Apple uploaded a behind the series look at thriller “Tehran” on Apple TV+. It’s a new espionage thriller from “Fauda” writer Moshe Zonder that tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy. The series is created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, and Maor Kohn, and directed by Daniel Syrkin. Omri Shenhar serves as writer alongside Zonder. The series is executive produced by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, Shula Spiegel, Alon Aranya, Julien Leroux, Peter Emerson and Eldad Koblenz; and produced by Donna and Shula Productions in association with Paper Plane Productions, with the participation of Cineflix Rights and Cosmote TV. Tehran will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes on September 25, and new episodes will premiere weekly, every Friday.
Apple shared the trailer for “Ghostwriter” season 2 on its YouTube channel. When a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world, four kids must team up to solve an exciting mystery surrounding the ghost’s unfinished business. Armed with secret messages only they can see, the young heroes chase down the truth — and become friends in the process. “Ghostwriter” is a re-imagining of Sesame Workshops’ 1992 series. Each episode story arc is grouped around literature, featuring classics and new works commissioned from popular authors like D.J. MacHale and Kwame Alexander.
Ricky Mondello works on app and website authentication as well as password management at Apple. They recently created a shortcut that lets you quickly access iCloud Keychain, so instead of opening Settings and scrolling down to tap on Passwords, it’s a one-tap method to directly open the Passwords section. Separately from that, this is also something you can do yourself using the Settings Shortcut Generator. You can quickly jump to a variety of different places within Settings. One that I recently created is jumping to Settings > Privacy > Photos to manage app access to photos.
Kurzgesagt is a science channel on YouTube that creates education videos for people. They recently partnered with Wait But Why to create the Universe in a Nutshell app. It lets people explore size by zooming between scales of 10^-35 meters to 10^26 meters (atomic scale to universe scale). It’s also filled with science facts that you can find by tapping on the objects you see. App Store: US$2.99
Widgetsmith lets you create iOS 14 widgets and customize them to suit your needs and Home Screen theme. The app includes a variety of widget categories like weather, calendar, timezone converter, and others. Widgets can even by scheduled to appear on your screen following rules you define. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
YouTuber Kaustubh Debnath dives into iOS 14 Spatial Audio to explain what it is, how it works, what devices it runs on, and where you can find content that supports it. Spatial Audio is a feature for AirPods Pro that can give you “surround sound” without needing multiple speakers. Em Lazer-Walker has a good write-up of it here but Mr. Debnath’s video is also a good resource.
Tim Cook was remotely interviewed as part of The Atlantic Festival, talking about privacy, Apple’s ongoing antitrust investigation, his views on the Trump administration, and more. “I think that big companies deserve scrutiny. And I think that’s not only fair but important for the system that we have in America. And so I have no issue at all in Apple being put underneath the microscope and people looking and probing […] My hope is that as people continue to hear our story, that it will become as apparent to them as it is to us, that we have no monopoly, there is no monopoly here. We’re in very, very competitive markets like smartphones and smartwatches and tablets and personal computers. These things are fiercely competitive.”
A big update for Pixelmator Pro is here and it introduces support for AppleScript. It’s a scripting language from Apple that lets you control apps using English-like instructions. Nearly every part of Pixelmator Pro is scriptable and can be automated. The team partnered with Apple veteran Sal Soghoian, who was at Apple for 20 years as Product Manager of Automation Technologies. Sal said: “AppleScript support in Pixelmator Pro is a game-changer, making this amazing app an essential component of everyone’s workflows. Whether you run scripts or write them, the depth and scope of the AppleScript automation in Pixelmator Pro makes magic happen.
Although there had been some murmurings, it was still a little surprising on Tuesday when Apple rode right onto Peloton’s lawn and announced Fitness+. A new advert shows the company wants you to remember just four things about its latest service – workout, trainer, time, music. Typical Apple simplicity.
A new game called Terafyn is coming out next Thursday, September 24. It’s billed as a “card adventure game” where battles are won and lost with rune cards and a spinner mechanism. The game’s story is text-based and set against a backdrop of beautiful, hand-drawn art. “The story begins in a small fishing village, Brittlemire. You and your father are gathering venterwort in a nearby forest to cure recently ailing villagers. If only this was a simple story! It will take more than magical herbs to face what lies in wait … in the woods.”
Adobe Illustrator on iPad is available to preorder and is expected to be released October 21. Previewed at Adobe MAX last year, Adobe Illustrator has been reimagined for the unique capabilities of the iPad and the Apple Pencil. Graphic designers, illustrators, and anyone looking to create beautiful designs can now create from anywhere with the desktop or the iPad in an all-new delightful experience.
Apple aired a new advert to accompany the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 6. Called ‘It Already Does That’, it has a narrator talking about the future of health – all features that the latest Apple Watch already has.
Periodically stories emerge about how an Apple Watch alert has given its user a health warning that has ultimately save their life. We’ve shared some of them here at The Mac Observer. During its fall 2020 ‘Time Flies’ keynote, Apple broadcast a video detailing even more of those stories.
Just in time for the new Apple Watches released on Tuesday, accessory maker CASETiFY has bands available for the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6. The Printed Saffiano Leather bands give you fully customizable, sweat & scratch-resistant bands, crafted in cruelty-free vegan leather with a textured treatment. Next is the 2-in-1 Italian Leather band, which are genuine leather bands in 3 essential colorways, featuring the world’s first universal adaptor, in single + double straps. Finally, the Metal Link Bracelet is made with premium water-resistant stainless steel, choose from four luxe colorways with our adjustable links.
There was a lot to take in at Apple’s Time Flies event on Tuesday. If you missed any of it, the full video is available to watch back on the company’s official YouTube channel.
The official trailer for season 2 of The Mandalorian dropped on Tuesday. Disney+ subscribers will be able to follow as The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey from Friday, October 30.
The Pixelmator Photo 1.4 update brings ML Super Resolution to the iPad. This is the feature introduced on macOS that lets you upscale images using machine learning. “Today’s update also adds a very awesome comparison slider, letting you quickly compare your edited image with the original in a split-screen view. And it works all around the app, so when using the Repair tool, you can turn on and move the comparison slider to see just the changes made with that tool. When the Color Adjustments tool selected, you’ll see just the color changes, and so on. Super useful.” Finally, the company has raised the app’s price to US$7.99, up from US$4.99.
One of my favorite authors, Cory Doctorow is well-known for books like Little Brother and Homeland. Now he’s trying to publish the third book in the series called Attack Surface. Instead of relying on publishers that use DRM, Mr. Doctorow is releasing it through Kickstarter. There is an eBook and audiobook (Narrated by Amber Benson of “Buffy”). You can also preorder the eBook on Apple Books. In his most recent campaign update he breaks down the financials.
Developed by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive, “The Unfinished Swan” is out on the App Store (originally released on PlayStation). Explore a mysterious all-white landscape by splatting paint to reveal the world around you in The Unfinished Swan. As Monroe, a 10-year-old orphan, you’ll follow a swan that’s stepped out of an unfinished painting and wandered off into a surreal, storybook-inspired kingdom. Each chapter brings surprises, new ways to explore the world, a host of bizarre (and sometimes dangerous) creatures, and encounters with the eccentric king who built this empire.