The Biggest-Upgrades Edition Thursday, October 5, 2023

iPhone 15 Pro Max Camera Review: Depth And Reach, by Sebastiaan de With, Lux

For the everyday user, iPhone 15 and 15 Pro offer one of the biggest camera upgrades in the history of the iPhone. Tech people tend to miss this because a new iPhone is about all the details that tie hardware and software improvements together. Most iPhone users took 12 megapixel photos, had a small-ish zoom range, and switch to a separate mode for portrait Photos. With iPhone 15 Pro Max's default 24 megapixel resolution, added 'lenses' under the main camera lens, automatic depth capture for portraits, and that 5× lens, this release is massive for casual photographers.

Was The iPhone Actually Better Off With Lightning?, by Dan Moren, Macworld

The USB-C cable situation is…a little more complex. [...]

The long and short of it is that you can’t necessarily guarantee that the cable you buy will do exactly what you want it to do when you connect it to your iPhone–you have to make sure to read the fine print, and even then, as with so many tech accessories bought online, there’s a good chance that it’s been misrepresented. Which can lead to some unexpected problems along the way.

Bitten By The Black Box Of iCloud, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

The thing is, like a lot of Apple tech, it’s a black box. Data goes in, data goes out. What happens in the middle…well, shrug. You just put your faith in the fact that what’s working will keep working.

But as anybody who’s ever tried to troubleshoot iCloud problems can tell you, when it goes wrong, trying to fix it is an exercise in frustration—as I learned recently, in a particularly spectacular fashion.


iOS 17.0.3 Addresses iPhone 15 Overheating Issue And Security Vulnerabilities, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

iOS 17.0.3 and its companion iPadOS 17.0.3 also fix a pair of security vulnerabilities, one of which has been exploited in the wild.

Apple TV Plus Will Stream Free Charlie Brown Classics For The Holidays Again, by Wes Davis, The Verge

Apple nabbed exclusive rights to stream the Peanuts holiday specials on Apple TV Plus back in 2020, and has made a habit of making the stream freely available to non-subscribers for short periods around Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas ever since. The company announced yesterday that it’s doing it again this year, along with subscriber only originals like The Velveteen Rabbit, Frog and Toad, and a new Shape Island special.

Replace The Mini Music Player That Apple Took Away, by Rob Griffiths, The Robservatory

If you miss iTunes' old mini player window and like retro UI, get Mario's replacement—it's perfect in every way.


Houston Educators Nurture The Next Generation Of Hispanic Leaders With Apple, by Apple

TechConnect was created in 2016 by Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros to introduce advanced technology skills like coding to kids that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. In 2022, it became one of the hundreds of programs supported by Apple’s Community Education Initiative (CEI), which was designed to bring coding, creativity, and career opportunities to learners of all ages, and to communities that are traditionally underrepresented in technology.

Since its inception in 2019, CEI has reached tens of hundreds of students in 99 countries and regions, and in all 50 United States, through its collaboration with more than 150 educational partners. Apple provides hardware, financial support, scholarships, educator resources, and access to Apple experts who work side by side with organizations to enhance learning experiences through technology.

Apple Considered Buying Microsoft’s Bing To Battle Google, by Dva Dou, Washington Post

Unsealed testimony reveals that Apple considered mounting a challenge against Google in search by acquiring Microsoft’s search engine Bing, in a rare glimpse of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering in an industry dominated by Google.

A Washington, D.C. court unsealed the testimony of an Apple senior vice president, John Giannandrea, on Wednesday after public criticism that too much of a landmark antitrust trial against Google was taking place behind closed doors. Apple lawyers had argued against the necessity of Giannandrea taking the stand, and had pushed for much of the details about Apple’s business with Google to be sealed on grounds of trade secrets.

An Orange County Entrepreneur's $60-million Legal Battle To Stop Apple From Steamrolling Startups, by Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times

Kiani and the Apple executives had long, involved, and, what felt to him, productive meetings. It even seemed that Apple was interested in acquiring Masimo. “They asked us, ‘Where do we see the market going?,’ ‘How does the tech work?,’ to share with them the regulatory pathways. All the leadership was there, saying, ‘whatever you need, we’re going to work this out.’”

Now, 10 years later, Kiani is locked in an acrimonious legal battle with the world’s biggest tech company, alleging Apple infringed on his patents and stole trade secrets. If Kiani wins, it could stop Apple Watches, which are manufactured in China, from being imported into the U.S.

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I was reminded today that Apple Music now do corss-fades on my iPhone. I've just turned on this option, and haven't really yet listened to any music yet.

The follow-up question: how much of a crime is it to turn on cross-fade when listening to a classical music playlist?


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