‘Hide my Email’ feature in macOS 13 Ventura might not be available for third party apps

Apple removed mentions that Hide my Email iCloud+ feature will be available for third-party apps in macOS 13 Ventura. It is not known if feature will be removed or postponed. Some of other features are marked as 'coming soon'.

Initially, it was advertised that 'Hide my Email' will be available for third-party apps simplifying process of creating new email address for a specific service.

Reference: Hide My Email Ventura feature for 3rd-party apps seemingly dropped or postponed

Apple publishes iOS 16 beta 5 and other platforms

Just a little bit over a month til the release new round of beta version is published for iOS/iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16.

  • Now iOS 16 might show battery percentage directly in status bar.
  • This beta also disables parallax effect on Lock Screen background and adds better music player widget including mini music visualizer.
  • Screenshot menu now has "Copy and Delete" option for easier sharing without saving screenshots to Camera Roll.
  • New sounds are used in Find My app.
  • Also Apple now seems to be publishing AirPods firmware update details.

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Users download less games now

Sensor Tower published a report on mobile gaming.

The U.S. mobile games market has faced significant challenges during the first half of 2022. Overall U.S. mobile game revenue fell by 9.6 percent Y/Y to $11.4 billion, while downloads declined by 2.5 percent to 2.4 billion. Looking at just 2Q22, revenue decreased by 11.4 percent Y/Y to $5.6 billion, though downloads were largely flat at 1.2 billion.

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Sensor Tower: Most Mobile Game Genres See Revenue Declines in the U.S. During H1 2022 as Industry Headwinds Bite

Reference: We’re downloading fewer mobile games as lockdowns end and inflation bites

People spend 4 hours using their mobile devices

TechCrunch reports device usage statistics based on data.ai article (formerly App Annie).

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Statistics also show top downloaded apps. Instagram, Facebook and TikTok top the list.

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Read the full report, to get more details on each app category.

data.ai: Mobile Users In Two Regions Now Spend 5.7 Hours A Day In Apps

Reference: Mobile users are now spending 4-5 hours per day in apps

Third-party browser support for Apple Pay arrives in iOS 16

Apple will allow third-party browsers support Apple Pay on the web in iOS 16. This might be related to ongoing anti-trust investigations across the world, but overall, this will increase usage of Apple Pay to more users.

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Reference: Third-Party Browsers Starting to Support Apple Pay in iOS 16 Betas

There are signs of always-on display in upcoming iPhone

New iOS 16 beta version has hints of possibility for iPhone always-on display. New Lock Screen background has "sleep" mode which makes background darker and less colorful. While this still might be used for night time only, this might also be used to save OLED screen power for always-on display.

Reference: Latest iOS 16 Beta Further Suggests Always-On Display Coming to iPhone 14 Pro

Apple erroneously sends emails to developers to update banking information

Multiple developers received emails from Apple claiming that they need to update their App Store Connect banking information. Same mails were sent to Apple Music artists and other App Store Connect users.

Turns out these emails were sent to due to an error, no need to update anything.

Reference: Apple Erroneously Sending iTunes Connect Email to Users

Beta 4 for iOS 16 and other platforms is out, Live Activities are in

Apple releases beta 4 for iOS/iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16. Most notable addition is support for Live Activities.

Live Activities and ActivityKit won't be included in the initial publicly released version of iOS 16, but will be publicly available in an update later this year. Once they're publicly available, you can submit your apps with Live Activities to the App Store.

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There are also updates on edit and unsend functionality in Messages:

  • Unsend is available only for two minutes after messages was sent;
  • Edited messages now show the log of edits.

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