Archive for May 2023

The Share-the-Passions Edition Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Meet 3 Winners Of The WWDC23 Swift Student Challenge, by Apple

Their app playgrounds represent more than 30 countries and regions, and cover topics as varied as healthcare, sports, entertainment, and the environment. But there is one thing all of the winners have in common: They are using coding to share their passions with the world. For first-time winners Asmi Jain, Yemi Agesin, and Marta Michelle Caliendo, coding is an opportunity not only to forge a unique career path, but also to help others along the way.

Apple Hypes Up WWDC For Developers With Reality Pro Headset Hint: 'Code New Worlds', by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

We’re less than a week away of WWDC 2023 and Apple continues to drop not-so-subtle hints at the impending debut of the Reality Pro headset. In a new blog post on the Apple Developer website, Apple teases the upcoming event and invites developers to tune in and learn how to “code new worlds.”

App Store Connect Hints At xrOS As Name Of Apple's Headset Software, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Just days ahead of WWDC, where Apple is expected to unveil its long-rumored AR/VR headset, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has managed to trick App Store Connect into showing the headset’s rumored “xrOS” operating system name.

Apple's WWDC 2023 Animated 'AR Experience' Now Live, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

Apple’s imagery for WWDC 2023 has a bubble-like theme that emphasizes the colors of iridescent thin film interference. The AR experience shows an Apple logo-shaped bubble that animates clockwise with the date of June 5, 2023 in the center.


Apple Releases Apple Music Classical For Android Before iPad Or Mac Apps, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

After buying Primephonic in 2021, Apple premiered Apple Music Classical on iPhone at the end of March. Starting today, Android users with an Apple Music subscription can also tune in to the classics.

This Mac Keyboard App Is Great For Users Who Speak More Than One Language, by Pranay Parab, Lifehacker

If you type in Spanish in iMessage, Portuguese in WhatsApp, and English in Slack on your Mac, you’re probably annoyed by the effort it takes to keep switching keyboards. Input Source Pro wants to solve that problem. The app automatically changes the input method depending on which website or app is open, and you can even set up custom shortcuts to switch to a different keyboard.

Going To WWDC? Meet Up With Other Developers Through Flighty's Tracking Tool, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Developer Ryan Jones today announced the launch of a useful flight tracking tool for those who are attending, which is available through the Flighty flight tracking app. WWDC attendees can add their flights to the Flighty WWDC 2023 website to see other developers who will be flying in from the same airports and who may be on the same flights.

Roulette Is A New Way To Surf Your Favorite Parts Of The Web On iPhone, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Launching today as a version 0.1 (seriously), Web Roulette is an iPhone app primarily for jumping between your favorite sites – channel surfing style.

The whimsical nature of the iPod nano’s Shake to Shuffle feature is included.

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It sure looks like a done deal that Apple will be announcing the VR/AR/xR headset/goggle/glasses next week at WWDC. However, I am guessing there will be some surprises in store for everyone this coming Monday. Remember when we were so sure, on the eve of iPad's debut, that it will be a Mac tablet with a four-digit price tag?


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The Two-Emoji Edition Tuesday, May 30, 2023

'No Man's Sky' Maker Teases Apple Announcement Ahead Of WWDC, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

At WWDC last year, Apple announced that No Man’s Sky would be available for the iPad and Mac would by the end of 2022. Hello Games missed that deadline and the game has yet to release for Apple devices, meaning that the two emoji teasers could indicate that the launch of No Man’s Sky for the iPad and Mac is now imminent.

Given widespread anticipation about Apple’s expected announcement of its mixed-reality headset at WWDC in less than a week, speculation is also rife that Hello Games could be working on a game for the new device.

Apple’s Big Test Of Data Integrity, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

So while none of us can rule out data corruption due to cosmic rays and similar causes, the chance of that happening appears extremely remote, and probably the least of your concerns with modern Macs.

This One Accessory Is A Must For Mac Users, by Malcolm McMillan, Tom's Guide

[Magic Trackpad is] perfectly designed and significantly more efficient than the Magic Mouse.

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This evening, on my commute home from work, I was standing in a subway train, holding on to my dear life with my left hand, and holding on to my iPhone mini with my right hand. I was going through my RSS feeds, adding items to my read-it-later, reading my read-it-later articles, highlighting sentences and paragraphs, and adding articles to different folders.

And all these while, I was remembering Apple ad from the days of yore that touted the thumb that can reach all four corners of the iPhone's screen.

Good times. I sorta missed the smaller iPhones.

And, no, I am not expecting the return of iPhone minis this year.


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The Memories-Are-Memories Edition Monday, May 29, 2023

I Looked Through My Old Photos — Mobile Photography's Come A Long Way In 20 Years, by Philip Michaels, Tom's Guide

I don't look at those old photos in my library and despair at their quality — memories are memories and the photos I have represent the best technology I had available at the time. But I do see some of those old photos and appreciate what I have at my disposal now. It's pretty amazing what today's phone makers can squeeze into a camera phone.

Apple’s 2023 Pride Edition Sport Band For Apple Watch Delights With Confetti, by Jacob Krol, Parade

The colors are significant, displaying and honoring the Pride flag, people impacted by HIV or Aids, and marginalized LGBTQ+ communities of color. It’s a very representative band and celebrates the entire LGBTQ+ community.

The First 'Apple Silicon' : The Aquarius Processor Project, by The Chip Letter, Substack

As the 1980s progressed, almost every semiconductor manufacturer and computer maker felt the need to have their own processor design. Apple was no exception.

The Mac was launched in 1984 using the Motorola 68000 processor. By 1986, Apple, along with other firms building 68000 powered machines, could see the performance advantages of using one of the new RISC processor designs.


Gurman: Apple To Begin Accepting Trade-Ins For Three New Mac Models On Day Of WWDC Keynote, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

In a tweet shared earlier today, Gurman said that the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 13-inch ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro, will become eligible for trade-in with Apple on Monday, June 5.

Apple On Cusp Of Becoming First U.S. Company Worth $3 Trillion, by Alain Sherter, CBS News

Apple is edging closer to becoming the first publicly held U.S. company worth $3 trillion. In early trading on Monday, the technology titan's shares nosed up 1%, valuing the entire company at $2.96 trillion, before finishing the day slightly down for a stock market value of $2.88 trillion.


A market capitalization of $3 trillion would put Apple's value roughly on par with the gross domestic product of the United Kingdom, exceeding the GDP of countries including India ($2.9 trillion), France ($2.9 trillion) and Russia ($1.6 trillion).

Actor Sues Apple Studios Over COVID Vaccination Mandate, by KFI

Apple corporate and retail store employees were not required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus if they underwent required testing, but Apple Studios "trampled the rights" of those who worked for the Los Angeles- based subsidiary that produces content for Apple's new streaming service, Apple TV+, the suit states. Anyone who worked on an Apple TV+ production was required to get the shot and submit proof, the suit states.

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Apple doesn't have to announce anything in order to demonstrate its commitment to the macOS platform. It has done enough in the past few years.

On the other hand, I hope Apple can spare some of its resources to also work on tvOS. There isn't too much love demonstrated by Apple on the platform and the Apple TV app. (Apple TV+, on the other hand? In good shape.)


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The A-Little-Discombobulated Edition Sunday, May 28, 2023

What Training With The Apple Watch Ultra Taught Me About Multiband GPS And Failure, by Victoria Song, The Verge

“A lot of people don’t understand how they map and measure race courses. They assume they’re going to cross the finish line at exactly 13.1 [miles] or 26.2 [miles],” Eric Jue, director of Apple Watch product marketing, told me after I relayed my NYC Half tale. “And they’re a little bit discombobulated when they see something different.”

As it turns out, you’ll run at least 13.1 miles in a half-marathon. The official distance is based on the most optimal route and doesn’t account for zigzagging through other runners, running toward the sides of the road, or stopping at water stations. Most people don’t run the most optimal route and end up running a bit more. By that reasoning, you could argue that the Ultra’s 13.42 miles is closer to what I actually ran than is the Forerunner 265S.

'Hot Pixel' Attack Steals Data From Apple, Intel, Nvidia, And AMD Chips Via Frequency, Power And Temperature Info, by Paul Alcorn, Tom's Hardware

A team of security researchers funded in part by DARPA and the US Air Force has demonstrated tactics that allowed them to steal data from Arm CPUs from Apple and Qualcomm, and also from discrete GPUs from Nvidia and AMD and integrated graphics in Intel and Apple chips, by monitoring chip temperature, power, and frequency during normal operation. The attack requires data from the PC's internal power, temp, and frequency sensors, but this information can be accessed from local user accounts that don't have administrator access. In this manner, an unprivileged user could gain access to privileged data.

Apple Confident Of More Opportunities For Student Developers In Middle East, by Alvin R Cabral, The National

“The vitality of the region in general and everything going on [within the developer community] is impressive,” Ms Jackson told The National on the sidelines of the roundtable held ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

“We try to aim to give them opportunities to interact with us, and build their own business or opportunity … and make sure they have the same access to the App Store as these big companies do.”

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One more week before reality sets in.


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The iCloud-Transition Edition Saturday, May 27, 2023

Apple's 'My Photo Stream' Service Shutting Down In July 2023, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple’s “My Photo Stream” service is set to shut down on July 26, 2023, which means customers who are still using that feature will need to transition to using iCloud Photos prior to that date.


Going forward, Apple plans to have all customers use iCloud Photos instead of My Photo Stream. New photo uploads to My Photo Stream will stop on June 26, 2023, and images will remain in iCloud as usual for 30 days until the shutdown point.

Two Texas Indie Developers Made It Big On Twitter A Decade Ago. Now They’re Fighting It., by Andrew Logan, Texas Monthly

When Paul Haddad unfolded his laptop to start working after dinner on a Thursday evening in mid-January, he didn’t realize his life was about to be turned upside down. Haddad, the brainy cofounder of Tapbots, an award-winning software company that develops apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, clacked away writing lines of code in the living room of his home in Flower Mound. A text message interrupted him. “I’m having problems logging in,” wrote Mark Jardine, Haddad’s mild-mannered business partner, referring to Tapbots’ flagship product, Tweetbot.


SoundSource 5.6, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Rogue Amoeba has published SoundSource 5.6, adding a new AUSoundIsolation effect for isolating voice from background audio.

Astropad Darkboard For iPad Upgraded With Handy Foldable Stand, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Last fall Astropad, the makers of Astropad Studio and Luna Display launched a handy tool for artists and creators using iPad called Darkboard. Now the ultra-lightweight ergonomic drawing surface has been enhanced with a foldable stand.


Upcoming Changes To The App Store Receipt Signing Intermediate Certificate, by Apple

As part of ongoing efforts to improve security and privacy on Apple platforms, the App Store receipt signing intermediate certificate that’s used to verify the sale of apps and associated in‑app purchases is being updated to use the SHA‑256 cryptographic algorithm. This update will be completed in multiple phases and new apps and app updates may be impacted, depending on how they verify receipts.

Apple Notary Service Update, by Apple

As announced last year at WWDC, if you notarize your Mac software with the Apple notary service using the altool command-line utility or Xcode 13 or earlier, you’ll need to transition to the notarytool command-line utility or upgrade to Xcode 14 or later. Starting November 1, 2023, the Apple notary service will no longer accept uploads from altool or Xcode 13 or earlier. Existing notarized software will continue to function properly.


US Judge Rejects Challenges To Apple's $50 Million Keyboard Settlement, by Mike Scarcella, Reuters

A U.S. judge on Thursday approved Apple Inc's $50 million class-action settlement resolving consumer claims over certain defective MacBook keyboards, in a ruling that spurned challenges to the deal.

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California, federal court in his ruling called the settlement "fair, adequate and reasonable."

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Not that I would be eligible for the settlement anyway, but I did managed to not buying any of the butterfly-keyboard MacBooks. What luck.


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The Difference-in-Customers'-Lives Edition Friday, May 26, 2023

Deirdre O’Brien On Apple’s Retail Strategy And Her Storied Career With The Tech Giant, by Amelia Chia, Vogue

“There are two measures of success for me, and they’re both tied to people. One is that we have made a difference in our customers’ lives. That motivates me personally; it motivates our teams, and gives us a strong sense of purpose,” O’Brien says with a chuckle. “The other measurement of success for me is that our teams feel supported and cared for—and they are here and can do the best work of their lives. I’ve been here a long time, and I feel this is an incredibly special place.”

Behind The Scenes At Apple And MLS’ Studios, Where Every Saturday Is ‘Like The Olympics’, by Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia Inquirer

McGuinness called it “a little bit like an Olympics,” and he’d know from having worked at NBC for decades. But instead of being a two-week spectacle once every two years, this is almost every Saturday for eight months.

Apple Developer App Updated With WWDC Support For Keynote, Session Videos, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple’s WWDC event is just 10 days away, and Apple continues to roll out various different ways to follow along from home. Now, Apple has released an update to the Apple Developer app for iPhone and iPad with full support for WWDC videos, labs, announcements, and more.


Figma Just Launched Its Own Freeform App For iPad With FigJam, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

FigJam enables real-time collaboration on whiteboards for free for unlimited contributors. Tools for sketching, note-taking, and pulling in media are also available, and the app has the sort of polish you’d expect from Figma.

Weather Strip Gets Minute-by-minute Precip Forecasts, Apollo Weather Gains 'Groups' And 'Route Analysis', by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Two unique weather apps have received updates this week. Weather Strip which features a clever week-long timeline view has received minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts and more while Apollo Weather which is focused on athletes has gained Weather Groups and Route Analysis.


‘Ted Lasso’ Finale Event Canceled At Paley Center, by Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter

Sources tell THR that the strike played a central role in the decision as Ted himself, Sudeikis, co-created the series and, along with Hunt, serves as a writer as well. The Writers Guild of America has asked its members to not participate in press events that were organized by studios who are members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Ted Lasso is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television for Apple, all of whom are members of the AMPTP, the group that represents studios and streamers and against whom the WGA is on strike for issues including streaming residuals, fair pay and the use of mini-rooms, among others.

Push Notifications Are Out Of Control, by Amanda Mull, The Atlantic

Spammy push notifications are a problem that could be solved by regulators—or even just by Apple and Google.

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I don't enjoy going to an Apple store. Too many people.


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The Commitment-to-Privacy Edition Thursday, May 25, 2023

Apple Touts Health Data Privacy In New Whitepaper And Clever 'The Waiting Room' Video, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

As it continues to focus on its commitment to privacy, Apple is launching an all-new campaign today emphasizing how Health data on iPhone is protected. As part of this, Apple has shared a new Health Privacy whitepaper as well as a clever new video that aims to highlight the importance of health data privacy.

Apple Fitness+ Celebrates Pride With A New Artist Spotlight Featuring Madonna, by Apple

In celebration of Pride, Apple Fitness+ is introducing new workouts and meditations that will shine a light on the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a new Artist Spotlight featuring music by longtime social activist and ally Madonna.

The Artist Spotlight series — which dedicates an entire workout playlist to a single artist — expands with new workouts featuring music by Madonna. On Monday, June 5, new workouts featuring the singer’s music will be available across workout types including HIIT, Rowing, Cycling, Core, Treadmill, Strength, Dance, and Yoga.

Selling Sounds

Why Podcasters Are Selling Subscriptions Through Third-party Vendors, by Sara Guaglione, Digiday

As more podcasters offer subscriptions around their shows to build a more direct relationship with listeners and an additional revenue stream, many podcasters are looking beyond Apple and Spotify’s subscription platforms to third-party vendors like Supporting Cast and Supercast.


The main reasons for this are threefold: more access to listener data, not being beholden to one platform in particular and more favorable revenue share deals, podcast executives told Digiday. Apple and Spotify don’t share data like subscribers’ email addresses or credit card information with podcasters. Apple takes 30% of subscription revenue from podcasters. Spotify takes 5%.

Who Needs The New York Times Audio App?, by Nicholas Quah, Vulture

It’s a fairly heavy burden to reconstruct one’s entire podcast-listening flow, especially if it is to access programming you can easily get elsewhere, and there isn’t much of an “added convenience” argument to the app’s proposition.

Coming Soon?

Apple Plans To Turn Locked iPhones Into Smart Displays With iOS 17, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is planning a new interface for iPhones that shows information such as calendar appointments, the weather and notifications in the style of a smart-home display, part of a flurry of new features coming in its iOS 17 software update.

The view will appear when an iPhone is locked and positioned horizontally, operating similarly to dedicated displays offered by Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc., according to people familiar with the project. The idea is to make iPhones more useful when they’re, for example, lying on a person’s desk or nightstand.


Why I Use Mimestream For Gmail, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

I can’t predict what refinements and affordances will make working with your email a joy, so I want to share some of what I find compelling about Mimestream. Many of these aren’t unique, they’re just very well done, and the result is that using Mimestream feels like driving a well-engineered automobile instead of a low-end car that feels like it was assembled from cheap, off-the-shelf components.

Moft Launches Refreshed 4-in-1 Snap Float Folio For iPad With Magnetic Origami Design, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Now the 2023 Float Folio comes with several upgrades including stronger magnets, a reinforced design to make the 20° landscape mode even more stable, and an updated texture on the vegan leather.

Warner Bros. Discovery Blew It With The New Max App For Apple TV, by Jason Cross, Macworld

The funny thing is, the company should really know better. The HBO Max app went through a big update two years ago that dropped the native player for a custom one and the outcry was so big that they brought the native tvOS player back in a month.


Apple’s AI Future Could Be A Lot Brighter Than It Seems, by Jason Snell, Macworld

The way I see it, Apple’s greatest risk in AI is not failing to capture the attention of the world. It’s the company’s commitment to being careful and thoughtful–because, if taken to an extreme, it might cause Apple to turn its back on promising areas of research. Sure, a chatbot mishap would be very embarrassing for Apple, but so will sticking with Siri when the world is filled with far more capable intelligent assistants.

Or, to put it another way: Apple’s probably announcing a mixed-reality headset next month. By most accounts, the device will be very expensive and ship in extremely low quantities–but it’s a risk Apple’s willing to take because it’s playing the long game. Shouldn’t Apple be willing to do the same and take more risks with AI-powered technology if the rewards are potentially so great?

Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court Not To Hear Apple-Caltech Patent Case, by Blake Brittain, Reuters

Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was correct when it ruled last year that the companies could not seek to invalidate Caltech's patents in court after Apple failed to raise its invalidity arguments at the U.S. Patent Office.

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I've just remembered that I haven't open the BBC Sounds app to listen to 'podcasts' for quite a while already.


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The Beautifully-Optimised Edition Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Apple Final Cut For iPad Review: Lots Here, But Some Things Still Missing, by Chris Niccolls, PetaPixel

What really struck me about the whole experience though was how simple it was to learn the workflow and get tasks done. The interface of Final Cut Pro for iPad needs some work because it slows you down a lot. That said, it’s never hard to understand it or find the tools you are looking for. I could see a more advanced editor being frustrated by the lack of certain capabilities, but for the more casual creator who wants to make compelling projects for social media and YouTube, this is a powerful tool.


So why the strong sense of Deja Vu? This isn’t the first time Apple has dramatically changed the interface of Final Cut whilst also making it largely incompatible with previous versions. We saw this before with Final Cut 7 evolving to Final Cut Pro X. Although X was revamped from head to toe, it was also missing some key features which left us scratching our heads. In time these missing features were fleshed out and all was right in the world again.

Now we have a similar story with Final Cut Pro for iPad. We like many of the interface changes that make sense in a tablet environment. We also love the new audio enhancements, drawing capabilities, and overall performance. However, the clunky grading tools and implementation of LUTs will turn off a lot of advanced users. It’s clear that Final Cut Pro for iPad is aimed at a different kind of audience.

Apple Logic Pro For iPad Review, by Ben Rogerson, MusicRader

It all comes down to the interface and workflow, which have been beautifully optimised for the touchscreen experience. Logic veterans might wonder where all the menus have gone, but for a lot of people - particularly those who’ve been scared off the Mac version because they fear it will be ‘too complicated’ for them - it will feel like a breath of fresh air.


Ultimately, though, Logic Pro for iPad is great not only for tablet-based musicians, but the iOS music-making scene in general. In some ways, the software feels like the culmination of everything Apple has been trying to achieve in the creative part of its multitouch universe, and offers fresh impetus to both musicians and third-party developers who are willing to explore it.

Logic Pro For The iPad Is Very Fun With Very Few Compromises, by Andrew Marino, The Verge

The subtly redesigned app translates the company’s pro-level audio app to a touchscreen interface really well, and thankfully, it does not dumb it down for a mobile screen.

Those who have used GarageBand on an iPad will be familiar with a touch interface for virtual instruments and recording, but with Logic Pro, you have a whole lot more things to adjust — more knobs, faders, automations, plug-ins, and samples. I’ve been using Logic Pro on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so I’m using the biggest touchscreen available for this app (and basically the size of a laptop). That being said, nothing really felt cramped or hard to navigate in this interface. Using it on my iPad mini might not be as fun, though.

Dub Dub

Apple Teases WWDC Announcements By Inviting VR Outlets, by David Price, Macworld

Officially Apple hasn’t told us what it will be announcing at WWDC 2023 on June 5, but there are clues if you know where to look. The latest and most blatant of these is the fact that a number of XR (or ‘extended reality’) publications have been invited to the keynote for the first time.

Apple Announces WWDC 2023 Schedule, Including Keynote Time, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced the schedule for its annual developers conference WWDC, which runs from June 5 through June 9. The schedule confirms that Apple’s keynote will begin on June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Apple Design Award Finalists Announced Ahead Of WWDC 2023, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has nominated over 30 apps across six categories ranging from inclusivity to delight and fun, visuals and graphics to social impact.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro And Logic Pro For Mac To Support New iPad Apps, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Alongside today’s launch of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, Apple has updated its video and audio apps for Mac to integrate with the iPad apps as well as deliver new features and bug fixes.

Can A Camera Company Make An App That Doesn’t Suck? Fujifilm Tries Again, by Chris Welch, The Verge

The new Fujifilm XApp will be released on May 25th for both iOS and Android. Earlier this week, Fujifilm offered press an early glimpse at the software. Fujifilm’s Justin Stailey emphasized that the company’s engineers focused on stability and establishing a more robust link between its cameras and the overhauled companion app. Bluetooth is playing a role in that, so XApp is only compatible with Fujifilm cameras that include Bluetooth connectivity.

Peloton Is Launching A Free Version Of Its App, With Step-by-Step Workouts You Can Do At The Gym, by Brittany Hammond, Well+Good

Rather than following along with a video, you’re shown the exercises with expert demonstrations, then do them at your own pace.

Yeelight Releases Matter Upgrade For Yeelight Pro Bridge To Unlock HomeKit Compatibility, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Yeelight, a popular smart home vendor, has announced a key upgrade for its Yeelight Pro bridge: Matter compatibility. With the upgrade, Yeelight Pro will work with Apple’s HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung’s SmartThings protocol.

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Today, I did a lot of 'manual' work while sitting in front of a computer. A lot of downloading and copying and pasting and searching and replacing. And even though I didn't have to use too much of my brain, I am feeling simply exhausted.

And now, that task is done. It's time to go watch the first half of Ted Lasso.

It's a sitcom. You are supposed to watch in chunks of 21-and-a-half minutes.


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The Ability-Disabled Edition Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Google’s Photo App Still Can’t Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple’s., by Nico Grant and Kashmir Hill, New York Times

Yet Google, whose Android software underpins most of the world’s smartphones, has made the decision to turn off the ability to visually search for primates for fear of making an offensive mistake and labeling a person as an animal. And Apple, with technology that performed similarly to Google’s in our test, appeared to disable the ability to look for monkeys and apes as well.

Consumers may not need to frequently perform such a search — though in 2019, an iPhone user complained on Apple’s customer support forum that the software “can’t find monkeys in photos on my device.” But the issue raises larger questions about other unfixed, or unfixable, flaws lurking in services that rely on computer vision — a technology that interprets visual images — as well as other products powered by A.I.

Companies Are Taking A Harder Line On Union Organizers, Workers Say, by Noam Scheiber, New York Times

Yet despite these gestures, there has been little progress on most of the union’s top noneconomic priorities, such as grievance procedures, and the company has sought broad contract provisions that could substantially weaken the union. For example, under a proposed a management-rights clause obtained by The New York Times, Apple would have wide latitude to use nonunion workers and contractors to do work performed by union members, which could shrink union membership. Labor negotiations typically start with noneconomic issues before moving to matters like wages and paid time off.

Apple Announces Multibillion-dollar Deal With Broadcom, by Apple

Today Apple announced a new multiyear, multibillion-dollar agreement with Broadcom, a leading U.S. technology and advanced manufacturing company. Through this collaboration, Broadcom will develop 5G radio frequency components — including FBAR filters — and cutting-edge wireless connectivity components. The FBAR filters will be designed and built in several key American manufacturing and technology hubs, including Fort Collins, Colorado, where Broadcom has a major facility.


Mimestream Is The Mac App Every Gmail User Needs, by David Pierce, The Verge

In a way, Mimestream isn’t really an email app because it doesn’t do IMAP and POP3 and all the standard email app stuff. It’s a Gmail app. It doesn’t even support Outlook or other email providers yet because Jhaveri and his team have been so focused on building a better way to do Gmail. (He says they’re working on Outlook support, though.) Instead of all the sidebars and tabs and ads and autoreply suggestions, Mimestream just gives you your email. Your inbox on the left, your open message on the right. It looks more like Apple Mail than Gmail. It’s fast, it’s clean, it’s not terribly visually exciting — but that’s probably for the best when it comes to email.

Affinity Designer, Photo, And Publisher 2.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

All three apps now enable you to set dashed lines to be balanced (automatically rescaling the pattern for nice corners), allow for more complex dashed line patterns, add keyboard shortcuts to easily change the blend mode of the current layer(s), bring many little improvements to editing and managing guides, and add Close All to the File menu.

Mophie Apple-exclusive MagSafe Wireless Charging Vent Mount Has A Handy Offset Extension Arm, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The new wireless charging vent mount with MagSafe from mophie features a thoughtful design. A key part is an offset adjustable arm extension to get the perfect angle and position no matter what your vehicle’s vent situation is like.

Race Control For iOS Is A Sharp And Comprehensive Indie App To Keep Up With Everything F1, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Indie developer Shihab Mehboob released Race Control over the weekend with the aim of the app to be immediately usable the first time you pick it up but also rich and powerful for even the most dedicated F1 fans.


Even Apple Doesn't Know What The Reality Pro Headset OS Is Called, by Sam Cross, T3

A total of five names have been reported: realityproOS, realOS, realityOS, xrOS, and xrProOS. While it is almost guaranteed that they won't all be used in a public setting, Apple are clearly looking to protect similar variants from being used by rival devices.

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Today is a work-from-office day. And it was raining heavily when I woke up. But the rain stopped by the time I step out to walk to the subway station. And the rain continued to be held off on the other end of the journey when I walked from the subway station to my office. Finally, the rain returned when I sit down, indoors.

For these little things in life that go to my favor, I am thankful.


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The Gigantic-Dinosaurs Edition Monday, May 22, 2023

Ad Of The Day: Apple Unveils Mammoth Dinosaur Artworks To Promo David Attenborough Show, by Amy Houston, The Drum

Natural artist David Popa has worked alongside Apple TV+ to create a series of gigantic images of three iconic dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Hatzegopteryx.

The large-scale murals in the United States, England and Finland show the most authentic and true-to-life representation of what these incredible animals would have looked like. Each of the designs was made using natural materials, including earth pigments, ground shells, charcoal and local chalk.

Apple Likely Filed For 'xrProOS' Trademark Last Week Via Shell Company, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Delaware-based shell company “Deep Dive LLC” submitted a trademark application for “xrProOS” stylized in Apple’s SF Pro font on May 18 in Argentina, Turkey, and the Phillippines, according to online records. The same company applied for an “xrOS” trademark in SF Pro in New Zealand earlier this month, and it is very likely that Apple is behind both filings as the company moves early to protect its headset-related intellectual property.


Some Apple Watch Users Complain Of Odd Green Screen Tint Following watchOS 9.5 Update, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Users afflicted with the issue say that the green tint is visible on the passcode input screen, when accessing the Control Center, and when pulling down notifications. Based on the majority of reports, fewer Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Ultra models are affected by the issue.

Beats Studio Buds+ Review: Apple’s Latest For Android And iPhone, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

The Buds+ sound a little fuller than their predecessors, producing good easy-listening audio across a range of genres. They are capable of hitting deep notes, but the bass is nicely controlled and accompanied by well-balanced treble and high tones.

3 Reasons Why Davinici Resolve On iPad Is Game Changing, by Mark Anthony Ramirez, Laptop Magazine

The UI is familiar and easy to use if you’ve used almost any modern video editing software. If you’re looking to take your social media to another level or are a serious shooter, having the iPad Pro in your backpack can give you a full editing station without adding much weight to your kit.


Same Stop, by John Calhoun, Engineers Need Art

But this year, 2023, I find myself suddenly on a kind of tear. Though I eventually began programming again, in the first fourteen months of retirement I did all manner of other things in my spare time as well. I kept also-busy with woodworking projects, experiments learning Blender and 3D printing, bike riding — just to name a few. But somehow this year I have found myself tipping head-long back into full-time programming. It is distinctly reminding me of my sleepless days spent writing shareware games for the Macintosh thirty-five years ago.

I’m not sure if that is a good thing. I am back to coding late into the night, and back at it after coffee and an English muffin the following morning (thankfully though I quit the cigarettes decades ago). Programming is beginning again to be to the exclusion of all else in my life. (The table saw sits slowly rusting. The bike hangs on the wall in the garage.)


Apple’s Relentless Rally Puts $3 Trillion In View, by Ryan Vlastelica, Bloomberg

The stock has soared 35% this year, adding nearly $690 billion in market value, as investors have flocked to the iPhone maker’s steady revenue and massive cash flows. The advance has put Apple within striking distance of its January 2022 record.

“In my career, I never envisioned a company of this size, but then I never envisioned a company capable of generating more than $100 billion in free cash flow in a year,” said Patrick Burton, a portfolio manager of the MainStay Winslow Large Cap Growth Fund, which owns nearly 4.5 million shares of the Cupertino, California-based firm, as of the latest data. “When you look at the underlying metrics, it’s understandable why Apple has done so well.”

Wistron To Exit Apple India Business, Here’s Why, by Times of India

The key reason for Wistron to leave Apple India's business is its inability to penetrate Apple’s supply chain. It includes component manufacturing and vendor-managed inventory holding.

Wistron also faced some issues coping with the local work culture. In December 2020, soon after operations started at the Kolar unit, violence broke out as workers protested against allegedly unpaid wages and strenuous hours. The company had to pay Rs 430 crore in damages for this incident. Apple also halted the unit’s production and put Wistron on probation until corrective measures were taken. Later on, production in this plant resumed in February 2021.

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We haven't even seen xrOS, and now there's a xrProOS? Gosh, things are moving fast, aren't we?

Or maybe, these are for the two different form factors of the headsize? Perhaps one a helmet-sized, and the other a goggle-sized (and BYO-AirPods)?

No matter what, things are getting exciting. I'm quite sure I'll not be buying one anytime soon, especially if it doesn't work with any eyes significantly not 20/20, but I'm sure interested to find out how different Apple's is versus what other companies have produced so far.


I don't like the word 'xrOS', and I like 'xrProOS' even less.


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The Let-it-Go Edition Sunday, May 21, 2023

I’m Dependent On My Phone—and I’ve Never Slept Better, by Elvia Wilk, Wired

I don’t care. The app works. These disembodied voices provide a desperately needed transition period—from day to night, from language to silence, from sociality to solitude. And perhaps most importantly, they ease me from my technologically saturated existence into sleep. The irony is that this transition into sleep is made possible by my phone. I’ve become ever more married to it at the exact moment that I’m supposed to detach from it to rest. This is, perhaps, a paradox worthy of the great meditation teachers, who tell you that in order to find peace, you must let go of the effort to achieve it.

MacBook Supplier Ramping Up Production As 15-Inch MacBook Air Rumored To Launch At WWDC, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In a research note on Friday, obtained by MacRumors, Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring said Quanta Computer guided for high single-digit percentage growth in the number of notebooks it assembles in the second quarter of 2023, compared to the first quarter. Woodring believes this increase is driven in part by new MacBooks.

All You Need To Know Ahead Of Appeal In Apple Tax Case, by Will Goodbody, RTÉ

The European Commission has said little publicly about the grounds upon which it plans to appeal to the CJEU.

However, only appeals on points of law can be brought before the court.

On the other hand, Apple expects the Commission's focus will have to be on the facts of the case, as the tech firm does not believe there is a legal basis for the appeal to succeed.

Apple continues to hold the view that the case is not about how much it owes, but where it owes it.

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And still no rumors about the Mac Pro yet?


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The Welcoming-for-All Edition Saturday, May 20, 2023

Apple's Swift Evolution Of Fitness+ Is Far From Over, by Jacob Krol, Men's Journal

Trainer Bakari Williams noted that “When you see the yoga instructor that you love, or the cycling coach that you love modifying in HIIT or in strength, I think it creates this sort of connection and camaraderie, whether you can put your finger on it, or whether you just feel it.”

More critically, though, it ties back to inclusivity in that even if a Fitness+ Trainer is an expert in one area, they’re human. It could be a strength expert attempting a yoga workout and making that modification or someone who is not a runner opting to walk on the treadmill for 30 minute cardio workout. This shows you in real-time that if you’re not able to do some moves or exercises, you have other options and can still feel comfortable attempting the activity alongside a fitness professional.


Trainer Dice Iida-Klein noted that “Fitness+ is super unique because it is a team effort,” something that I encountered first hand. He noted that collaborating with all the trainers brings different perspectives to the table and truly helps to design various modifications or even the addition of moves and specific tracks to add in. Iida-Klein summed up that the collaboration on the screen is “really developed behind the scenes” from working together to create the workout, the music choices, and the modifications to make it welcoming for all potential users.

Apple Shares Its First ‘App Store Transparency Report’ With Data On App Rejections, Gov Requests, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This report offers granular information on app removals and appeals, developer account terminations, government requests for app takedowns, and more.

Coming Soon

iOS 16.6 Beta Lays Groundwork For iMessage Contact Key Verification, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

iMessage Contact Key Verification lets Apple device owners verify that they are messaging with the people they intend to message rather than a malicious entity that has intercepted a message or is eavesdropping on a conversation.


Apple's Lightning To USB 3 Camera Adapter Not Working With iOS 16.5, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The adapter has a USB-A port for connecting a camera, microphone, or other USB-powered accessory to an iPhone or iPad, along with a Lightning port for charging the iPhone or iPad. As of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5, however, affected users say the adapter no longer powers any devices connected to both of the ports.


Why Don’t The iPhone Pro Models Come In Fun Colors?, by Victoria Song, The Verge

I bought a Pro Max because it’s useful for my job. The camera is good enough that I can leave my ancient Canon at home when I go cover events, I don’t have to worry about grainy videos, I have the option of ProRAW for editing, and theoretically, the battery can last me a good long time on busy days. But would I have preferred the 14 Pro Max in the purple used for the base iPhone 12 and iPhone 14? Abso-freaking-lutely. The problem is that Apple only puts color on its lower-end products. To get a rich, bright, saturated color, I’d have to pick a phone that doesn’t have all the features I want. It’s never fun putting functionality first, but I got this purple pretender of a phone, didn’t I?

Apple Is On The Hunt For Generative AI Talent, by Jagmeet Singh, TechCrunch

The Cupertino company has posted at least a dozen job ads on its career page seeking experts in generative AI. Specifically, it’s looking for machine learning specialists “passionate about building extraordinary autonomous systems” in the field.

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It's a tradition that Apple's earphones are white in color. But I do wish AirPods (both the pro and regular versions) come in different colors. In fact, it will be great if I can buy the left pod in a different color than than the white pod.


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The Four-Streams Edition Friday, May 19, 2023

Sports And Bugs In tvOS 16.5, macOS 13.4 Ventura, iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, watchOS 9.5, And HomePod Software 16.5 , by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In the just-released tvOS 16.5, Apple has added multiview for the Apple TV 4K, allowing fans to watch up to four simultaneous streams, including Major League Soccer matches, “Friday Night Baseball” games, and select MLS and MLB studio shows.


There’s more for those who follow sports. With macOS 13.4 Ventura, iOS 16.5, and iPadOS 16.5, Apple News now offers a dedicated Sports section to provide easy access to stories, scores, standings, and more.

We Now Know What Apple Fixed In Its First iOS And macOS Rapid Security Response, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

The security notes for the iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and macOS Ventura 13.4 updates released on Thursday include the details on the fixes in the Rapid Security Response update. You can read the complete security notes online, but we’ve pulled out the fixes specific for the Rapid Security Response update below. All three devices received the same fixes, and now they’re also available for macOS Monterey and Big Sur, as well as iOS 15.

Purely Pratical to the Cultural

Apple Created Its New Voice Feature For—and With—people With ALS, by Harry McCracken, Fast Company

Though Personal Voice wouldn’t be possible without recent advances in AI and the ever-increasing computational muscle of Apple’s chips, the enabling tech is only part of the story. Apple Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives Sarah Herrlinger is quick to emphasize that company worked closely with members of the ALS community to implement the feature in a way that met their needs, from the purely practical to the cultural. Among those who contributed insights were Green and others at Team Gleason, which was founded by former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, along with his wife Michel, after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

“One of the core tenets of how we do our work is that commitment to the disability mantra of ‘Nothing about us without us,'” says Herrlinger, a 20-year Apple veteran. “It is pivotal to our work to not design for communities, but to design with them. And so working with individuals like the folks at Team Gleason really gives us deeper knowledge of the daily experiences of people who live with ALS.”

A Conversation With David Niemeijer Of AssistiveWare About Personal Voice, Assistive Access, And Developing Apps For Accessibility, by John Voorhees, MacStories

So what happened was that by putting this kind of technology on consumer devices, it de-stigmatized the fear of a school. A student might have one of those devices, but when they went out to the playground, it was locked in the cupboard because, God forbid, it got damaged because it was $15,000. The moment the iPod touch started being used in schools, and later the iPad, suddenly it could be taken to the playground.

Kids would suddenly be the cool kid because they have the device, whereas before, they were the weird kid that had a clunky device. Younger kids suddenly got access because these dedicated devices, where before, the cost of them typically meant that you might be eight or ten years old before you would get anything. Now, a two-year-old or a four-year-old can get a device, and the earlier in your development that you get access to a piece of communication, the more opportunities you have in terms of language development. In terms of learning, you’re not going to miss out. So that’s been really big.


Carrot Weather Update Brings More Data Sources, New Smart Layout, Improved Rain Alerts, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Arriving with the new release is the option to use new data sources including OpenWeather and regional services, a redesigned Time Machine, improved rain alerts for precipitation starting or stopping, improved location details, a new Smart Layout, and more.

Hermès Launches High-End AirPods Pro Case And Lanyard, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

The new Hermès ‌AirPods Pro‌ case comes in Gold and Bleu Navy, as well as several two-tone color options.


Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read The Wall Street Journal?, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The fact that all XR headsets introduced so far haven’t made much of a dent in the universe isn’t a sign that Apple’s effort is ill-faited. It’s sign that Apple has an opportunity. In a sense, Apple does have one tradition when entering a new product category: they endeavor to make the first one good enough to be criticized.

Is Apple’s Supply Chain Creaking?, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

We’ve all heard a great deal concerning Apple’s work to build up new manufacturing bases outside China. We’ve also heard that some products have been delayed due to supply chain challenges; might these obstacles have begun to hit the company’s wider supply chain?

Apple's Redesigned And Relocated Tysons Corner Store Opens Today, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple over the last several months has been working on relocating its first-ever Apple Store in a Fairfax, Virginia shopping mall, and today is the grand opening of the revamped and relocated Tysons Corner store.

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Apple, in my memory, doesn't have any runaway hits right off the gate. The closest is probably AirPods. Many of its hit products took time to become hits. Yes, even the iPhone. (Remember when Steve Jobs had to reduce the price of the original iPhone?)


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The Plus-Model Edition Thursday, May 18, 2023

Beats Studio Buds Plus Review: It’s Cool To Be Clear, by Chris Welch, The Verge

At their core, the Studio Buds Plus are an upgraded refresh of earbuds that originally debuted in 2021. Though I praised their comfort, I was underwhelmed by the rest of what the Studio Buds had to offer. Now, Beats is trying to address those weak points with this “Plus” model: the sound has been refined, there’s more powerful active noise cancellation, and the transparency mode sounds more natural. Battery life has also been stretched out further.

AssistiveWare Ushers In Next Generation Of AAC Technology, by Apple

When Ashburn asks Jay why he loves the beach, he picks the “sunset” button, then says, “No school. Yes beach.”

In 2015, Jay was diagnosed with autism. By the age of 4, he started using Proloquo2Go, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app created by development company AssistiveWare, available for iPhone and iPad.

‘We Are Losing Money’: Companies In Apple’s Repair Program Say They Can’t Compete With Tech Giant, by Josh Taylor, The Guardian

Apple has indicated it takes an average of eight weeks for repairers to be admitted to the program, but repairers Guardian Australia has spoken to said the wait time can be up to six months – and that it feels like the applications sit in a black hole, without any point of contact within Apple to provide an update on their status.

Once repairers are admitted to the program, they receive training from Apple, as well as access to Apple parts, tools, repair manuals and diagnostic software for the company’s iPhones and Macs.

But they say the price of the parts, as well as the process to get a discounted rate for replacement parts, make it difficult for repairers to compete with Apple’s own repair program.


Pepsi And Apple Team Up For Free Music Streaming This Summer, by Chris Morris, Fast Company

On Tuesday, the soda giant announced its “Press Play on Summer” promotion, which will offer unlimited streaming on Apple Music this summer with the purchase of select limited-edition beverages. Other prizes include clothing, $5 prepaid Mastercard gift cards, Beats headphones, and VIP flyaway trips to Apple Music Live events.

Apple Maps EV Routing Expands To Its Second Car Following 2020 Debut, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

This means that when your iPhone is connected to CarPlay, Apple Maps will track your car’s charge level and provide detailed navigation directions for road trips. This includes whether or not you’ll need to stop to charge as well as charging times. It will also show you your estimated charge upon arrival at your destination.


Apple's Neural Engine And The Generative AI Game, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

One of the many lesser shared truths around Generative AI is how much energy it takes to run. Any company that wants to constrain its carbon emissions and meet climate targets will want to run those tasks on the device, rather than in a server farm. And Apple is committed to meeting its climate goals. The best way to achieve them while using similar tech is to develop on-device AI, which has a home on Neural Engine.

Do Business Macs Still Need To Run Windows?, by Ryan Faas, Computerworld

That question may sound surprising or even shocking — typing it even felt a bit heretical — but in a “mobile first, cloud first” world (to borrow Microsoft’s onetime tagline), one in which businesses and IT departments are trying to adapt to post-Covid realities and where most IT budgets are being stretched, it’s a question that should be asked.

The answer, for most, is no. For a great many companies, we’re in a world where Windows is optional — and sometimes the other options are better.

TidBITS Doesn’t Cover Rumors. Here’s Why, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

In the technology field, outside of a whistleblower revealing illegal behavior, lies about a company’s products or services (particularly around data security), or activities that could endanger the public, leaks of confidential corporate information generally cause everyone to suffer—or at least look bad.


Getting on my high horse is unlikely to make much difference in the tech media landscape. But I feel that shining a light on the corrosive nature of trafficking in leaks is worthwhile if doing so can even slightly reduce their supply and demand.

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Yes, the original iMac ushered in an era of clear plastics. But, in my opinion, the best use of clear plastic was the G4 Cube.


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The Store-Standard Edition Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Apple Says Its App Store Prevented Over $2B In Fraudulent Transactions Last Year, by Aisha Malik, TechCrunch

Apple’s App Store prevented over $2 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions last year, the tech giant touted in a press release on Tuesday. The company says it rejected nearly 1.7 million app submissions in 2022 for failing to meet the App Store’s standards for privacy and security.

The press release comes as Apple faces a continued push to open up iPhones and iPads to third-party app stores. Last year, the European Union passed the Digital Markets Act that will go into effect in 2024 and force Big Tech companies to allow alternative app stores on their platforms, giving developers a choice in app distribution and users the ability to download apps from different sources.

Apple Park WWDC 2023 Viewing Event To Include Special 'Ring' Tour, Evening Activity And Extended Developer Sessions, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The 2023 Apple Park event that select developers have been invited to attend will include tours of the campus, special extra long developer sessions, and an evening activity, all of which are new compared to the event that Apple held last year.


You Can Now Discover Concerts And Check Out Set Lists On Apple Music, by Matt Mullen, MusicRadar

Apple Music users are now able to browse artists' upcoming shows in their area by hitting a button within the app that launches Shazam's concert discovery service.

Apple Support App Overhauled With New Layout, Quicker Access To Nearby Providers, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple is rolling out a notable update to the Apple Support app for iPhone and iPad today. The update brings a revamped layout that makes it easier to manage your activity, expands the app to new regions, and more.

Pocket Is Getting A Redesigned iOS App, by Jay Peters, The Verge

Reader app Pocket is launching a redesigned version of its iOS app, Pocket owner Mozilla announced on Tuesday. The revamped app has a focus on a new Home tab that’s designed to be a “starting off point for visiting everything in Pocket, from your saved content to the articles we think you’ll love,” according to a blog post.

Halide Creators Launch 'Skylight' For iPhone To Predict Spectacular Sunsets, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Ever wish you could know what kind of lighting conditions to expect at the end of the day? A new app from the makers of Halide and Spectre is here to deliver just that. Skylight for iPhone offers forecasts for golden hour, sunset, and afterglow with a thoughtful and beautiful UI.

“How Do We Get Every Second Of Your Day?”: The New York Times Goes All In On A New Podcast App, by Charlotte Klein, Vanity Fair

The app is a home for the Times’ growing audio empire, from new shows across the news and opinion sections, to Serial, which the company acquired in 2020, to its purchase of Audm, the service that turns news articles into audio, to establishing a strategic partnership with This American Life.

PSA: Older Wemo Smart Plugs Have Vulnerability That Leaves Them Open To Attack, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Belkin told Sternum that it has no plans to update the Wemo Mini Smart Plug V2 because it is at the end of its life after four years and has been replaced with newer models. That leaves many potential Belkin customers vulnerable, as there are likely many of these smart plugs being used in the wild.


Final Cut Pro Changes Everything And Nothing About The iPad, by Dan Moren, Macworld

The idea of a device that works as a Mac while connected to a keyboard and an iPad while detached might seem like an unholy Frankstein’s toaster fridge to some, but after 13 years of the iPad, I’d argue that people are pretty comfortable with going back and forth between two (or more) separate devices with different interfaces. Why not find a way to consolidate them? In a world where we’ve started to talk about smartphones that fold out into tablets, a tablet that can turn into a laptop hardly sounds farfetched. What we’re all looking for, ultimately, is the right tool for the job.

ChatGPT Scams Are Infiltrating The App Store And Google Play, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

Today, researchers from the security firm Sophos are warning that the latest incarnation of this is showing up in Google Play and Apple’s App Store, where scammy apps are pretending to offer access to OpenAI’s chatbot service ChatGPT through free trials that eventually start charging subscription fees.

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Apple TV+ need to commission a new travel documentary series that is basically Tim Cook and Jony Ive walking around Apple Park, telling us what everything is. Do this before both of them retire.


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The Non-Speaking Edition Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Apple Introduces New Features For Cognitive Accessibility, Along With Live Speech, Personal Voice, And Point And Speak In Magnifier, by Apple

Apple today previewed software features for cognitive, vision, hearing, and mobility accessibility, along with innovative tools for individuals who are nonspeaking or at risk of losing their ability to speak. These updates draw on advances in hardware and software, include on-device machine learning to ensure user privacy, and expand on Apple’s long-standing commitment to making products for everyone.

Apple works in deep collaboration with community groups representing a broad spectrum of users with disabilities to develop accessibility features that make a real impact on people’s lives. Coming later this year, users with cognitive disabilities can use iPhone and iPad with greater ease and independence with Assistive Access; nonspeaking individuals can type to speak during calls and conversations with Live Speech; and those at risk of losing their ability to speak can use Personal Voice to create a synthesized voice that sounds like them for connecting with family and friends. For users who are blind or have low vision, Detection Mode in Magnifier offers Point and Speak, which identifies text users point toward and reads it out loud to help them interact with physical objects such as household appliances.

Coming Soon

Apple Registers 'xrOS' Wordmark Ahead Of WWDC Headset Unveiling, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple has registered a wordmark for “xrOS” in New Zealand, the first time the company has indirectly revealed both the name of the operating system for its upcoming headset and the official font and styling that accompanies it.


Photomator Photo Editor Now Available On Mac, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Photomator 3.0 today got its official release on macOS, bringing Pixelmator’s iPhone and iPad photo-editing app to MacBooks and Mac desktops for the first time.

Acorn 7.4.2, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The release adds a 10-second delay option for screenshots (accessed by holding down the Option key when choosing Image > New Image from Layered Screenshot), adds a new Shortcuts action for taking screenshots (requires macOS 11 Big Sur or later), and introduces an AppleScript command that can be used to take a layered screenshot.

1Password Is Rolling Out Passkey Management Next Month, by Jess Weatherbed, The Verge

1Password customers are finally gaining access to the passwordless future we’ve been promised. Starting from June 6th this year, anyone with a 1Password account will be able to save and manage their passkeys — a biometric-based login technology that allows users to ditch passwords in favor of their device’s own authentication.

FitnessView Teams For iPhone And iPad Launches As A Valuable Tool For Coaches And Trainers, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

FitnessView Teams is an elegant solution to track and manage the health and activity data on iPhone and iPad for entire teams or multiple clients using Apple Watch to help you deliver insightful and actionable feedback.

How To Make Tidying Up Easier With The Tody App, by Lindsay E. Mack, MakeUseOf

Ever feel stressed and overwhelmed by piles of laundry or a sink filled with dishes? Designed to make tidying up easier, the Tody app tracks and prioritizes your cleaning habits.


Spotlight On: Passkeys, by Apple

“There is a high chance that in a few years, Apple’s release of passkeys as part of iOS 16 will be remembered as the beginning of a revolutionary change in how companies implement sign-in for their products,” wrote Matthias Keller, Kayak’s chief scientist and SVP of technology, in a 2022 op-ed piece on the subject.

Passkeys offer a faster, easier, and more secure sign-in experience for your apps and websites. They’re strong, resistant to phishing, and designed to work across Apple devices, as well as nearby non-Apple devices. And because they’re integrated with Touch ID and Face ID, people can use passkeys like they would any other sign-in system or routine.

Q&A With The Passkeys Team, by Apple

To help explain how to implement passkeys, the Apple privacy and security team hosted a Q&A to answer common questions about device support, use cases, account recovery, and more. Here are some highlights from that conversation.


Apple's Status Page Told Lies, As Service Went Down Monday, by Tobias Mann, The Register

As outages go, Apple's was nothing out of the ordinary, a momentary blip on an otherwise normal Monday morning. Within an hour, Apple services had started coming back online, and all was more or less well again.

Yet, if you were looking for the cause of the outage, Apple's status page wasn't much help. All you'd have seen was a field of green dots. It was only after the outage had been resolved that Apple saw fit to update the status page.

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I'm not in love with the xrOS name. It feels clumsy and heavy.

In fact, I am not in love with all the names of Apple's operating systems, with the sole exception of iOS. The others, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS, all sound tacky.


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The Last-For-Two-Days Edition Monday, May 15, 2023

Why I Fell In Love With My Apple MacBook Air, by Allisa James, TechRadar

But what I truly love about the MacBook Air is its excellent battery life. Considering that battery life is one of the most considerable drops among Windows laptops this generation and last, having a work machine that can last for two days without charging is an incredible feat. I don’t have to carry around a charger anymore, as a simple hour-long charge every couple of days is more than enough.

Apple Launches Satellite Emergency SOS Service In Australia And New Zealand, by Jordyn Beazley, The Guardian

Apple has launched a new emergency feature on all iPhone 14 models in Australia and New Zealand that enables users to message emergency services and alert family and friends if they’re in strife, even when there is no phone reception.

Coming Soon?

Apple Begins Testing Speedy M3 Chips As It Pursues Mac Comeback, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

So what does the M3 look like? Well, at least one version in testing has 12 CPU cores, 18 graphics cores and 36 gigabytes of memory. That’s according to data collected by an App Store developer and shared with Power On. The CPU, the chip’s main processor, is made up of six high-performance cores that handle the most intensive tasks and six efficiency cores that kick in for operations that need less power.

The chip itself in this particular test is running in a future high-end MacBook Pro with the upcoming macOS 14.0 and likely is the base-level version of what will be the M3 Pro coming next year.


Online Marketplace Shef Is Serving Up Tasty Home-cooked Meals And Celebrating The Moms Behind Them, by Joy Saha, Salon

Launched in the Bay Area in 2019 by Joey Grassia and Alvin Salehi, Shef connects local, food safety certified cooks with customers in their community who are craving their favorite childhood meals and dishes. At its heart is the "shefs," a portmanteau of "she" and "chef," who are the mothers, stay-at-home parents and aspiring chefs behind each and every tasty recipe.

6 Apps That Provide Everything A Skateboarder Needs, by Hashir Ibrahim, MakeUseOf

There are a lot of apps out there for skateboarding that can help improve your experience. Here, we have rounded up six apps every skateboarder must have to practice their tricks, explore new skating spots, and connect with other skateboarders around them.


Cannes: Why Martin Scorsese And Backers Declined A Spot In Competition For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’, by Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter

Scorsese — who has previously had numerous films play at Cannes both in competition (including Taxi Driver, which won the Palme d’Or in 1976, and After Hours, for which he was awarded 1985’s best director prize) and out of it (numerous documentaries) — and Apple have opted not to take up Fremaux on his offer. That begs the question: why would a legendary filmmaker and a flush distributor, armed with what Fremaux describes as “an extremely strong film” that drove him to tears, not want to screen a film in competition at the world’s most prestigious film fest?

PwC Tax Leaks: Apple, Google And Microsoft Believed To Be Named In Firm Emails, by Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros, Australian Financial Review

Apple, Google and Microsoft are believed to be among 23 US tech firms that PwC Australia contacted hours after treasurer Joe Hockey announced an anti-tax avoidance law in the May 2015 budget, to say the big four firm had a workaround plan for the legislation.


The crisis has now gone global for the consulting firm – it involves not only a group of major US tech companies, but partners from around the world. The redacted PwC emails show partners shared confidential Treasury information obtained by the firm’s then head of international tax, Peter Collins, about Australia’s MAAL and other new laws targeting multinationals, to win new tech clients.

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All these streaming companies -- except Apple, I guess -- are all cutting back costs to lessen their losses. And with no end in sight with the writers' strike, revenue may well be going down in the near future.

So, dear streaming companies, maybe it is time for you to put back some of your titles onto the iTunes Store, bundle in some extra content, and see if you can get some more money for what you have already paid for?

(Actually, all I want to say is this: Disney, when can I buy Hamilton on iTunes?)


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The Messy-Contacts Edition Sunday, May 14, 2023

Marissa Mayer Wants To Reinvent Your Contacts, by Lance Ulanoff, TechRadar

The premise behind Mayer’s two-year-old project is simple: rescue contact management from neglect. Make collecting, keeping, and sharing contacts easy. Make updating them automatic, and do it all with a combination of pattern-matching, crowdsourcing, heuristics, and – inevitably and increasingly – AI.


On a more practical level, though, Mayer added “We need to get contacts right. Right now, everyone’s contacts are a mess.”

Beats Studio Buds+ With New Transparent Design Spotted At Best Buy, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple’s rumored Beats Studio Buds+ have already arrived to at least one Best Buy location, according to a photo shared by tech enthusiast and former leaker Ben Geskin. The box confirms the earbuds will have a transparent design option like the Nothing Ear (2) earbuds, and longer 36-hour battery life with the included USB-C charging case.


MLS Season Pass Free Trial Debuts From Apple TV, by Christopher Harris, World Soccer Talk

Major League Soccer and Apple TV have debuted a one-month free trial to MLS Season Pass. It’ll give soccer fans an opportunity to test drive the streaming subscription service.

Sofa Is A List-making App For Escaping Endless Netflix Scrolling, by Kevin Lynch, iMore

The app helps organize your downtime, letting you curate and organize lists of movies, TV, music, books, podcasts, apps and video games that you fancy checking out when time allows.


Please Let Me Monetize My Hobbies, by Naveen Arunachalam

Please, let me monetize my hobbies. After all, what’s the point of doing something purely for fun when I could be making money off it?

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I am doing my hobby projects -- one of which you are reading right now -- because they calm me down. They relax me. They are something I know how to do… or rather, I think I know how to do. There are no right or wrong, and I don't usually have to make other people happy with what I do here.


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The Safe-and-Easy Edition Saturday, May 13, 2023

Passkeys May Not Be For You, But They Are Safe And Easy—here’s Why, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

My recent feature on passkeys attracted significant interest, and a number of the 1,100+ comments raised questions about how the passkey system actually works and if it can be trusted. In response, I've put together this list of frequently asked questions to dispel a few myths and shed some light on what we know—and don't know—about passkeys.


Adding A Pair Of AirPods To My AV Setup Has Transformed My Late-night Movie Sessions, by, What Hi-Fi?

If you want to go down the route I have, and that I really consider the saviour of my late-night movie enjoyment, the AirPods Max are, predictably, the best option, mostly because of the extra bass weight and depth they can generate. But, perhaps more surprisingly, I find the AirPods 3 to be really good for Spatial Audio movie action, too. They can’t reproduce the low end of their over-ear siblings, but their open, non-isolating design helps to contribute to the enveloping airiness required for convincing surround sound.

Filling Out Your Cookbook Shelves With Ckbk, by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

There’s a lot to like about the experience of using ckbk, but the first word that comes to mind is “refreshing.” The layout is clean, modern, and nicely organized. You can search using several avenues, from food categories to countries and eras. It also translates well between the Web and app versions.


iPhone COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Shut Down, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Although the privacy aspects of the Apple/Google system were seemingly well-thought-out, my understanding is that the system failed to attract sufficient users to make it effective. Many individuals didn’t want to know if they had been exposed because they couldn’t afford to quarantine, and distrust of tech giants, government, and science in general hurt adoption.

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Now is the time to design and built the next version of contact-tracing exposure-notification system.

And, of course, we will not be doing that.


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The Similar-Burden Edition Friday, May 12, 2023

South Korea Fails To Rein In Apple, Google App Fees, Critics Say, by Kotaro Hosokawa, Nikkei Asia

A year has passed since South Korea enacted a law requiring Apple and Google to allow access to third-party billing systems for app payments, but critics say it has done little to change the U.S. tech giants' dominance.


In addition to the 26% commission paid to Apple and Google, app developers are charged fees by the external payment processors and credit card companies. The result is a payment burden similar to what came before the new law. Few app makers have switched.

Apple-Sponsored Study Highlights Success Of Small Developers, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Small developers have seen growing success over the course of the last two years, according to an Apple-commissioned study conducted by economists at Analysis Group. Data shared today highlights the ways the App Store has benefited independent ‌App Store‌ developers.


Interesting Ways To Use Hazel On macOS, by Matt Birchler, The Sweet Setup

If you aren’t familiar with Hazel, the general idea of the app is that you can set it up to watch specific folders on your Mac and perform actions based on what files are in those folders. Hazel can flag files, show system notifications, move things around, and even run AppleScripts to extend things even further. There are even people who use Hazel to OCR their invoices and file them away based on the contents of those invoices…it gets pretty advanced if you want it to.

We’re not going to get that advanced today, but I wanted to share some practical uses for Hazel that I’ve found really helpful in my day-to-day life.

How To Set Up The Nest Thermostat With Apple HomeKit Via Matter, by Ben Schoon, 9to5Google

Matter has the promise of finally uniting the smart home under one standard, and slowly, that promise is coming to reality. Currently, Google is rolling out an update to its Nest Thermostat that adds support for Matter and allows the thermostat to be linked with Apple HomeKit. Here’s how it works.

Meta Is Killing The Messenger App For Apple Watch On May 31, by Aisha Malik, TechCrunch

It’s unknown why Meta has decided to discontinue its Messenger app for watchOS. Messenger joins a list of other platforms that have sunsetted their Apple Watch apps over the past several years, including Slack, Uber and Twitter.


Designing A Step Goal Live Activity, by David Smith

The question, however, remains of what to do once you reach your goal. In the distance goal case I just cap the graph at 100% and say “GOAL ACHIEVED!”. That didn’t feel like the right path here. You could easily be far exceeding your step goal and so I want to keep the live activity relevant here.


Apple's Relocated Tysons Corner Store To Open On May 19, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple has been in the process of relocating its first-ever Apple Store in Fairfax, Virginia, and the redesigned Tysons Corner store is set to open on Friday, May 19. May 19 will mark the 22nd anniversary of the date that the store originally opened on May 19, 2001.

Apple To Open First Online Shop In Vietnam In A Push To Emerging Market, by Francesco Guarascio, Reuters

Apple said on Friday it would open its first online store in Vietnam next week, as the iPhone vendor doubles down on emerging markets to drive growth amid slowing sales in China.


Online stores often precede the opening of retail stores. Apple already sells products in Vietnam via licensed vendors and has multiple suppliers that assemble its gadgets in the country for export.

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If you want to regulate profit margin, regulate profit margin. Don't pretend you are giving choice or freedom or whatever and you are not meddling in how businesses do businesses.


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The Sting-Operation Edition Thursday, May 11, 2023

Leaker Claims Apple Used 'Multi-step Sting' Operation To Identify And Fire Their Source Ahead Of WWDC, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Last week, Analyst941 posted on Twitter that Apple was actively working on bringing Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to the iPad for the first time. The rumor claimed that Final Cut Pro was scheduled for a release on iPad in 2024, followed by Logic Pro in 2025.

Just days later, however, Apple officially announced Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad via a press release. The apps will launch a full year before Analyst941’s rumored timeline: May 23. This shed interesting light on Analyst941’s credibility, and now, the source says that this was part of a “multi-step” sting operation through which Apple identified their source.

Access To Pro Video Editors Should Not Require You Have $300 To Burn In Your Bank Account, by Matt Birchler, Birchtree

While you can argue $299 amortized over many years means it's cheaper to pay a big lump sum up front, but it's also far more accessible to have an app that asks for less money at a time.

Return Of The Mac., by Richard Noble, Glasgow Courier

MacOS, the operating system which Apple computers run, is tailor made to work seamlessly with the hardware, so the experience is generally faster, and stays faster for longer. A ten year old Windows laptop is usually garbage, while a decade old MacBook is usually still trucking along happily.


Shazam Now Supports Apple Music Classical, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Shazam was updated today with support for Apple Music Classical on the iPhone, allowing the two apps to work together for classical music.

Raycast Introduces A Pro Subscription With New AI, Sync, Theming, And Clipboard Functionality, by John Voorhees, MacStories

If you use Raycast on multiple Macs, a Pro subscription will allow you to flip a toggle to sync items like Extensions, Quicklinks, Snippets, and Hotkeys. Subscribers can customize Raycast with themes and build their own sharable themes in the app’s Theme Studio too. Finally, a subscription adds an unlimited clipboard history that is stored locally on your Mac and not synced as part of the app’s new sync features for security reasons.

Transform Your Old iPhone Into A Security Camera With These 6 Apps, by Ronil Thakkar, MakeUseOf

Just because your iPhone is a bit outdated doesn't make it completely useless. You can repurpose your old iPhone as a security camera instead of putting it away in the drawer.


Google Updates Find My Device Network, Adds New Feature To Warn About Unknown AirTags With You, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Shortly after last week’s joint announcement which saw Apple and Google teaming up on Bluetooth tracker safety measures and a new specification, Google today introduced a series of improvements coming to its own Find My Device network as well as proactive alerts about unknown trackers traveling with you with support for Apple’s AirTag and others.

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Do remember that for the story on Apple planting fake information to identify leaks -- we definitely have not hear the different sides of the story. Heck, we don't even know whether we can believe the one side of the story that is being presented.


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The Lucky-Winners Edition Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Apple Begins Notifying WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge Winners, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Just under a month ahead of WWDC, Apple has started notifying winners of this year’s Swift Student Challenge, with applicants able to check their status on Apple’s website. The lucky winners receive exclusive WWDC 2023 outerwear, AirPods Pro, a customized pin set, and one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program.

If We Want The Most Out Of Our Apple Devices, We'll Never Stop Paying For Them, by Michael Simon, Macworld

While the Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro subscriptions make perfect sense on the iPad Pro, where people are less willing to spend hundreds of dollars upfront on a single app, it’s hard not to see the move as a sign of things to come.

Let’s Talk About Subscription Pricing For Logic And Final Cut Pro For iPad, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

For Apple, it may be time to consider switching the Mac apps to subscription pricing. Microsoft and Adobe already enjoy subscription revenue from Mac app customers. Apple is missing a revenue opportunity.

Coming Soon?

Final Cut Pro For iPad: A Preview Of iOS 17 Pro Camera Features?, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

Pro camera mode, which Apple showcases on its Final Cut Pro for iPad preview page, brings manual controls beyond anything we’ve seen with the stock camera app implementation on iOS or iPadOS.

Apple's Mixed Reality Headset Could Run Final Cut Pro And Logic Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset could run the Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro software that Apple created for audio and video professionals, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said today.


How To Get The Forecast When Apple Weather Fails, by Jesus Jiménez, New York Times

Here are other ways to get the forecast when your phone’s weather app goes down.


‘Don’t Copy That Floppy’: The Untold History Of Apple II Software Piracy, by Laine Nooney, Motherboard

As a consumer microcomputing market began to flourish, developers became alert to the risks software piracy posed to their burgeoning industry. If no one paid for software, they worried, who would bother to write it, and how would the industry grow?

Thus began the drama of copy protection, an industrial loss prevention practice wherein companies used a combination of hardware and software techniques to scramble the data on software media formats, typically 5.25-inch floppy disks, so that copying the disk was no longer possible by conventional means. While the goal of this subtle bit of friction was to throttle piracy, it also prevented users from creating backup copies of software they legally owned, or otherwise accessing the code itself.

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I wonder which is more important to Apple, to impress upon us that the iPad Pro is a great workhorse machine, or to impress stockholders that Apple has more revenue streams that it can create.

If it is the latter, then perhaps all the Pro apps on macOS will be next in line to switch over to subscription pricing. I'm not using any of these pro apps (except Xcode), but I am worry subscription pricing for iWork is in Apple's crosshair.


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The Pro-to-the-iPad Edition Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Apple Launches Final Cut Pro And Logic Pro On iPad With New Subscription Pricing, by Emma Roth, The Verge

Apple is bringing Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to the iPad. Both apps will be available for $4.99 per month or $49 per year on iPad starting on May 23rd. For comparison, buying Logic Pro on a Mac costs $199.99, and buying Final Cut Pro normally costs $299.99.

The video and music editing apps will come with enhancements specifically for iPads. Final Cut Pro, for example, will come with a new jog wheel that’s supposed to make the editing process “easier than ever,” allowing you to navigate the magnetic timeline, move clips, and perform edits using just your finger and multi-touch gestures.

Apple Announces New Pride Band For 2023, Matching Apple Watch Face And iPhone Wallpaper, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple today announced its new 2023 Pride band for Apple Watch. The new Pride Edition Sport Band features speckled rainbow-colored pills on a white background, and will be available to buy from Apple Stores starting May 24.

Alongside the band, a new Apple Watch Pride Celebration face and iPhone wallpaper will also be available next week, with a matching visual design.

Inherent Tension

AirTag In The News: NYPD Recommends, Apple And Google Propose Industry Tracking Standard, by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

These two stories represent the tension inherent in ubiquitous, hard-to-detect tracking devices. On the one hand, they’re a powerful tool to enable the recovery of stolen items (or find lost objects, which is Apple’s primary goal for the AirTag). On the other hand, they’re the easiest method in human history to track someone’s whereabouts surreptitiously down to the minute. Any device that simplifies finding your own stuff will always have the effect of reducing other people’s privacy and increasing their risk; limiting tracking capabilities to reduce stalking also lessens the utility for item recovery.

Into Thin AirPods, by Casey Johnston, Defector

I didn’t realize, until I’d driven back home, that I was getting the “AirPods left behind” alerts because they were connected to the “Find My” app in my phone. If I opened the app, I would see a detailed map of all of the Lord’s creation, and, within it, wherever the fuck it was that my AirPods were.

Indeed, when I did open the app, there the AirPods were—well, there they weren’t, but also there they were—pinging from a town about 30 minutes away in decent traffic. I zoomed in on the map until it resolved into individual residences. The AirPods appeared to be posted up on a dead end street, squarely in someone’s house. Find My wouldn’t commit to an address, but by cross-referencing Google Maps and a nearby BMW dealership, I was able to triangulate a building number.

Learning Apple

A California School District Is Reimagining Education With Apple Learning Coach, by Apple

Across the district, students are using Apple technology to create projects as varied as podcasts with GarageBand, animations with Keynote, and movies with Clips — and these changes are reshaping classrooms. At the center of this transformation is a group of educators who have applied their knowledge from the Apple Learning Coach program to rethink how teachers and students approach their studies.

Coming Soon

iOS 16.5 Likely To Be Released Next Week With These Small Changes, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

So far, only two notable features and changes have been discovered for the iPhone, including a Sports tab in the Apple News app and the ability to start a screen recording with Siri.


I Tried This Free Mac App And It’s A Game Changer, by Malcolm McMillan, Tom's Guide

So what Rectangle does is allow you to (largely) replicate the Snap feature in Windows 11 by snapping your desktop’s windows into 14 different possibilities. I am typically a Left Half and Right Half multitasker, keeping two windows up at all times and then minimizing windows when not in use and then bringing them back up as needed. But you can also do Center Half, Top Half or Bottom Half. Or you can get more granular with a bunch of other options like Top Left, Bottom Right, Last Two Thirds or First Two Thirds.

MusicSmart 2.0: Dig Into Music Discovery, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Instead of casting a broad net to track the entire range of your musical tastes, the app is about digging deeper into individual songs, albums, or artists’ catalogs. But follow the threads offered by MusicSmart, and the narrow focus that sets it apart from Tanaka’s other apps will paradoxically lead to new musical discoveries and, ultimately, broaden your tastes.

Pokémon GO Creator Niantic's New 'Peridot' Augmented Reality Pet Game Now Available, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

As with Niantic’s other games, Peridot is an augmented reality title that encourages players to take their pets for walks in the real world. During walks, users can collect items, discover new places, and capture photos.


Apple Fails To Fully Reboot iOS Simulator Copyright Case, by Isaiah Poritz, Bloomberg Law

Apple Inc. failed to fully revive a long-running copyright lawsuit against cybersecurity firm Corellium Inc. over its software that simulates the iPhone’s iOS operating systems, letting security researchers identify flaws in the software.

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday ruled that Corellium’s CORSEC simulator is protected by copyright law’s fair use doctrine, which allows the duplication of copyrighted work under certain circumstances.

Speed Trap, by David Pierce, The Verge

Here in 2023, AMP seems to have faded away. Most publishers have started dropping support, and even Google doesn’t seem to care much anymore. The rise of ChatGPT and other AI services pose a much more direct threat to its search business than Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News ever did. But the media industry is still dependent on Google’s fire hose of traffic, and as the company searches for its next move, the story of how it ruthlessly used AMP in an attempt to control the very structure and business of the web makes clear exactly how far it will go to preserve its business — and how powerless the web may be to stop it.

AMP succeeded spectacularly. Then it failed. And to anyone looking for a reason not to trust the biggest company on the internet, AMP’s story contains all the evidence you’ll ever need.

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Oh gosh, even Apple is now selling software using subscriptions.


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The Galaxy-Apart Edition Monday, May 8, 2023

‘It’s Going To Be A While’: No End In Sight For Hollywood Strike, by Brooks Barnes and John Koblin

It’s not just posturing: As screenwriters continue their strike against Hollywood companies, the two sides remain a galaxy apart, portending a potentially long and destructive standoff.


Writers, however, succeeded in making things difficult for studios over the first week. Apple TV+ was forced to postpone the premiere of “Still,” about Michael J. Fox and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease, because Mr. Fox refused to cross a picket line. In Los Angeles, writers picketed the Apple TV+ set for “Loot,” starring Maya Rudolph, causing taping to halt.

Elite Podcasts Struggle While The Podcast Masses Thrive, by Max Tani, Semafor

The podcast industry is in the midst of a deep transformation, away from expensive brand-name programming and back toward its roots in a wider array of, mostly, talk shows.

On Security

Passkeys: A Loss Of User Control?, by Jeff Johnson

The people driving the adoption of passkeys are mostly big tech companies and banks. I'm not convinced that they have my interests at heart, and "user freedom" is not likely to be in their vocabulary. They're more than happy to lock you in to their ecosystems and set all of the rules for how you can live in the computing world. There are real problems with passwords, of course, but I fear that the elimination of passwords will mean the elimination of freedom, and lead to a password police state, as it were.

What's the solution? As far as Apple is concerned, I would be satisfied if passkeys could be saved in a local, non-iCloud keychain, as normal keychain items with support for export and import. Ideally, the export format would be cross-platform, and I don't see why it couldn't be cross-platform, given that passkeys are just public-private key pairs tied to a domain. In that case, I would be happy to eliminate web passwords, since I already use randomly-generated, keychain-managed web passwords that can't be memorized (by me). Unless and until Apple provides such a solution, though, I remain extremely skeptical of passkeys and feel inclined to fight back against the notion of replacing and eliminating passwords.


Worried About Your Local Air Quality? Track It With These Apps, by John Bogna, PC Magazine

Between industrial pollution and climate events like wildfires, it's hard to avoid particulates and unhealthy pollutants in the air. In a 2022 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said 99% of the world’s population is breathing air that exceeds the recommended pollution guidelines. If you're worried about local air quality, multiple apps collect data from monitoring stations, satellite imagery, and private air monitors that share their data publicly to serve up the Air Quality Index (AQI) in your area. Here's how to track air quality ahead of your next outing or while on the go.

How I’m Using My Notes App As A Wardrobe Hack To Streamline Getting Dressed, by Cait Emma Burke, Fashion Journal

Seeing a selection of your favourite outfits altogether helps you see what styles, colours and silhouettes you gravitate towards. It’s useful information that can help you get a firmer grasp on what you do and don’t like, information you can put to use when deciding what to remove and what to add to your wardrobe.

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The more rules you have, the more loopholes you have.


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The Something-Much-Older Edition Sunday, May 7, 2023

Why I Want Apple Arcade To Include Classic Arcade Games – And Why That’ll Never Happen, by Craig Grannell, Stuff

That said, I’m halfway through this week’s column and haven’t yet had a good moan. So I’ll start now: I want an arcade in Apple Arcade. I’d always hoped Apple might sneak one in. When I’d heard it unveiled ‘classics’, my heart skipped a beat, until I realised they were old iPhone games. I’d been hoping for something much older.


Affinity Photo 2 Review 2023, by Kimberley Lane,

We think Affinity Photo 2 would be a great option for Astrophotographers specifically with its dedicated Astrophotography stacking tool and the remove background tool, making image stacking a breeze. While it's not as robust as Photoshop, it can absolutely satisfy your image editing needs and provide you with some beautiful results.

Keychron’s Mechanical K5 Pro Keyboard Is Ideal For Spreadsheet Jockeys, by Mark Sparrow, Forbes

The low-profile PBT double-shot keycaps make the K5 Pro look slimmer and are available with white or RGB backlighting. Thanks to its full size, the K5 Pro has a numeric keypad, making it ideal for spreadsheet use. Because of the low-profile design, the K5 Pro takes up slightly less space than a conventional full-size keyboard because there aren’t any spaces between the cursor cluster and the numeric keypad.


Buffett Says Apple Is The Best Business Berkshire Owns; Users Would Give Up A 2nd Car Before iPhone, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Buffett’s conviction about Apple has grown over the years. Back in 2020, he said Apple was “probably the best business in the world.”

Today he’s made it clear he sees Apple as number one, dropping the “probably.” Along with the statement that Apple is superior to anything Berkshire fully controls he said the iPhone maker is “a better business than any we own.”

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Games used to be simple to understand. I can explain Pac-Man in a single sentence. Whatever the Pac-Mac game currently in Apple Arcade, on the other hand, I do not understand.


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The Hooked-on-Apple Edition Saturday, May 6, 2023

Apple Stakes Future Growth On Emerging Markets, Starting With India, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

For Apple, selling an iPhone in an emerging market represents more than just the sale of one device - it represents the chance to get consumers hooked on Apple devices and services over time. Customers who start with an iPhone might later add an Apple Watch or AirPods or sign up for subscription services.

Cook said he saw opportunities for Apple in India in services but said that average revenue per user - a metric known as ARPU in the subscription business - would take time to catch up to Apple's other markets.


‘Apple Music Live’ Returning Next Week With Exclusive Performance By Ed Sheeran, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple Music Live, the popular live performance series from Apple, is returning for a second season next week. Apple says it’s teaming up with Ed Sheeran for a live performance at Eventim Apollo in London, available exclusively via Apple Music.

Instapaper Adds New CarPlay App For Reading Articles With Voice-to-text, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Instapaper, the popular read-it-later service, is now available via CarPlay. You might be wondering how a reading-focused app translates to CarPlay, but it all comes down to text-to-speech technology.


Apple Quietly Taps Korean Web Comics To Revive Its Books App, by Bloomberg

The Cupertino, California-based firm signed a three-year exclusive contract with South Korean startup Kenaz in December to supply online comics known as webtoons. The new content was rolled out in Japan last month and will expand to cover all 51 countries where Books is available, according to the firm.

Apple’s ‘Loot’ Shut Down As Striking Writers Disrupt Production , by Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Apple comedy produced by Universal Television has shut down after picketers disrupted filming of the comedy starring and exec produced by Maya Rudolph. Production is currently on hold and it’s unclear when — or even if — it will resume.

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A single web page over at MetaFilter on "Weird Al" Yankovic has made me 'lost' an afternoon of watching YouTube videos. :-)

And I've lost count the number of times I watched live performances of Tacky over the last few years. So great.


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The Finally-Abated Edition Friday, May 5, 2023

Apple’s Latest Earnings Show The Mac Slumping And Services Soaring, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Apple surpassed Wall Street expectations and said it had reached an all-time high in services revenue and set a new March quarter record for iPhone revenue in a report on its second quarter earnings on Thursday. The numbers show continued demand for the iPhone 14 lineup even as substantial upgrades (including USB-C connectivity) approach this fall. But Apple’s other divisions, including Mac and iPad, were down year over year.

Apple Reports Better-than-expected Quarter Driven By iPhone Sales, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

IPhone revenue increased 2% during the quarter that ended April 1, suggesting that parts shortages and supply chain issues that had hampered the product for the last few years — including an iPhone factory shutdown late last year — had finally abated.


Cook also said that Apple was not planning layoffs like those that other big tech companies have started over the past year. "I view that as a last resort and, so, mass layoffs is not something that we're talking about at this moment," he said.

Apple's 'Parade Of Horribles' Is Actually Pretty Great, by Jason Snell, Macworld

It’s become clear that the Mac and iPad are victims of their own recent success, at least when it comes to sales trends: both products sold well during the early days of the pandemic, and the Mac also got a huge sales boost due to the arrival of Apple silicon. But with those days behind them, both products have to live up to the “tough compare” of last year’s second quarter, where the first Apple silicon MacBook Pros and the M1 iPad drove sales that this year’s models simply couldn’t match.

I wouldn’t worry about it too much, iPad and Mac fans. Both products are selling at levels never seen before the last couple of years, and there’s a lot of growth in the installed base of both.

Tim Cook Responds To Rise Of ChatGPT, Says AI's Potential Is 'Very Interesting', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Cook said Apple has already integrated artificial intelligence and machine learning across several of its products and services, pointing out features like Fall Detection, Crash Detection, and the ECG app on the Apple Watch. He added that Apple will continue to weave artificial intelligence into its products on a “very thoughtful basis.”

This Is Tim: Apple’s Q2 2023 Analyst Call, Transcribed, by Six Colors

We have a deep sense of mission here at Apple. We believe in the power of innovation to build a better world. We are determined to do our best work on behalf of our customers and to give them the tools that can enrich lives. So we will manage for the long term, just as we always have, with our eyes to the horizon, with limitless creativity, and with a deep belief that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.

In The Dark

The Downfall Of Brydge: iPad Keyboard Company Folds, Leaving Staff Unpaid And Customer Orders Unfulfilled, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Brydge, a once thriving startup making popular keyboard accessories for iPad, Mac, and Microsoft Surface products, is ceasing operations. According to nearly a dozen former Brydge employees who spoke to 9to5Mac, Brydge has gone through multiple rounds of layoffs within the past year after at least two failed acquisitions.

As it stands today, Brydge employees have not been paid salaries since January. Customers who pre-ordered the company’s most recent product have been left in the dark since then as well. Its website went completely offline earlier this year, and its social media accounts have been silent since then as well.


I Never Knew You Could Use An iPad For Mindfulness, Until Now, by Ian Dean, Creative Bloq

While you can get the best mindfulness apps targeted at relieving stress what I've discovered is there are everyday tools on iPad that can help boost creativity without really having to spend much money or invest too much time. These are everyday apps that have hidden functions that can help clear your mind and improve self expression.

DistroKid – 'The World’s Largest Distributor Of Independent Music' – Launches On iPhone Today, by Justin Kahn, 9to5Mac

DistroKid – “the world’s largest distributor of independent music” – is taking its platform to mobile starting right now. Previously only available on the browser, the all-in-one indie music distribution service is easily the most affordable and hassle-free service I have ever used, and things are about to get even more convenient for folks looking to make use of its services on mobile.


25 Years Ago, We Met The Mac That Changed Everything, by Dan Moren, Macworld

In 2023, Apple is sitting on top of the world. At times ranked as the most valuable company around, its influence in technology and media–and even some realms beyond–exceeds almost any other single corporation. But it wasn’t always that way, and much of where the company is today can be attributed to a product released 25 years ago: the original iMac.

Emmys Deny Apple’s Petition To Move ‘Schmigadoon’ From Comedy Series To Scripted Variety Category , by Clayton Davis, Variety

The TV Academy has denied the petition for Apple’s “Schmigadoon!” to move from submitting for outstanding comedy series to the scripted variety category, Variety has learned exclusively.


While the sophomore season received positive reviews from critics, it will still have to fight for one of the eight spots in outstanding comedy series where two tentpole Apple series are already competing — the two-time winner “Ted Lasso” and the freshman dramedy “Shrinking.”

Katie Cotton, Who Helped Raise Apple’s Profile, Dies At 57, by Richard Sandomir, New York Times

Ms. Cotton, who built a culture of mystery by saying relatively little, if anything, to reporters, joined Apple in 1996 and began working with Mr. Jobs the next year, soon after he returned to the company after 12 years away. Apple was in poor financial shape at the time, but Ms. Cotton worked with Mr. Jobs to engineer a striking turnaround.

Together they crafted a tightly controlled public relations strategy as the company recovered from steep losses and turned out one successful product after another, including the iMac desktop computer and innovative digital devices like the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.

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On hindsight, back then, I shouldn't have need to rush out and buy a USB floppy drive for my iMac. :-)


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The Discover-and-Enjoy Edition Thursday, May 4, 2023

Apple Launches 20 Fun New Games For Its Award-winning Apple Arcade Service, by Apple

Apple today announced 20 new titles launching on Apple Arcade, Apple’s game subscription service that offers unlimited access to over 200 incredibly fun games. The new titles include WHAT THE CAR?, TMNT Splintered Fate, Disney SpellStruck, and Cityscapes: Sim Builder, all of which are only available on Apple Arcade. The expansion also adds popular games from the App Store to the service, including Temple Run+, Playdead’s LIMBO+, PPKP+, and more.

“Apple Arcade brings together hundreds of fun titles in one gaming destination for our users to discover and enjoy,” said Alex Rofman, Apple’s senior director of Apple Arcade. “Today’s launch boosts our award-winning catalog with 20 new games people will love playing and sharing with their friends and families.”

Why Is It Still So Hard To Update AirPods?, by Michael Simon, Macworld

Updates to earbuds certainly aren’t as important as those for an iPhone, Mac, or Watch, but they shouldn’t be a black hole either. AirPods updates aren’t all bug fixes and other improvements—occasionally there are new features, such as Spatial Audio and Conversation Boost, that need to be added after purchase. I wonder how many AirPods Pro users never even realized they got those new features because Apple didn’t tell them.


Google Accounts Can Now Be Passwordless, by Jess Weatherbed, The Verge

Google’s next step into a passwordless future is here with the announcement that passkeys — a new cryptographic keys solution that requires a preauthenticated device — are coming to Google accounts on all major platforms. Starting today, Google users can switch to passkeys and ditch their passwords and two-step verification codes entirely when signing in.

Passkeys are a safer, more convenient alternative to passwords being pushed by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other tech companies aligned with the FIDO Alliance. They can replace traditional passwords and other sign-in systems like 2FA or SMS verification with a local PIN or a device’s own biometric authentication — such as a fingerprint or Face ID. This biometric data isn’t shared with Google (or any other third party), and passkeys only exist on your devices, which provides greater security and protection since there’s no password that could be stolen in a phishing attack.

1Password CEO Talks About The Future Of Password Managers With Passkeys, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

1Password has also joined the FIDO Alliance and has been working to implement passkey support. According to the company’s CEO, the most significant benefit of this technology is its simplicity. “Passwords are difficult for people to remember. Passkeys will benefit the end user in both security and convenience,” says Shiner.

But, of course, storing a passkey requires a password manager. While Apple has already implemented passkey support in iCloud Keychain with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, some users may prefer to use a third-party password manager. For those people, 1Password will soon be ready for passkeys.


Apple's Recent Beats Firmware Update Addressed Bluetooth Security Issue, AirPods Already Patched, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple today posted a new support document outlining the security content of AirPods and Beats firmware updates, disclosing that the 5B66 firmware released yesterday for Beats Fit Pro and Powerbeats Pro addresses a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain access to your headphones.

The issue also affected all AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max models with the exception of the first-generation AirPods, but Apple fixed the issue for those products with the 5E133 firmware update released last month.

Apple Trade-in Values Updated, With Mix Of Increases And Decreases, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple trade-in values certainly don’t match what you’ll get from selling privately, but they do offer a safe and painless way to upgrade to a new device. The company has today updated the amounts offered, with a mix of increases and decreases (and some unchanged sums).


Apple’s Unionized Store Workers Seek Tips And Higher Holiday Pay, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The workers’ negotiators also want Apple to adopt a tipping system, letting patrons offer gratuities in increments of 3%, 5% or a custom amount for in-store credit-card transactions.

“This will allow thankful patrons the ability to express gratitude for a job well done without any obligations,” the union wrote Apple. “All monies collected through this manner would be dispersed to members of the bargaining unit biweekly based on any hours worked.”

Where’s The Director’s Commentary On Streaming?, by Andrew Marino, The Verge

Audio commentaries have been included in physical media since 1984, starting with the Criterion Collection’s release of 1933’s King Kong on laserdisc, with commentary by film historian Ronald Haver detailing anecdotes on the production of the American classic. Commentaries from directors, actors, and production crew were subsequently included in physical packages of thousands of movies, television shows, and even video games for decades since. However, once the industry shifted to streaming, most of those bonus features were left on the discs.

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How tone-deaf is this union is to even propose allowing Apple retail staff to ask for tips, I wonder if even know who Apple is. The mere act of asking for a tip -- even if the default selection is "No tips", even if No Obligations text is rendered in big bold fonts at the top of the screen -- is a total one-eighty away from the image of Apple, and everything Apple stands for.

What a stupid stunt this union has just pulled.


Yes, all workers should be fairly compensated. Through wages, not tips.


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The Trojan-Horse Edition Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Why Apple’s Bid To Control Your Car Is Striking Fear Into Manufacturers, by James Titcomb, The Telegraph

Manufacturers now fear that Apple will use the popularity of the iPhone as a Trojan horse to seize control of the relationship between motorist and car, and relegate manufacturers to an afterthought.


Roger Lanctot, the director of automotive connected mobility at Strategy Analytics, says more are likely to follow GM.

“Car makers and their suppliers cannot stand Apple. While Google is challenging to do business with, Apple is unbearable and inflexible. Car makers simply can’t stand doing business with the company and suppliers agree,” he says.

CarPlay’s UI Needs A Revisit In The Age Of Large Screens, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

Full-screen media playback is perhaps the worst of the screens, with both Overcast and Apple Music showing how much work Apple needs to do here.


Apple Releases New Firmware For All AirPods Models, MagSafe Charger, And More, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has launched new firmware for eight of its products today. That includes all of its AirPods models (except gen 1), Beats Fit Pro, PowerBeats Pro, and its official MagSafe charger. [...] And Apple doesn’t share release notes detailing the changes that come with its new firmware.

Apple Maps Redesign Now Rolling Out In Taiwan, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The redesigned version of the Maps app that Apple has been rolling out worldwide since 2019 is now being tested in Taiwan, according to Apple Maps expert Justin O’Beirne. The refreshed look is not available to all Apple Maps users as of yet, and Apple has not officially announced it.

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History may help here…

If car manufacturers are serious about not giving in to Apple's CarPlay, they need to be serious about creating their own alternatives, and they need to be serious about every aspect of the experience.

For example, you don't just make an MP3 player, and rely on Microsoft to provide the jukebox software, and rely on Rhapsody to provide the store. You need to be Zune, and make sure every aspect of the customer experience is top notch.

And, of course, don't be late with your Zune. Don't release your Zune only when Apple upgraded their iPods to iPhones.


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The Tracking-Devices Edition Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Apple And Google Are Working Together To Limit AirTag Stalking, by Emma Roth, The Verge

Apple and Google have teamed up on a proposed industry specification aimed at combatting the safety risks associated with AirTags and other Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices. The companies announced Tuesday that the new standard requires the implementation of “unauthorized tracking detection and alerts” across Android and iOS devices.

The proposed specification lists a number of best practices for the creators of Bluetooth tracking devices, which are supposed to help prevent the “misuse” of location trackers that put users at risk for stalking, harassment, and theft. As outlined in the document, the unwanted tracking detection should “detect and alert individuals” when a tracker that’s separated from its owner is traveling with them and also provide instructions on how to find and disable the device.

Security Response Updates

Apple Releases Rapid Security Response Updates For iOS 16.4.1 And macOS 13.3.1, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released Rapid Security Response (RSR) updates that are available for iPhone and iPad users running the iOS 16.4.1 update and Mac users running macOS 13.3.1. These are the first public RSR updates that Apple has released to date.

Rapid Security Response updates 16.4.1 (a) and macOS 13.3.1 (a) are designed to provide iOS 16.4.1 users and macOS 13.3.1 users with security fixes without the need to install a full software update.

What Is A Rapid Security Response (RSR)?, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

Since the introduction of the Signed System Volume (SSV) in Big Sur, macOS updates have been large and complex to install. This is because almost all of macOS is locked away in a read-only snapshot of your Mac’s System volume. To make even the smallest of changes in that, the update has to be installed first on the System volume, a snapshot is made of that and cryptographically sealed using a tree of hashes, then your Mac has to restart from that snapshot.


While the SSV is wonderfully secure, its security thus gets in the way of updates, so Apple has moved some components that are likely to be updated individually and more often, out of the SSV. Among these is Safari and its supporting components including WebKit. As the front line in the defence against most attacks on macOS, it’s vital that Safari can be updated more quickly and easily, but the mechanism of its storage and updating also need to be robust and not a vulnerability.

The answer comes in special disk images called Cryptexes, that are cryptographically verified and stored away from potential intruders, on the hidden Preboot volume. These were first developed for Apple’s customised iPhone, its Security Research Device, and were introduced to macOS Ventura when it was released last year. When your Mac downloads and installs an RSR, it gets one or more Cryptexes, either to replace existing ones or to supplement them.

Apple, Platform Security, And The Next Big War, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

This is war, and make no bones about it, Rapid Security Response is an important part of Apple’s security front line. It’s the tactical fast response point at which emerging threats will be opposed by increasingly agile security response teams. As new vulnerabilities are identified, security patches will be rolled out swiftly to plug them up.

The process is clearly more complex than it sounds. The protection was announced last summer, but only saw real action this week and there were unknown initial distribution problems, which appear to have been resolved.

Security is a constant ebb and flow.


Arc Will Change The Way You Work On The Web, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Arc’s designers have improved on the standard Web browser interface in four conceptual areas: context, persistence, visibility, and refinement. Each plays a vital role in why I describe Arc as transformative. In the sections below, I’ll explain how its unique features—or at least unique combinations of features—make it stand out.

Alfred 5.1, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

The release adds a new Options sheet to configure and update Automation Tasks (and enables them to be added to the Workflow Palette).

Timing 2023.3, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

With the new functionality, if a new time entry overlaps with existing time entries, you can either replace the existing entries or keep both in parallel.


Follow-Up On ‘Adware For Apple Services In iOS’, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The problem I was running into was a bug that resulted from the fact I have split Apple ID accounts: one account for iTunes and App Store purchases, and a separate account for my Apple ID.

Apple's First-Ever Store Moving To New Location: 'A New Chapter Is Coming Soon', by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has yet to announce a grand opening date for the new location, and the current store remains open for now. On the store’s page, Apple teases that “a new chapter is coming soon,” without providing any further details.

US Judge Declares Mistrial In Apple-Masimo Smartwatch Trade Secrets Fight, by Blake Brittain, Reuters

A U.S. judge in California on Monday declared a mistrial in Masimo Corp's smartwatch trade secret lawsuit against Apple Inc after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the potential billion-dollar case.


The jury in federal court in Santa Ana had been asked to determine whether Cupertino, California-based Apple misused confidential information from Masimo related to the use of light to measure biomarkers including heart rates and blood-oxygen levels.

We All Want More Data And Better Mobile Coverage, But Is The Trade-off Our Dark, Starry Night Sky?, by Sinead Mangan and Chris Lewis, ABC News

As rocket launches become cheaper, upwards of 100,000 satellites could orbit Earth, forever changing our dark, starry skies.

For millennia humans have gazed up at the wonder of the night sky, but what we can see is rapidly changing because of our quest to be connected.

Hollywood Writers Strike Over Pay Disputes With Streaming Giants, AI Concerns, by Lucas Ropek, Gizmodo

It’s unclear how long the action could last but, until it ends, large parts of Hollywood are going to be put on pause. Nearly 12,000 writers could potentially join picket lines in the coming days, which means major disruptions to TV and streaming franchises as labor and management duke it out. A variety of issues are motivating the contentious negotiations, including AI and what WGA has called the creation of “a gig economy” due to the pressures of the streaming industry.

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I am glad that Apple has not deemed what it has done to safeguard people's safety with the usage of AirTags to be enough, and is now doing more. Good job.


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The Glancing-Widgets Edition Monday, May 1, 2023

Apple To Upgrade Its Watch Operating System With New Focus On Widgets, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The new widgets system on the Apple Watch will be a combination of the old watchOS Glances system and the style of widgets that were introduced in iOS 14 on the iPhone. The plan is to let users scroll through a series of different widgets — for activity tracking, weather, stock tickers, calendar appointments and more — rather than having them launch apps.

The 6 Best Stargazing Apps, According To Our Editors, by Sierra Vandervort, Outside

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced stargazer, you can immerse yourself in the mythology of constellations, experience the swirling gas and dust of a nebula, even catch a close-up of a satellite in space with stargazing apps. The ones that follow offer otherworldly opportunities to explore—and understand—objects in the night sky. Most apps offer a free version.

NYPD Deploys Tracking Technology To Curb Car Thefts, by Phil Corso, Gothamist

The NYPD will be doling out the new devices to drivers of vehicles most often targeted in these kinds of thefts. The AirTags are to be hidden inside the car, where potential thieves can't spot them, thus making it simple for victims to track their stolen vehicles in real time.


Maurizio Cattelan: Banana Artwork Eaten By Seoul Museum Visitor, by Fan Wang, BBC

A South Korean art student ate a banana that was part of an installation by artist Maurizio Cattelan, saying he was "hungry" after skipping breakfast.


The banana was swiftly replaced and no further action was taken.

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At this point, I think that banana hanging on display at your local museum is meant to be eaten.

I can't wait for the next visitor to bring a tub of ice cream, and make a banana boat out of it.


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