The Showing-Off-Creations Edition Sunday, October 1, 2023

Tim Cook Interview: Apple Boss Reveals His ‘Aha Moment’, by David Phelan, independent

Among the app developers showing off their creations at Apple’s Battersea Power Station headquarters is Joseph Mambwe, whose fitness app Gym Streak aims to manage your workout for you. Mambwe says that, at the app’s core is a demonstration that “resilience is a superpower that is available to everyone, along with persistence and the will to keep going.” The app uses augmented reality (AR) to create videos where the animated figure demonstrating the exercises appears to be working out in your living room.

Also in attendance is Andy Weekes, the creator of Night Sky, which also uses AR to make stars, planets and even the International Space Station appear onscreen as you point your iPhone at the place they are in the sky. It can send reminders and messages so you can share what you see – and even what you can’t – with friends and family.

So Apple Released Some New Phones…

Apple Says A Software Update Is On The Way To Fix iPhone 15 Overheating Problems, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple also says that it’s identified a bug in iOS 17 that makes the overheating problem worse for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro users. This problem will be “addressed in a software update,” the company says.

Furthermore, Apple tells 9to5Mac that recent updates to certain third-party apps are causing them to overload the system. The company says it’s working directly with those developers to fix the issues. According to Apple, some of the apps overloading the iPhone CPU and causing devices to overheat are Asphalt 9, Instagram, and Uber. Instagram issued a fix for the problem on September 27, Apple says.

When It Comes To The iPhone, Simple Is As Simple Does, by Jason Snell, Macworld

One of the biggest imprints Steve Jobs and Jony Ive left on Apple’s design process is a certain kind of product idealism. At its best, Apple is striving to take ridiculously complex products, fusions of cutting-edge computer hardware design and eye-wateringly enormous software code bases, and make them simple.

It’s a philosophy that has led Apple to build wildly successful products that its customers love. And there’s one new iPhone 15 feature that perfectly illustrates why Apple’s idealism can take it to very interesting places.

The iPhone 15 Pro Case Market Is A Minefield Right Now, by Dan Seifert, The Verge

The root of the problem is that the typical third-party case maker doesn’t actually know what the new iPhone will look like (or even be called) until it’s announced onstage during Apple’s event. In order to catch the lucrative wave of customers who buy the new phones on release day and want a case, the case maker has to rely on rumors and reporting to determine the dimensions and features of the new phone and then manufacture its cases before the iPhone is even announced. Most years, when Apple makes minor changes to the iPhone’s dimensions, that works out in their favor. But when a big hardware change comes along, it makes things much more difficult to predict.

'Resident Evil' On iOS Has The Potential To Drastically Change How We Game, by Willa Rowe, Inverse

In the age of the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch, gaming on the go is more popular than ever. But the one thing these modern handhelds lack is true appeal to the masses, it isn’t fun to lug around a Steam Deck on the subway to play 45 minutes of Elden Ring. The Switch may be one of the bestselling consoles of all time, but it still isn’t as ubiquitous as having an iPhone in your pocket.

And while gaming on a smartphone can let you run your dailies in Honkai: Star Rail, many people are likely sticking to Candy Crush. But after spending 30 minutes with Resident Evil Village on an iPad Pro, Apple’s ambitious vision for gaming on the go has the potential to finally bridge the gap between hardcore and mobile gaming.


Photo Scout App Will Tell You The Perfect Time For A Photo, by Lisa Marie Segarra, PetaPixel

A new app by Cascable aims to remove the furious weather app checking before snapping the perfect shot. Called Photo Scout, it will instead notify users when the conditions are just right.

Have Fun On Your iPhone, iPad, And Mac Home Screen With Classic Widget Games, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Instead of simply viewing information from an app, you can interact with the widget so you can, for example, turn off a smart light, without needing to open up the app. A number of great apps are already taking advantage of the functionality.

But you can even use interactive widgets to have fun. Cromulent Labs, the developer behind the popular Launcher app, has just released a suite of six Classic Widget Games.


What’s A Subscriber? The Writers Deal Makes That Question Even More Important, by Alex Weprin, Hollywood Reporter

With the WGA agreement seeing bonuses kick in at that 20 percent threshold, the bundles lead to conflicting incentives: A platform like Amazon or Apple may benefit from a higher number, which makes hitting the bonus threshold tougher. The guild benefits from a lower number, making it easier for its members to get their streaming success bonuses.


Is everyone who subscribes to Apple One an Apple TV+ subscriber? Or should they only count those that have actually used the service? Or that actively use the service?

‘Tech Platforms Haven’t Been Designed To Think About Death’: Meet The Expert On What Happens Online When We Die, by Zoë Corbyn, The Guardian

"Not many people think about their digital legacy, but our digital belongings are accumulating. There are both pragmatic and sentimental reasons why your loved ones, after your death, might care about them. And preservation matters for historical, collective memory too. The problem is, there is no clear mechanism for passing digital belongings from one generation to the next. Our digital possessions are getting lost in the ether – not only because our loved ones might not even be aware of what accounts we have, but because tech platforms haven’t been designed to anticipate or think about death."

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So, in the last two months, quite a bit of things in my personal life has changed. I know the changes are coming, but all the emotions nevertheless still overwhelmed my little brain. Wherefore, I took a break from life.

Now, I am feeling more happy and less ad. More proud and less anxious. And I am putting back a lot of the stuff I've deleted from my life previously. Well, some RSS and podcast subscriptions will stay unsubscribed, some songs remained removed from my playlists, and I stopped caring about my Pedometer++'s streak. Maybe someday they'll return. Or, well, never is also an option.

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