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#1526: New 27-inch iMac, stories about Phil Schiller and Greg Joswiak, understanding Apple’s SRDs, Future Crunch

The big news this week is the long-awaited release of an update to Apple’s desktop workhorse, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display—we dive into the changes. Apple’s executive team is remarkably stable, but the company has now named Phil Schiller to be an Apple Fellow, promoting Greg “Joz” Joswiak to replace him as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Adam Engst shares anecdotes from working with both men. Former Apple engineer David Shayer rejoins us to shed light on how internal Apple iPhones work and what that suggests about the company’s new Security Research Devices. Finally, Adam recommends an email newsletter that collects positive news about how the world is improving—a nice change from the negative norm. Notable Mac app releases this week include SoundSource 5.0, Keyboard Maestro 9.0.6, Timing 2020.9, and Bookends 13.4.4.

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Future Crunch: An Antidote to Negative News

Tired of the nonstop drumbeat of negative news? Science, technology, and even governments are doing amazing things that are actually improving the world in significant ways. To give your brain a break, Adam Engst recommends the Future Crunch newsletter’s weekly roundup of positive news stories.

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27-inch iMac Receives Significant Update, Other iMacs Get a Nod

At long last, Apple has updated the workhorse of its desktop Mac line, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The new iMac features faster Intel processors, a higher RAM ceiling, next-generation graphics chips, more storage, and Apple’s T2 security chip. Also welcome will be a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, an option for nano-texture glass, and better speakers and mics.

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SoundSource 5.0 No comments

SoundSource 5.0

Major new release of audio control utility brings a dramatically overhauled interface, automatic application management, and more. ($39 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

Keyboard Maestro 9.0.6 No comments

Keyboard Maestro 9.0.6

Maintenance update for the automation and clipboard utility with several improvements and bug fixes. ($36 new, free update, 26 MB)

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Timing 2020.9

The time and productivity tracking app adds the capability to track time on YouTube.com, improves performance, and reduces memory usage. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 21.1 MB)

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Jason Snell Starts “20 Macs for 2020”

Six Colors publisher Jason Snell has started a series of essays, podcasts, and videos that will explore 20 notable Mac models. Adam and Tonya Engst will make guest appearances on the podcast, so be sure to tune in.