fast Company

The fact that Apple is the first company to pump the brake on generative AI feels quite refreshing. It’s refreshing because, yes, this technology is undoubtedly awesome and full of more creative potential than a genetic chimera of Warhol, Kubrick, and Bowie high on LSD, but it also contains a huge potential for destruction. Refreshing because we need to stop and take a breather to collectively think about how to regulate it. And refreshing because history has taught us that if you leave world-changing technology to the Valley bros, there’s a damn good chance it will go wrong (see our current social media experiment). Someone with power needed to do something to slow down our blind march towards an AI future, even if it’s just slapping a 17+ limit onto an app.

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The weekend's here. Time to switch my internal mode: instead of worrying about OWASPs and CSPs, I'm going to dream about SwiftUIs.


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