The Dalrymple Report: AirPods, Apple Music Replay, The Beatles

Dave and I catchup from the holiday week  and then talk about the proper way to clean your AirPods. We also talk about Apple Music Replay, the service’s playlist of your most popular songs of year, and where to find it. Dave discusses using camera app Halide and we talk about the TV shows we’re currently watching.

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BBEdit 14 on Big Sur and the M1 Mac

My thanks to BBEdit for sponsoring The Loop this week. There’s a lot to love about software I’ve been using for more than 20 years and now BBEdit, the power tool for text, is ready for Big Sur and M1-powered Macs and was just updated to version 14!

The Dalrymple Report: With special guest Rene Ritchie

This week Rene Ritchie joins me to talk about all things Apple. We dig into the the new MacBook Pro M1 and how the new Pro and Max chips are setting Apple up for success. Well also talk about what’s great about the iPad 13 and the new iPads Apple recently released. Finally, we look at Apple’s Self Repair program and what that means for users.

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Spotify users frustrated over lack of HomePod support

More than a year ago, at the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that it would be adding third-party music service support to ‌HomePod‌. A few months later, Apple highlighted some of the apps that would take advantage of the new feature, including Amazon Music, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. A notable exclusion from the list – Spotify.

Whether Spotify opted not to be part of the initial batch of third-party music providers with ‌‌HomePod‌‌ support or Apple didn’t ask remains unknown.

With all of the noise Spotify has made over the years against Apple, I would guess they had been asked to be one of the third-party providers. Apple wouldn’t want to be seen excluding them from the list. With all of the bad sentiment from its users, Spotify could simply say that Apple wouldn’t let them on HomePod and turn the pressure back on Apple.

Whatever is going on, it seems Spotify needs to address this issue with its users quickly.

BBEdit 14 on Big Sur and the M1 Mac [ Sponsor]

There’s a lot to love about software I’ve been using for more than 20 years and now BBEdit, the power tool for text, is ready for Big Sur and M1-powered Macs and was just updated to version 14!

Apple Podcasts app soaring ratings

You pissed off people by somewhat breaking your app, and they’re leaving angry reviews. How can you salvage your reputation? Apple just found one incredibly effective way — get listeners to submit better reviews by interrupting their podcast experience with an in-app prompt to submit a rating.

That’s how the Apple Podcasts app went from a publicly embarrassing 1.8-star score all the way to 4.6 stars in a little over a month without any actual fixes […]

I cringed reading this story. People that leave reviews are clearly talking about podcasts they are listening to and not the app itself, which shows confusion on the listeners part. I use Apple Podcasts app and have never seen this prompt, but it is apparently there somewhere.

The Dalrymple Report: Self Service Repair, busyness, and TV Shows

Apple announced its Self Service Repair program this week and, of course, Dave and I have different views on the topic. We talk about the pros and cons of the program and who will benefit. We also talk about a feature in Google Maps called “busyness,” and some the TV shows we’re currently watching.

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The Dalrymple Report: Siri, Apple Maps, CarPlay, and Finch

This week, Dave and I talk about fixing contact pronunciation in the contacts app, as well as using the new Apple Maps released in iOS 15.2 beta with CarPlay. Dave gives us his thoughts on Tom Hanks’ new movie Finch, and Dexter is back.

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TextSniper: Copy the Uncopyable

My thanks to TextSniper for sponsoring The Loop this week. TextSniper is the fastest way to copy uncopyable text, wherever it may be: in photos, screenshots, PDFs, videos, online presentations, apps, or websites that annoyingly block copying.

TextSniper works just like the built-in screenshot tools in macOS. Press Shift-Command-2, then select the area of the screen with the text you want to copy. That’s it! A friendly thumbs-up indicates that the text is in your Clipboard, ready for pasting.

TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

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The Dalrymple Report: Dave needs an intervention, Meta

I may need to step in and get Dave an intervention soon as his obsession with a particular Apple product is starting to consume his life. A couple of Dave’s keyboard keys are reversed, so he needs some help getting those fixed, and Facebook is stealing company names and logos.

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TextSniper: Copy the Uncopyable [Sponsor]

TextSniper is the fastest way to copy uncopyable text, wherever it may be: in photos, screenshots, PDFs, videos, online presentations, apps, or websites that annoyingly block copying.

TextSniper works just like the built-in screenshot tools in macOS. Press Shift-Command-2, then select the area of the screen with the text you want to copy. That’s it! A friendly thumbs-up indicates that the text is in your Clipboard, ready for pasting.

TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

Available on Intel and M1 Macs, running macOS Catalina and higher.

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Unite 4: Turn any website into an app on your Mac

Thanks to BZG for sponsoring The Loop this week. Unite 4 for macOS allows you to turn any website into an app on your Mac. Using a lightweight, WebKit powered browser as a backend, you can easily create isolated, customizable apps from any site.

Unite 4 includes dozens of new features, including support for native notifications, new customization options, M1 support, and much more. Unite apps also serve as a great alternative for resource hogging Electron apps or half-baked Catalyst apps.

Some examples of apps you could create in mere minutes with Unite:

  • A Gmail web client that behaves like a native mail client.
  • A status bar app for Apple Music or Overcast
  • An isolated workspace for apps that may track you like Facebook
  • A lightweight and power efficient version of Slack, Discord, or Whatsapp with full notification support
  • A fully featured Instagram app that has a resizable window, unlike the M1 version.
  • A Robinhood, Figma, or Roam Research app for your desktop.

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The Dalrymple Report: MacBook Pro and Apple Music

Dave and I talk a lot about the MacBook Pro M1 this week as we look at the notch, the power of the machines, and how far out the orders have already pushed delivery. Dave also asks me which configuration I would get if purchasing one of the new machines. We then look at Apple Music and try to understand the new Voice Plan.

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The Dalrymple Report: MacBook Pro M1, Voice Plan, and AirPods

Apple held its special event this week releasing new MacBook Pros with much faster M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Dave and I talk about the new computers, as well as digging into the newly announced Apple Music Voice Plan. The way that Apple positioned the plan doesn’t make a lot of sense to either of us. Finally, we talk about the new AirPods, a really nice set of headphones that rivals and in some cases surpasses the AirPods Pro.

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How the mouse handles the notch on MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pros will begin arriving next week, but thankfully, we don’t have to wait that long to get an answer. Linda Dong, an Apple designer, has confirmed on Twitter that the macOS pointer travels behind the notch, allowing users to essentially hide the mouse pointer from view.

That’s an interesting way to do it. It was either that or the mouse would go around the notch. I’m sure there will be complaints either way.

All the sounds and hardware used in the ‘Start Up’ song

Apple began its “Unleashed” event with a music video featuring A.G. Cook, and a host of famous sounds from Apple’s history. Here’s what was used – and which shot in the video was reversed.

I thought this was a fun way to start the event.

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The Dalrymple Report: Apple event, Macs, and AirPods Max

Apple announced another event this week, which will happen virtually next Monday. Dave and I discuss what we think we be announced at the event, including a new Mac. We also talk about AirPods Max and what price point would make them more attractive to more people—or is price even the issue? We finish off talking about some of the shows we are watching on Apple TV.

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Apple announces special event

Apple on Tuesday announced a special event on Monday, October 18, 2021. The virtual event will be broadcast from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. at 10:00 am. […]

TextSniper: Copy the Uncopyable

Thanks you to TextSniper for sponsoring The Loop this week. TextSniper is the fastest way to copy uncopyable text, wherever it may be: in photos, screenshots, PDFs, videos, online presentations, apps, or websites that annoyingly block copying.

TextSniper works just like the built-in screenshot tools in macOS. Press Shift-Command-2, then select the area of the screen with the text you want to copy. That’s it! A friendly thumbs-up indicates that the text is in your Clipboard, ready for pasting.

TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

Available on Intel and M1 Macs, running macOS Catalina and higher.

Get TextSniper now to speed up your workflow. Use the promo code LOOP at checkout to get 20% off this week.

The Dalrymple Report: Steve Jobs, iOS 15, and a song

This week Dave and I talk about Steve Jobs and what he meant to us, Apple and the world, on the anniversary of his death. We also talk about some iOS 15 tips and the introduction of Legacy Contacts in the operating system. Finally, we posted a song created by James Dempsey called “One More Thing,” written as a tribute to Jobs and played on by more than 30 musicians, including Dave and I.

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Apple at Work: Success Stories

Apple posted a slew of new stories on its web site on Wednesday highlighting how companies are using Apple technologies to help their businesses. […]

Apple unveils new resources for elementary school coding

Apple is unveiling new resources for elementary school students and educators, including a new activity guide, Everyone Can Code Early Learners, that extends its coding curriculum resources from kindergarten to college. Educators can also try Apple’s new one-hour Inclusive App Design activity to introduce students to the world of coding and app development. In addition, updates to the popular Schoolwork app include support for exit tickets and enable educators to use the app on their personal devices.

We are in a world where the fundamental understanding of coding is more important than ever. These new resources will help children have access and comprehend a talent that will help them as they continue to grow and mature.

Apple also added an important part:

During Europe Code Week, October 9-24, and through Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, Apple is encouraging educators and their students to participate in an introductory Inclusive App Design activity. This new lesson from Apple helps educators guide students through a one-hour session to turn their ideas into apps with inclusion and accessibility in mind. The app design process helps students identify problems they care about, and then plan, prototype, and code creative solutions. It helps students think critically about how to build apps that are inclusive for all and prepares them to be the innovators of tomorrow.

Leadership like this is exactly what we expect from Apple.

TextSniper: Copy the Uncopyable [Sponsor]

TextSniper is the fastest way to copy uncopyable text, wherever it may be: in photos, screenshots, PDFs, videos, online presentations, apps, or websites that annoyingly block copying.

TextSniper works just like the built-in screenshot tools in macOS. Press Shift-Command-2, then select the area of the screen with the text you want to copy. That’s it! A friendly thumbs-up indicates that the text is in your Clipboard, ready for pasting.

TextSniper can also copy URLs and text embedded in QR codes, as well as barcode numbers. It even can read the recognized text to you. And because the app supports Continuity Camera in macOS, you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to capture text right to your Mac.

Available on Intel and M1 Macs, running macOS Catalina and higher.

Get TextSniper now to speed up your workflow. Use the promo code LOOP at checkout to get 20% off this week.

The Dalrymple Report: iOS 15, iPhone, and shows we’re watching

Dave and I talk about some of the features we like in iOS 15 and how they fit in with the new iPads and iPhones that were just released. We also talk about some of the shows we’re watching on Apple TV and some of the other channels that you can find on the service.

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BBEdit 14 is still the power tool for text

Thanks to Bare Bones Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. New! BBEdit 14 is still the power tool for text and also offers a new Notes capability plus greatly expanded language support! I’ve been using BBEdit for over 20 years and it’s still one of my favorite apps on my computer.

The Dalrymple Report: iPad reviews, iPhone, Apple Watch

This week, Dave and I talk about the iPad and iPad mini reviews that I posted this week. We examine what I liked about both products, how they differ, and which one is best for you. We also talk about some of the iPhone 13 reviews that came out, as well as the Apple Watch.

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Review: iPad mini

When Apple held its event announcing the new products earlier this month, I knew that the iPad mini was the star of the show. It is incredibly versatile, mighty and will be a hit across many customer categories. […]