The Opportunity-to-Define Edition Friday, June 23, 2023

Why Is Apple Getting ‘Spatial’?, by Sarah Kessler, New York Times

When it comes to spatial computing, Collins said, “no one knows what that is — and that provides Apple the opportunity to define it.”

Interesting Tidbits From Apple's visionOS Design Docs, by Matt Birchler, Birchtree

This is the big one: I think everyone is thinking about how iPad-style apps can be adapted to the visionOS UI, but the big opportunities here are in what apps you can make that fundamentally could not exist on any of our current computing platforms.

Apple Vision Pro To Feature 'Travel Mode' For Better In-Flight Experience, by Steve Moser, MacRumors

Given that the cabin of an airplane with its enclosed space and unique environmental factors can be challenging for VR devices, Travel Mode seems to be Apple’s solution for ensuring a smoother experience.

Get Ready For The Battle Of The Metaverses, by Steven Levy, Wired

But Apple’s passion was clearly directed into redefining work and expanding popular apps, like a mindfulness tool that relaxes your breathing and, presumably, your soul. Instead of calming your inner being with a soothing image on a flat screen, Apple delivered a full-body embrace in the form of flower-petal-like shapes oozing toward you and ultimately surrounding you in a blast of om-itude. And Apple’s workplace simulation dazzled with graphic fidelity and an endless flow of display screens controlled by ridiculously intuitive finger motions.

On Security

Turn Your Phone Off Every Night For Five Minutes, Australian PM Tells Residents, by Elias Visontay, The Guardian

Australia’s prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has told residents they should turn their smartphones off and on again once a day as a cybersecurity measure – and tech experts agree.


“We all have a responsibility. Simple things, turn your phone off every night for five minutes. For people watching this, do that every 24 hours, do it while you’re brushing your teeth or whatever you’re doing.”


Why Amy Sedaris, Who Can’t Drive And Doesn’t Play Games, Made A Racing Level For Apple Arcade’s ‘What The Car?’, by Todd Spangler, Variety

Sedaris helped create a custom level in “What the Car?”, an absurdist racing game exclusively available on Apple Arcade created by developers who don’t own cars (see screenshots below from the level, “Amy Sedaris Can’t Drive”). Of course, Sedaris is a New Yorker who can’t drive and doesn’t play video games. So when the game’s developer, Triband, reached out about the “What the Car?” project via Sedaris’ agent at UTA, she initially was confused.

“I’m not a game player. But I see people on trains playing games — and they look exhausted,” Sedaris said. “I don’t drive. It gives me too much anxiety. And I’m in New York, so you don’t need to drive.” But “once they said, ‘It’s for people who don’t play games and don’t drive,’ I immediately got it!”


Apple And LG Team Up To Bring AirPlay To Hotels Later This Year, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

At WWDC this year, Apple announced its plans to expand the availability of AirPlay in hotel rooms starting later this year. Now, LG says that it will be the first brand to add AirPlay to its specialized hotel TVs, starting later this year.

Apple Taps HDFC Bank To Launch Credit Card, In Talks With NPCI For Apple Pay, by Anand J, Moneycontrol

iPhone maker Apple is in talks with banks and regulators to launch its credit card, dubbed "Apple Card," in India. The company's CEO, Tim Cook, met with HDFC Bank CEO and MD Sashidhar Jagdishan during his trip to India in April, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The technology giant is also holding discussions with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to possibly launch Apple Pay in the country, a third source told Moneycontrol. It is not clear whether these discussions are regarding its credit card being powered by NPCI's Rupay platform or whether this is for Unified Payments Interface (UPI). The advantage of launching a Rupay Credit Card is that it can be linked to UPI as well. In India, only banks are allowed to launch credit cards. UPI allows customers to make seamless and fast payments by scanning QR codes through mobile phones.

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I can't wait for the day when Apple has miniaturized the Apple Vision Pro to just a simple add on to my glasses.

I hope I am still alive… and have enough spare money to purchase yet another platform.



Thanks for reading.