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#1567: New Apple privacy protections, 2021 OS system requirements, iOS 12.5.4 security update, Mailplane calls it quits, MagSafe accessories

We’ll be skipping next week’s email issue to give Managing Editor Josh Centers time to welcome his first daughter into the world—keep reading our articles on the Web and look for our next issue on 28 June 2021. In the meantime, Apple has released a surprise 12.5.4 update to fix some security vulnerabilities. In sadder news, Mailplane has stopped selling new licenses and is offering refunds to recent purchasers due to new security restrictions in Gmail. Curious about the state of the MagSafe accessory world? Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews seven MagSafe accessories that strive to improve your tech life. Apple continues to beat the privacy drum, so Glenn Fleishman dives in to provide an overview of Apple’s promised privacy protections. Finally, we look closely at the system requirements for Apple’s upcoming operating systems, going beyond the generalities to call out the specific requirements for particular new features. Notable Mac app releases this week include Cardhop 2.0.3, MoneyWell 3.1.2, Bookends 13.5.5, RAW Power 3.3.2, and GraphicConverter 11.5.

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Mailplane Stops Selling Licenses

Faced with the inability to find an official solution to Google blocking embedded browsers from its login page, the developers of the Gmail-specific email client Mailplane have stopped selling licenses and are offering refunds to those who purchased in the last 60 days.


Cardhop 2.0.3 No comments

Cardhop 2.0.3

Maintenance release with fixes and improvements for the recently upgraded contact manager. ($39.96 annual subscription, free update from version 2, 29.6 MB, macOS 10.13.2+)

MoneyWell 3.1.2 No comments

MoneyWell 3.1.2

Provides fixes to support USAA’s new Direct Connect method. ($60 new, free update, 13.9 MB, macOS 10.11+)

Bookends 13.5.5 No comments

Bookends 13.5.5

Restores direct downloading of PDFs from publishers that use ScienceDirect. ($59.99 new, free update, 97.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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RAW Power 3.3.2

New Extended RAW feature adds support for cameras beyond those offered by Apple’s RAW engine. ($39.99 new, free update, 53.7 MB, macOS 10.14+)

GraphicConverter 11.5 2 comments

GraphicConverter 11.5

Brings a variety of improvements and bug features to the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs. ($39.95 new, free update, 260 MB, macOS 10.9+)