This week, on the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts discuss Apple’s next iOS 14 beta and how it will let you unlock your iPhone even when wearing a mask, the best mics for Zoom calls and podcasting, precipitation forecasts in Weather, Facebook testing ad tracking notifications, and so much more!
Apple has released the first betas for iOS 14.5, which includes PlayStation 5 DualSense controller support, Fitness+ adds AirPlay, Siri gets improved ability to call emergency services, and there’s also Apple’s new privacy tracking notifications.
Among these features, iOS 14.5 will allow users to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask if they are also wearing an Apple Watch running watchOS 7.5. Some people are concerned over security implications, but users will be able to re-lock their iPhone from a notification shown on their Apple Watch instantly.
In addition, Apple is bringing next-hour precipitation forecasts to the UK and Ireland with iOS 14.5. After purchasing Dark Sky in March 2020 Apple is integrating this forecast ability into the first-party Weather app, and also widgets on iPhone. We discuss the accuracy of these forecasts and wonder why there is still no stock Weather app on iPadOS.
Next, long-time Mac utility Call Recorder for Skype from ecamm will now not be updated to support Apple Silicon Macs. That leaves podcasters and other users trying to record Skype calls looking for alternatives. Although, Rogue Amoeba the makers of rival Audio Hijack have recently updated their entire lineup of apps to support M1 and Big Sur.
Keeping to the audio theme, we highlight the AppleInsider roundup article that discusses the best microphones for Zoom calls at home. It’s also about the best cameras and lighting, too. As we discuss those picks, the conversation turns to podcasting microphones and what users should get if they’re looking to upgrade their setup.
As the impending privacy and tracking notifications are coming in iOS 14.5, Facebook continues to attack Apple’s policy of giving users the choice to opt-out of tracking. However, new studies are questioning Facebook’s allegedly hyperbolic claim that 60% of small business revenue will be affected if ads cannot be personalized with tracking data.
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- Exclusive: Consumer Reports’ Nicholas De Leon on M1 versus Intel
- Everything new in iOS 14.5: Mask unlock, ATT, new controller support, more
- How to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask
- Apple speeds up masked Face ID by detecting an Apple Watch in iOS 14.5
- Joint Apple Card accounts, global 5G dual-SIM support found in iOS 14.5
- macOS Big Sur 11.2 now available with Bluetooth fixes for M1 Macs
- Users report ongoing display problems in macOS Big Sur 11.1 and 11.2
- Punxsutawney Phil’s Winter Predictions Are In | The Weather Channel
- Apple requests return of Apple Silicon Developer Transition Kits, offers $200 toward purchase of M1 Mac
- Kensington StudioDock available to preorder starting at $379
- AirPods Max Leather Cases
- Apple brings next-hour precipitation to Weather in the UK and Ireland
- CARROT Weather for iOS and Android
- Best cameras, lights, and mics for your work-from-home Zoom meetings
- Podcasting Microphones Mega-Review – Marco Arment
- Discussing Apple’s App Store with Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis on the AppleInsider podcast
- Stalwart call-recording tool succumbs to Apple silicon
- Rogue Amoeba | Current Software Status
- H. Moser & Cie sends up Apple Watch with $30,800 mechanical clone
- Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO, AWS chief Andy Jassy to fill role in Q3
- Facebook tests ad tracking notifications ahead of Apple’s privacy rollout
- Facebook’s anti-Apple campaign uses misleading figures, marketers claim
- Apple adds App Tracking Transparency rules to App Store Review Guidelines
- Apple illustrates privacy issues on Data Privacy Day
- ‘Fortnite’ judge orders ‘frustrating’ Apple to produce payment processing info