Apple has started a battery replacement program for certain non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro units. Adam Engst has the details, along with instructions on how we’re now publishing TidBITS in Apple News Format for optimal display in the iOS News app. Glenn Fleishman joins us with a detailed look at the new DNS services from Cloudflare and Quad9 that could provide enhanced performance, security, and privacy. Finally, don’t miss our extensive collection of ExtraBITS — lots of interesting things happened last week. Notable software releases include iMovie 10.1.9, Things 3.5, Typinator 7.5, BusyContacts 1.2.11, Default Folder X 5.2.4, and ChronoSync 4.8.6.
Those of you with non-Touch Bar models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro should swing by Apple's Web site to see if your Mac may be covered by a program that replaces batteries that could expand, damaging the laptop.
Do you use Apple News? We’re running a survey to see how often you turn to the News app to find out what’s happening in the world. And we’re happy to announce that TidBITS is now fully available in Apple News Format.
The domain name system is largely insecure, leaking information and subject to compromise. New services from Cloudflare and Quad9 could provide greater security and integrity than Google Public DNS, currently the best known public DNS service.
Adds support for the iPhone X and additional iPad resolutions, plus fixes a number of bugs. (Free, 2.3 GB)
Brings a lengthy list of additions and enhancements to the task manager. ($49.99 new, free update, 17.5 MB)
Improves the text-expansion tool’s scripting features. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)
Adds the capability to disable accounts without deleting them. ($49.99 new, free update, 7.3 MB)
Adds support for Forklift and improves speed and reliability of switching within file dialogs. ($34.95 new, free update, 7.7 MB)
Adds support for the Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage service. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.9 MB)