Following recent security-focused updates to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has issued iOS 12.5.6 to fix the same serious WebKit vulnerability for older devices. If you still use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that can’t upgrade past iOS 12, you should update it immediately. Do the batteries in your AirTag need replacing? Josh Centers explains why Duracell batteries might leave a bitter taste in your mouth. In the category of technology outside the Apple world, Josh recently purchased a Kindle Kids ebook reader for his son but found that its software gives parents insufficient control over what their kids read. Notable Mac app releases this week include ChronoSync 10.3 and ChronoAgent 2.2, Fantastical 3.6.10, Nisus Writer Pro 3.3 and Nisus Writer Express 4.3, Bookends 14.1.2, and Paprika 3.7.1.
Apple has released iOS 12.5.6 to fix a serious WebKit vulnerability for older models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It has been exploited in the wild, so update immediately if you’re still using one of those classics.
Is your AirTag still not working after replacing the battery? The most common cause is that certain batteries from Duracell have a bitterant coating that renders them unpalatable to small children and AirTags.
Amazon sells Kindle ebook readers customized for kids, bundled with extra features and services. But the Kindle Kids interface lets Amazon promote whatever it wants to kids while preventing parents from managing what their kids see.
Brings enhancements and bug fixes to the synchronization and backup tools. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; various sizes, macOS 10.12+)
Improves Zoom conference URL detection and notifies customers that future releases will require macOS 11 Big Sur or later. ($39.96 annual subscription, free update, 67.3 MB, macOS 10.13.2+)
Word processors gain minor changes and address crashes in the macOS 13 Ventura public beta. ($65 and $26 new, free updates, 280/73 MB, macOS 10.11+)
Maintenance update with enhancements and bug fixes for the reference management tool. ($59.99 new, free update, 101 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Brings several improvements to the popular recipe manager. ($29.99 new, free update, 17.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)