News items you should check out: May 21

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, occasionally we’ll direct your attention to articles from various other sources worth your time.

° The latest iOS 14.7 beta enables HomePod users to set timers from the Home app, a function previously restricted to voice instructions through Siri.

° AppleInsider reports that Apple has introduced a new affiliate program tied to its premium Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, letting users earn a commission when they drive subscriptions to a show.

° Apple has updated its Apple Store app for iPadOS with a new sidebar that offers quick access to retail features like shopping and Today at Apple sessions.

° DigiTimes says the new iPad Pro is likely to be delayed as  issues with supply for the mini-LED display will postpone the first wave of pre-orders.

° Sen. Amy Klobuchar is back with a bill to protect consumer data privacy when collected by large tech platforms like Facebook and Google, reports The Verge.

° Apple has posted a new privacy-focused ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting App Tracking Transparency on the iPhone.

° In an interview with CNN Underscored, Tim Twerdahl, Apple’s vice president of product marketing for Home and Audio, thinks that, despite criticisms about its price, he thinks the $179 device offers a “tremendous amount of value” when it comes to bang for the buck.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.