Apple Prioritizing MacBook Keyboard Repairs »

Joe Rossignol, with good news for owners of machines with the dreaded butterfly keyboards, quoting from an internal Apple memo he got his hands on:

Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume.

These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time. When completing the repair, have the appropriate service guide open and carefully follow all repair steps.

This is a good move, as long as Genius teams can stay on top of the repairs and complete them correctly. Replacing the top case on these machines isn’t the easiest repair in the world.

A better move? Moving to a new, competent, keyboard design.

Mac Power Users #479: 100,000 Subscribers, with Rene Ritchie »

This week on MPU, David and I interviewed Rene Ritchie:

Over a year ago, long-time Apple blogger Rene Ritchie launched Vector, a daily YouTube show covering the world of Apple and tech beyond. This week, David and Stephen catch up with Rene, talking about his video workflows, YouTube as a platform and the future of the Mac and iOS.

Rene is one of the hardest-working people in our industry, and it was a lot of fun to hear more about he gets it all done.

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History of Gold Apple Watches »

Zac Hall at 9to5Mac, writing on the weird history of the use of gold and gold finishes when it comes to the Apple Watch:

Apple Watch has a curvy history with the color gold and accompanying straps. The original 18K gold Apple Watch Edition paired with a range of straps before being discontinued. Aluminum models have included three shades of gold (rose gold, gold, and “new” gold) with Sport and (now discontinued) Woven Nylon bands using gold hardware. Gold variations aren’t sold separately either which makes them somewhat rare.

Apple Watch Series 4 comes in two flavors of gold — aluminum and new stainless steel — but the gold band variety is still limited. While there are few perfect matches, these are some of my favorite pairings.

Guilherme Rambo: macOS 10.15 to Ship with Screen Time and Siri Shortcuts »

Guilherme Rambo, continuing an incredible week at 9to5Mac:

Apple is working on bringing the Mac and iOS closer together with the introduction of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13. Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more are expected to be unveiled for Mac during its Worldwide Developers conference in June.

According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts, a feature introduced in iOS 12 which allows users to create custom voice shortcuts for actions that can be done in apps.

It’s also likely that the Shortcuts app – a result from the acquisition of Workflow – will be available on macOS, the inclusion of system-wide support for Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 strongly suggests it.

This makes a lot of sense for iOS apps that will make the jump to the Mac, but I hope that Apple can integrate standard AppKit apps as well.

He goes on:

Screen Time on the Mac will work just like it does on iOS. There will be a new panel in System Preferences to configure the feature. When the time limit for an app has been exceeded, an overlay will be shown, allowing the user to either close the app or unlock the app with a passcode.

This will be great. I use Screen Time now on my iOS devices, but it bothers me that my Mac — where I do the bulk of my computing — is left out of these stats.

There is no doubt in my mind that 10.15 is going to be the biggest release of macOS in years. This feels like the start of a new era for the Mac and its software. I mean, he closes the post with this:

(sent with lasers)

Hi there, Marzipan’d Messages app.

My Wife is a Badass »

My wife Merri, writing at Parents:

I am grateful for my son’s cancer diagnosis.

Say whaa? I know. If I hold up a mirror right now, I am giving myself the sarcastic stink eye as well. In the words of a dear friend: “Please don’t hear what I’m not saying.”

Seriously, she amazes me every day with her strength and grace.

Connected #239: Pizza Trousers »

I didn’t make Connected this week, but the young men I record with did a great job talking about changes that may be coming to the iPad with iOS 13:

This week, in the absence of adult supervision, Myke and Federico discuss their new favorite time zone app and consider some recent iOS 13 rumors before Ticci talks about what arrived in his mailbox.

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St. Jude Finds “Bubble Boy” Cure »

Michelle Corbet at The Daily Memphian:

Over the past three years, nine babies with SCID-X1, more commonly known as “bubble boy disease,” have been treated with an experimental therapy that is now being heralded as a cure.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital president and CEO James Downing said in his 32 years at St. Jude, the children’s hospital has accomplished many milestones, but Wednesday’s announcement was particularly exciting — a cure.

“These patients are toddlers now who are responding to vaccinations and producing cells as they explore the world and live normal lives,” said principal investigator of the trial, Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, of the St. Jude Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy.

The results are being published in the April 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

This is simply amazing.