Apple to support RCS

Apple says:

Later next year, we will be adding support for RCS Universal Profile, the standard as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe the RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users.

It probably does not matter so much in WhatsApp land, but supporting RCS and not only SMS in iMessage is a welcome change. “Later next year” sounds like “after iOS 18 ships” but maybe Apple can make this happen earlier.

Operating on standards is preferable to providing Apple software on other platforms (“iMessage for Android”). You only have to look at the sorry state of Apple Music on Windows to see how hard Apple can fail. You can no longer access it on iTunes, and the only other options are previews of a website and an application they can’t seem to get to release status.

The Three-Body Problem #nowreading

Netflix is preparing the release of a new series for March 2024. I can’t wait this long, and I also don’t enjoy TV series as much as a movie. Or reading a book for that matter. I started the book on my Kindle Scribe just yesterday and I could not put it away until I fell asleep.

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

Amazon: ab 5,99 €deutsche Übersetzung ab 10,99 €

Apple verlängert Notruf SOS über Satellit

Apple hat heute bekannt gegeben, dass der kostenlose Zugang zu Notruf SOS über Satellit für bestehende iPhone 14-Nutzer:innen um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert wird.

Die kostenlose Testphase wird für iPhone 14-Nutzer:innen verlängert, die ihr Gerät in einem Land aktiviert haben, das Notruf SOS über Satellit vor dem 15. November 2023, 12 Uhr mittags unterstützt. Weitere Informationen, unter anderem zur Verfügbarkeit von Notruf SOS über Satellit unter

Mich würde interessieren, wie oft das tatsächlich genutzt wird.

Was ist Outlook?

Dreimal Outlook. Which is which? Outlook (PWA) ist eine Browser-App, hier von Brave Browser. Outlook ist ein Windows Binary aus Microsoft 365. Outlook (new) ist die Ablösung von Mail & Calendar aus Windows 11. Diese App ist der designierte Nachfolger für das alte Windows Binary (und das für Mac).

Outlook (neu) ist eine PWA. Die braucht eine Server-Komponente und sei es nur als Cache. Wenn du einen fremden Account, der nicht bei Microsoft gehostet ist, darin anzeigen willst, muss Microsoft erst mal die Mail aus deinem Postfach abrufen.

Bei mir liegt das Postfach auf und ist für Outlook (neu) sofort verarbeitbar. Das gilt genauso für alle Postfächer in Microsoft 365 (Exchange Online).

Wenn man ein GMail-Postfach hinzufügen will, dann sagt Microsoft deutlich an, dass sie dort die Mail holen werden. Wer das nicht will, sollte Outlook (neu) nicht einsetzen. Dann wird es einfacher sein, das GMail-Interface als PWA zu speichern.

Das mache ich bei auch, bis Microsoft die Anmeldung gebacken bekommt.

Showstopper bug in New Outlook with

Microsoft is pushing the New Outlook app to Windows 11. It is replacing the old Mail & Calendar apps. However, I am unable to use this app with my account. And so do many others.

I have narrowed down the problem to a simple root cause: if you have set your personal mail address as your primary alias, you cannot add your account to New Outlook. If fails with both your personal email address and your address.

Only if you set your address as your primary alias, you will be able to add the account, but after that you cannot send mail from your personal email alias. Catch 22. Be extra careful when you do change your primany alias. You can only do that twice a week.

This bug is only in New Outlook and it only affects accounts. You can use Gmail accounts just fine. And you can use your personal email as primary alias in all other Microsoft apps, including Outlook on iOS and Outlook on Android, and the PWA.

I think it is quite hilarious that Microsoft only fails with the combination Windows + Outlook + Let’s have a good laugh and then fix it.

New Macs – Shot on iPhone

This was the biggest Apple flex ever. They shot the whole polished presentation on iPhone. What else is new?

  • New M3 chipsets in three sizes: M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max
  • Built with the same 3-nanometer process as iPhone 15
  • Industry-leading performance per Watt
  • Same 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros and 24″ iMacs
  • 13″ MacBook Pro is finally gone
  • New color option: “Space Black”

Apple is addressing customers who are not buying M1/M2 Macs because their GPU performance was too low. and those still on Intel Macs.

Apple is the only company which has bought up all 3-nanometer capacity and they want to run “scary fast”. M3 and M3 Pro ship now, M3 Max later in November. M3 Ultra (two M3 Max combined) is not announced. Apple will be squeezing out as many machines as they can and can shift iPhone capacity there.

This MacBook Pro is for people who “need” the latest and greatest. Space Black is for that crowd.

M3 raises the performance for graphics-intense workloads. And its hardware-supported codecs for video playback lead to even greater battery performance. If you can spare this much money for watching Netflix.

If you are in the market for Mac Pro or Mac Studio, hold your horses until next year.