Week 4, Apr. 2021
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk
“Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Part of my responsibility is to be a yardstick.” — Steve Jobs
● The new tip jar button is being internally tested for Twitter user profiles. Just like the feature that will be implemented on Twitter Spaces, the tip jar button will be integrated with some popular payment services, including Bandcamp, Patreon, PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App. Right now, the button appears next to the Edit Profile option.
● iOS 14.5 is a major update with a long list of new features, including the ability to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch, 5G support for dual-SIM users, new emoji characters, an option to select a preferred music service to use with Siri, crowdsourced data collection for Apple Maps accidents, AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+, and much more. The update also introduces support for AirTags and Precision Finding on the iPhone 12 models, and it marks the official introduction of App Tracking Transparency.
● One of the notable changes with iOS 14.5 is the iPhone 11 battery recalibration. The new feature gives an updated, more accurate reading of your device’s maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability and can fix unexpected battery drains. And in rare cases, it could lead to a free battery replacement.
● Apple has released macOS 11.3 to the public. The new software comes with a variety of new features for the Reminders app, Apple Music, HomePod support, M1 optimizations, AirTags support, an important malware fix, and more. macOS Big Sur 11.3 features new sorting options in Reminders, the ability to set audio output to Stereo HomePods as default, and support for the latest Xbox/PlayStation controllers.
● The release version of the watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users are now able to use Apple Watch to replace Face ID and passcode when wearing a facial covering like a mask. Your Apple Watch must be nearby, on your wrist, unlocked, and protected by a passcode.
● iOS 14.5 — available now — comes with a host of new features, and one of the big ones is apps have to request permission before they can track you. Along with that, you have total control to allow or block iPhone app tracking. Some apps may not function properly without the ability to use trackers.
● Apple today announced that it is increasing its financial commitments for US investment, now up to $430 billion and 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. Apple said it is now supporting 2.7 million jobs across direct employment, US suppliers and manufacturers, and developer jobs in the iOS app economy.
● A sketchy report today says that the rumored Apple headset with combined AR-VR capabilities has fallen behind schedule. The report says supply-chain partners expected the device to move into a second phase of prototype testing last quarter, but this didn’t happen. However, it’s unclear that much weight should be given to the claim.
● Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that the just-released macOS 11.3 software update patches a security vulnerability that reportedly could have allowed a hacker to remotely access a user’s sensitive data by tricking a user into opening a spoofed document. In addition to fixing the bug in macOS 11.3, Apple told TechCrunch it patched earlier macOS versions to prevent abuse, and updated macOS’s built-in anti-malware system XProtect to block malware from exploiting the vulnerability.
● Apple today announced its Voice Control accessibility function has been expanded in iOS 14.5, gaining English support in Australia and Canada and adding support for Spanish in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Voice Control allows users to navigate and interact with their iPhone, iPad, or Mac using voice commands to tap, swipe, type, and more.
● Following the release of iOS 14.5 and other software updates, Apple today released a major update to its Clips app. Version 3.1 of Clips brings new immersive AR experiences that are enabled through the LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro. The new version of the Clips app uses LiDAR scanning to transform the scenery around you with dynamic lights, falling objects, and more.