24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation

24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation | 9to5Mac:

Prince’s Warner Brothers catalog hit Apple Music early last year, but that left many of his albums missing. That’s been corrected today, thanks to an agreement between the Prince’s Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings …

NordVPN Variety reports that 23 albums issued between 1995 and 2010 have been issued in the first round, with more to follow. There’s also a brand new compilation album.

The full list of newly available albums is:

The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
Chaos and Disorder (1996)
Emancipation (1996)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
Xpectation (2003)
N.E.W.S. (2003)
C-Note (2004)
Musicology (2004)
The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
3121 (2006)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
MPLSoUND (2009)
20Ten (2010)
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch

iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch | 9to5Mac:

This is a disappointing development: Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch next month. Group FaceTime expands video calling from one-on-one calls to up to 32 participants, but customers will have to wait a little longer to use it this fall.

FaceTime’s delay echoes AirPlay’s release with iOS 11 — originally announced as part of iOS 11, the released nearly a year later in iOS 11.4 — but hopefully Group FaceTime doesn’t come with such an extended delay.

Shame. Hopefully it won’t be delayed as long as iMessages in the Cloud was as well as AirPlay 2.

UK streaming service NOW TV testing new tvOS app for Apple TV

UK streaming service NOW TV testing new tvOS app for Apple TV | 9to5Mac:

UK video streaming service NOW TV has confirmed that it’s testing a new version of its tvOS app for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. The current version of NOW TV on tvOS is a ported app from the third-generation Apple TV days that doesn’t integrate with modern features like the TV app.

9to5Mac Happy Hour NOW TV hasn’t shared what changes are in store for its new tvOS app, but it is recruiting testers for a version created specifically for the latest Apple TV streaming boxes. The service recently started looking for early adopters to try the new tvOS app:

Fantastic! Since I cut the cord, I have been waiting for NOW TV to improve it’s Apple TV app to perhaps integrate with the tvOS app.

Instapaper returns to Europe after GDPR blackout, relaunches Premium plan

Instapaper returns to Europe after GDPR blackout, relaunches Premium plan | 9to5Mac:

A few weeks ago Instapaper announced that it was taking the service solo and leaving Pinterest. As part of its new independence, the read-it-later service is reintroducing its Instapaper Premium subscription service to keep the lights turned on. Instapaper is also returning to the European Union after months of being offline for EU users due to GDPR compliance issues.

iOS 12 beta 5 confirms HomePod will add support for making phone calls

Rambo writing for 9to5Mac:

On the same screen, it describes some of the personal requests you can make to HomePod: “…add reminders, create notes, make phone calls, and more”.

Since there’s no developer or public beta for HomePod, we can’t actually test the feature until the final release, but this is a very solid indication that this feature is definitely coming for HomePod with iOS 12.

The Great Apple MacBook Pro Cover Up

The Great Apple MacBook Pro Cover Up | iFixit:

We’re in the middle of tearing down the newest MacBook Pro, but we’re too excited to hold this particular bit of news back:

Apple has cocooned their butterfly switches in a thin, silicone barrier.

The 2018 MacBook Pro features a thin rubberized layer under its keycaps, covering the second-generation butterfly mechanism.

This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to cover up the mechanism from the daily onslaught of microscopic dust. Not—to our eyes—a silencing measure. In fact, Apple has a patent for this exact tech designed to “prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress.”

Confirmation that Apple have taken steps to improve the keyboard issues.

Adobe Acknowledges Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for the iPad

Adobe Acknowledges Working on a Full Version of Photoshop for the iPad – MacStories:

The addition of Photoshop and other Creative Suite apps to the iPad would be a significant step forward for the tablet’s push into the pro user market. Currently, only Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets is capable of running a fully-functional version of Adobe’s pro apps, making it the default choice for creative professionals who want to use Creative Suite on a tablet.

Soon to be worthy of a finally.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Models With TouchBar

Daring Fireball: Apple Updates MacBook Pro Models With TouchBar:

But I think only time will tell whether this is true or not. Maybe, as Apple says, the only problem they sought out to solve was the noise. But, if they also sought out to improve the reliability of the keyboards — to fix the problem where keys get stuck, among other problems — I think they would only admit to fixing the noise problem. Marketing-wise, I don’t think they would admit to a reliability problem in the existing butterfly keyboards (especially since they’re still selling second-generation keyboards in all non-TouchBar models), and legal-wise (given the fact that they’re facing multiple lawsuits regarding keyboard reliability) I don’t think they should admit to it. So whether they’ve attempted to address reliability problems along with the noise or not, I think they’d say the exact same thing today: only that they’ve made the keyboards quieter. I have no inside dope on the this (yet?), but to me the reason for optimism is that they’re calling these keyboards “third-generation”, not just a quieter version of the second-generation butterfly-switch keyboards.

Exactly – Apple for multiple reasons won’t say they have fixed the keyboard issues but it wouldn’t surprise us if they have quietly re-designed and fixed the issue – time will tell.

Link Post Workflow

Jeff Perry writing for Tablet Habit:

So with Workflow, you can use the Share Sheet as a means to run a Workflow and take things like a URL from Safari, your clipboard, and selected text into the workflow to use within it. All three of these examples are used with the Workflow I have created after taking a look at what both Evan and Christopher have done.

Thanks to Jeff for putting this workflow out there.