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1533: Apple OS bug fixes, Back Tap and user-defined default apps in iOS 14, third-gen Apple TV problems, MinuteHound sponsoring TidBITS, RIP Oliver Habicht

We’re pleased to welcome our latest long-term sponsor, MinuteHound, which provides a zero-contact biometric time and attendance tracking solution. Apple has released the first round of bug-fix updates with iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1, along with surprise updates to macOS 10.15.7 Catalina and Security Update 2020-005 for 10.14 Mojave and 10.13 High Sierra. Don’t install the Mojave security update yet, however, because it’s causing numerous problems. Separately, third-generation Apple TV users also received an update, and unfortunately, it too is generating user complaints. For those who have updated to iOS 14, we dive into two key features: Back Tap shortcuts and the capability to set default email and Web clients. Finally, we bid farewell to TidBITS reader, contributor, and friend Oliver Habicht, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 53. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2020-005 (Mojave and High Sierra); Pages 10.2, Numbers 10.2, and Keynote 10.2; Zoom 5.3; SoundSource 5.0.5; Fantastical 3.2; TunnelBear 4.0; NetNewsWire 5.1; and Final Cut Pro X 10.4.10, Compressor 4.4.8, and Motion.

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Oliver Habicht Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 53

Of all the people whose deaths we’ve memorialized in TidBITS, no one was as close to us as Oliver Habicht. His name probably isn’t familiar to most, but he has written for TidBITS, commented on articles, and helped with software and hardware testing. He even played a key role for Take Control Books for several years. But most importantly, he was our best friend.

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Zoom 5.3

Maintenance update for the videoconferencing app with a variety of improvements and bug fixes. (Free, 22.6 MB)

Fantastical 3.2 1 comment

Fantastical 3.2

Calendar app adds options to search only title, location, or attendees. ($39.99 new, free update, 23.1 MB)

TunnelBear 4.0 3 comments

TunnelBear 4.0

VPN private Internet browsing app now requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later. (Free with subscription options for unlimited data, 28.4 MB)

NetNewsWire 5.1 1 comment

NetNewsWire 5.1

Brings a variety of improvements and new features to the revived RSS reader. (Free, 6.3 MB)

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to 4K Roku Devices

Apple may not be doing all that much with the Apple TV and tvOS, but it’s looking to extend its influence in the streaming media device world. Later this year, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to the Roku platform to complement the Apple TV app.