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#1516: Security fix for all Apple OSes, macOS 10.15.5 battery health management, Logitech Combo Touch, MFi hearing aid integration

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.

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Safari 13.1.1 13 comments

Safari 13.1.1

Patches a variety of security vulnerabilities for those running Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

Agenda 10.0.1 No comments

Agenda 10.0.1

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)

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OmniFocus 3.8

Introduces Omni Automation to the Pro edition, enabling full support for running automation plug-ins written in JavaScript. ($39.99 new, free update, 39.1 MB)

FileMaker Pro 19 5 comments

FileMaker Pro 19

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)

Airfoil 5.9 No comments

Airfoil 5.9

Improves the built-in Lagutin Equalizer and track title support. ($29 new, free update, 19.8 MB)

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Spotify Removes 10,000 Track Limit

At long last, Spotify has removed the restriction that prevented subscribers from adding more than 10,000 tracks to their libraries. If Apple opens the HomePod up to third-party music apps in iOS 14, Adam Engst might take another look.