Two topics generated a lot of buzz last week. The first one was the release of macOS Catalina – its new features and bugs were widely commented. The second one was much more worrisome: Apple and its relationship with China in the light of Hong Kong protests. I cover both subjects in this issue of zCupertino. You’ll also find information on Spotify’s Siri support on iOS 13, 18 years of iTunes, newest features coming with iOS 13.2, a game made by a fourteen-year-old, and more. Enjoy!

Lukasz Pikor



iPhone & iPad

Changes coming in iOS 13.2

Federico Viticci:

A few interesting features are coming with iOS 13.2.

There are two fantastic small changes in iOS 13.2 beta 2:

  • You can delete apps from the Home screen long-press menu
  • You change video settings inside the Camera app

John Gruber:

13.2b2 introduces two important Siri privacy features. First, you can opt in and out of “Improve Siri & Dictation” in Settings → Privacy → Analytics & Improvements. Second, you can delete your Siri and dictation history in Settings → Siri & Search. In a briefing with Apple, I was told that even if you opt in to “Improve Siri & Dictation”, no one at Apple will ever review a Siri interaction until 24 hours have passed. So if you ever do say anything to Siri you don’t want reviewed, you have a full day to delete your history. Also, I was told that Siri interactions will henceforth only be reviewed by Apple employees — no more contractors. All told, these changes are a solid response to the Siri “grading” controversy.

Nilay Patel and Cameron Faulkner:

Apple’s Deep Fusion photography system has arrived as part of Apple’s newest developer beta of iOS 13, version 13.2 beta 1, hopefully hinting that it will ship for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro some time soon.

To refresh your memory, Deep Fusion is a new image processing pipeline for medium-light images, which Apple senior VP Phil Schiller called “computational photography mad science” when he introduced it onstage. (…) Deep Fusion’s is meant to offer a massive step forward in indoor and medium-lighting situations.

In their article, Patel and Faulkner share more details about how Deep Fusion works.