The Tiny-Specks-of-Dust Edition Friday, July 7, 2023

Apple’s Headset Headache: The Tiny And Costly Displays Inside The Vision Pro, by Christian Davies, Financial Times

But the cost of the silicon wafer, the challenge of manufacturing a product that can be ruined by tiny specks of dust entering during the manufacturing process, and the fact that no company has yet started mass production all contribute to its prohibitively high cost.


But two people with direct knowledge of the process said that no display makers have yet managed to meet Apple’s expectations for the technology, amid ongoing concerns over the component’s cost.

Apple Plans A Slow, Appointment-Only Rollout Of Its $3,500 Vision Pro, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The company will designate special areas in the stores with seating, headset demo units and tools to size accessories for buyers. While the device will be sold at all of Apple’s roughly 270 US locations, the company is planning the sections for the Vision Pro initially at stores in major areas – such as New York and Los Angeles – before rolling them out nationwide, according to people with knowledge of the plans.


Apple will ask in-store buyers to make an appointment to purchase the Vision Pro. That follows a strategy the company used for the Apple Watch in 2015. The driving force behind the idea is to ensure customers walk out with a product that fits properly. If applicable, the company will ask users for their vision prescription for lens inserts via an online portal.

TestFlight Now Supports visionOS Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated the TestFlight app to support apps designed for the first visionOS beta, which means that developers may soon be able to use TestFlight for testing apps designed for the Apple Vision Pro headset.


Apple Shares 13-Minute 'Shot On iPhone 14 Pro' Film Featuring Lucha Libre Legend Huracán Ramírez, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The film retells the fortunes of Lucha Libre legend Huracán Ramírez, who is forced to come out of wrestling retirement to defeat an evil piñata that is terrorizing all of Mexico. The monster is unwittingly created by a boy when he uses extra spicy chili powder as a replacement for sugar during the piñata-making process, bringing chaos to the country.

Shazam App Can Now Identify Songs In TikTok, Instagram, YouTube And More, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated its Shazam music recognition app to allow it to recognize and identify songs that are playing in third-party apps like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

Bottom of the Page

I am an email-inbox-zero kind of person, but I feel that my email client is always taunting me when I finish processing my inbox with this message: "All done for the day."

"It's only 9.05am", I want to shout. "My workday has just started, and I have lots more things outside this inbox that I am busy with!"

(Okay, the next line of the message does say: "Enjoy your empty inbox." But then, I do have other inboxes, and I know this inbox is going to be filled sooner than later.)


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