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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