Sir Apfelot newsreel week 23, 2024

Only a few more days until we know what changes and innovations Apple is planning for the next versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and Co. Because on Monday the WWDC begins with the presentation of the new operating systems. Until then, you can read through the Apple and tech news that caught my eye in calendar week 23 of 2024. In this edition of the Sir Apfelot Wochenschau you will find, among other things, these reports: product recalls from Anker, changes to terms and conditions at Adobe, AI chat at DuckDuckGo, spec adjustment for the iPad Air, Vision Pro shortly before the German launch, and more!

In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 23 of 2024 there are, among other things, these reports: Anker product recalls, criticism of Adobe's terms and conditions, AI chat at DuckDuckGo, adjustment of the M2 iPad Air data sheet, Apple Vision Pro shortly before its launch in Germany, and more !
In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 23 of 2024 there are, among other things, these reports: Anker product recalls, criticism of Adobe's terms and conditions, AI chat at DuckDuckGo, adjustment of the M2 iPad Air data sheet, Apple Vision Pro shortly before its launch in Germany, and more !

Anker product recall: Bluetooth speakers, conference speakers and power bank

Due to the batteries installed in each case and their possible risk of ignition, the technology and accessories manufacturer Anker is currently recalling three products. These are the Bluetooth speaker Soundcore A3102 in black, the conference speakers AnkerWork A3302 and the power bank Anker 321 (alternative name: PowerCore 5K) in black with the model number A1112.

Detailed information about the individual recalls, model determination and return processing can be found on these support pages:

  • Soundcore A3102 Bluetooth Speaker – Click here
  • AnkerWork A3302 Conference Speaker – Click here
  • Anker 321 / PowerCore 5K A1112 Power Bank – Click here

Adobe wants to secure the rights to user content

New Adobe Terms of Service for apps such as B. Photoshop should apply, excited the user base this week. The new terms and conditions state that Adobe wants to view the content created with the apps offered both automatically and manually. But that's not all, because you should give Adobe a license to pass on and use your own work - for example to give third parties the opportunity to analyze it. The works should be allowed to be reproduced, changed and made public. 

This could mean anything from pure app improvement to AI training to advertising with third-party content. At 9to5Mac, the designer “Wetterschneider” (who works for DC Comics, Nike and Ravensburger, among others) is quoted as saying that Adobe can no longer be trusted and that the time has now come. cancel your Adobe subscription and delete all of the provider’s apps. In particular, professional users whose works are subject to strict copyright restrictions, or law firms or medical practices that create documents, such as PDF files, using Adobe apps, could break their confidentiality clauses as a result of the new terms and conditions (sources: 1, 2).

My recommendations for Adobe alternatives:

AI chat at DuckDuckGo: Search engine offers anonymous chatbot use

Data protection and privacy-conscious search engine and browser provider DuckDuckGo is offering a new “chat” section on duckduckgo.com. The anonymous use of four different AI models is offered there: GPT-3.5, Claude 3, Llama 3 and Mixtral. The selection overview points out that the different models provide different answers.

It also indicates what level of internal moderation the individual AI models offer: high for GPT-3.5 and Claude 3, medium for Llama 3 and low for Mixtral. After selecting a model, you must agree to the terms of use. On the chat page there is then a note that the chats are private, are anonymized and are not used to train AI models. Aside from the previous model selection, you can also switch between models directly on the chat page (Which).

Netflix is ​​ending support for the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV

If you use a 2nd generation Apple TV (available in stores between 2010 and 2012) or a 3rd generation Apple TV (available in stores between 2012 and 2016), you will no longer be able to watch Netflix on it from August 2024. A corresponding email should currently be sent to users for whom Netflix has registered such a device in the past. But also on the Apple TV support page the streaming service offers the relevant information: “After July 31, 2024, Netflix will no longer be available on Apple TV (2nd generation) and Apple TV (3rd generation)."

Bartender: Popular menu bar manager for Mac has a new developer

This week there were a few headlines about the “Bartender” app, which has been known and loved by Mac users for years (we had it, among others here recommended). Because the customization aid for the Mac menu bar was quietly sold and also adapted in a rather unsightly way. It was taken over by the Applause Group, which has already bought apps in the past and used them, for example. B. equipped with a subscription payment model.

Many people only noticed the takeover when the MacUpdater app the new update with “The company and developer behind Bartender were exchanged in a quiet and dubious way – updates [...] at your own risk and responsibility“described. The first adjustment is said to have been carried out in the form of an analysis framework, which provides the Applause Group with user usage and location data. Alternatives to Bartender include: Vanilla, Ice, Hidden bar, iBar, Barbee and OnlySwitch (sources: 1, 2, 3).

M2 iPad Air: Apple speaks out about the spec error

Apple recently secretly, quietly and quietly the data sheet of the new iPad Air adjusted. Instead of the 10 GPU cores shown at the launch of the new device, there are now only 9 graphics cores. The question inevitably arose as to whether the performance information communicated when the device was started also had to be corrected downwards.

But now Apple spoke out to 9to5Mac and said that this was not the case. The error only related to the incorrect information about the number of GPU cores, but not to the information provided about the performance increase or to the comparisons to the previous model, the iPad Air with M1 chip (Which).

Apple Vision Pro should also be available in Germany before mid-June

As shown three weeks ago, Apple probably brought store staff from various countries to the USA to train them on site in the demonstration and setup of the Vision Pro, Apple's VR glasses. A strong indication that the device would soon be available outside the USA. It was still rumored at the time that this could be the case before WWDC. However, it is now assumed that Apple will only announce the distribution of the Vision Pro in other countries at the start of the conference (next Monday).

This coincides with one Entry of the well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He writes on Twitter that 400.000 to 450.000 devices will go on sale outside the USA before the middle of this month. This is said to be mainly the case in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Japan and Singapore. We will have certainty on Monday evening. But that's not the only thing that awaits us at WWDC24 - Here you can find the official program as well as the current rumors.

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