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No TidBITS Issue on 28 November 2016

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 5 December 2016.Show full article

Apple Announces New Apple Book

For those who think Apple doesn’t have the resources to update some app or bit of hardware, consider the company’s latest product announcement.Show full article

Apple Launches iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair Program

Apple has launched a repair program to address the “touch disease” affecting some iPhone 6 Plus phones. The company claims the problem is related to the phone being dropped repeatedly, and is charging $149 for the repairs.Show full article

Apple Announces iPhone 6s Repair Program for Unexpected Shutdowns

Apple has launched a repair program to address spontaneous shutdown issues that affect a small number of iPhone 6s phones.Show full article

Understanding Apple’s Marginalization of the Mac

Adam Engst argues that Apple’s recent Mac-related announcements are understandable because, despite its size and capabilities, the company can focus on only one platform at a time. And it’s not the Mac.Show full article

What Apple’s MacBook Lineup Should Look Like

Dismayed by Apple’s direction with the new MacBook Pro models? You’re far from alone. Either way, Adam Engst feels that Apple needs to rethink its laptop lineup to provide models that optimize for each of price, size, and performance.Show full article

Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of Focus

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros is a gimmick, but so was the mouse once upon a time. In fact, Apple’s latest gimmick addresses a problem we didn’t know we had: the friction caused by a single point of focus.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 November 2016

Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.2, Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 and Office 2011 14.7, Hazel 4.0.8, Slack for Mac 2.3.2, Postbox 5.0.7, ChronoSync 4.7.1, 1Password 6.5.1, and Pixelmator 3.6.Show full article

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