The Whole-Story Edition Thursday, July 6, 2023

5 Vision Pro Features Apple Doesn't Want To Talk About, by Jason Snell, Macworld

And yet I remain firmly convinced that Apple hasn’t told us the whole story. The WWDC keynote was the time to make a first impression–but there’s half a year to go before the final story is told. As a result, Apple emphasized the features of the device that it felt would best represent the device. It emphasized the fact that it’s an augmented-reality product that keeps you connected with people around you as a way to blunt criticism that Apple’s trying to use its technology to wall people off from each other.

With the Vision Pro, there’s more to come. Here’s where I think Apple will have a much larger story to tell.

Vision Pro Parody Ad Featuring Stephen Fry Banned From Apple Music, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

British singer-songwriter Tim Arnold told me that his new album Super Connected launched on Spotify as planned, but has been banned from Apple Music because it contains a joke “ad” for an Apple headset called iHead.


Rectangle Review: Essential App For macOS Window Management, by Catalin Chelariu, Softpedia

Rectangle has become a near-essential piece of kit for Mac users, though the reasons may elude you if you’ve never tried it. It basically adds functionality that is very similar to the Windows Snap feature, while also expanding upon it and adding customizability. All of this in a completely free app.

TV Forecast 2.0 Adds Movie Tracking, by John Voorhees, MacStories

TV Forecast strikes a perfect balance between tracking and discovery. That same tasteful design extends to the app’s new movies tab, providing fully-rounded video support without compromising what makes the app work so well.

Spotify Subscribers No Longer Allowed To Pay Through App Store, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

At the end of the final billing period, Spotify customers who have a subscription through the ‌App Store‌ will have their accounts transitioned to the free ad-supported service. Customers will then need to resubscribe to Premium using the Spotify website.

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On the other hand, I do think what Apple presented for Vision Pro at WWDC is what Apple sees as their vision (sorry) of a 'spatial computer', at least initially. (Things will change eventually. Just ask Apple Watch.) It is likely the 1.0 product will not deviate too much from this presentation, which means VR, fitness, and whatever else we want, will not be that feasible with the headset. Rumors seems to indicate that the hardware is ready, but the software still have some finishing work to be done. That will mean the features presented will definitely be prioritized over other wishlists.


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