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A Path to Windows Apps on M1-Based Macs with Windows 10 on ARM

The new M1-based Macs can’t run traditional Windows, which requires a computer with an Intel chip, but Windows Insiders can run an ARM-based version not usually available to consumers, and it may be more useful than it might seem.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Plastic Fantastic Trainer: Get Stealth Exercise at Home

Looking for a way to work out at home during the pandemic? Adam Engst tried the Stealth Core Trainer, which enables you to do dynamic planks while using your body as a game controller for playing simple video games on your iPhone.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Salesforce Buys Slack for $27.7 Billion

Cloud-based business services provider Salesforce has announced that it’s buying chat service Slack for nearly $28 billion.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Thunderbolt Improvements in the M1-Based Macs

Although the M1-based Macs have only two Thunderbolt ports, they each have their own bus and support the Thunderbolt 4 option that enables the use of Thunderbolt hubs.

Josh Centers 2 comments

No TidBITS Issue on 30 November 2020

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday—without traveling!—in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 7 December 2020.

Josh Centers 1 comment

iOS 14.2.1 Fixes Three Bugs for iPhone 12 Users

Apple has released iOS 14.2.1 to address a trio of bugs in the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Adam Engst 30 comments

Hiding Apple’s Big Sur Upgrade Badges

macOS Big Sur has been out for only a short time, but Apple is already pushing it on users by badging the System Preferences Dock icon and displaying a Big Sur-only update to GarageBand. Adam Engst shares a few workarounds that can reduce the annoyance.

Josh Centers 14 comments

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max: A Roundup of Reviews

The early reviews are in for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the two extremes of the iPhone range. What do you give up by choosing one of these extreme sizes?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

The iPhone Gets 5G, but What’s It Like in Real-World Use?

Apple’s iPhone 12 line is the first with 5G, meaning the phones can tap into high-speed data from the main cellular carriers in the US. But “high speed” is relative. Depending on carrier and location, downloads are crazy fast or merely akin to 4G LTE. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tried T-Mobile and Verizon 5G.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Drops App Store Commission to 15% for Small Developers

At the start of 2021, Apple will open a new program that promises to slash the App Store commission for smaller developers in half.

Josh Centers 68 comments

Big Sur Is Here, but We Suggest You Say “No Sir” for Now

Apple has released macOS 11 Big Sur, but we advise delaying upgrades to production Macs thanks to significant behind-the-scenes changes.

Adam Engst 33 comments

Apple Network Failure Destroys an Afternoon of Worldwide Mac Productivity

If you had problems launching apps on your Mac—or if it was just behaving weirdly—around 4 PM Eastern Standard Time on 12 November 2020, here’s why.

Adam Engst 25 comments

International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

Adam Engst No comments

New Dutch and Japanese Translators Wanted!

If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we could use your help in translating TidBITS!

Glenn Fleishman 27 comments

Understanding 5G, and Why It’s the Future (Not Present) for Mobile Communications

The latest set of cellular networking standards—collected under the rubric of “5G”—improves mobile networking performance ever closer to Wi-Fi and wired connections, but it’s not worth all the hype. Not yet, anyway.