Archive for July 20, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

iOS 13.6

Juli Clover:

iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an iPhone or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.


In the Health app, there’s a new “Symptoms” section that lets users add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options such as body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, headache, nausea, and more.

Juli Clover:

In earlier versions of iOS, new software downloads automatically in the background and then can be installed through an Automatic Updates feature. In iOS 13.6, there are new toggles for customizing Automatic Updates.


This new toggle will be a welcome change for those who do not want iOS updates to download automatically without permission, as this can eat up valuable storage space. Note that this option is enabled by default, so if you want to turn off automatic downloads, you’ll need to toggle it off.

I welcome the first setting because I don’t like having my phone unexpectedly fill up because of an auto-download. Unfortunately, I ran into the same problem with the second setting as Jeff Johnson:

iOS 13.6 silently opted me into automatic iOS updates. I was opted out before I installed (manually).

Also, the app-specific controls to disable cellular data seem to be broken yet again.



Ole Begemann:

swift-reflection-dump is cool! For example, this command dumps 78,000 lines of information about SwiftUI types and their stored properties:

./swift-reflection-dump --arch=x86_64 --binary-filename=<path_to_SwiftUI_binary>


If you don’t want to build the compiler to try this out, here’s the SwiftUI dump I made[…]

Launch Services Browser 2.1

Thomas Tempelmann (tweet):

This is an analysis tool meant for developers and advanced users.

It uses the macOS Launch Services API to perform lookups of bundle IDs and file extensions.

Additionally, it has a browser for the current system’s UTI hierarchy (though it can also open the so-called lsregister dumps saved on a different computer - see the Help menu for details).

The Rise and Fall of Adobe Flash

Richard C. Moss:

In recognition of its service to content creators and consumers of all stripes, of its contribution to the proliferation of online video and multimedia, and of that divisiveness that’s followed the platform around, the time has come to revisit the rise and fall of Flash—with a little help from its principal creator, Jonathan Gay; a raft of Web resources; and interviews with others who had a hand in its ultimate success.


In retrospect, joining Macromedia was the best thing that could have happened to the product. Some within the company were initially resistant to Flash and saw it as either a distraction from or competitor to Director, but Flash had support where it counted. Gay and his team could do what they wanted with it. It was just like before, when they were independent, except now Gay and Jackson had the backing of Macromedia’s sales and marketing machine to ensure Flash got the attention it needed in order to gather momentum.


Nowadays, Gay admits that the credit for its interactivity—that critical component of Flash’s massive success—lay at the feet of a single journalist at MacUser magazine.

“We gave these guys a preview before FutureSplash Animator shipped,” said Gay. “And one of the reviewers went like, ‘You really should add a button.’ We’re like, ‘A button!? That’s a good idea.’”