The Spring-Refresh Edition Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Apple Launches New Yellow Color For iPhone 14 And iPhone 14 Plus, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple today announced a new yellow colorway for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. This represents the usual spring color refresh for the iPhone line. No new color was announced for the higher-end iPhone 14 Pro series.

Apple Launches Fresh Spring Colors For iPhone Cases And Watch Bands, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Along with launching the new yellow version of the iPhone 14 today, Apple updated its collection of iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands with some fresh spring colors. The new options are available for Apple’s silicone iPhone cases and several different Apple Watch bands.

Apple Announces iPhone 14's Satellite Feature Launching In Six More Countries Later This Month, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Alongside the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in Yellow, Apple today announced that the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will be available in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal later this month.


I Forgot How Good The Apple Watch Ultra’s GPS Is Until I Tried Track Detection, by Victoria Song, The Verge

When the Apple Watch Ultra arrived last year, multiband GPS was one of its standout features, meant to entice outdoor athletes who love poring over route maps. And while I love hyper-accurate maps as much as the next runner, I’ve been most impressed by how Apple uses GPS for its track detection feature.

Track detection uses a combination of Apple Maps data and GPS to automatically recognize when you’re at a standard 400m IAAF running track. You are then prompted to enter which lane you’re in. Later, in your workout summary, you’ll get a route map with what Apple says is lane-level precision.

GarageBand For Mac Updated With Important Security Fixes, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today updated the GarageBand app on macOS with “important security fixes,” but the release notes do not provide any specific details. Mac users should update GarageBand as soon as possible due to potential security vulnerabilities.


iOS 16.4 Beta 3 Lets Users Sign In With A Different Apple ID To Download Beta Software, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

With iOS 16.4 beta, which was first released to developers last month, Apple has introduced a new way to set up a device to get beta software that doesn’t require special profiles or using a computer. As the company will make this the only way to install iOS betas in the future, the latest iOS 16.4 beta 3 now lets users sign in with a different Apple ID to download beta software.

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My iPhone is haunted, today.

Twice, while I am listening on my iPhone using my AirPods, I've had a coughing fit, and the podcast stopped. The app is still running fine. It was as if someone press the pause button on my iPhone.

It can't be Siri misinterpreting my coughing fit as a command to pause, right?


The new Schmigadoon! trailer (over at Apple TV+) is amazing. And it looks like a wonderful idea for a second season.

I can't wait for the season when they meet up with Schmilexandra Schmilton.


Thanks for reading.