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#1591: Major OS updates, AirPods firmware update, non-Google accounts in Gmail app, Time Sensitive notifications, Apple Watch Web browser

Apple’s engineers are clearing the decks before decking the halls, releasing iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 with App Privacy Report and Digital Legacy, macOS 12.1 Monterey with FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay, watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and HomePod Software 15.2. All the new operating system updates include support for the new $4.99 Apple Music Voice Plan aimed at HomePods. Separately, Apple updated all supported AirPods models to firmware version 4C165. Josh Centers provides a pair of quick hits this week: understanding Time Sensitive notifications and browsing the Web from an Apple Watch with µBrowser. Adam Engst wraps up the issue with the latest installment of LittleBITS, in which he shares an explanation for why people pay to keep things free and how to check non-Google email accounts with the Gmail app. Notable Mac app releases this week include macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 and Security Update 2021-008 Catalina, 1Password 7.9.2, Firefox 95, SpamSieve 2.9.47, Keyboard Maestro 10.0.2, Audio Hijack 3.8.9 and Piezo 1.7.7, Airfoil 5.10.6, and SoundSource 5.8.3.

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1Password 7.9.2 1 comment

1Password 7.9.2

Brings improvements to file attachments for 1Password accounts. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 78.9 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Firefox 95 No comments

Firefox 95

Brings several macOS-specific updates to the Web browser. (Free, 119 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Airfoil 5.10.6 No comments

Airfoil 5.10.6

Wireless audio broadcasting app gains full compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and fixes bugs. ($29 new, free update, 33 MB, macOS 10.14+)

SoundSource 5.8.3 No comments

SoundSource 5.8.3

Adds full compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and brings bug fixes and improvements to the audio control utility. ($39 new, free update, 25.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)