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Josh Centers

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS, as well as the author of Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of Apple Home Automation, and Take Control of Apple TV, and co-author of Take Control of Preview. He's also a contributor to The Prepared and USA TODAY.

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FTC Votes Unanimously in Favor of Right to Repair

Responding to President Biden’s executive order, the Federal Trade Commission has voted 5-0 to go after companies that make repair difficult.

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Apple Releases iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5 with Security Notes for Recent OS Updates

Apple has completed its latest cycle of operating system updates with the release of iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5. Along with them come security notes for all recent releases.

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iOS 14.7 Adds Support for the MagSafe Battery Pack

iOS 14.7 brings support for the MagSafe Battery Pack and shared Apple Card credit limits. Apple also released watchOS 7.6, HomePod Software 14.7, and tvOS 14.7 with minor changes.

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Consumer Reports and The Verge Are Surveying the US Broadband Landscape

Consumer Reports and The Verge are conducting a survey of Internet access in the United States, and they’re asking users to perform speed tests and upload PDFs of their bills.

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Consumer Cellular Offers Cheap, No-Nonsense Access to AT&T’s Cellular Network

Fed up with Verizon’s high prices and poor service, Josh Centers decided to try the AT&T network through Consumer Cellular. After a successful test, he ended up switching.

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Biden Executive Order Could Significantly Impact Big Tech

President Joe Biden has signed a far-reaching executive order that calls for right-to-repair regulations, rules on surveillance and accumulation of data, a ban on early termination fees, and more.

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Study Shows Fitness Trackers Can Track Long-COVID Symptoms

More research from the Scripps Research DETECT study suggests that wearables like the Apple Watch show promise in both detecting COVID-19 infections and tracking long-COVID symptoms.

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Obscure Bug Could Disable the %p%s%s%s%s%n Wi-Fi on Your iPhone or iPad

An odd bug in iOS and iPadOS could render your Wi-Fi inoperable if you join an oddly named network.

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Apple Discontinuing Space Gray Accessories

Just months after it dropped the iMac Pro from the lineup, Apple has discontinued the space gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse that matched the iMac Pro’s space gray color. Order now if you want one, while supplies last.

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Apple Halts iPhone 12 mini Production

Low sales of the iPhone 12 mini have reportedly compelled Apple to wrap up production early to make room for the upcoming iPhone 13 mini.

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Apple Opens Public Betas for macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15

Apple has opened public betas of its next-generation operating systems, but remember that these aren’t for everyday use. Only install on devices that you can dedicate to testing!

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Apple Releases iOS 12.5.4 to Block Security Vulnerabilities in Older iOS Devices

Apple has released what is essentially a security update for iOS 12 to address three security vulnerabilities, including two that are actively being exploited in the wild.

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No Email Issue on 21 June 2021 for New Staff Onboarding

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week to make way for the latest addition to the Centers family, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 28 June 2021.

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2021 Apple Design Award Winners

Apple has announced 2021’s Apple Design Award winners, this time splitting them out into six categories.

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The Real System Requirements for Apple’s 2021 Operating Systems

Apple’s upcoming operating systems have an impressively long list of supported models, but devils dance in the details. Older devices won’t be able to take advantage of all the new features, reasonably enough, but you should be aware of what you might be missing.