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.

Bottom of the Page

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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