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Apple MagSafe Duo Charger Is Useful, but Expensive and Underwhelming ➝

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

But I’m sorry to say that I find the whole thing a bit underwhelming after the hype of AirPower and its eventual demise. Apple may very well have had this thing planned the whole time that it was trying to make AirPower happen, but the arc of that story landing on this device is sad trombone indeed.

The MagSafe Duo does work, and there are a couple of engineering bright spots. But you will not feel that it’s worth the money by the time you purchase the $129 charger and the $19 20W power brick to go with it, and there are many third-party accessories on the market that do this job just fine.

I don’t understand who this is for. It’s not actually great for travel because two cables plus a power adapter is more compact than the MagSafe Duo plus a cable and power adapter. And if you’re looking for a charger for home, there are plenty of great alternatives. I’m a big fan of the Nomad Base Station, but there are countless options that are less costly and at least as attractive as the MagSafe Duo.

➝ Source: techcrunch.com

Apple Acquires Workflow ➝

Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch:

Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. We’ve been tracking this one for a while but were able to confirm just now that the ink on the deal is drying as we speak. […]

Workflow the app is being acquired, along with the team of Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, Ayaka Nonaka and Nick Frey. In a somewhat uncommon move for Apple, the app will continue to be made available on the App Store and will be made free later today.

I couldn’t be happier for the Workflow team. They’ve built one of the most innovative applications for iOS and grown it into an absolutely essential piece of any iOS power user’s arsenal.

I would typically be concerned about the app’s future in situations like this. But Workflow will continue to be made available in the App Store, for free, and this has me hopeful. I expect subsequent versions of the app to have access to much more powerful actions with APIs that aren’t available to third-party developers.

Apple Is Discontinuing Its Thunderbolt Display ➝

Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch:

Apple today announced that it is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display, the large external display many use to connect to Macbooks or other Macs for extra screen real estate. This is very likely to fuel speculation (which has been ongoing) that Apple will soon launch a 4k or 5k version of the display.

What if Apple isn’t planning to release a successor at all? Think about it, when was the last time Apple announced that a product was being discontinued without even announcing a new version?

Apple Releases MacBook Refresh ➝

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

The technical nuts of it are that the MacBook can now be ordered with dual-core Intel M processors at up to 1.3GHz with 1866 MHz memory, Intel HD Graphics 515 with a claimed 25% faster graphics performance and faster internal storage. The new guts are getting you better performance but also better battery life with what Apple says is 10 hours of web browsing or 11 hours of iTunes movie playback.

These are solid updates to an already great machine. If I was in the market for a portable Mac, I’d seriously consider buying one.

Apple Fixes iPhones Disabled By Error 53 ➝

Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch:

Today, Apple is issuing an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 for users that update their iPhones via iTunes only. This update will restore phones ‘bricked’ or disabled by Error 53 and will prevent future iPhones that have had their home button (or the cable) replaced by third-party repair centers from being disabled. Note that this is a patched version of iOS 9.2.1, previously issued, not a brand-new version of iOS.

I’m glad Apple did the right thing with this one. There’s no reason your iPhone should be bricked if its Touch ID sensor is tampered with during a home button replacement. Forcing the user to use their passcode in this circumstance is a perfectly reasonable compromise.

Apple Watch 2 Not Likely to See March Debut ➝

Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch:

Several things that I’ve heard (from several sources) indicate to me that we won’t see a new hardware model of the Apple Watch in March. Design partnerships, accessories, that kind of thing maybe but not a “Watch 2.0” with a bunch of new hardware features like a camera. I could be wrong, of course, but I’ve heard enough to put it out there.

Apple Announces iPhone and Apple TV Event for September 9 ➝

It will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium which holds around 7,000. That’s a huge room for an Apple event and I’m surprised the rumor panned out. I was even drafting a piece last night conveying my doubts and ending with a quip about John Gruber forgetting to announce a Daring Fireball conference — you know, because of the “exterior wall mounted star graphic sign.” The joke was good, I had to mention it.

If you’re curious about what I expect Apple to announce at the event, I published my predictions yesterday. Although, the bit about the iPhone 6c doesn’t look promising.

Tim Cook Delivers Speech On Privacy ➝

Always fighting the good fight.