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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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macOS 11 Big Sur Arrives Thursday, Delay Upgrades

macOS 11 Big Sur is right around the corner, but we recommend holding off until Apple, Mac developers, and the Mac community can smooth the rough edges.

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MagSafe Is Cool, but Is It Worth the Trade-Offs?

MagSafe may be the most intriguing feature of the iPhone 12, but is it worth the trade-offs in charging speed, inefficient power usage, and more? We take a look at the promise of MagSafe and then examine some of the early gotchas that have cropped up.

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Apple to Close Out 2020 with “One More Thing”

Apple is having a third event in as many months to announce “One more thing.” We’ll likely learn more about the future of the Mac and Apple silicon then, along with getting the release date for macOS 11 Big Sur.

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Apple TV Is Coming to Xbox Game Consoles

The Apple TV app is coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One and next-generation Xbox game consoles.

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David Bowie’s 1999 Insights into the Internet

The BBC has recently resurfaced a 1999 interview in which musician David Bowie offered some prescient insights about the future of the Internet.

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Is Apple Building Its Own Search Engine?

Search in iOS 14 is a bit less reliant on Google, leading some to consider the possibility that Apple is building its own search engine.

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Zoom Rolls Out Preview of End-to-End Encryption

In its continuing effort to improve the security and privacy of its videoconferencing service, Zoom is offering a technical preview of its new end-to-end encryption feature.

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I Bought an Apple Watch as a Gift. It Turned into a Tech-Support Setup Nightmare

No good deed goes unpunished. Josh Centers bought an Apple Watch for a relative who had heart surgery but ended up spending many hours getting it set up.

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Insiders Explain Apple’s Unusual Organizational Structure

The Harvard Business Review has published an extensive look at how Apple’s organizational structure works and how it differs from most companies, written by two Apple University faculty members.

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Code-Signing Snafu Breaks Many HP Printers

HP unintentionally revoked a security certificate that broke printing for many Mac users. Some may be able to reinstall updated HP drivers successfully, whereas others should use AirPrint or a generic PostScript driver instead.