Time for new Apple gear! The company will be holding its “Peek Performance” event on 8 March 2022, and we’re anticipating a new iPhone SE, an updated iPad Air, and at least one new Apple silicon Mac. Will the announcements address any of the points Adam Engst raises in his call for Apple to design Macs and other products for professionals outside the audio, video, and photography fields? Finally, Glenn Fleishman has some provocative advice this week: never change your password! Well, maybe not never, but he explains why routine password changes are unnecessary. Notable Mac app releases this week include Zoom 5.9.6, Quicken 6.6, SoundSource 5.3.10, Fantastical 3.6.3, EagleFiler 1.9.7, ChronoSync 10.0, and ChronoAgent 2.0.
Apple has announced an event for tomorrow. Rumors point toward the release of a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and at least one Apple silicon Mac.
Do you feel like Apple’s “pro” Macs aren’t designed for your particular profession? You’re not alone. TidBITS publisher Adam Engst has been using Macs for over three decades, and he has some ideas for how Apple could better support professionals who don’t work with audio, video, or photos all day.
Many websites advise you to change your password routinely. That advice is nearly universally wrong: you should only update a password when there’s a weakness. Why does it persist?
Brings new and enhanced features and bug fixes to the video conferencing app. (Free, 28.7 MB, macOS 10.9+)
Improves the sort order of the Investment Dashboard Top Movers card and adds Touch ID and Apple Watch authentication. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 95.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Updates the Audio Capture Engine to improve reliability when using Bluetooth audio devices. ($39 new, free update, 25.7 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Brings improvements and bug fixes to the calendar management app. ($39.96 annual subscription, free update, 56.6 MB, macOS 10.13.2+)
Updates the document organization and archiving app to use adaptive color mapping for rich text records and notes. ($49.99 new, free update, 31.8 MB, macOS 10.12+)
Synchronization and backup tools now fully compatible with macOS 12 Monterey and M1-based Macs. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; various sizes)