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As the middle of the year approaches, developers, publishers and tech giants all around the globe are preparing to make their announcements and Apple is no different. This year, Apple’s WWDC event is expected to be a banger and to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action, make sure you tune in and watch the WWDC21 event livestream right here.

Apple WWDC21 special event livestream

The Apple WWDC 2021 event livestream will begin on June 7 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. While this is when the livestream kicks off, the entire event is scheduled to last a few days, ending on Friday, June 11.

As for what we can expect from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference for 2021, well our very own Chris Jarrard has put together a helpful guide that sets expectations. Jarrard points out that many individuals are anticipating Apple shedding more light on iOS 15. This is despite the fact Apple released iOS 14.5 in April.

Apple Insider points out consumers are also anticipating more word on Apple Silicon. As Apple Insider puts it, Apple Silicon “lets the company focus on performance and vertical integration across platforms rather than needing to optimize software to work with another company's hardware.” More information on this, which has been long-term transition, would make a lot of sense, especially given this is a developer conference.

Beyond this, there are always rumors and wishes floating around the internet that swing between outlandish and conservative guesses. Regardless of what’s announced at WWDC21, you’ll find it all covered right here. Be sure to stop by the Shacknews Apple page so you don’t miss a thing.

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Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler brings a bit of the southern hemisphere flair to his work. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and entering the video game industry, he's found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There's nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 

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    June 7, 2021 4:00 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Watch the Apple WWDC21 event livestream here

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      June 7, 2021 4:49 AM

      Those animated floated heads are freaking me out

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      June 7, 2021 7:33 AM

      Anxious to see what SwiftUI 3.0 is all about.

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        June 7, 2021 8:40 AM

        I hate to say it but I've not gotten around to really doing anything with or learning SwiftUI and your posts about all these weirdassed bugs and performance issues two years in have made me want to wait for it to be more mature.

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          June 7, 2021 3:30 PM

          It’s in worse shape than Swift 1.0 when it came out. I wouldn’t really recommend it for anything but a very basic app. Evening Reading is pushing it and I’ve had to hack around a lot of quirks in the framework. I still have to rely on UIKit quite a bit.

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      June 7, 2021 7:55 AM

      Shit, leakers are saying no hardware announcements today :/

      https://www.macrumors.com/2021/06/07/no-hardware-at-wwdc-suggests-leaker/

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        June 7, 2021 8:08 AM

        eh i mean it is WWDC for software.

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        June 7, 2021 8:10 AM

        Doesn’t hardware usually get announced in September?

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          June 7, 2021 8:21 AM

          Yeah but as the article states they've shown off hardware at 65% of WWDCs, and everyone is expecting the new Macbook Pros.

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          June 7, 2021 8:34 AM

          Here lately they've been unveiling new hardware at WWDC aimed at devs and pros, frequently just confirmations of things everyone knows is coming (like the Mac Pro they soft announced years prior)

          I think at WWDC 2008 they unveiled the iPhone 3G and at 2017 they unveiled the HomePod but things like AirPods and newer iPhones and much more consumer friendly fare they usually do later.

          Big thing this year is there's been these rumors of a new 16" Apple Silicon MacBook Pro that returns things like the function keys and MagSafe and HDMI and stuff. Could be they unveil that today, could be that something delayed it and they won't announce it today.

          But yeah overall the whole point of WWDC is developer-focused software announcements and, for the last decade or so, the new n+1 versions of their operating systems.

          Also it didn't hit me until just now that prior to Big Sur their point releases were the major annual releases (10.5, 10.6, etc.) and the patches and so forth were the minor numbers (10.5.1, 10.5.2, etc) but they've been using the point releases throughout the year (currently at 11.4) so it'll be macOS 12.0 announced today. Crazy that it took them so long to count to 11.

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        June 7, 2021 8:11 AM

        They very rarely anymore.

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        June 7, 2021 9:02 AM

        Honestly I’m more interested in the software side of things anyway for this WWDC. I know we all are waiting for the pro level Apple silicon chips and redesigns, but Apple did state it would be a 2 year roll out process once it started so we’ve still got a little under a year and a half for it to happen.

        Next year, imho, is when Apple Silicon is really going to start popping off once we start seeing a lot of products loaded with gen 2, and potentially gen 3 Apple silicon chips which should hopefully eliminate the handful of trade offs that the current chips have that impact people with ram or very gpu intensive workflows.

        I’m mainly expecting QoL for iOS but hoping for some big changes to iPad OS to better leverage its hybrid flexibility now and some under the hood improvements to Mac OS to take even better advantage of Apple Silicon.

        That said, I suspect we won’t see any truly major changes to Mac OS for another 3-4 years until they start transitioning off Intel platforms entirely. I imagine we will start seeing some aggressive culling of older Intel based macs starting this year though. I wouldn’t be surprised if everything pre-2016 gets dropped.

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      June 7, 2021 10:03 AM

      lol this intro is nuts

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      June 7, 2021 10:04 AM

      I turned it on and have no idea wtf was happening at the beginning there

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      June 7, 2021 10:10 AM

      Facetime meeting links, fucking finally.

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      June 7, 2021 10:11 AM

      Facetime in a browser... iMessage??? PLEASE

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      June 7, 2021 10:14 AM

      Oh thank god screen sharing now I can help my parents without having one of them video the other one's phone.

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      June 7, 2021 10:15 AM

      Deep dish is not best pizza...

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      June 7, 2021 10:20 AM

      lmao personal life

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        June 7, 2021 10:21 AM

        Apple keynotes always point out how the iPhone is going to help you use FaceTime and iMessage to coordinate your upcoming kayaking weekend in a cabin while driving your morning mountain bike ride.

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          June 7, 2021 10:23 AM

          With my diverse friends and family.

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          June 7, 2021 10:38 AM

          Your mountain bike ride that totally has constant cellular data coverage!

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            June 7, 2021 10:53 AM

            I mean to be fair it either caters to people with an awesome lifestyle or people who want to aspire to having an awesome lifestyle.

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              June 7, 2021 11:22 AM

              I'm the latter. Sad but not ashamed to admit.

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      June 7, 2021 10:20 AM

      App specific notification breakthrough? Fucking finally!

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        June 7, 2021 10:44 AM

        I’m not watch (can’t). What does that mean?

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          June 7, 2021 10:47 AM

          It summarizes your notifications in the morning and groups them together into work, personal, news, etc. I think.

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            June 7, 2021 10:55 AM

            And it's configurable per-app. You can have some apps give you notifications whenever, and others roll into the summary (which is schedulable).

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              June 7, 2021 10:55 AM

              Yep, this is something I have wanted for a long time.

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      June 7, 2021 10:22 AM

      I could have used this live text stuff when I was teaching.

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      June 7, 2021 10:23 AM

      All this tech and yet Text() can’t be selected in SwiftUI :(

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        June 7, 2021 1:25 PM

        Hah, they added text selection but only on macOS as best I can tell.

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      June 7, 2021 10:23 AM

      Does this mfer dye his eyebrows?

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      June 7, 2021 10:28 AM

      All this FaceTime stuff is the classic example of how Apple’s tying of software releases to hardware is not optimal. So much of this stuff is just catch-up to features of Zoom, Teams, etc that were shipped ages ago and didn’t require new hardware. Obviously welcome changes that people will use but once yearly feature updates are just very anachronistic

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      June 7, 2021 10:28 AM

      No need to use your brain. Apple will suggest songs for your memories.

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      June 7, 2021 10:29 AM

      Maybe Tesla can improve their keyless experience because the current system fails at least once or twice/week.

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        June 7, 2021 10:42 AM

        What did I miss that would help this? I have trouble all the time.

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          June 7, 2021 10:43 AM

          Apple is using some ultraband signal (I wish I had a more detailed or accurate explanation) rather than whatever the Tesla app uses.

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      June 7, 2021 10:31 AM

      Finally, rest of feature set of dark skies getting rolled into native weather app

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        June 7, 2021 10:32 AM

        I am so not the target audience for this stuff. I check the weather by stepping outside.

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        June 7, 2021 10:33 AM

        So glad I can finally delete dark sky.

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      June 7, 2021 10:34 AM

      The maps features are quite nice.

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        June 7, 2021 10:35 AM

        I'm waiting for it to be better than Google Maps so I can delete it. I'm trying to stop using as much Google stuff as possible.
        Chicago also must be a second class US city to not get any of that fancy stuff.

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          June 7, 2021 10:39 AM

          I made the switch recently, it’s not 100% there, but it’s a more pleasant app to use, and similarly I’m happy to use as little google products as possible.

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            June 7, 2021 10:44 AM

            I still default to gmaps but it's shocking how much clutter they have shoved in my face now when I open it. That I have to close/hide things on first open is terrible design. All that's missing at this point is full screen DO YOU WANT TO TRY YOUTUBE TV!?!?!

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      June 7, 2021 10:41 AM

      oooh a photo widget!

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      June 7, 2021 10:43 AM

      Too bad size classes don’t do more to help make apps that work well when multitasking.

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      June 7, 2021 10:44 AM

      I think they've solved some iPad multitasking problems here.

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      June 7, 2021 10:47 AM

      I feel bad for language teachers.

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      June 7, 2021 10:50 AM

      That dude just jumped into his porn bunker.

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      June 7, 2021 10:50 AM

      I will be honest here, I really hope Apple keeps this format for their events. It's been so much better than having a room full of neckbeards cheering everything.

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      June 7, 2021 10:55 AM

      Pretty dope stuff on the Privacy front. I like the app transparency report a lot.

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        June 7, 2021 10:57 AM

        Yeah this all sounds awesome.

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        June 7, 2021 10:58 AM

        This is going to be pretty telling to look at that report and see what apps are doing.

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        June 7, 2021 11:03 AM

        That privacy stuff is one of the main drivers for my Apple fanboy-ism. I don't mind paying the Apple tax when it means I'm not the product.

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        June 7, 2021 11:05 AM

        Can't wait to find new stuff to block with my Pihole!

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      June 7, 2021 10:57 AM

      AppleVPN

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      June 7, 2021 10:58 AM

      Who had apple VPN on their bingo card

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      June 7, 2021 11:03 AM

      next shackmeet in seattle we are gonna be HAMMERED and mess up the walking steadiness telemetry

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      June 7, 2021 11:04 AM

      Is the phone going to tell you to not buy that donut? refuse to apple pay?

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      June 7, 2021 11:07 AM

      Yo Mom, you lazy!

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      June 7, 2021 11:08 AM

      Health sharing is going to be invaluable for parents with at risk children, like having diabetes. I think this is a really nice advancement.

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      June 7, 2021 11:09 AM

      marie kondo direct AI into the apple watch O_O

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      June 7, 2021 11:10 AM

      At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.

      Do we though?

      According to a slew of documents reviewed by the The New York Times, Apple has "ceded control" of its data centers in Guiyang — which is reportedly due to be completed next month — and in the Inner Mongolia region to the Chinese government.

      The compromises reportedly occurred in the aftermath of a law passed in 2016 that required all “personal information and important data” collected in China to remain in the country. Subsequently, Apple allegedly moved the iCloud data of its Chinese customers from servers located outside the country to the network of a Chinese state-owned company, known as Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD). It did this on the advice of its China team, according to the Times, as part of a project known internally as “Golden Gate.” This also allegedly allowed Apple to protect itself from American laws, which forbid US companies from handing over data to Chinese law enforcement.

      Apple reportedly butted heads with the Chinese government over encryption, but eventually moved the digital keys that unlock customers' private information from the US to China. Alarmed Apple execs told the Times that the move could "jeopardize customers’ data."


      https://www.engadget.com/apple-chinese-government-control-data-131343119.html

      America continues to largely have a privacy discussion centered around whether Facebook and Google can send you targeted ads rather than whether governments can get access to your data (something Google and FB tend to fight governments on while Verizon and AT&T just hand it over).

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          June 7, 2021 11:15 AM

          well yes that's correct. china is a sovereign entity and privacy is not a thing. that's how you do things in china, is adhere to their wishes.

          china doesn't give a fuck. it's a surveillance state, and there's nothing apple or anyone else can do about it. ever. there is no sense to compare china to anything else or razz ANY entity about how they have to do business in china.

          it's china's way or nothing at all, there is no leverage that can undo that.

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            June 7, 2021 11:31 AM

            Apple can choose whether to do business in China for lots of profit or they can choose whether privacy is a fundamental human right. They chose the former but want to pretend they chose the latter.

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              June 7, 2021 11:37 AM

              the teachable moment here is there is no latter when the context is china. it's not an apple thing. there is no exertion of fundamental human... ANYTHING... in china. it is useless to say there even could be a latter when referencing china.

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                June 7, 2021 11:48 AM

                I don’t know what point you think you’re making. Apple is not obligated to do business in China if doing so violates what they believe is a fundamental human right. It’s a choice they’ve made. The reality is the profit they extract from China is more than enough to overlook these violations which drives a truck through their claim that privacy is a fundamental human right.

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                  June 7, 2021 11:55 AM

                  It is possible to hold multiple points of view, especially as a corporation. I'm sure there are folks inside the org that HATE playing ball with China and would prefer to pull out. I'm also sure that those folks don't have the pull that would put that idea on the table.

                  I'm triply-sure that Wall Street would destroy Apple if they pulled out of the world's largest pool of consumers over something as "trivial" as principles.

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                    June 7, 2021 12:01 PM

                    There are some points of view you cannot coherently hold simultaneously. What actually happens is your points of view form a principle stack and at some point you have to provide an explicit ordering of those principles where one takes precedence over the other.

                    In this case, the principle of maximize corporate profits has been prioritized over the fundamental human right of privacy. I have no doubt some individuals in the company do not agree with this ordering but the company as a whole does. Given that Apple is interested in maximizing corporate profits across the globe it means you can assume privacy is only useful to them up to a very specific point. Right now you can measure how much they value privacy by the yearly profit they make in China as a payment to give up on that principle. You could also think about how much they value privacy and anti tracking as a fundamental human right while taking $10bn+/year from Google to ensure the maximum number of people are pulled into Google’s surveillance network instead of a search engine that prioritizes privacy more.

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                      June 7, 2021 12:27 PM

                      I think they genuinely believe "privacy is a fundamental human right." I think they do great work re: privacy in the places where they can. I think they are compromising their beliefs when offering their products in China, and as you say, showing the price tag of those beliefs.

                      I'm sure they also believe that queer rights, trans rights, and reproductive rights are fundamental human rights. They are not pulling their products off the market in Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, et al.

                      I have no insight into their justifications for staying in China. Maybe it's pure profit. Maybe they have convinced themselves that their presence in China can sway the populace toward their values. Maybe they honestly don't care. I don't know where the line gets drawn. I'm not a C-level and never want to be involved in those discussions.

                      But holy shit, there would be a riot among the normies if their default iOS search engine was set to DuckDuckGo instead of Google.

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                        June 7, 2021 12:36 PM

                        right I just don't think you can actually believe it's a fundamental human right and then give it up if paid enough to.

                        For comparison, consider that Google has kept trying at various points to consider if/how to launch a version in China that would satisfy the censorship demands of the Chinese government. So far they still have not, seemingly in part because every time news of it leaks employees start a shitstorm (https://theintercept.com/2019/03/04/google-ongoing-project-dragonfly/) since Google long ago cultivated a corporate culture of responsibility ('don't be evil') and giving employees a voice.

                        Now Apple will of course lambast Google's lack of privacy protections because Google is serving you targeted advertising. Meanwhile Google is the one who actually has yet to build a version of their core product for China because they are uncomfortable with the government's authoritarian demands that infringe on fundamental human rights (in this case speech rather than privacy). Likewise for Facebook. Which is actually worse? Google and Facebook collecting more than they should to serve me ads? Or giving authoritarian governments more control of their populace's speech and easy access to all their personal information? I hate much of what Google and Facebook are doing in a lot of cases but the conversation about privacy is not really oriented correctly and is lumped in with a bunch of other things instead (ex disinformation that FB/Google spreads unchecked)

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                          June 7, 2021 12:46 PM

                          I agree with all of this. But...

                          On the whole, I think:
                          Apple is a net positive for global privacy.
                          Google is a net negative for global privacy.
                          Facebook is a fucking collaborator in the downfall of Western liberal democracy.

                          So while their China policy is a stain on Apple, in most of the world they are a clearly superior choice re: privacy. I wish they would improve their stance on China, or at least soften their "fundamental human right" marketing to make things less egregious when they are called out on the hypocrisy. But I don't live in China - I live where Apple's policies provide tremendous benefits. At the individual American consumer level, my choice is pretty easy.

                          It would be great for all of our product choices to incorporate a holistic view of a company's impact on the world, but everything has pros and cons.

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                            June 7, 2021 12:58 PM

                            yeah I mean I use all Apple devices instead of Google for the same reason. They provide roughly equal protection from the US government while Apple provides better protection from legal but scummy stuff.

                            I just think it's important to recognize when we're being played. Apple claims privacy is a fundamental human right, but they don't actually act in that way. We should assume they might make the same set of tradeoffs towards profits when the money in the US is enough to incentivize it. It was easy for them to go hard on privacy because they didn't have an ad business it would impact and they could wage an asymmetric war on a primary competitor who can't easily claim privacy as a priority. But what happens in a few years when Apple's ad network is built out even further?

                            Everyone is going to laud a new feature like emails can't track you in iOS now with invisible tracking pixels because yeah that shit is out of control. But email newsletters legitimately need to track how many subscribers they have vs how many people are actually opening the mail vs reading to the end, etc. It's not scummy surveillance, it's critical business analytics to understand which customers are getting value and where (the kind of stuff Apple tracks about iOS usage all the time). We'll get good news that now there's a new special Apple SDK for tracking emails safely on Apple's ad network which conveniently lets them start getting a cut of all those email newsletters being opened on iPhones. And oh look yet another search slot in the app store selling targeted ads against my behavior, but I thought that was bad? Etc.

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                              June 7, 2021 1:22 PM

                              These have been very good comments. Thank you for the time and thoughtfulness to write them all out.

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                  June 7, 2021 12:08 PM

                  Seems like all trade with countries governed by authoritarians is underpinned by the same argument: Better to trade in a compromised way than to not trade. More often than not, I think it is correct. Certainly not trading simply for moral clarity in domestic messaging is a bad reason.

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                    June 7, 2021 12:27 PM

                    This has been the fundamental question in international free trade for a long time. Many companies and economists thought better to trade with China than not. In fact if we trade in a limited fashion with China it will actually make them more liberal over time! Turned out we were wrong. But profits are up.

                    If you want to make the tradeoff then go ahead, just don't pretend it's a fundamental human right when it's actually contingent on how much money you can be paid to ignore that right.

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                      June 7, 2021 12:31 PM

                      Imagine the nerd rage if the Apple Tax became even higher if the products were no longer made in China.

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                        June 7, 2021 12:38 PM

                        Given Apple's frequently successful moralizing in marketing I actually think they could make a pretty good marketing pitch saying they've moved all their manufacturing out of China and increased wages and improved worker treatment across their supply chain but it will necessitate a price increase but that's ok because it's 'the right thing to do'.

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                          June 7, 2021 12:39 PM

                          I would love for them to do that.

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                            June 7, 2021 12:45 PM

                            yeah I assume they don't even have the option right now. It's not like there's sufficient capacity/expertise just sitting around to do iPhone scale in the US and Europe.

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                          June 7, 2021 12:51 PM

                          Then a few years later they decide healthcare is a fundamental human right and have to move it all again.

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            June 7, 2021 11:37 AM

            Don't apologize for them. They can choose to hold their "values" that they profess but do not currently demonstrate by not doing business with china. Actions speak louder than words: for Apple money trumps values every time. FB and Google both backed out of China and held at least this value.

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              June 7, 2021 11:41 AM

              not about their values at all. they had to back out - china created the app that their citizens will use. it's entirely different. apple has hardware AND software integration.

              if you are just software, you bow down instantly or get absorbed and replaced.

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                June 7, 2021 11:49 AM

                More apologies and invalid arguments. Does Tim Apple pay well?

                Wechat was released 7 years after facebook and more than a decade after google. Google actually lead here by pulling out of China instead of being corrupted by their government.

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            June 7, 2021 12:19 PM

            It’s either a “fundamental human right” or it isn’t. Fundamental human rights by definition transcend borders and laws

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              June 7, 2021 12:20 PM

              Participating in a society isn't an endorsement of its laws.

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                June 7, 2021 12:24 PM

                They either don’t actually believe it’s a fundamental human right, or they do but are willing to be an accessory in violation of fundamental human rights if it means access to a big market (spoiler: it’s the latter).

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                  June 7, 2021 12:29 PM

                  Or they believe it but don't have the courage of their convictions. They fall short, like most humans.

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                    June 7, 2021 12:31 PM

                    If the Chinese market was the size of North Korea’s, they’d have no problem taking a moral / principled stand. But it isn’t, so they conveniently look away

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                      June 7, 2021 12:32 PM

                      True. Also all their hardware is made there.

                      Like derelict515 says above - there's a price tag on beliefs.

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                  June 7, 2021 12:39 PM

                  Unindoctrinated people participate in societies that do not match their ideas about fundamental rights all the time. It is typical.
                  Privacy is a spectrum. They could reasonably believe they're offering Chinese citizens the most privacy they can. Maybe even more privacy than they can get elsewhere. I don't know.

                  The way iCloud backups are encrypted in America is a violation of this messaging too, right?

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                    June 7, 2021 12:50 PM

                    Everything has tradeoffs. I think most people believe the government needs some ability to solve crimes that will periodically involve searching through private information. In the US we create a bunch of apparatus around this ostensibly governed by laws written by people elected democratically. The government has to get a warrant, a judge has to determine if the request is legal, etc. So when you provide end to end encryption you make this more difficult. Sometimes that's a net good, sometimes it may not be. Facebook has proposed improving their privacy by making all their messaging end to end encrypted and hidden from the government. This obviously creates an opportunity for criminals if there's no way for the government to get access to these communications. Our society has to decide if that's the right set of tradeoffs.

                    US society has largely decided the set of tradeoffs the Chinese government has made on these subjects are wrong morally and are not the result of democratic choices by the citizenry.

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          June 7, 2021 11:36 AM

          This twitter account is fantastic.

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        June 7, 2021 11:16 AM

        "At Apple, we really hate Facebook. Fuck Mark Zuckerberg, amirite!?!!"

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        June 7, 2021 11:29 AM

        Apple marketing is strong. They'll figure out a way to bury this and keep their two faces.

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      June 7, 2021 11:13 AM

      Do people really want to look at their pictures on their watch?

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        June 7, 2021 11:19 AM

        Calculator and multiple timers is what I actually want.

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      June 7, 2021 11:16 AM

      🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️ Apple Health summary https://twitter.com/wongmjane/status/1401964120002338818

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      June 7, 2021 11:26 AM

      Universal control. lol apple again takes 3rd party tools and then integrates it years later (admittedly with even better integration).

      I'm all for native tools like this, but I always feel bad for the 3rd party devs that made this happen prior.

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        June 7, 2021 11:31 AM

        It's just Apple doing what it said it would never do: become 1990s Microsoft.

        Embrace Extend Extinguish: yep. Sometimes they even skip the embrace extend part and just go straight to marketing-based extinguishing.

        Antitrust-worthy actions like this deserve a legal response. Unfortunately apple marketing is strong and seems capable of delaying this response.

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          June 7, 2021 11:35 AM

          Desktop OS market share:
          Windows - 73.5%
          Mac OS - 15.9%

          I'm not saying that absorbing third-party features into your main OS is good, but it's definitely not "antitrust-worthy" when you have such a small part of the market.

          https://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share/desktop/worldwide/

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            June 7, 2021 11:39 AM

            So we just wait for them to steal business from, crush, or otherwise force out enough competitors until that number goes up? Solid strategy.

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              June 7, 2021 11:40 AM

              Mac OS will never become a dominant desktop OS.

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                June 7, 2021 11:45 AM

                Ok so they just get to crush competitors with anticompetitive actions and never get any punishment. Sweet plan.

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                  June 7, 2021 11:51 AM

                  That's not what I have said, at all. Here's an actual quote.

                  "I'm not saying that absorbing third-party features into your main OS is good, but it's definitely not "antitrust-worthy"

                  My only objection has been whether they are legally "antitrust-worthy." They do not have, and will never have, the market share that would make them a target for antitrust enforcement. That's all I said.

                  For developers, it's a mixed bag day to have your app Sherlocked (which is the community's term for when Apple does these things.) Sometimes they will buy your company outright and hire your staff, like they did with the developers of what became Shortcuts, iTunes, and various other apps that are now OS features. For those folks, it was a positive outcome.

                  Other times, they take your idea and add it to their OS in a way that's super-polished and usually better for users, but kills the market for your product.

                  They get called out on it by the community. Whether or not there's "punishment" in store is another question. We could probably use some additional anticompetitiveness laws that don't rely on market share.

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                    June 7, 2021 11:53 AM

                    Ah from a "current today laws on books precedents in courts" standpoint: yes, you're absolutely right. Let's agree at least that it's reprehensible behaviour and that they need to face broader criticism for.

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                      June 7, 2021 12:17 PM

                      Were this my kingdom I would get rid of all IP laws and cultural prohibitions against "stealing" ideas.

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                      June 7, 2021 3:40 PM

                      i don't agree that this is reprehensible at all.

                      millions of people who never knew about or had access to this type of feature suddenly have it, and have (what is apparently) a MUCH more polished and useful version than pretty much anyone has ever had before.

                      TONS of features that used to be 3rd party add-ons are now considered table-stakes for core OS functionality on basically every platform.

                      if your gonna-get-rich! idea was a virtual KVM program that people were going to pay money for... uhhhh, sorry?

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      June 7, 2021 11:26 AM

      Ok universal control is bonkers and super useful.

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      June 7, 2021 11:27 AM

      Shortcuts on Mac!!!!!!!!

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        June 7, 2021 11:29 AM

        I don't understand how it's better than automator. Just different UI?

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          June 7, 2021 11:31 AM

          It's much easier to understand than Automator (considering it was first developed for iOS), and bringing it to the Mac means there will probably be some great opportunites for synchronizing shortcuts across devices.

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      June 7, 2021 11:27 AM

      this mac os control thing is for suckers who spent too much money on apple devices.


      wtf just buy an external monitor is you want to drag things to another display…

      maybe thats how apple will get around the external display limitations… just buy another imac!

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        June 7, 2021 11:33 AM

        almost all the ui elements introduced thus far is about getting you to use multiple devices. every demo has both laptop *and* imac. they really want you to buy like 5 computers and 3 ipads so you can supercharge their bank account.

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          June 7, 2021 11:37 AM

          I have a desktop Mac that stays put, and an iPad Pro that goes places with me. Adding this feature just gave my existing devices new capabilities at no extra cost. It's not causing me to buy anything new.

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        June 7, 2021 11:35 AM

        ehhhh, there are many people who use the ipad as a big portion of their creative workflow. So if you already own an ipad and a mac, this (in theory) makes the ability to drop content across devices super easy. Not just a second display scenario but effectively medium transfer.

        To be clear it's purely a convince thing though and I'm not convinced professionals will be going hard on that. For someone with that workflow they already have a process for taking files from the ipad and placing them on a traditional storage medium (or I guess cloud storage bug ugh for big file transfers).

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        June 7, 2021 11:39 AM

        Speaking as a designer and illustrator who creates work on an iPad Pro and shares it with his Mac, back and forth dozens of time a day, this feature will totally transform my workflow.

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      June 7, 2021 11:27 AM

      Airplay to a Mac is something that really should have existed years ago.

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        June 7, 2021 11:32 AM

        Wait, it didn't?! That's nuts. I am using AirServer right now to play a pod to my PC via AirPlay. This app has apparently existed for a few years.

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          June 7, 2021 11:34 AM

          Nope. You had to buy an app for MacOS devices too.

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      June 7, 2021 11:33 AM

      Do a lot of people use Safari? I am just so happy with FF but those tab groups are pretty cool.

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        June 7, 2021 11:36 AM

        I use safari as my primary browser honestly. If I was a cross platform user of pc and mac I’d probably use Firefox but safari fills all my needs.

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        June 7, 2021 11:37 AM

        Yeah I do, I switched from chrome to safari for day to day use. Still use chrome for dev work tho. Using the same browser across all my platforms is really neat.

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        June 7, 2021 11:38 AM

        I keep trying to use Safari as my primary browser, but eventually run into a bug or a site that hates Safari, so I have to fall back to Firefox. I go through the Safari motions with every new Mac OS release. It's getting better over time but still can't be my default.

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          June 7, 2021 11:40 AM

          Yeah, I wouldn't mind trying it out but I already have bookmarks for Safari from my iPhone, but all the rest are on FF. Not sure how to combine them.

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            June 7, 2021 11:42 AM

            There are built-in import/export features to move bookmarks between browsers. It's pretty easy.

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          June 7, 2021 11:49 AM

          This is me as well - I really want to use safari but eventually some weirdass thing pushes me back to chrome.

          Ironically Safari might be better off if they used Blink/Chromium (ironic since those are based off of WebKit originally before forking) but it might destroy whatever performance/memory benefit they’d have. Plus they’d have to kiss and make up with Google. They’d probably use Firefox’s engine before they’d do that.

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        June 7, 2021 11:41 AM

        I really like Safari but inevitably end up switching back to Chrome after a couple of weeks because of some niche extension or more powerful ad blocking that only works on Chrome.

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        June 7, 2021 11:42 AM

        No because it's not cross-platform

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        June 7, 2021 11:44 AM

        I don't on macos mostly because extensions aren't the same. I do on ios though.

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        June 7, 2021 11:49 AM

        Well it’s the only browser engine on iOS sooo

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        June 7, 2021 11:56 AM

        Yea, it works fine with a proper adblock.

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        June 7, 2021 12:18 PM

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        June 7, 2021 12:27 PM

        yeah, it's a great browser in terms of performance on mac, and with 1blocker and 1password it's perfect on the no ads and privacy front

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        June 7, 2021 12:31 PM

        No, it's garbage. They haven't kept up.

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        June 7, 2021 12:32 PM

        I do on my phone but that’s it. Even if they had a Windows client again I’d still stick to chrome on desktop

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        June 7, 2021 12:51 PM

        yes, fast and energy efficient. i use chrome for work though because we're all in on gsuite and the syncing just works better there.

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        June 7, 2021 3:08 PM

        its the one that runs best on m1 so I use it

        also being able to enter the sms pin automatically from messages is A+

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        June 7, 2021 3:26 PM

        Yes, the performance and low power consumption and ability to transfer all of my tabs, history, etc between devices. Can’t be beat.

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        June 7, 2021 3:31 PM

        100% of home browsing is in Safari. It's generally faster and has much better battery life than chrome, and the integration between devices (and with autofilling even from text messages on my phone getting a two-factor text showing up instantly in safari on my mac) really can't be beat.

        at work i use chrome, since we work in windows.

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        June 7, 2021 3:55 PM

        Tab groups? Who needs all those tabs open at once!! Crazy.

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      June 7, 2021 11:44 AM

      xcode cloud seems like a good idea

      until people start using it to mine etherium and bitcoins…. duh duh duh…

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        June 7, 2021 12:04 PM

        I've noticed that checkins on GitHub no longer trigger an automatic build unless one of the project owner OKs the contributor for the first time.

        Assumedly this is because of the crypto mining bullshit you're referring to.

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          June 7, 2021 12:07 PM

          the xcode cloud presentation says that it will build, and run tests on every kind of apple computer - so it's more than just the github thing. this time, they are offering you different kinds of hardware, etc -

          good for devs, but also easy to say "hey my program needs to mine a bit coin, that's how I test whether my program is running correctly!"

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            June 7, 2021 3:32 PM

            also easy for apple to say "we don't allow bit coin mining at all for any reason, sorry kthxbye"

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              June 7, 2021 4:18 PM

              what about that ssd storage based coin? that sounds like a good thing to run on a remote platform!

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      June 7, 2021 12:33 PM

      Damn theyre adding a lot of stuff. The screen sharing is probably the coolest thing they finally added. Tech helpdesks across the world rejoice.

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      June 7, 2021 1:20 PM

      Woohoo, native pull to refresh in SwiftUI 3.0!!!

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      June 7, 2021 1:24 PM

      I just want loseless audio and a native Win10 app so I can ditch Tidal

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      June 7, 2021 1:36 PM

      Oh damn my late 2014 MBP just barely didn't make the cutoff for Monterey.

      And I'm waiting on that 16" M1 MBP.

      Boo-urns.

      On the upside it basically removes the temptation to put it on my daily driver Mac.

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      June 7, 2021 2:04 PM

      So, two handy features not mentioned in the keynote today:

      1) iOS 15 now includes its own native Authenticator

      2) going forward when iOS 15 launches, users can now choose to stay on iOS 14 and still will get separate security updates. So, security updates will now be built out separate from OS updates

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        June 7, 2021 2:07 PM

        I wonder why someone would choose to stay on 14?

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          June 7, 2021 2:37 PM

          For businesses or other people who do work critical functions on their devices it is handy especially during the initial launch period of the new OS while some bugs may be present. And, I assume down the line will allow Apple to more easily update critical security on older devices.

          Plus, this also allows Apple to have a mechanism to push out more regular security fixes without having to build out a whole new version of the OS

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        June 7, 2021 2:37 PM

        Will the auth keys be transferrable between devices?

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        June 7, 2021 2:48 PM

        They kinda sorta do that when devices get cut off - my iPad Air 1 that got cut off at iOS 12 (so, no iPadOS 13 for me) still gets minor updates for bad security flaws.

        This isn't the same thing sounds like - it's going to be available even for devices that aren't cut off - but yeah, that's interesting.

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        June 7, 2021 3:58 PM

        Interesting for #1. Microsoft’s is just too handy I don’t see myself moving

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      June 7, 2021 3:19 PM

      i wonder if the weather app is leveraging stuff from DarkSkies now

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      June 7, 2021 3:39 PM

      | WWDC so far:
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      | Apple Zoom
      | Apple Android notifications
      | Apple Google Lens
      | Apple Google Photos

      haaah

      https://twitter.com/RonAmadeo/status/1401953080921444362

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        June 7, 2021 4:03 PM

        Apple really should decouple apps from OS so that they can iterate more aggressively.

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          June 7, 2021 4:05 PM

          I think that's how they maintain quality because their test burden is greatly reduced.

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      June 7, 2021 4:09 PM

      Missed this. Did they make the sleep tracking any better?

      Current version is embarrassingly bad. It has to be triggered in advance and gives almost no data. Fitbit does laps around them in that front—has sleep auto detect, gives detailed reports and scores.

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        June 7, 2021 4:29 PM

        They added more features but I don’t think they improved what you’re talking about.

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        June 7, 2021 6:57 PM

        Pick up the app AutoSleep and watch all of those annoyances disappear.

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          June 7, 2021 8:23 PM

          Yup, this. AutoSleep works great and is cheap. Totally worth it

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