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#1612: OS suggestions, new accessibility features, higher cellular prices, Chrome OS Flex for old Macs, Memorial Day hiatus

We’re taking next week’s email issue off in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the US—look for our next issue on 6 June 2022. In the meantime, AT&T and Verizon customers should be aware of cellular price increases, but will T-Mobile follow suit? We’ll all benefit from new accessibility features that Apple previewed last week—read our coverage and look for them in the company’s WWDC upcoming announcements. In the lead-up to WWDC, Adam Engst shares five enhancements we’d like to see in Apple’s operating systems, and TidBITS readers have added theirs too. What would you like to see? Finally, if you have a Mac made in the last decade that’s no longer useful, consider bringing it into the modern world with Google’s Chrome OS Flex, as Julio Ojeda-Zapata did with his late brother’s 2012 Mac mini. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 15.5, SoundSource 5.5.1, Agenda 14.1, Pixelmator Pro 2.4.3, Transmit 5.8.5, PopChar X 9.4, and ChronoSync 10.2.


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Safari 15.5

Patches three WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free, various sizes, macOS 10.15+)

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SoundSource 5.5.1

Adds support for Monterey's Shortcuts app with a variety of helpful automations. ($39 new, free update, 26.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)

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Agenda 14.1

Updates the date-focused note-taking app with improved spell checking. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, 70.3 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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Pixelmator Pro 2.4.3

Introduces a refurbished Photos browser and adds a few handy workflow improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 456 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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Transmit 5.8.5

Brings additions, improvements, and bug fixes for the file transfer app. ($45 new, free update, 33.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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PopChar X 9.4

Character discovery and font exploration utility is now a universal app with full native support for M1-based Macs. (€29.99 new, free update, 6.0 MB, macOS 10.10+)

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ChronoSync 10.2

Brings back support for bootable backups on M1-based Macs running macOS 12.4 Monterey. ($49.99 new, free update, 88.2 MB, macOS 10.12+)