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#1616: Explaining passkeys, Apple challenges for senior citizens, macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur fixes email attachment bug

In its WWDC keynote, Apple introduced a new authentication technology called “passkeys” as a simpler, more secure replacement for passwords. Glenn Fleishman joins us to explain how passkeys work and why they’re so much better than passwords. Adam Engst draws on a recent experience helping elderly friends with their Macs to offer feedback on how Apple can create a better experience for senior citizens. Spoiler alert: passkeys are a step in the right direction. Adam also shines a light on Apple’s quiet update to macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur, which fixes a bug that made email attachments difficult to open. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pages 12.1, Numbers 12.1, and Keynote 12.1, Ulysses 27, Acorn 7.2, Zoom 5.11, SoundSource 5.5.3, EagleFiler 1.9.8, DEVONthink 3.8.4, GraphicConverter 11.6.2, SpamSieve 2.9.49, and Quicken 6.8.

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macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur Fixes Email Attachment Bug

If you’re still running macOS 11 Big Sur, it’s worth updating to the quietly released version 11.6.7, which fixes a problem that prevented email apps from opening attachments. It may also help clear Time Machine blockages, but it could also introduce problems by removing Rosetta from M1 Macs.


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Acorn 7.2

Adds support for Shortcuts to apply filters and filter presets, crop, flip, resize, rotate, auto enhance, and more. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.8 MB, macOS 10.14+)

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EagleFiler 1.9.8

Adds preliminary support for the forthcoming macOS 13 Ventura to the document organization and archiving app. ($49.99 new, free update, 33.1 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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Quicken 6.8

Improves the Foreign Bank Accounts Report and introduces the new Easy Answer Report. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 95.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)