A software update should be coming next week
Apple will release a software update to fix an issue with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max where using the camera in third-party apps like Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok would lead to a shaking image and grinding or buzzing noises coming from the camera bump. The company is “aware of the issue and a fix will be released next week,” according to a statement emailed to The Verge by Apple spokesperson Alex Kirschner.
When reports of the bug started hitting over the weekend, it wasn’t clear if the issue was with the third-party apps themselves or with iOS 16, though the cameras functioned just fine in Apple’s own app. Given that it’s Apple releasing an update, it appears that the issue is with the iPhone and its APIs rather than the third-party apps.
Apple’s statement doesn’t say exactly what’s causing the issue. There’s been speculation that it came down to the phone’s optical image stabilization system, which isn’t a bad guess given that its job is literally to move parts of the camera around. According to Apple’s website, the regular iPhone 14, which doesn’t appear to have this issue, also has this system, but the Pro uses a “second-generation” version of it that’s not found on the regular model.
It won’t be the first update that addresses a camera problem for the iPhone 14 lineup — iOS 16.0.1, released last week for Apple’s latest phones, fixed an issue where some photos turned out soft “when zooming in landscape orientation on iPhone 14 Pro Max.”
Music labels are incorporating old songs into new songs to trigger your nostalgia.
The Vergecast is doing a special miniseries for the next three Mondays on the future of music. This week I spoke with music reporter and podcaster Charlie Harding about how the future of music could sound very familiar.
Rick and Morty and the high-wire act of writing antiheroes.
Countless people have discussed the travails of Rick and Morty fandom. But Corbin Smith goes beyond the simple claims that obnoxious fans are just watching the show wrong, delving into the inherent difficulty of writing a character with terrible qualities who’s still undeniably cool to watch. A bonus: he lays out the precise take on Rorschach from Watchmen that I’ve always wanted to read.
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The 2010s were about lifestyle brands. What’s next?
Loved this meaty essay about trends in consumerism, what we mean by “culture,” and how DTC brands led to a new understanding of community and identity. “In the 2010s, supply chain innovation opened up lifestyle brands. In the 2020s, financial mechanism innovation is opening up the space for incentivized ideologies, networked publics, and co-owned faiths,” writes Toby Shorin. “The authenticity-driven culture of ironic detachment, so present in the early 2000s, has given way to a moment where people are genuinely open to being influenced, open to sincerely participating, even if it’s cringe.”
“I still stand by that tweet.”
–Figma CEO Dylan Field, in the unenviable position of having to reflect on an old tweet.
Field tweeted last year that Figma’s goal “is to be Figma not Adobe.” Fast forward to today and… Figma is going to be part of Adobe! My colleague Jay Peters spoke with the two companies’ leaders about what the merger means for designers everywhere.
Steam Deck display docks, and Deck deliveries.
That’s also relevant because Steam Decks are being delivered more rapidly than expected. Valve just announced it’s cleared the reservations in the Q3 bucket a couple of weeks ahead of schedule and is starting in on reservations slated for Q4.
Logitech might have just confirmed Apple’s next new iPads.
A product page for Logitech’s Crayon stylus, which is compatible with the iPad, lists two unreleased devices: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and an 11-inch iPad Pro. It also notes that the devices are “coming soon.”
Apple’s rumored to release those two iPads at an event this October, in addition to an entry-level iPad that the website didn’t mention.
The United Arab Emirates is shooting for the Moon with plans for a lunar rover.
The country just announced that its first lunar rover is ready to go and will launch sometime in November — the exact date is still TBD. The “Rashid” rover will ride to space on a SpaceX rocket and will be carried to the Moon’s surface by a lander from Japanese company ispace, which has been working toward a Moon mission for years.
Even Slack thinks the green “online” status was a bad idea.
Ali Rayl, the SVP of product at Slack, thinks away messages and status indicators are a good idea. But the green circle that screams “I AM ONLINE!” isn’t the right way to do it:
I never wanted to add the green dot. I think the green dot is very harmful… If your green dot is on and you get a DM and don’t [respond] it’s like, what’s the matter?
Apple Maps turns 10.
The app was released on this day 10 years ago… and immediately became a laughingstock, leading to multiple people getting canned and a public apology from Tim Cook.
Now that Maps is a good enough product to warrant advertising, my big question is: when does Apple release a version for Android or the web? Apple made an alternative to Google Maps — now it needs to make a real competitor.
Fingerprint-protect your Incognito Android browsing sessions.
Got a handy tip via 9to5Google: if you want to keep an Incognito Chrome tab hidden on your Android phone, you’ll soon be able to fingerprint-protect it by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Lock Incognito tabs when you leave Chrome. If you don’t see that setting yet, either wait or try chrome://flags/#incognito-reauthentication-for-android. I tried it myself (see below), and it works like a charm.
Your bitcoin chart of the day.
This great chart from Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal shows tech stocks following the price of major cryptocurrencies. Basically, when Bitcoin has a bad week, it takes the whole industry down with it.
Awesome chart from @TheStalwart newsletter today. It’s clear BTC is the leader and Naz the follower.
So if BTC breaks to a lower low and Naz doesn’t that would say something. Otherwise, the trend is your friend.
I added the red lines. pic.twitter.com/G42MjrbC2o
— Helene Meisler (@hmeisler) September 19, 2022
Nvidia all but confirms GeForce 40-series launch.
A 40-hour countdown stream by Nvidia includes Easter eggs like a Discord “User40” profile with an Ada Lovelace photo. Lovelace is Nvidia’s rumored next-gen GPU architecture, and all the hints of 40 all but confirm the GeForce RTX 40-series will launch tomorrow during a special broadcast at GTC. There’s even a Ti or Tie joke thrown in for good measure.
Puerto Rico goes completely dark, again.
Nearly five years ago, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, killing thousands and causing the worst blackout in US history. Reuters reports that the island is without power once again after Hurricane Fiona struck early Sunday.
In 2017, US officials told The Verge that the island couldn’t repair its way out of disaster and would need to rebuild. But just days before Fiona hit, the GAO reported that only $1 billion has been spent on long-term rebuilding projects out of a $32 billion fund.