With last week’s macOS 10.15.5 update, Apple introduced a battery health management feature to extend the lifespan of batteries in recent MacBooks, but it comes at the cost of everyday runtime. We thought that would be all the operating system news for the week, but just before we closed this issue, Apple updated all of its operating systems to address a kernel vulnerability. Thinking about a new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard? As an alternative, consider the Logitech Combo Touch trackpad keyboard case, which works with recent Touch ID iPads—Josh Centers has a review. Finally, Klaus Wirtz joins us from Germany to offer some rare insight into how MFi hearing aids work with iOS. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 13.1.1, Security Update 2020-003 (Mojave and High Sierra), Agenda 10.0.1, OmniFocus 3.8, FileMaker Pro 19, and Airfoil 5.9.
Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to address a security vulnerability in the kernel that could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Update soon!
Apple has released macOS 10.15.5 Catalina with a new battery health management feature for recent Mac laptops, along with a necessary option for Group FaceTime, calibration for the Pro Display XDR, and a smattering of bug and security fixes.
If you have a recent Touch ID iPad but have been lusting after a new iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard, the $150 Logitech Combo Touch might make you fall in love with your iPad all over again.
The author describes his experience in setting up and using “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. The integration works, but in daily life not every usage aspect is obvious.
Patches a variety of security vulnerabilities for those running Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)
Patches security vulnerabilities in Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)
Enables you to use templates to create notes with pre-filled content and improves Dropbox sync. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 48.5 MB)
Venerable relational database app is updated with a variety of new features to help developers build sophisticated custom apps. ($540 new, $197 upgrade, 376.2 MB)
Improves the built-in Lagutin Equalizer and track title support. ($29 new, free update, 19.8 MB)