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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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Getting Sharper Text on M1-based Macs with 1440p Displays

If you’ve wanted to enable HiDPI scaling for sharper text on a 1440p display connected to an M1-based Mac, you’ve been out of luck… until now. The open source BetterDummy helps you take full advantage of 1440p external screens.

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New FaceTime Features: Links, Grids, and a Web App

New FaceTime features like links, grid view, and a Web client make FaceTime in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey more competitive with video conferencing apps like Zoom.

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watchOS 8.1.1 Fixes Apple Watch Series 7 Charging Issues

Apple has released watchOS 8.1.1 to address charging problems with the Apple Watch Series 7.

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iOS 15.1.1 Prevents Dropped Calls on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

Apple has released iOS 15.1.1 exclusively for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to address a bug causing dropped calls.

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Custom Mouse Pointers Blamed for Monterey Memory Leak

Reports of massive memory leaks in macOS 12 Monterey have been traced back to custom pointer changes. Resetting custom pointers should reduce or eliminate the problems until Apple releases a fix.

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Disk Utility in macOS 12 Monterey Manages APFS Snapshots

Howard Oakley of The Eclectic Light Company blog shows that Disk Utility in Monterey now lets you view and work with APFS snapshots.

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How to Use FaceTime Screen Sharing and SharePlay

With iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, you can share your screen over FaceTime and even share synchronized music and movies with others during a FaceTime call. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay.

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iOS 14.8.1 and iPadOS 14.8.1 Address Security Vulnerabilities

Apple has released important security updates for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for a variety of vulnerabilities.

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Apple Releases macOS 12 Monterey with iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, and HomePod Software 15.1

Apple has officially launched macOS 12 Monterey, along with updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 that add various and sundry new features.

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Panic Reveals Secret iPod Prototype

Apple development company Panic has had an iPod prototype in a closet for two decades and is now showing it to the world.

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Cut Down on Junk Mail with iCloud+’s Hide My Email

The new Hide My Email feature of iCloud+ helps you avoid junk email by creating disposable forwarding addresses when you sign up for websites and apps. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

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macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, and tvOS 15.1 Arriving Next Week

Apple’s next wave of operating system updates arrives 25 October 2021, including macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15.1.

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TipBITS: Stop Grouping Reminders Notifications

iOS tends to stack notifications on the iPhone’s Lock screen to prevent them from taking up too much space. But that can be a problem for critical apps like Reminders where missing an obscured notification can be problematic. Thankfully, you can turn off notification grouping on a per-app basis.

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“Unleashed” Apple Event Set for 18 October 2021

Apple’s “Unleashed” event on 18 October 2021 will likely debut new Apple silicon-powered Macs, including a rumored MacBook Pro redesign.

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iOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.2, and watchOS 8.0.1 Fix Bugs, Major Security Flaw

Apple has released iOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.2, and watchOS 8.0.1 to fix some early bugs and a major security vulnerability in iOS and iPadOS.