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#1589: New FaceTime features, iOS 15’s Weather notifications, Apple’s Self Service Repair, iOS 15.1.1 and watchOS 8.1.1, Thanksgiving hiatus

We’re taking some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this week, so the next TidBITS email issue will come on 6 December 2021. Until then, look for new articles on our website and ongoing discussions in TidBITS Talk. Last week, Apple released iOS 15.1.1 (to address call drops on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13) and watchOS 8.1.1 (to fix charging problems on the cellular Apple Watch Series 7). Are you a supporter of the Right to Repair movement? Apple shocked the repair world by announcing its Self Service Repair program, in which Apple will sell parts and repair guides to help users repair their own devices. Wrapping up the issue, Adam Engst looks at the Weather app’s new notifications in iOS 15, and Josh Centers explores the new features of FaceTime in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey. Notable Mac app releases this week include FastScripts 3.0.1, Final Cut Pro 10.6.1, Keyboard Maestro 10.0.1, Default Folder X 5.6.2, PopChar X 9.3, Little Snitch 5.3.2, GraphicConverter 11.5.4, and Mimestream 0.30.5.

Adam Engst 3 comments

No TidBITS Issue on 29 November 2021

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 6 December 2021.

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Apple Announces Self Service Repair Program

After lobbying against right-to-repair legislation for years, Apple has seemingly done an about-face by announcing the Self Service Repair program, which will provide genuine Apple parts, tools, and repair manuals to individuals who want to repair their Apple devices.

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FastScripts 3.0.1 No comments

FastScripts 3.0.1

Major update to the macOS scripting utility with improved script execution and search functionality. ($39.95 new, $19.95 upgrade, 5.4 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Keyboard Maestro 10.0.1 No comments

Keyboard Maestro 10.0.1

Maintenance update for the popular automation and clipboard utility following its recent major upgrade. ($36 new, $25 upgrade, free update from version 10, 34.4 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Default Folder X 5.6.2 No comments

Default Folder X 5.6.2

Fixes a bug that could cause the Finder in macOS 12 Monterey to relaunch at login repeatedly. ($34.95 new, free update, 16 MB, macOS 10.10+)

PopChar X 9.3 No comments

PopChar X 9.3

Character discovery and font exploration utility adds support for Unicode 14.0, including Emoji 14.0. ($€29.99, free update, 5.5 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Little Snitch 5.3.2 No comments

Little Snitch 5.3.2

Improves installation and updating for the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 34 MB, macOS 11+)