Tag Archive for ‘MacRumors’

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

Apple’s Lame Alternatives for Reaching Users ➝

Sami Fathi, writing for MacRumors:

In a new filing (via ZDnet) responding to concerns from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission that it exploits “alleged market power in its role as a distributor of apps,” Apple highlights multiple avenues that developers can take to reach customers.

Specifically, Apple points out that the “whole web” exists as an alternative means of distribution, arguing that the web has become a platform unto itself. Apple supports this claim by noting that iOS devices have “unrestricted and uncontrolled” access to the web, allowing users to download web apps.

I’m an advocate for the open web and think there should be a lot more development of web apps built for mobile devices. And I would love to see their usage grow. But we all know — including the folks at Apple — that this is pretty lame. Web apps are not even close to being in the same league as native apps.

There should be a way to distribute apps outside of the App Store. The absence of this capability is holding the platform back.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Apple Confirms iMac Pro Is Discontinued ➝

Joe Rossignol, reporting for MacRumors:

We’ve since confirmed with Apple that when supplies run out, the iMac Pro will no longer be available whatsoever. Apple says the latest 27-inch iMac introduced in August is the preferred choice for the vast majority of pro iMac users, and said customers who need even more performance and expandability can choose the Mac Pro.

I don’t really understand why the iMac Pro ever needed to exist as a separate product from the standard iMac — at least in their current form. I suppose in a world where the Mac Pro was never released there is value in branding a desktop machine with the “Pro” moniker, but aside from that, why can’t the iMac simply scale from a stock 21.5-inch base model up to a 27-inch model with a server-class processor? Why couldn’t they all just be “iMac”?

But if Apple was to stick with the “Pro” name in the iMac line, I’m not sure if the processor class and internal hardware in general should really be the differentiating factor as to whether or not the machine is “Pro”. Display size actually feels like a more natural attribute to base it on — why can’t the 21.5-inch iMac be “iMac” and the 27-inch iMac be “iMac Pro”?

And that same logic could extend to the MacBook line-up too. Why can’t all 13-inch Mac laptops be “MacBook Air” and all 16-inch models be “MacBook Pro”?

➝ Source: macrumors.com

iPhone Keeping Lightning Port ➝

Hartley Charlton, writing for MacRumors:

Apple will retain the Lightning connector on the iPhone for the “foreseeable future,” with no intention of switching to USB-C, according to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Lame.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Satechi Launches Dual-Sided 2-in-1 USB-C Charger for Apple Watch and AirPods ➝

I have their Apple Watch-only model already, but this seems like a strict upgrade. I don’t have much use for it now, but when I start traveling for work again or if I do some traveling with my wife and son sometime this year, I might just pick one of these up.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

MacRumors Shares Details on Software Related to Apple’s Upcoming Tile Competitor ➝

Joe Rossignol and Steve Moser, reporting for MacRumors:

Apple is developing a Tile-like accessory that will help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets, and backpacks, according to an internal build of iOS 13 seen by MacRumors.

The internal build contains an image of the accessory that suggests it will be a small, circular tag with an Apple logo in the center, similar to many other Bluetooth trackers. The image could be a mockup or placeholder, however, so the final design of the tag may vary at least slightly.

I’m a big fan of Tile — I keep one in every bag I own. But I’m curious to see what Apple brings to the table in this category of products. Having a single app where I can locate all the things is pretty enticing. But there will need to be some innovative or unique hardware and software features in order for me to jump over to these instead of using my current Tile setup.

➝ Source: www.macrumors.com

Netflix No Longer Supports AirPlay ➝

From a Netflix spokesperson, as published by MacRumors:

We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn’t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs. what isn’t) or certify these experiences. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met. Members can continue to access Netflix on the built-in app across Apple TV and other devices.

Translation: AirPlay coming to non-Apple devices makes it difficult for us to prevent piracy. At least that’s my interpretation.

But you can just add this to the list of reasons I’m happy that I canceled Netflix a couple years ago — alongside their decision to not be included in the TV app and their decision to remove in-app subscription purchases from their iOS and Apple TV apps.

AirPower Has Likely Entered Production ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cites a “credible source” within Apple’s supply chain who claims Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision has started production of the AirPower. In a conversation on Chinese messaging app WeChat, the source adds he has heard the AirPower will be released soon. […]

In a follow-up tweet, ChargerLAB cites another source who claims a second Apple supplier Pegatron is set to begin mass production of the AirPower on January 21. The alleged Pegatron employee claims the AirPower has three layers of coils in an 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top.

I’ve been holding off on purchasing any wireless charging accessories in hopes that AirPower would ship soon. I had to wait quite a bit longer than I initially expected, but I’m pretty excited that it’s finally coming.