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#1396: Emergency macOS updates, iOS 11.2, net neutrality, iOS backups, Amazon Prime Video

They say no news is good news, and we’re sorry to say that this week’s issue of TidBITS is chock full of the bad kind. Apple had to push out two emergency updates to macOS to close a massive security vulnerability, and the company released iOS 11.2 ahead of schedule to eliminate an infinite reboot bug. While Apple had an awful week, the entire Internet may have had a worse one, as Ajit Pai’s FCC is set to eliminate Obama-era net neutrality protections. On top of everything else, Rich Mogull explains how iOS 11 makes your encrypted backups via iTunes less secure, albeit with the silver lining of making it harder to lock yourself out of them. There is one bit of unalloyed good news this week: Amazon says its Prime Video app for the Apple TV will ship this month. Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4, BBEdit 12.0.2, BusyCal 3.2.5 and BusyContacts 1.2.6, LaunchBar 6.9.3, and Default Folder X 5.1.9.

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ExtraBITS for 4 December 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, developer Marco Arment offers some suggestions for how Apple could improve the MacBook Pro, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals the messy development history of Apple’s forthcoming HomePod.