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Comment: A news focused Apple Start Page would be a welcome upgrade for Safari

A few weeks ago, I was having some issues where I couldn’t get my VPN to work on my laptop. I was running the beta of macOS Catalina, so I decided to fix the problem by just reformatting and setting up my laptop from scratch. Thanks to iCloud and the Mac App Store, doing a new install of macOS is pretty easy time-wise. It did fix the problem, but as I was changing my Safari Start Page back to DuckDuckGo, I had a thought. Why hasn’t Apple built a default “Start Page” for Safari to create a tremendous first-run experience for Apple products? Plenty of internet service providers are already in this business (including my own ISP). My first job out of college was working for a small ISP in Ringgold, GA. They were on the cutting edge then, and they are now offering fiber all over the city. One of the projects I came up with was integrating a dedicated Google Search box into the start page that every ISP customer had by default if they wanted our technicians to set them up on their PC/Mac. You can view an archive.org link to what the site looked like a few years ago. They’ve since moved it to a simplified e-mail login page, but the Google Search box remains. I’ve been gone from that company for a decade, but a project I helped with is still making “mailbox money” (meaning that a check arrives without a single person doing anything to make it). Here are some ideas I have for an Apple Start Page. more…

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