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#1489: macOS 10.15.1, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod, Apple Q4 results, Apple Arcade game controllers, Setapp for Teams, Adobe fonts for iOS

Apple’s dizzying pace of updates continued last week, with the releases of macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and iOS 13.2.1 for the HomePod. The company also announced its fourth-quarter financial results, and despite slipping iPhone sales, its booming wearables and services categories kept the profits rolling in. In other news, Adobe has released a set of free fonts for iOS 13, and MacPaw has announced Setapp for Teams. Finally, now that Apple Arcade is out, we have a FAQ on using PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game controllers with the latest Apple operating systems. Notable Mac app releases this week include BBEdit 13.0.2, Hazel 4.4, Security Update 2019-001 (Mojave) and 2019-006 (High Sierra), Safari 13.0.3, Mellel 4.2.5, Fission 2.5, and Agenda 9.0.

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MacPaw Opens Setapp for Teams

The Setapp subscription service provides access to over 160 useful Mac apps for $9.99 per month. Now MacPaw is offering a beta of Setapp for Teams, which provides the same set of apps with slightly reduced per-user pricing and single-point billing.

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iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking

When Apple released iOS 13.2 for HomePod last week, there were immediate reports that it—or resetting the HomePod after installing it—was causing the HomePods to become entirely unresponsive. The company is now pushing iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod to resolve that problem.


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Hazel 4.4

Brings compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina and now requires a minimum of 10.12 Sierra. ($32 new, free update, 10.2 MB)

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Agenda 9.0

Brings improvements and bug fixes to the date-focused note-taking app. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 48.8 MB)


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The Life and Times of a Backblaze Hard Drive

Backblaze has published a description of what it’s like to be a hard drive in the company’s data center, writing it from the perspective of a hard drive called Zach. Wonderfully silly, for sure, but it’s an engaging approach complete with interesting technical bits.