Archive for March 27, 2023

Monday, March 27, 2023

Gordon Moore, RIP

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Hacker News, MacRumors):

By 1950, after transferring to the University of California at Berkeley from San Jose State University, Gordon had earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He and Betty were married that same year at a small church in Santa Clara, and set out together for Pasadena, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1954.

After graduating from Caltech, Gordon moved east for a job in research with the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. In early 1956, he was recruited west again by William Shockley, the soon-to-be Nobel Laureate who had, with his team at Bell Labs, invented the transistor. By 1957, Shockley’s abrasive management approach and fluid direction for Shockley Semiconductor prompted Gordon and seven of his colleagues to exit the company and form Fairchild Semiconductor.


Eleven years later, Moore and Noyce co-founded Intel.

Holcomb B. Noble and Katie Hafner:

Mr. Moore had wanted to be a teacher but could not get a job in education. He later called himself an “accidental entrepreneur” because he became a billionaire as a result of an initial $500 investment in the fledgling microchip business, which turned electronics into one of the world’s largest industries.

And it was he, his colleagues said, who saw the future. In 1965, in what became known as Moore’s Law, he predicted that the number of transistors that could be placed on a silicon chip would double at regular intervals for the foreseeable future, thus increasing the data-processing power of computers exponentially.

Walden Kirsch:

By all accounts, Moore was neither brash nor in-your-face like Grove. Nor was he charismatic and high-energy like Noyce. The “law” that bears his name was not self-proclaimed, but popularized by a Cal Tech professor in the mid-1970s. As one measure of his modesty, Moore once confessed to biographer Leslie Berlin that he was “embarrassed to have it called Moore’s Law for a long time.”

Update (2023-04-04): EE Times (via Om Malik):

In tribute to his visionary mind and work, we are reviving below an interview he gave EE Times after receiving the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for his lifetime achievement at a ceremony in San Francisco on March 9, 2005. Moore sat down with EE Times editors to discuss the industry’s past, present and future.

Thank you, Gordon Moore, for inspiring generations of engineers and paving the way for the future of the semiconductor industry.

macOS 13.3

Juli Clover (release notes, security, enterprise, developer, full installer, IPSW):

macOS Ventura 13.3 adds new emoji characters that include pea pod, ginger, pink heart, blue heart, gray heart, donkey, moose, black bird, goose, wing, and jellyfish, among others.

There are bug fixes to fix an issue that could cause Trackpad gestures to stop working, along with a number of other small features and tweaks.

And Mail plug-ins need to be updated, hence SpamSieve 2.9.52. The first Ventura updates had not required this, unlike with Monterey.


Update (2023-03-29): Howard Oakley:

Significant version changes seen among bundled apps include[…]


Update (2023-03-31): Howard Oakley:

This week’s updates to macOS 13.3, 12.6.4 and 11.7.5 should have updated the firmware of every supported Mac.

Jack Wellborn:

Universal Control wasn’t working for me since upgrading to macOS 13.3 earlier this week. It’s such a fundamental part of how I work that macOS felt totally broken without it. Hat tip to TheTipsyRooster on Reddit for finding a solution.

John Siracusa:

Ever since I updated to macOS 13.3, window dragging sometimes looks like this.

Jack Wellborn:

I just today noticed that, starting with Ventura 13.3, using the built-in “look up” feature turns the highlighted text sideways in MarsEdit. I reported the behavior to @danielpunkass, who was able to reproduce (including that it started with 13.3) and will file a bug with Apple.

Update (2023-04-03): The update went smoothly for me, except that I again needed to use the softwareupdate tool in Terminal since it was never offered to me in System Settings.

Rich Trouton:

macOS Ventura 13.3 alters expected behavior for Finder’s Open With functionality for macOS installer packages


Normally I would have suspected a bug in macOS 13.3, but according to Randy Saldinger of Mothers Ruin Software, this appears to be an undocumented change by Apple in macOS 13.3.

Jeff Johnson:

This sucks. Apple is breaking and locking down the contextual menu.

Update (2023-04-05): Tim Hardwick:

Some Mac and iPad users who updated their devices to Apple’s latest software updates are reporting problems with Continuity features like Universal Control and Handoff.

Since last week’s release of macOS 13.3 and iPadOS 16.4, many users have taken to the MacRumors Forums, Reddit, Twitter, and Apple’s Support Communities to voice their frustration at the lack of functionality after updating.

Update (2023-04-22): Nathan Manceaux-Panot:

I think this toggle is new in 13.3?

You used to need to right click → Show List every time, to get the full list of resolutions. Now there’s this toggle in Advanced, that doesn’t reset when the app quits. Neat!

Update (2023-04-26): John Siracusa:

I’ve been tracking this one down for a few days. Ever since I updated to macOS 13.3, window dragging sometimes looks like this.

I haven’t seen that, but I’ve seen various issues on macOS 13.3 where dragging a window onto another display moves it behind other windows, and where some windows disappear when switching displays.

Update (2023-05-23): Paul McGrane:

As I was reading more about Ventura updates, this struck me. Dim flashing lights in media.[…]

Does that mean the OS is monitoring video playback‽ And the answer is yes!

Update (2023-06-01): Shawn Platkus:

Starting in macOS 13.3, opening a mail message in no longer preserves the window position. I use Mail such that you double click a message to open it in its own window. Until 13.3 this would open the window where it was last. Now the message window opens a few pixel to the right each time until it wraps around and opens on the left and starts the journey all over again.

I’m seeing this on macOS 13.4, too.

macOS 12.6.4 and macOS 11.7.5

Apple (full installer):

This document describes the security content of macOS Monterey 12.6.4.

Apple (full installer):

This document describes the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.7.5.


iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4

Juli Clover (release notes, security, enterprise, developer):

iOS 16.4 adds 21 total new emoji characters including shaking head, pink heart, blue heart, gray heart, donkey, moose, black bird, goose, wing, jellyfish, hyacinth, and more.

It also includes Safari web notifications for websites added to the Home Screen, Voice Isolation for clearer cellular phone calls, the return of the Apple Books page turning animation, updates to Podcasts, new HomeKit architecture, and a number of other small changes and tweaks.

Federico Viticci:

Continuing the trend from last year, there are some new actions in Shortcuts for iOS and iPadOS 16.4. Unfortunately, rather than moving the app forward in meaningful ways for power users, these actions mostly revolve around exposing app settings and various toggles to Shortcuts.


Like I said, I’m a bit disappointed that the new actions added to Shortcuts in the past year mostly involve the ability to control on/off settings with no deeper controls.


There are Mastodon link previews in Messages, Mail, and Notes.

Juli Clover:

Voice Isolation has been available for VoIP calls that use FaceTime, WhatsApp, and other apps on devices running iOS 15 or macOS Monterey or later, and it is designed to significantly improve microphone quality when on calls by cutting down on background noise. Until now, it was not available for cellular conversations, with Apple offering no way to improve call quality.

On a FaceTime call, Voice Isolation can be enabled by activating control center, tapping on the Mic Mode option, and choosing the Voice Isolation option, so the feature may be able to be activated in a similar way for voice calls.

Juli Clover:

The iOS 16.4 update that was released today fleshes out the built-in order tracking function that’s available in the Wallet app for purchases made using Apple Pay.

Chance Miller (via Eric Schwarz):

In iOS 16.4, Apple has added underlying support for health departments to end their support of the Exposure Notifications API. When a health authority decides to end support for the feature, users will see a message on their iPhone informing them of that decision.


Update (2023-03-28): Rui Carmo:

I found a stupid bug already: Starting an app from the dock in iPadOS on landscape orientation renders a badly distorted icon in the middle of the zooming window as it launches.

Update (2023-03-29): Juli Clover:

In this guide, we’ve highlighted all of the changes introduced in iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4.


Learn about the new features in Shortcuts for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS.

Ricky Mondello:

iOS 16.4 and macOS 13.3 include some nice tweaks to Apple’s password manager. (This isn’t breaking news; it’s in the software.)

(1) You can “Copy Strong Password” on a strong password suggestion in Safari. See the “Other Options” menu. On Mac, you can also right-click on the field!

(2) On iOS, adding a new password in “Passwords” will prefill a new strong password.

(3) Siri now understands “+” in “What’s my Disney+ password?” and “What’s my Paramount+ password?” (Requires auth; safe; try it!)

Joe Rossignol:

First, a new Channels menu in the Podcasts app provides a list of podcast channels all in one place on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A channel allows a creator or brand to list all of their podcasts in one place for listeners to easily discover.

Second, the Up Next queue now includes episodes listeners have saved to their Library and episodes that they play from shows they do not follow[…]

Tim Hardwick:

After updating Apple devices to the latest software, users can once again opt to upgrade any homes set up in the Home app to the new Home architecture, which Apple says brings faster, more reliable performance, especially for smart homes with a lot of smart accessories installed.

John Gruber:

Seems to me [voice isolation] ought to be in the interface for the call itself in the Phone app, like the controls for switching the audio output.

Steve Canon:

Two big low-level improvements in the macOS 13.3, iOS 16.4, etc releases that I am very happy about:

  • much, much faster strto[f,d,ld]
  • Accelerate has an updated LAPACK (opt in via -DACCELERATE_NEW_LAPACK) with a bunch of new API, bug fixes, and ILP64 bindings (-DACCELERATE_LAPACK_ILP64).

David Smith:

This turns out to be surprisingly important for e.g. JSON parsing performance

Meek Geek:

Apple added a screen in the iOS 16.4 update to explicitly opt users back into automatic OS updates. Expecting some to be surprised by this flipped switch when their devices auto update in future.

Pierre Igot:

No matter how many times I tell #iOS to not use cellular data for its updates, it insists on asking me whether I want to authorize it to use cellular data to download the latest iOS updates, even though the phone is right here in my office, in an environment where there is a strong wifi signal and absolutely no need to use cellular data for ANYTHING.

Where is my “Don’t EVER Use Cellular Data For This” button, Apple?

This happens for me, too.

Greg Pierce:

iOS 16.4 seems to have really hosed the display of SiriUITipView in shipping apps. You might want to review if you have any in your apps.

Update (2023-04-04): Clarko:

iOS 16.4 and friends include 32 changes to systemImage / SF Symbols

Tim Hardwick:

Apple is currently trying to resolve an issue with its Weather service according to its System Status webpage, although the issue summary only lists next-hour precipitation as unavailable for Alaska “due to a data provider outage,” when in fact numerous regions and forecast types are down.

Apple says the issue affecting “some users” began around five hours ago as of writing and is “ongoing,” although some iPhone users are reporting that they have had intermittent issues with Weather data since the iOS 16.4 update was released a week ago.

Joe Rossignol:

Apple is preparing to release iOS 16.4.1 for the iPhone, according to a source with a proven track record for upcoming software updates.

Update (2023-04-05): Jamie Cuevas:

All iPhone and iPad users should be aware that installing the iOS 16.4 update for iPhone or iPadOS 16.4 update for iPad will enable the system settings for automatically installing and downloading future iOS/iPadOS software updates to that device.


Furthermore, the splash screen on iPhone and iPad gives only two choices; the default is “Continue” which sets the device to both download and install future software updates automatically, or the secondary option to ‘Only Download Automatically’. This is a false choice (and arguably a UX dark pattern), because despite not being listed on this particular setup screen, users can actually choose to manually enable or disable either or both the automatic downloads and installations of future software updates for iOS and iPadOS.

Update (2023-04-21): Ricky Mondello:

iOS 16.4 fixes a longstanding bug in the Settings app where opening a deep link when a search was active wouldn’t properly open what the link pointed to. This fix is particularly helpful if you’re using my Passwords shortcut on your Home Screen.

George Cox:

Was complaining about not being able to force a popover to display as a popover in compact size classes, then noticed iOS 16.4 adds this #SwiftUI modifier: .presentationCompactAdaptation(.none). It was added with several other helpful sheet related modifiers.

Kyle Hughes:

The .task() modifier in SwiftUI hasn’t worked on List rows well / at all until iOS 16.4 and now it is perfect.

Mario Guzman:

iOS 16.4.x changed again how NavigationSplitViews in #SwiftUI apparently work on iPad. I’m not using it any differently than their sample project but now whenever I go back into my app, any selected item in my sidebar is deselected upon re-entry. This was after upgrading to Xcode 14.3 and running on iPadOS 16.4.x with no code changes.