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#1510: New iPhone SE, Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, Zoom security responses, Siri and emergency calling

Jonesing for a new iPhone SE? The good news is that Apple introduced the second-generation iPhone SE last week with a modern processor and a $399 price. The bad news is that it’s the size of an iPhone 8, not the previous iPhone SE. If you were intrigued by the thought of using an iPad Pro with a trackpad, note that its new trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard is shipping early. Also this week, Adam Engst runs down an odd Siri situation and Glenn Fleishman follows up on how Zoom has responded to its security and privacy problems. Finally, thanks to all our new TidBITS members! Notable Mac app releases this week include EagleFiler 1.8.13, Live Home 3D 3.7.3, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.36, Marked 2.5.40, and RAW Power 3.0.

Adam Engst 126 comments

Large Size of Apple’s New Low-Cost iPhone SE Disappoints

Apple has released a new iPhone SE that reuses the iPhone 8 form factor, meaning that it’s notably larger and heavier than the model it nominally replaces. But even as an updated iPhone 8, the second-generation iPhone SE is cheap, uses Touch ID, and boasts modern specs, so it will be welcomed by those for whom iPhones have become too expensive.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Hey Fourteen: When Numbers Get Siri-ous

Do you know what happens when you invoke Siri and say “14”? After seeing numerous hits on our Web site for Google searches on that topic, Adam Engst spent some time suggesting numbers to Siri. He came up with some interesting results.

Glenn Fleishman 16 comments

Zoom Repairs Flaws and Improves Privacy

Following several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days for Zoom, with the disclosure of multiple security and privacy exploits and problems, the company has, instead of moving to Australia, fixed nearly every outstanding issue and even enhanced its interface. Will it be enough to restore trust?