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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1629: iOS 16.0.2, customizing the iOS 16 Lock Screen, iPhone wallet cases, meditate for free with Oak

Late last week, Apple released iOS 16.0.2 to address a few early iOS 16 bugs, most notably excessive paste permission prompts and camera shake in third-party apps on the iPhone 14 Pro. Want to improve…

Josh Centers

#1628: iPhone 14 impressions, Dark Sky end-of-life, tales from Rogue Amoeba

Josh Centers unexpectedly scored a review iPhone 14 for a few days before it shipped, so he shares his initial impressions of it from the perspective of someone still using an iPhone 11 Pro. Triggered…

Josh Centers

#1627: iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch SE/Series 8/Ultra, new AirPods Pro, iOS 16 and watchOS 9 released, Steve Jobs Archive

What a week! Apple has just released iOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod Software 16, with iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura due next month. At last week’s Far Out event, Apple unveiled…

Josh Centers

#1626: AirTag replacement battery gotcha, Kindle Kids software flaws, iOS 12.5.6 security fix

Following recent security-focused updates to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has issued iOS 12.5.6 to fix the same serious WebKit vulnerability for older devices. If you still use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch…

Josh Centers

#1625: Apple’s “Far Out” event, the future of FileMaker, free NMUG membership, Quick Note and tags in Notes, Plex suffers data breach

It’s that time again! Apple’s annual iPhone announcement event is next week, and we’re also anticipating new Apple Watch models along with news about when iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will ship. However, Apple has…

Josh Centers

#1624: Important OS security updates, rescuing QuickTake 150 photos, AirTag alerts while traveling

Last week, Apple released iOS 15.6.1, iPadOS 15.6.1, and macOS 12.5.1 to address a pair of critical security issues—you should update soon. Apple’s QuickTake 100 from 1994 was the first consumer digital camera, but Photos…

Josh Centers

#1623: How to turn off YouTube’s PiP, use AirPlay to Mac, and securely erase Mac drives

We’re in the quiet weeks before Apple releases new devices and operating systems, so we have a “How To” issue for you this week, with three practical articles. Josh Centers leads off with a quick…

Josh Centers

#1622: OS feature survey results, Continuity Camera webcam preview, OWC miniStack STX

Last week we asked you which of the 20 top features you use from Apple’s 2021 operating systems: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey. The results are in, and Adam Engst takes a…

Josh Centers

#1621: Apple Q3 2022 financials, Slack’s new free plan restrictions, which OS features do you use?

Apple’s Q3 2022 was its worst financial quarter since the darkest days of the pandemic, but the company still managed to break records and beat estimates. Adam Engst examines Slack’s new restrictions on free accounts…

Josh Centers

#1620: OS updates, AssistiveTouch for iOS shortcut palette, Photos album sharing bug

Last week, Apple released minor updates for its current round of operating systems, along with security updates for macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 11 Big Sur. After nearly a decade, Josh Centers revisits the AssistiveTouch…

Josh Centers

#1619: Stage Manager first impressions, Live Text in Preview redux, SMS 2FA failure fix, moving large folders with ChronoSync

Julio Ojeda-Zapata explores the new Stage Manager window management feature in the betas of iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura to give you a feel for how it works—complete with animated examples—and how it might…

Josh Centers

#1618: M2 MacBook Air available to order, Lockdown Mode, Live Text vs. Preview selections, portable power for a MacBook Pro

The M2 MacBook Air is now available to order. The first batch will arrive this Friday, but new orders are already slipping to mid-August. Apple has announced the new Lockdown Mode in iOS 16, a…

Josh Centers

#1617: Pages regains mail merge, HomeKit sensor improvements, keyboard flags in Monterey

American flags adorn flagpoles and lawns alike for the Fourth of July holiday here in the United States, but Mac users won’t see the Stars and Stripes as the icon for the US keyboard input…

Josh Centers

#1616: Explaining passkeys, Apple challenges for senior citizens, macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur fixes email attachment bug

In its WWDC keynote, Apple introduced a new authentication technology called “passkeys” as a simpler, more secure replacement for passwords. Glenn Fleishman joins us to explain how passkeys work and why they’re so much better…

Josh Centers

#1615: Why Stage Manager needs an M1 iPad, Limit IP Address Tracking problems, Citibank cryptocurrency confusion

iPadOS 16’s marquee feature is Stage Manager, which adds Mac-like windowing to the iPad, but controversially, Apple requires an M1 iPad to use it. Josh Centers explores Apple’s reasoning and suggests how the company could…