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Apple: 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. The company also announced the Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground. And: 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. Information will also be made available on the Apple Developer website and by email. Can't wait. Very curious about how the labs will be implemented.∞ Read this on The Loop
In a nutshell, the camera of AnandTech's iPhone SE review unit produced less than spectacular images. When they contacted Apple, Apple replaced the phone and AnandTech saw what everyone else is seeing, great images, especially for a camera on a $399 phone. Jump to the article and you'll see the before and after. Clearly a huge difference in camera quality. Here's the curious part: The bad news is that we still don’t exactly know what went wrong with the first unit – what I don’t doubt is confirmed is that it suffered from a manufacturing defect in the optical system of the camera. The problem with confirming such a scenario is that it’s very unlikely that I was extremely unlucky in being the sole person receiving such a sample, as usually one-off faults like these are insanely rare, with the more likely scenario being some sort of systematic failure for a whole batch of units. The upshot? If you get an SE and are not happy with the images, it might be that your camera is part of the same batch that went to AnandTech. Check it against the before and after images in the article. This is the first such issue I've heard of, so it is possible it was just a single faulty unit, though that seems unlikely.∞ Read this on The Loop
Chance Miller, 9to5Mac: In conjunction with this, Apple and Google representatives say that they are also releasing the first seeds of the exposure notification API to public health authority developers. The goal, the companies say, is to collect feedback from those developers on how to improve the API ahead of its release in mid-May. Here's the setting that enables exposure notification: https://twitter.com/_inside/status/1255549160981487622 And here's what you'll see when an app asks your permission to share your exposure data: https://twitter.com/_inside/status/1255579037893898248 My concern is that not enough people will choose to participate in this process, at least in the early stages. From this Bloomberg article, by Mark Gurman: The first phase of the system will let health agencies build apps that allow a person who tests positive for Covid-19 to input their diagnosis. The system will then use Bluetooth technology to learn who the person has come into contact with and then notify those people of a possible exposure. And: A second phase of the project, to be released in the coming months, will have deeper integration with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems to rely less on apps. Still, the first version of the program will require a software update for iPhones and a download from the Google Play store for Android phones. Long term play. In the beginning, it's all about creating a foundation, a system for privacy-respecting data collection. Deep iOS/Android OS integration will raise usage levels enough to make the data collected truly useful. Maybe this won't help so much in the short term, but when the second wave hits, this might be a game saver.∞ Read this on The Loop
Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac: Apple Music is joining in a music industry wide ‘Black Out Tuesday’ campaign, to raise awareness for Black Lives Matter in the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd being killed whilst under police arrest. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously tweeted his support of the protests happening across the US and around the world.And: You can access your music library, and search the Apple Music catalog, as normal.You'll no doubt see the #TheShowMustBePaused hashtag today. To learn more, start here.∞ Read this on The Loop