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#1535: Apple announces “Hi, Speed” event, Function101 Apple TV remote, why we won’t see third-party Apple Watch faces, Mimestream Gmail client for Mac

Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event is coming tomorrow, and we’ll be watching the product announcements—likely the iPhone 12 and potentially more—live while chatting with TidBITS readers in SlackBITS. If Apple’s slippery Siri Remote for the Apple TV drives you nuts, Glenn Fleishman suggests an alternative from Function101 that’s more like a traditional TV remote. Apple veteran David Shayer, who worked on the Apple Watch team, joins us to explain why third-party faces on the Apple Watch are highly unlikely. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at the beta of Mimestream, a native Mac client for Gmail created by a former Apple engineer. Notable Mac app releases this week include PDFpen and PDFpenPro 12.2, Bookends 13.4.6, Tinderbox 8.8, Toast 19 Titanium and Toast 19 Pro, and Firefox 81.0.1.

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Mimestream Brings Gmail Features to a Mac Email App

You can access Google’s Gmail in desktop email clients, but its IMAP support can be awkward. Enter Mimestream, a native Mac app that uses Google’s Gmail API to more faithfully bring Gmail’s features to the desktop. Mimestream is still in beta and the developer has much to do, but you can try the app now for free.