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.


Thanks for reading.