Tag Archive for ‘Apple’

Apple Discontinuing Space Gray Keyboard, Mouse, and Trackpad ➝

It sure feels like Apple’s obsession with space gray will be coming to an end soon. Coincidentally, I’ve sort-of had the feeling that my next MacBook would be silver.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

New Apple Hire Is No Longer With the Company Hours After Employee Petition Circulated ➝

The excerpts from his book are pretty distasteful, but I’m left wondering, where could or should he work?

➝ Source: theverge.com

What It Was Like to Sell Apps Online in 2003 ➝

Brent Simmons:

Apple likes to claim that the App Store replaced the system of selling software in physical boxes in stores and over the mail.

But it’s not true.

My experience selling apps before the App Store was not unique or new — it’s only interesting now because people may have forgotten this history, and younger people may never have heard it.

His setup for selling NetNewsWire online in 2003 seems pretty simple. And I’m sure it’s even easier now with an additional 18 years of development on software for online sales.

The App Store still has value. Having a place where you can get software that has been “sanctioned” by Apple seems great for novice users. But it shouldn’t be the only way to install apps on iOS. Apple needs to open the platform.

➝ Source: inessential.com

Apple Shortcuts Is Great, but It Needs a Notification Toggle ➝

I can understand Apple wanting Shortcuts to display something when one is run — it’s good to be aware of what your system is doing. And I’m sure it would be awfully confusing if your iPhone was doing something unexpected and you didn’t know why. But I think the notifications that are shown by Shortcuts today is just too obtrusive.

Maybe we need a smaller icon in the status bar — something akin to Automator’s gear icon on macOS. The status bar is a bit crowded, but I think the system could temporarily replace one of those icons with a gear to indicate that a shortcut is running.

(Via MacStories.)

➝ Source: theverge.com

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

AirTag and Family Sharing ➝

Tim Hardwick, writing for MacRumors:

On the face of it, sharing the location of an AirTag via Apple’s Family Sharing feature should be a no-brainer, since individual members in a Family Sharing group can use the Find My app to see the location of other family members’ Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, AirPods, and Apple Watches.

Given those Family Sharing privileges, many users have understandably assumed that an AirTag attached to an item that’s regularly used by more than one person in the household (a set of keys, for example) could be tracked by multiple family members within Find My.

Unfortunately, however, AirTags don’t work like other Apple devices in Find My, and several users have taken to the MacRumors forums, Reddit, and Apple’s community support site to share their displeasure after learning about the Family Sharing limitation

This does seem like an odd omission. And I didn’t even realize this was the case until I read the aforelinked piece about it. Hopefully it’s just a case of an early product and this particular feature hasn’t been implemented yet.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Josh Ginter’s Thoughts on Apple’s Spring Loaded Event ➝

A good read. I especially enjoyed his discussion of the new M1-powered iMac. And I’m glad I’m not the only one that appreciates the silver model.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

The New iPad Pro ➝

The marquee features are Thunderbolt, an ultra wide front-facing camera with Center Stage, M1, 5G in cellular models, and Liquid Retina XDR Display.

It’s a good iterative update, but if you have an iPad Pro from the last few years, it’s probably not worth the upgrade.

➝ Source: apple.com