Tag Archive for ‘9 to 5 Mac’

Apple Banned Shadow App After Microsoft Used It as an Example to Get xCloud for iOS Approved ➝

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Microsoft tried to launch its xCloud game streaming service on the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, but Apple rejected the app due to its strict guidelines. Now emails revealed in the Epic vs. Apple trial on Wednesday show that Apple even removed a similar app from the App Store after its existence was mentioned by Microsoft.

Situations like this will always be a problem in the App Store. We need an alternative method for installing apps on iOS.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Apple Adopting the Word ‘Follow’ for Podcasts ➝

James Cridland, writing for Podnews:

Tom Webster from Edison Research says 47% of people who don’t currently listen to podcasts think that ‘subscribing’ to a podcast will cost money, describing it as a stone in the shoe of podcasting’s growth run. He tells Podnews: “Today, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube are the three most widely used services to play podcasts, and now the word Subscribe means ‘automatically download for free’ in exactly none of them.

“Subscribe” has always been a bit of a confusing term for podcasting, since the vast majority of podcasts are free. “Follow” is a more familiar term that doesn’t have the connotation that it will cost money.

This same change should be made by everyone with a free email newsletter or when promoting an RSS feed. I’ve already started moving toward it on my own sites with few exceptions.

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

➝ Source: podnews.net

Do You Keep Your iPhone Box? ➝

I still have the box to every single iPhone I’ve ever owned. Seven in total, between the shelf in my home office and a couple of bins in the basement. Why keep them? Because I want them. And in twenty years when I happen across one, it’ll bring back a lot of great memories.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Twitter Announces New API That Opens More Features to Third-Party Apps ➝

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Twitter is announcing its new Twitter API v2, which was completely rebuilt with new features. One of the highlights of the new Twitter API is the real-time tweets stream — one of the options removed in the past. Third-party apps can once again load new tweets as they’re published and not just after a period of time.

Other changes to the API include conversation threading, polls, pinned tweets, better spam filter, and advanced search. The Twitter v2 API will be available on three different levels: Standard, Academic Research, and Business.

I hope this will bring about a resurgence in third-party Twitter apps. I think many of the problems on Twitter and the dread that one feels when reading their timeline could be mitigated, if not solved, with just a bit more creative thinking. The type of creative thinking that isn’t limited by the goals and priorities of Twitter itself.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

This Adapter Turns Standard CarPlay Into Wireless CarPlay ➝

Zac Hall reviews a nifty little adapter that turns a wired CarPlay head unit into a wireless one. My wife and I have been looking at buying a new vehicle soon, but the model we want only offers wired CarPlay. When we eventually make our purchase, we’ll almost certainly get one of these adapters so we aren’t forced to tether our device in the car.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Bring Back Your Mac’s Startup Chime With a Terminal Command ➝

I don’t plan on running this on my own machine because I almost never turn it off. But if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and do shutdown your Mac from time to time, by all means, have at it.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

tvOS 13.3 Adds Option to Display Up Next Queue in TV App’s Top Shelf Extension ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple redesigned the Apple TV home screen with tvOS 13 allowing for full screen panoramic previews in the Top Shelf area. However, at the same time, it also changed the content of the Top Shelf for the TV app from the user’s personal Up Next queue to ‘What to Watch’, a selection of top television shows and movies chosen by Apple (essentially, a form of advertising).

This naturally caused a lot of complaints from users. Apple appears to have listened. In tvOS 13.3 beta, there is now an option in Settings to change it back.

It’s amazing to me that tvOS 13 shipped without the option to revert the TV app’s top shelf extension behavior. I went the trouble of transitioning away from the TV app because of this — to WatchAid. If I was annoyed enough to move away from the app entirely, I couldn’t have been the only one irritated.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Apple Rumored to Release iPhone SE 2 Next Year ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple is set to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone lineup and feature newer internals, like an A13 processor with 3 GB RAM, in a familiar iPhone 8 chassis.

I wouldn’t mind seeing a new 4-inch iPhone in the lineup, which would allow Apple to serve a segment of the market that practically been abandoned by smartphone manufacturers. But I suppose a replacement for the iPhone 8 will have to do. I just hope they improve the camera system — it really is a massive leap forward compared to the iPhone 8.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com