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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1580: iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Apple Watch Series 7, redesigned iPad mini, and upgraded iPad, plus iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15

It’s a big week in the Apple world! At last Tuesday’s “California Streaming” event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the slightly larger Apple Watch Series 7, the redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini,…

Josh Centers

#1579: Apple “California Streaming” event, OS security updates, Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit decided, Internet privacy limitations, combine Mac speakers

Apple’s “California Streaming” event is tomorrow! We expect a new iPhone, a redesigned Apple Watch, and release dates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Today, Apple released macOS 11.6 Big Sur,…

Josh Centers

#1578: Apple delays CSAM detection, upgrade Quicken 2007 to Quicken Deluxe, App Store settlement and regulatory changes

Apple has announced that it will be delaying the controversial technologies that tried to match known illegal CSAM images uploaded to iCloud Photos and scanned for explicit pictures sent or received by minors in Messages.

Josh Centers

#1577: iPhone 12/12 Pro repair program, fix corrupted Chrome extensions, iCloud Mail custom domains, Chipolo AirTag alternative, 10-digit dialing changes

This issue of TidBITS is a grab bag of topics large and small. If you have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro suffering from a lack of sound during calls, Apple will fix it…

Josh Centers

#1576: Work with image text using TextSniper and Photos Search, upgrade your home Wi-Fi, comparing MagSafe battery packs

Ever wanted to search for text in your photos or copy text from a graphic? Apple’s Live Text technology promises just that in macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15, but TextSniper and Photos Search offer…

Josh Centers

#1575: More CSAM Detection details emerge, many-stop route planning with MapQuest, Speedify VPN, macOS 11.5.2

The controversy surrounding Apple’s announcement that iOS 15 would detect child sexual abuse material being uploaded to iCloud Photos continues. Last week, Apple posted yet another explanatory document and sent software chief Craig Federighi to…

Adam Engst

#1574: FAQ about Apple’s “Expanded Protections for Children,” control third-party displays with Lunar, signing group cards during a pandemic

Apple ignited a firestorm of controversy last week when it announced new features designed to protect children by scanning iCloud Photos uploads for known child sexual abuse material and identifying images of a sensitive nature…

Josh Centers

#1573: Apple’s record Q3 results, why Apple is “antifragile,” watchOS 7.6.1 fixes security vulnerability

Life intervened this week, so we have a svelte TidBITS issue for you. Apple finished off its operating system updates from last week with watchOS 7.6.1, which addresses the serious vulnerability fixed in the other…

Josh Centers

#1572: iOS/iPadOS 14.7.1 and macOS 11.5.1, hidden trick for Mac screenshots, BBEdit 14 adds Notes, Siri Remote AirTag sleeves

Last week, Apple released iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5 Big Sur, completing the cycle of updates that began with iOS 14.7 and revealing fixes for Wi-Fi security issues. This week, Apple abruptly pushed out iOS…

Josh Centers

#1571: iOS 14.7 update, Apple/Beats audio gear buyer’s guide, SFTP without passwords, Consumer Reports Internet survey

Apple released iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, HomePod Software 14.7, and tvOS 14.7 with a few small enhancements and bug fixes—we expect iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5 Big Sur soon. If you’re in the market for…

Josh Centers

#1570: Brave Search public beta, Consumer Cellular review, Nitro buys PDFPen from Smile, Global Delight sponsoring TidBITS

Are you a PDFpen user? The big news in the Apple world this week is that Nitro Software is buying PDFpen from Smile. Adam Engst talked with both companies and thinks it’s likely to be…

Josh Centers

#1569: T-Mobile Network Test Drive with eSIM, App Store white paper, best Mac site-specific browsers, OS public betas

For those champing at the bit to try Apple’s forthcoming operating systems, Apple has now released betas of macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Apple has also been waging…

Josh Centers

#1568: M1 Macs for the desktop, RAW Power 3 image editor, Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, Apple products and pacemakers

Health has become increasingly high-tech. Adam Engst recently had a COVID-19 scare but was able to set his mind at ease with the iPhone-enabled Ellume COVID-19 Home Test. And for those with pacemakers and other…

Josh Centers

#1567: New Apple privacy protections, 2021 OS system requirements, iOS 12.5.4 security update, Mailplane calls it quits, MagSafe accessories

We’ll be skipping next week’s email issue to give Managing Editor Josh Centers time to welcome his first daughter into the world—keep reading our articles on the Web and look for our next issue on…

Josh Centers

#1566: Top new features from WWDC, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, explaining AirTag safety alerts

The 2021 WWDC keynote has come and gone. Apple announced far more than we could fit in one issue, so we rounded up 20 of the most interesting features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS…