WWDC 2020 Begins June 22

From Apple’s Newsroom: Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference virtually, beginning June 22, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers. … Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 program information — including keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab schedules, and more — will be shared in June....

May 6, 2020 · 1 min

The Curious Case of Missing Haptics on the iPhone SE

Juli Clover (MacRumors): Customers who have purchased the new 2020 iPhone SE have found a surprising missing feature - Haptic Touch does not work with notifications. On the 2020 ‌iPhone‌ SE, long pressing on a notification in the Notification Center or on the Lock screen does not appear to bring up rich notification options to allow ‌iPhone‌ SE users to interact with incoming content. Matthew Panzarino (tweet): I have not been able to determine whether there is any technical reason why or not....

April 28, 2020 · 1 min

Battery Health Management Coming to macOS

Apple has introduced Battery Health Management in the latest developer beta (10.15.5) of macOS Catalina. From Apple’s support page: The battery health management feature in macOS 10.15.5 is designed to improve your battery’s lifespan by reducing the rate at which it chemically ages. The feature does this by monitoring your battery’s temperature history and its charging patterns. Based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management may reduce your battery’s maximum charge when in this mode....

April 20, 2020 · 2 min

Apple Maps Mobility Trends

Apple has released a dataset that details the mobility trends—for driving, walking, and transit—in countries, regions, and cities based on requests for directions in Apple Maps. For Singapore specifically, taking January 13th as a base through to April 13th, the data reveals that Transit requests are down 86%. This ties in with usage statistics for Singapore Transit—captured through Firebase—which has lost almost 79% of daily users....

April 14, 2020 · 1 min

Apple and Google Partner on COVID-19 Contact Tracing

In an effort to assist with the technical contact tracing solutions that health authorities have implemented (or are implementing) around the globe, Apple and Google have announced a two-stage rollout of contact tracing technologies in Android and iOS. From Apple’s press release: First, in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores....

April 12, 2020 · 3 min