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Adam Engst

#1695: Arc Instant Links, HomeKit 2.4 GHz mystery, Authy Desktop ending, Apple report card

If you use Authy Desktop on the Mac, you’ll need to look for a replacement within the next month. In continued coverage of the Arc Web browser that has radically increased his productivity, Adam Engst…

Adam Engst

#1694: OS text display bug fixed, CTA Tech Trends from CES, what TidBITS readers would pay for a Vision Pro, Pong Wars

The important news from last week is that Apple released macOS 14.3.1, iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1, and Safari 17.3.1  to address an annoying bug in WebKit that could cause text to overlap or be duplicated…

Adam Engst

#1693: Vision Pro reviews, secure sharing over the Internet, Apple Q1 2024 financials, what’s a Vision Pro worth to you?

The Vision Pro is here! We round up the best of the early reviews, and Adam Engst shares some thoughts and impressions before asking how much you would pay for a Vision Pro. We’re pleased…

Adam Engst

#1692: Stolen Device Protection, AI voice scams, Apple and the EU’s DMA, the Mac’s 40th anniversary

The big news making the rounds is Apple’s bitter announcement about how it will comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act. Josh Centers rejoins us to look at what it entails and Apple’s grudging…

Adam Engst

#1691: OS updates with Stolen Device Protection, unwanted Sonoma upgrades, external payments in apps, adjusting touch duration, Blood Oxygen disabled

Apple has released a slew of operating system updates, including iOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection and support for AirPlay to select hotel TVs, collaborative playlists in Apple Music, and more AppleCare and warranty info.

Adam Engst

#1690: BBEdit 15 adds ChatGPT, OS widget usage poll results, Magic Keyboard firmware update

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 15 with around 200 changes and improvements, including a ChatGPT worksheet, a minimap for fast navigation of long documents, and direct access to document revisions (even those maintained automatically…

Adam Engst

#1689: Vision Pro ship date, evaluating new Apple device features, minor OS updates, iPhone passcode thief, Time Machine and iCloud Drive

Apple’s big news dropped today—the Apple Vision Pro “spatial computer” will ship on 2 February 2024. Before the holiday break, Apple released macOS, iOS, and iPadOS updates to fix minor bugs. Joanna Stern of the…

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#1688: Former Apple engineer on watchOS 10, Apple hardware testing tool, Stolen Device Protection, Apple Watch sales halted, smart TV privacy abuses

The holidays are upon us, and we’re taking a two-week break from email issues—see you next on 8 January 2024! Former Apple engineer David Shayer joins us again to look at the significant interface changes…

Adam Engst

#1687: Feature-rich OS updates, recovering from a crashing bug in Contacts, Zoom for Apple TV, how much do you use widgets?

The bulk of our coverage this week revolves around Apple’s just-released updates to iOS 17.2, iPadOS 17.2, macOS 14.2 Sonoma, watchOS 10.2, and tvOS 17.2, all of which deliver improvements and features Apple promised earlier…

Adam Engst

#1686: Please support TidBITS, OS security updates, Apple services poll results, biking with an iPhone

We seldom make a fuss about this, but TidBITS memberships provide the revenue that enables us to continue publishing each week. Will you support TidBITS today? Content that members made possible this week includes coverage…

Adam Engst

#1685: Hidden secrets of the Fn key, Emergency SOS via satellite free access extended, RCS support in Messages, Rogue Amoeba icon evolution

We’re taking next week off for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, so look for your next email issue on 4 December 2023. Apple announced that iPhone 14 users will receive another free year…

Adam Engst

#1684: OS bug fix releases, Finder tag poll results, Messages identity verification, blocking spambots, which Apple services do you use?

Apple updated many of its operating systems last week, not primarily for security vulnerabilities, but to fix some gnarly bugs. Glenn Fleishman dives into Contact Key Verification, a tweaky feature in the next version of…

Adam Engst

#1683: New M3 chips in updated MacBook Pros and iMac, record Apple Q4 profits on lower revenues, no more 27-inch iMacs

The big news of the week is Apple’s release of the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips to power a new crop of 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and a speed-bumped 24-inch iMac.

Adam Engst

#1682: Apple’s “Scary Fast” announcement, X.1 updates to 2023 OS versions, Microsoft Word’s 40th anniversary, 5G wireless Internet

By the time you read this, Apple will have announced something—new Macs with an M3 chip?—at its nighttime (for us) “Scary Fast” event. We’ll have coverage of that on the TidBITS website on Tuesday. We’ve…

Adam Engst

#1681: Take Control Books 20th anniversary, USB-C Apple Pencil, Kini motion detector monitors access, topical social spaces

We’re thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Take Control Books, the ebook imprint that we founded in 2003 and sold to Joe Kissell back in 2017. Apple has introduced a third Apple Pencil model…