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#1537: iOS 14.1 and other updates, iPhone 12 reviews, watchOS 7.0.3 fixes, Apple Watch Series 6 blood oxygen sensor

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro started shipping last week, and we have a roundup of some of the best early reviews so you can decide whether to upgrade—reviews of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max should be coming in a few weeks. Apple also released iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1, HomePod Software 14.1, and tvOS 14.02. HomePod Software 14.1 brings the HomePod into the iOS 14 era and introduces the new Intercom feature. Apple also released watchOS 7.0.3 to fix unexpected restarts on the Apple Watch Series 3. Finally, Rich Mogull examines the blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch Series 6 from his perspective as a paramedic. Notable Mac app releases this week include Lightroom Classic 10.0, KeyCue 9.8, SpamSieve 2.9.40, Airfoil 5.9.2, TripMode 3, Moneydance 2021, EagleFiler 1.9, Audio Hijack 3.7.4, and Piezo 1.6.7.

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Lightroom Classic 10.0 2 comments

Lightroom Classic 10.0

Major upgrade for the desktop-focused photo cataloging and editing app brings performance enhancements and new features. ($9.99/$19.99/$52.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update for subscribers, macOS 10.14+)

KeyCue 9.8 3 comments

KeyCue 9.8

The keyboard shortcut and emoji cheat sheet utility adds support for macOS 11 Big Sur. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB, macOS 10.7+)

SpamSieve 2.9.40 No comments

SpamSieve 2.9.40

Adds support for Mail in macOS 11.0 Big Sur and improves the spam filtering utility's accuracy. ($30 new, free update, 17.7 MB, macOS 10.9+)

Airfoil 5.9.2 No comments

Airfoil 5.9.2

Updates the Audio Capture Engine and fixes several bugs. ($29 new, free update, 19.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)

TripMode 3 2 comments

TripMode 3

Major upgrade for the data usage control utility introduces a new feature for viewing traffic of all apps in real-time. ($15 new, $7.50/free upgrade, 10.3 MB, macOS 11+)

Moneydance 2021 4 comments

Moneydance 2021

Major upgrade for the personal finance management app brings a fresh appearance and improved syncing engine with end-to-end encryption. ($49.99 new, free update, 131 MB, macOS 10.11+)

EagleFiler 1.9 No comments

EagleFiler 1.9

Adds support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur and enhances the user interface. ($40 new, free update, 28.5 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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Apple Hides Traffic of Some of Its Own Apps in Big Sur

TripMode developer David Dudok de Wit has discovered that Apple prevents application-level firewalls from monitoring or even measuring traffic from over 50 Apple apps and processes. It’s yet another way that Apple blocks developers from providing features that users want.

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Code-Signing Snafu Breaks Many HP Printers

HP unintentionally revoked a security certificate that broke printing for many Mac users. Some may be able to reinstall updated HP drivers successfully, whereas others should use AirPrint or a generic PostScript driver instead.