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#1398: iMac Pro, Lightroom CC, iPhone Upgrade Program, HomeKit vulnerability, WinterFest sale, Holiday hiatus

The end of 2017 approaches, and TidBITS is going into a two-week winter hibernation so that we can rest, spend time with kith and kin, and work on our new Internet infrastructure! For this week, though, you can save money on Take Control titles and artisanal Mac software in the upcoming annual WinterFest sale, and you can save 50 percent on BeLight Software’s Swift Publisher 5 after last week’s DealBITS drawing. In other news, iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 fix a nasty HomeKit vulnerability, and Apple has released the powerful iMac Pro. We close out the issue with Josh Centers’s review of the iPhone Upgrade Program and Jeff Carlson’s in-depth look at Adobe’s new Lightroom CC. Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.4, Compressor 4.4, and Motion 5.4, Logic Pro X 10.3.3, Mellel 4.0.3, Moneydance 2017.6, and AirPort Base Station Firmware Updates 7.6.9 and 7.7.9. See you in 2018!

Adam Engst 1 comment

TidBITS 2017 Holiday Hiatus: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of the year to spend with family and friends, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 8 January 2018. Thanks for your attention in 2017, and here’s looking forward to the major Internet infrastructure changes for TidBITS in 2018!

Adam Engst No comments

WinterFest 2017 Starting Soon

Looking to save some money on Take Control books or apps from some of the most respected Mac developers? Check out WinterFest 2017, during which you can save 25 percent on a wide variety of books and apps.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Apple Releases the iMac Pro

Apple has indeed shipped the iMac Pro before the end of 2017. Josh Centers outlines the cost, features, and optional add-ons. It’s not cheap, but if you know you need the performance, price likely isn’t that much of an issue.

Jeff Carlson 32 comments

Why Lightroom CC Is a Big Step Up from Apple’s Photos

Adobe’s release of Lightroom CC, a new Lightroom application that exists alongside the existing version, has enthusiasts and everyday photographers wondering if it’s time to change photo tools. Jeff Carlson looks at Lightroom CC and explains why it’s a compelling step up from Apple’s Photos.