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Josh Centers

#1561: More OS security updates, Apple’s huge Q2 2021, 10 Gbps Ethernet for M1 Mac mini, Color Balance in tvOS 14.5

A week after updating all its operating systems, Apple has pushed out iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS 11.3.1 Big Sur, and watchOS 7.4.1 to fix an App Tracking Transparency bug and a nasty WebKit vulnerability…

Josh Centers

#1560: Apple OS updates, M1 24-inch iMac and iPad Pro, AirTag, Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote, AppleCard Family, purple iPhone 12, AppleCare+ for Macs

Last week at its “Spring Loaded” event, Apple made a slew of announcements, several of which focused on the M1 chip. The new M1-based 24-inch iMac showcased the model’s first major redesign in years, with…

Josh Centers

#1559: Apple event speculation, T-Mobile Home Internet, 31 years of TidBITS, exchange old AirPods, manage iPhone apps in bulk

Last week, we marked 31 years of TidBITS with a desire to leave the negativity of 2020 behind and look to a more positive future. That future starts tomorrow, with Apple’s latest event, and in…

Josh Centers

#1558: Apple opens up Find My service, fix Apple Watch Series 3 updates, extend Mac life with an external SSD, explaining emulation, virtualization, and Rosetta 2

Apple has finally officially opened up its Find My app to third-party device makers, but those devices still appear to be months away. If you can’t update your Apple Watch Series 3 to watchOS 7…

Josh Centers

#1557: Combatting Zoom fatigue, Emergency Bypass for Do Not Disturb, electric bike apps, virtual WWDC date set, Rogue Amoeba sponsoring TidBITS

Zoom fatigue is a very real problem, and Adam Engst covers some new research from Stanford University that explains why video calls are so exhausting and what we can do about it. Do you struggle with…

Josh Centers

#1556: Security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS; Drink Different posters; 20th anniversary of Mac OS X; books to learn the Mac command line

Apple last week pushed out important updates to iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to fix a WebKit vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild. For those who like a little…

Josh Centers

#1555: Apple privacy labels, Caller ID authentication, knock-off Sport Loop watch bands, take care when deleting Messages conversations

Fed up with the constant onslaught of spam phone calls? Glenn Fleishman explains that there may soon be a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol, which Apple…

Josh Centers

#1554: HomePod discontinued, AirPods Max review, is it safe to upgrade to Big Sur?

Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod but will focus its efforts on the HomePod mini. Originally starting at $349, the HomePod struggled to compete against Amazon’s Alexa devices, most of which are $100 or less.

Josh Centers

#1553: Apple security updates, iMac Pro discontinued, Mail scrolling bug, locked Apple ID, magnetic USB-C charging adapters

Apple today released iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS 11.2.3 Big Sur, and watchOS 7.3.2 to address a concerning WebKit vulnerability. Over the weekend, Apple quietly discontinued the iMac Pro and is selling off the remaining…

Josh Centers

#1552: macOS 11.2.2 defangs non-compliant USB-C hubs, starting seeds with HomeKit, do you still need a bootable backup?

If you’re using a recent MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with Big Sur and a powered USB-C hub or dock, be sure to read our coverage of macOS 11.2.2, which protects those Macs from damage…

Josh Centers

#1551: New Model M keyboard, Apple Platform Security Guide, final collection of CES 2021 gadgets

Want to learn how Apple thinks about security? Rich Mogull takes a deep dive into Apple’s latest Platform Security Guide to see how the company is leveraging its vertical integration to secure your data all…

Josh Centers

#1550: 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro battery replacement, Big Sur free space snag, macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur update, Insta360 ONE X2 Steady Cam, more from CES 2021

Having charging problems with a 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro? Apple has instituted a repair program to replace those Macs’ batteries for free when they won’t charge past 1%. macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur and macOS…

Josh Centers

#1549: Apple Watch Breathe notifications, BlastDoor hardens iMessage, add AirPlay to a stereo, present better in Zoom

Are you annoyed by your Apple Watch reminding you to breathe? Josh Centers explains how you can easily adjust or eliminate those notifications. Some worrisome iMessage vulnerabilities were exploited in 2020, but Glenn Fleishman explains…

Josh Centers

#1548: Apple updates all platforms, Apple’s Q1 2021 shatters records, Nomad wireless charging mat

Last week, Apple released watchOS 7.3, iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, and tvOS 14.4. The updates address numerous security vulnerabilities, including two serious exploits, and the watchOS update adds a new face to celebrate Black History…

Josh Centers

#1547: NOVID early warning system for COVID-19 infections, iPhone 12 versus pacemakers, Hue Lightstrips, more CES 2021 tech

Do you know anyone with a pacemaker or defibrillator? An alarming study has demonstrated that iPhone 12’s MagSafe magnets can interfere with implanted medical devices. Adam Engst explains why the iPhone 12 isn’t the only…