Thomas Ricker for The Verge:
The EU is preparing to launch a formal antitrust investigation against Apple following Spotify’s official complaint, reports the Financial Times.
Following Spotify’s complaint in March, the EU surveyed customers, rivals, and others before deciding to launch a formal investigation “in the next few weeks,” reports the FT. (…)
The investigation is likely to take years to resolve. If Apple is found to have acted unlawfully, the EU could fine the company up to 10 percent of its global revenue. Google’s EU antitrust bill now stands at €8.2 billion ($9.3 billion), for example. Apple could also end the probe early by changing its behavior.
You can read more about the Spotify vs Apple dispute in issue 62.
Bloomberg: Monday & Friday
Bloomberg held the spotlight at the beginning and end of previous week, releasing two interesting leak reports on Monday and Friday. In the first article, you can read about the possible updates to iOS, macOS, and watchOS we may see during WWDC’s Keynote. This article is long and detailed, so if you don’t mind spoilers, you’ll find it very interesting.
The second report deals with chips and cameras for the upcoming iPhone this fall.
All three new iPhones will look similar to the current versions, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max updates will gain a third rear camera. The iPhone XR successor will get a second camera on the back.
The third camera on the high-end models will have an ultra-wide-angle lens to produce larger and more detailed photos. It will also enable a broader range of zoom. Apple is also working on an auto-correction feature to fit people back into a photo who may have been accidentally cut out. The second camera on the new XR model will have increased zoom as well.
Ben Lovejoy from 9to5mac.com discussing the possibility of forcing the iCloud sync between devices.
Most times, things sync within seconds or a few minutes. But still not always.
A colleague this morning experienced another example I’ve encountered myself. You create a new playlist in the Music app on your iPhone, then open up iTunes on the Mac and it’s nowhere to be seen. In his case, quitting and restarting the app didn’t work. Nor did switching iCloud Music off and on again. Nor signing out of iCloud and back in again.
At some point, it will happen, but there’s no telling when, and no reliable way to force an update. So users are forced to try random things: closing and reopening documents, force-quitting and re-opening apps, iCloud logout/login and even device restarts. All without any ability to predict which – if any – of them will do the trick.
The last paragraph in particular is very true. As Lovejoy says, it should work, but it’s not always the case. Not so long ago, in October of last year, John Gruber wrote Sometimes It’s Better to Just Start Over With iCloud Photo Library Syncing.
This forces us to do some silly tricks, mentioned by Lovejoy, which is a waste of our precious time.
Since we are on the subject of feature requests, I would love to see the possibility to force a download of selected images in the Photos app. Sometimes I would like to have the photos already there, in full resolution, rather than wait until the system downloads them to the device. Real-life use case: I go on holidays and take photos with my iPhone. When I come home, I want to show the photos to my family on my iPad. Every photo needs to be downloaded during the presentation. It’s an awful experience.