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Universal Control for iPad and Mac was promising. A year later, this is his reality

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It was one of the star functions of last year. Apple proudly presented Universal Control at WWDC 2021, along with macOS Monterey and iOS 15, showing how thanks to it you could use a single keyboard and mouse to use your Mac and iPad without hardly configuring anything. Like many other Apple things, it just works.

Now it’s been almost a year since the arrival of Universal Control, we already have other newer versions of the operating systems installed on our devices, and it seems that the feature has taken a backseat. Has something happened?

“The best technology is the one you don’t perceive”

I personally tried Universal Control as soon as it appeared in the stable version of iOS and macOS, in May 2022. I had to activate the option on my devices, but after doing that everything worked like silk. I didn’t have to tell my Mac what position my iPad was in, I was immediately able to move the cursor from one terminal to another completely transparently. My partner David showed it on his Twitter with a video:

Other users also showed their astonishment on the networks:

In communities like Reddit there are messages from six months ago praising the novelty, with few complaints about limitations such as not being able to use it on devices managed by company platforms or people commenting that they prefer Sidecar.

But at a more recent level, the conversation dies down. And that can be indicative of two things: people have forgotten that Universal Control exists, or they have adapted it to their daily life so well that it has become the ideal: a function that does its job without having to pay any attention to it.

Donald Norman already said it in his book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’: “Good design costs much more to distinguish than bad design, because good design meets our needs so well that it becomes invisible.” The best features of Apple are those that you can forget, since they go unnoticed because they fulfill their mission and we see it as obvious. Only when it fails do we realize how far we can miss it.

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I’m not saying that all users are using Universal Control on a daily basis, the most fans are those who must be resorting to using several devices at the same time on a table. In my personal case I usually leave my iPad charging next to my Mac mini, and that causes me to inadvertently move the cursor towards the screen. A reminder that the feature is still there, and one that I greatly appreciate at times when I need the screens of all my devices to work.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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comes with the M2 chip, 256 GB and a featherweight for 220 euros less

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The main complaint that is attributed to the MacBook It is that the renewal between generations of this laptop has been rather scarce. A trend that has changed with the arrival of the MacBook Air 2022. Now, it is on Amazon at a minimum price and for 1,299 euros.

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Buy the MacBook Air 2022 at the best price

It is very normal in Apple products that the sales are not very crazy, but it is a discount of 220 euros compared to its recommended price. This laptop has never been cheaper than these 1,299 euros. MediaMarkt also has it for the same price.

A laptop with an ultra-thin design and light weight (1.3 kg). your screen 13.6 inches is IPS LCD with Liquid Retinaoffering a 2K resolution, True Tone technology and 500 nit brightness. It has four speakers with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos compatible.

Inside, the main asset is the processor with the M2 chipwhich is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storagealthough it can expand up to 2TB. The battery, according to Xataka’s tests, may have a autonomy of 12 hours.

With macOS Monterey as a system, includes a webcam with 1080p resolutiontwo Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, other for MagSafe 3 and the headphone jack.

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