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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1541: Thanksgiving hiatus, understanding 5G, iPhone 12 mini and Pro Max reviews, hiding Big Sur update badges, iOS 14.2.1, App Store commission drop

This week includes the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we’ll be taking the opportunity to count our blessings and recover from the ravages of 2020 instead of preparing an issue for next week.

Josh Centers

#1540: Apple’s first M1 Macs, delay Big Sur upgrades, Apple snafu temporarily broke Macs, new TidBITS translators needed

Last week was huge for the Mac, with the release of macOS 11 Big Sur and the first wave of Macs based on Apple silicon: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini,…

Josh Centers

#1539: AirPods Pro service program, broader Intercom support, numerous Apple OS updates, MagSafe quirks

In anticipation of tomorrow’s big Mac event, Apple last week cleared the decks with updates for all of its non-Mac operating systems to patch problematic security holes and add new features, like Intercom support for…

Josh Centers

#1538: Apple announces “One more thing” event, Apple search engine, Apple’s record Q4 2020 results, Apple Watch setup headaches, HomeKit Secure Video

It’s time for “One more thing.” That’s right, Apple has scheduled another event for 10 November 2020. Could it be the unveiling of Macs with Apple silicon and a release date for macOS 11 Big…

Josh Centers

#1537: iOS 14.1 and other updates, iPhone 12 reviews, watchOS 7.0.3 fixes, Apple Watch Series 6 blood oxygen sensor

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro started shipping last week, and we have a roundup of some of the best early reviews so you can decide whether to upgrade—reviews of the iPhone 12 mini…

Josh Centers

#1536: iPhone 12 details, $99 HomePod mini, sleep tracking in iOS 14 and watchOS 7, watchOS 7.0.2 battery life fix, BBEdit 13.5

Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event last week marked the unveiling of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and finally, what many TidBITS readers have been clamoring for, the iPhone 12 mini. We…

Josh Centers

#1535: Apple announces “Hi, Speed” event, Function101 Apple TV remote, why we won’t see third-party Apple Watch faces, Mimestream Gmail client for Mac

Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event is coming tomorrow, and we’ll be watching the product announcements—likely the iPhone 12 and potentially more—live while chatting with TidBITS readers in SlackBITS. If Apple’s slippery Siri Remote for the Apple…

Josh Centers

#1534: macOS 10.14.6 Mojave Supplemental Update, New York’s COVID Alert NY app, Apple Watch pandemic uses, easier arranging of iOS apps

Last week, Apple released a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.6 Mojave to fix serious bugs introduced with the Safari 14.0 update and revealed by Security Update 2020-005. Apple and Google have baked their joint COVID-19…

Josh Centers

1533: Apple OS bug fixes, Back Tap and user-defined default apps in iOS 14, third-gen Apple TV problems, MinuteHound sponsoring TidBITS, RIP Oliver Habicht

We’re pleased to welcome our latest long-term sponsor, MinuteHound, which provides a zero-contact biometric time and attendance tracking solution. Apple has released the first round of bug-fix updates with iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1,…

Josh Centers

#1532: iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 released; new iPad and iPad Air; Apple Fitness+ and Apple One bundles; Apple Watch Series 6 and SE

Last week was a big one in the Apple world! After Apple announced a redesigned iPad Air, an updated iPad, the Apple Watch Series 6 with a blood oxygen sensor, and the lower-cost Apple Watch…

Josh Centers

#1531: Upcoming Apple event, iOS 14 App Library FAQ, library ebook lending, why Adam is voting Biden

Apple will be having an online event tomorrow—everyone is invited!—where the company is expected to announce new models of the Apple Watch and iPad. Concerned about the App Library feature of iOS 14 messing with…

Josh Centers

#1530: COVID-19 exposure notifications; Take Control books for Big Sur, iOS 14, and Zoom; post-migration tasks on a new Mac

Happy Labor Day to our American readers! Apple last week released iOS 13.7, building in support for the joint Apple-Google COVID-19 exposure notification technology—but remember, you can enable it only if your state or country…

Josh Centers

#1529: Tracking and joining videoconferencing calls, making framed screenshots with Picsew, better dictation with Voice Control

If you have trouble keeping track of and joining all your videoconferencing calls, Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests a couple of helpful apps that make the process easier. We constantly work with screenshots here at TidBITS, and…

Josh Centers

#1528: The Case of the Top Secret iPod, Apple’s 2020 Environmental Progress Report, your thoughts on the App Store

In last week’s issue, we documented the many developer complaints against the App Store and asked you to share your thoughts in a survey. Several hundred readers responded with strong opinions about how Apple should…

Josh Centers

#1527: Apple OS bug fix updates, Setapp gains iOS apps, adapting to school at home, developer complaints about the App Store

Last week, Apple released iOS 13.6.1, iPadOS 13.6.1, and macOS 10.15.6 Supplemental Update to fix a storage bug on the iPhone and iPad and bugs on the Mac. The Setapp subscription service has added iOS…