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#1584: New MacBook Pros, new AirPods and HomePod mini colors, Monterey release date, notification grouping tip, Find My story

Our long national nightmare is over. Apple’s new MacBook Pro models—powered by impressive new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips—ditch the Touch Bar for F-keys, add more ports, and bring back MagSafe charging. Apple also unveiled third-generation AirPods, new HomePod mini colors, and an Apple Music Voice Plan that we’re still trying to figure out. macOS 12 Monterey, along with updates to its other operating systems, will appear next Monday. We wrap up the issue with a tip on ungrouping notifications so you don’t miss them and Adam Engst’s tale of helping an elderly neighbor recover a missing iPad with Find My. Notable Mac app releases this week include TextExpander 7.0, Bookends 14.0.1, Default Folder X 5.6, SpamSieve 2.9.46, Transmit 5.8, Audio Hijack 3.8.8, Alfred 4.6, VMware Fusion 12.2, and Microsoft Office for Mac 16.54.

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TipBITS: Stop Grouping Reminders Notifications

iOS tends to stack notifications on the iPhone’s Lock screen to prevent them from taking up too much space. But that can be a problem for critical apps like Reminders where missing an obscured notification can be problematic. Thankfully, you can turn off notification grouping on a per-app basis.


TextExpander 7.0 4 comments

TextExpander 7.0

Major update that brings improvements and a streamlined interface to the text expansion tool. ($34.95 new, free update, 38.9 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Bookends 14.0.1 No comments

Bookends 14.0.1

Maintenance release with improvements and bug fixes following the reference management tool's recent major upgrade. ($59.99 new, free update, 98.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Default Folder X 5.6 No comments

Default Folder X 5.6

Adds support for macOS 12 Monterey and brings several improvements to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 15.5 MB, macOS 10.10+)

SpamSieve 2.9.46 No comments

SpamSieve 2.9.46

Improves the spam-filtering utility's support for macOS 12 Monterey. ($30 new, free update, 19.7 MB, macOS 10.9+)

Transmit 5.8 No comments

Transmit 5.8

Adds support for macOS 12 Monterey and brings several S3-related improvements. ($45 new, free update, 38.1 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Audio Hijack 3.8.8 No comments

Audio Hijack 3.8.8

Improves compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and updates the Audio Capture Engine. ($49 new, free update, 27.9 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Alfred 4.6 No comments

Alfred 4.6

Mac-based keyboard-driven launcher adds compatibility enhancements for macOS 12 Monterey. (£23 new, free update, 4.9 MB, macOS 10.11+)

VMware Fusion 12.2 2 comments

VMware Fusion 12.2

Brings a variety of bug fixes related to macOS 11 Big Sur and now requires Big Sur or later. (Free/$149.99/$199.99 new, $79/$99 upgrades, 612 MB, macOS 11+)

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.54 2 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.54

Brings a more modern commenting experience to Word. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update, macOS 10.14+)