The requires-Skin-Contact Edition Saturday, September 17, 2016

iPhone 7 Home Button Requires Capacitive Touch To Work, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

As discovered by Myke Hurley (via Daring Fireball), some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users are going to have a tough time unlocking their devices during wintertime. As it turns out, the new "solid-state" Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus requires skin contact or the right kind of capacitive gloves to function.

HomeKit Remote Access And Automation No Longer Works With Third-gen Apple TV After iOS 10, 2FA Now Required, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

iOS 10 includes a pre-installed Home app from Apple that lets you easily set up and manage smart accessories and automation, which previously required using third-party apps from various developers. There is one important drawback for HomeKit users on iOS 10: you can no longer use the third-generation Apple TV as a hub for automation [...].

Apple Says It Has Investigated Recent Allegations Of Sexism On Campus And ‘Actions Have Been Taken’, by Ina Fried, Recode

“We take these things not just seriously, but personally,” said Young Smith in an interview in the atrium of 1 Infinite Loop. “I have been grieved over this ... that someone may have had this kind of an experience.” [...]

Young Smith, who has been at Apple since 1997, says the incidents aren’t broadly reflective of the Apple she knows, but acknowledged employees and the company do sometimes fall short. Apple, she said, investigated the issues raised in the articles.

Who’s Too Young For An App? Tests The Limits, by John Herrman, New York Times

What is striking about the app, though, is how many of its users appear to be even younger than that. hasn’t just found the coveted teenage audience — it may have overshot it. And it points to a growing tension between younger users, technology companies, and the norms and laws that regulate them both.


Best Way To Turn Your Wired Headphones Into Wireless, by Marc Lagace, iMore

[T]here are a number of options to convert your precious wired cans into Bluetooth beauties that'll work with your iPhone 7 and any other Bluetooth-enabled audio device! Just keep in mind that there is a distinct lowering of sound quality when switching from wired to a Bluetooth connection, an inevitable trade-off in the name of convenience.

Copied 2.0, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

I use Copied to store bits of text and images and keep them synced across devices. Just this past week, I stored several shortcode templates in Copied for the special formatting of my iOS 10 review. I love the app.

SuperDuper 2.9.1, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Shirt Pocket updated SuperDuper to version 2.9.1 with official macOS 10.12 Sierra compatibility and improved quit speed when shutting down or restarting.


The iPhone's New Chip Should Worry Intel, by Vald Savov, The Verge

Now, before you accuse me of being high on my own metaphorical supply, I’m not saying that Intel will be crippled or surpassed anytime soon. But I am arguing that the chip giant is under a substantial threat, the likes of which it hasn’t faced for a long time, maybe ever. A quick look at the Geekbench scores attained by the iPhone 7 quantifies a staggering achievement: the single-core performance of Apple’s latest generation of smartphone processors has basically caught up with Intel’s laptops CPUs.

Intel’s Chips Finally Find Their Way Into The iPhone, by Brian Barrett, Wired

Being in the iPhone, in other words, isn’t important simply for sales. It gives Intel components Apple’s imprimatur, a potential signal to other companies that it’s ready to play in the big leagues.

Inclusion in the iPhone 7 also, counterintuitively, highlights some of Intel’s drawbacks. Intel components won’t be in every model, in large part because they don’t support the CDMA networks deployed by Verizon and Sprint. Moorhead notes that they’re also not as future-proof as Qualcomm’s high-end equivalents: Intel’s guts don’t play nice with brand-new tech that will allow for faster download speeds, whenever carriers get around to leveling up. Since people are holding onto their devices longer than ever now, some iPhone 7 owners could potentially end up feeling left out.

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