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#1587: iOS 14.8.1, HomePod Software 15.1.1, Monterey upgrade issues, FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay, temporary iCloud Backup space, Screen Time oddity

Last week, Apple released iOS 14.8.1 and iPadOS 14.8.1 to address serious security vulnerabilities and HomePod Software 15.1.1 to fix podcast problems. For those thinking about upgrading to the generally well-received macOS 12 Monterey, Adam Engst looks at some of the issues users are experiencing and maintains his recommendation to wait a bit longer. The recently released iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 introduced FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay, so Josh Centers and Adam spent hours on FaceTime last week to bring you a guide to these new features. Finally, Adam has another installment of his LittleBITS column that focuses on temporary iCloud space when upgrading devices, a puzzling Screen Time quirk, the recent TidBITS server swap, and an update to the TidBITS News app. Notable Mac app releases this week include OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.9.1, TripMode 3.1, 1Password 7.9.1, OmniFocus 3.12.2, and BusyCal 2021.4.2 and BusyContacts 1.6.2.

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macOS 12 Monterey Upgrade Issues

While our general advice to hold off on upgrading to macOS 12 Monterey remains in place, Adam Engst shares some thoughts on why Monterey may merit an earlier upgrade than previous versions of macOS. But he also points to some upgrade problems that suggest that we’re not quite there yet.

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TripMode 3.1 No comments

TripMode 3.1

Data usage control utility adds support for macOS 12 Monterey. ($15 new, free update, 15.7 MB, macOS 11+)

1Password 7.9.1 No comments

1Password 7.9.1

Adds support for hardware security keys as a second factor on your 1Password account when using macOS 12 Monterey. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 78.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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OmniFocus 3.12.2

Fixes a regression introduced in version 3.12.1 related to restoring the selection when changing perspectives. ($39.99 new, free update, 68.5 MB, macOS 11+)