iOS 15 offers a handful of new features designed to make it easier to manage notifications. This is headlined by a new Focus system, which we
covered in-depth last week
. Another new feature in iOS 15 is the notification summary. Head below for details on how this works and how to set it up.
During the WWDC21 keynote, Apple confirmed that Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio would launch that day for all users. For some reason, these new functions didn’t land in India, but that will be changing soon.
The latest big tech
hearing is being held by US lawmakers today and Sonos is the main party testifying. Many of the company’s antitrust concerns revolve around Google and Amazon, but Sonos’ chief legal officer also called out its issues with Apple in his testimony.
The Mayo Clinic announced today that it now supports Apple’s Health Records feature. This means that Mayo Clinic patients with a Patient Online Services account can now use Health Records to access health data directly from their iPhone.
Beats yesterday launched its new Beats Studio Buds, true wireless earbuds with ANC and Transparency Modes, up to eight hours of battery life in a single charge, and they cost $100 less than the AirPods Pro. Are you considering buying them?
After a couple of months
without much launching
on Apple Arcade since the
massive April update
, some exciting releases are slated to arrive soon. Snowman has a special new version of Alto’s Odyssey, Angry Birds is launching Reloaded, and a remastered Doodle God Universe is coming to the gaming platform.
We’ve seen quite a few different ways to bring added wallet functionality to your iPhone 12 as of late, but Twelve South has launched its latest unveil today in the form of its new MagSafe SurfacePad. Delivering the brand’s latest leather form-factor, this is a compact way to stow cards alongside Apple’s latest handsets with a folio design. Head below for all of the details.
Despite what this study claims, it does appear that Grindr and Scruff are both available worldwide in the App Store. Apple says that the report contains other inaccuracies as well. Notably, Apple says that none of the 27 apps mentioned in the report in regards to China were removed by Apple. And of the 64 apps monitored, by the survey, just 4 were removed from a particular country because of legal issues.
Something important to consider is that developers control the countries in which their applications are available. Developers oftentimes will preemptively remove an app from certain locations due to legal concerns or to protect their users.
Apple is facing criticism for removing LGBTQ+ applications from the App Store in 152 countries around the world. A
new joint study
from US-based advocacy group Fight for the Future and China-based GreatFire, which tracks censorship in China, details that Apple’s decisions in these countries “enables government censorship of LGBTQ+ content.”
Web gaming on iPhone and Android continues to gain momentum with services like
Nvidia’s GeForce Now
and Opera is opening up the beta of its customized browser for gamers today. The new Opera GX is available to try now and comes with haptic feedback, custom skins, gaming news/deals, and more.
The new Safari design in macOS Monterey has been controversial, to say the least. The new design is radically different from previous versions of Safari, with features like color adaptivity, a dynamic url bar, and buttons crammed into a single three-dot list. Luckily, Twitter user
has found a way to bring back the old design if you’re not happy with the new one.
The path to getting a UK contact tracing app was a rather tortuous one. The country initially decided to ignore
the joint Apple/Google API
develop its own app
. Having wasted literally millions of pounds doing so, it then reversed course and decided to build the
API into the NHS app.
Unfortunately, my experience suggests that even the API-powered app doesn’t work too well in practice …
June 15, 2021 marks the first day every single Apple Store in the world has been simultaneously open in over 75 weeks. Health and safety precautions, regional lockdowns, and recurring COVID-19 spikes have challenged Apple Retail operations since the start of the pandemic.