Originally published at: http://appletalk.com.au/2018/02/monday-morning-news190218/
Pour one out for One Infinite Loop, because Apple has officially changed their corporate address, updating it to One Apple Park Way. The change was discovered as part of new SEC filings granting additional restricted stock units to Apple’s board members, and is all part of moving the majority of Apple’s workforce to the new Apple Park campus just down the road from the old one.
While the design of Apple Park has been widely praised, reports have emerged of distracted Apple employees accidentally walking into some of the many floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors. It’s said post-it notes were put on some glass walls to better indicate their presence and location, but were taken down after they detracted from the overall design of Apple Park. With some employees requiring treatment for minor cuts to the head, perhaps they should keep the post-it notes up.
You know it’s a slow news day when MacRumors are speculating about potential WWDC dates. One of their sources claims WWDC will return to the McEnery Convention Centre for the second year in a row, and with three of the four weeks in June already booked for other events, it makes WWDC likely to happen between June 4-8, unless Apple decides to share the space with some other event.
A new “Close Your Rings” page from Apple tells you about the different activities that contribute to filling the coloured activity rings on your Apple Watch. Each of the move, exercise, and stand rings has specific requirements that you’ll need to fulfil if you want to close your rings, and if you do so consistently, the idea is that you’ll be healthier with regular exercise.
While Apple in the US is now selling refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 models, there’s no such deal going on outside of the US. There’s actually a few product differences between the Apple refurb stores, with Apple also offering refurb Apple Pencils, refurbed iPhones (including some older models), and Series 1, 2, and 3 Apple Watch devices.
TechCrunch apologises for the bad news, saying that unfortunately, despite “almost universally negative reception from critics”, Apple’s version of carpool karaoke is getting a second season. Apple’s Carpool Karaoke is said to be the most popular video content on Apple Music, which doesn’t really mean much given that there’s not much other video content on the music-streaming service.
If you’re looking for a new tool to manage the setup of new iMac Pros, and are lamenting the lack of NetBoot support on the fastest-ever iMac, then Bootstrappr might be right up your alley. It’s package-based, installing whatever packages it finds in an adjacent directory, and besides that, has no other bells or whistles.
Nick Heer of Pixel Envy writes that reports of Google’s newfound design prowess have been greatly exaggerated, given that the new YouTube Apple TV app is such an unmitigated UI disaster. While it’s not unheard of for Apple TV apps to have somewhat different user experiences than the stock-standard Apple TV apps, the YouTube Apple TV app is bad in enough respects to make you wonder if Google really tried to make a mediocre app worse, somehow, or if the Apple TV app development tools just aren’t that great.
Twitter is killing off support for its official Mac app, discontinuing support for it 30 days from now. The company says it wants to focus on the web interface, which is fair enough, and it’s also keeping the iOS and Android mobile apps around. The good news is, Twitterrific has dropped the price of its Mac client, which is now just $12.99 in the Mac App Store. Or there’s always Tweetbot for Mac, which is similarly priced and may have slightly more features.
Apple’s latest tutorial video tells you how to get the most from HomePod, telling you about how you can get HomePod to help you get things done around the house. If Apple’s aware of the HomePod’s Siri limitations, then it’s not showing it.