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Adam Engst 27 comments

Kernel Vulnerability Causes Apple to Update All Operating Systems

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to address a security vulnerability in the kernel that could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Update soon!

Josh Centers 15 comments

Apple Adds Free Fonts to Catalina

If you’ve upgraded to macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, note that Apple has licensed a number of lovely fonts you can use for free.

Adam Engst 16 comments

macOS 10.15.5 Update Adds Battery Health Management

Apple has released macOS 10.15.5 Catalina with a new battery health management feature for recent Mac laptops, along with a necessary option for Group FaceTime, calibration for the Pro Display XDR, and a smattering of bug and security fixes.

Adam Engst 5 comments

VintageApple.org Archives the Early Mac Universe

Adam Engst was recently turned on to the VintageApple.org site, which has full archives of Macworld, MacUser, and Byte, along with hundreds of vintage books about the Mac and Apple. Check it out!

Adam Engst Josh Centers 22 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

Adam Engst 54 comments

Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro Dumps Butterfly Keyboard, Doubles Storage

Apple has announced an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro that eliminates the butterfly keyboard and doubles the standard storage. The higher-end models also feature 10th-generation Intel CPUs for faster performance.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Bloomberg Reports Apple Will Start Transitioning the Mac to ARM in 2021

After years of rumors about how Apple was planning to transition the Mac from Intel-based CPUs to its own ARM-based processors, Bloomberg reports that the move will start in 2021.

Adam Engst 64 comments

Six Lessons Learned from Dealing with an iMac’s Dead SSD

After working through the failure of his iMac’s SSD, Adam Engst shares the lessons he learned with regard to backing up, restoring, and eking out the most life from old hardware. Hint: waiting to upgrade hardware and software can make troubleshooting and recovery more difficult.

Adam Engst 31 comments

TipBITS: Stop Getting Finder Windows in Tabs

Frustrated by having drives and folders in the Finder open in tabs instead of new windows, Adam Engst discovered that there are two preferences that control this behavior, and one is in a surprising spot.

Josh Centers 14 comments

macOS 10.15.4 Catalina Supplemental Update Fixes FaceTime Bug

Apple has released macOS 10.15.4 Catalina Supplemental Update to fix a FaceTime bug and others introduced in macOS 10.15.4.

Josh Centers 8 comments

The 2020 MacBook Air’s FaceTime HD Camera Is Still Lousy

Joanna Stern took the 2020 MacBook Air webcam for a spin, comparing it to other popular laptop webcams and a 2010 MacBook Pro, and found that, while they’re all terrible in comparison with an iPhone 11, Apple’s laptop webcams haven’t improved much in the past decade.

Adam Engst 17 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, tvOS 13.4, and iOS 13.4 for HomePod

Although Apple focused most of its operating system update work on iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, the integration of the company’s platforms means that everything else received updates as well. Here’s the rundown.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Aerial Brings Apple TV Screen Savers to the Mac

Do you like the Aerial screen savers on your Apple TV? A free, open-source app brings them to your Mac’s screen as well.

Adam Engst 19 comments

New MacBook Air Features Magic Keyboard and Lower Price

Following last year's release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard, Apple has now brought that keyboard to the MacBook Air. The updated model also features faster performance, more storage options, and a lower entry-level price of $999.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Apple Doubles Mac mini Storage Configurations

Apple announced that the Mac mini standard configurations now have twice as much storage as before, while prices remain the same. There are no other changes.