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#1581: New Safari 15 features, Center Stage vs. smart displays, iOS 12.5.5 and Catalina security update, iPhone 13 problem with Apple Watch unlocking

Does Safari in iOS 15 turn your world upside down? Take Control of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 author Josh Centers tackles the many changes to Safari in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, explaining the new features and how to undo some of the more radical changes, like putting the tab bar on the bottom of the screen. If you find your Apple Watch isn’t unlocking your new iPhone 13, it’s not just you: Apple has said it’s aware of the bug and will soon ship a fix. For those on older devices, Apple has released iOS 12.5.5 and Security Update 2021-006 Catalina to plug some major security holes—update right away. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata offers an overview of Apple’s Center Stage feature, explains what it does, and compares it to the smart display competition from Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Notable Mac app releases this week include GraphicConverter 11.5.2, Safari 15, Fantastical 3.4.5 and Cardhop 2.0.6, Zoom 5.8, and Toast 20 Titanium and Toast 20 Pro.

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Safari 15 33 comments

Safari 15

Updates Apple's desktop Web browser with several new features, faster performance, and security updates. (Free, 121.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Zoom 5.8 No comments

Zoom 5.8

Brings a variety of new features, improvements, and bug fixes to the video conferencing app. (Free, 25.8 MB, macOS 10.9+)

Toast 20 Titanium and Toast 20 Pro 2 comments

Toast 20 Titanium and Toast 20 Pro

Major release for the venerable digital media suite provides support for both M1- and Intel-based Macs. ($99.99/$149.99 new, $59.99/$99.99 upgrade, 599 MB, macOS 10.14+)

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