Since we won’t have an email issue of TidBITS next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we have an extra-large one for you this week! Apple released iOS 11.1.2 to address cold-weather and video-distortion issues on the iPhone X, and the company is also making it too easy for unprepared Mac users to upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra. We’re working on an update of our own: a complete infrastructure overhaul for TidBITS that will provide a more attractive, mobile-friendly site among much else. Finally, we wrap up with two feature articles: Glenn Fleishman explains how to take advantage of QR codes, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata details the iPad productivity improvements in iOS 11. Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.40, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2, and KeyCue 8.6.
We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 4 December 2017.
Apple has released an iOS 11 update to address a couple of small iPhone X issues related to usage in cold climates and distortion in Live Photos and videos.
Many Mac users are suddenly being prompted to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you don’t want to tie up your Mac for an hour or more — and end up with High Sierra! — read on to learn how to stop the upgrade process.
Heads up! We’ve begun the process of completely revamping TidBITS’s Internet presence and expect to start rolling out big changes in early 2018. You can look forward to a modernized TidBITS experience that’s more visually appealing and mobile friendly.
iOS 11’s Camera app now automatically recognizes QR codes, those square sets of black rectangles that contain URLs, Wi-Fi connection details, contacts, and much more. Here’s how to create and deploy QR codes in practical and useful ways.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata has long relied on the iPad for mobile productivity, but he chafed at the limitations imposed by iOS compared to macOS. Now, tablet-specific improvements to iOS 11 make the iPad a better machine for work on the go.
Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.40, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2, and KeyCue 8.6.
In ExtraBITS this week, Apple announced that it is delaying the HomePod until next year, Gizmodo exposes the secrets of Facebook’s creepiness, and the Web’s inventor expresses concern for its future.