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#1637: Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via satellite, Ventura free space issues, Lock Screen Photo Shuffle joy, Thanksgiving hiatus

We’re taking some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this week, so the next TidBITS email issue will appear on 5 December 2022. Until then, look for new articles on our website and ongoing discussions in TidBITS Talk, where people will undoubtedly be discussing Adam Engst’s warning to have plenty of free space before upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura and his testing and analysis of Emergency SOS and Find My via satellite. For those feeling jaded by technology, Glenn Fleishman recommends iOS 16’s new Lock Screen Photo Shuffle wallpaper for the way its machine-learning algorithm finds images that bring him joy. Notable Mac app releases this week include VMware Fusion 13, OmniFocus 3.14.1, Mactracker 7.12, and SoundSource 5.5.6.

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Testing Emergency SOS and Find My via Satellite

In which Adam Engst drives to a nearby deep valley where there’s no cellular connectivity to test Find My via satellite and run through the Emergency SOS via satellite demo in a real-world situation. It seemingly worked but revealed a gap in Apple’s approach.

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VMware Fusion 13

Adds support for Windows 11 virtual machines on both Intel-based Macs and Apple M-series Macs. (Free/$149.99/$199.99 new, upgrades available, 672 MB, macOS 10.12+)

OmniFocus 3.14.1 No comments

OmniFocus 3.14.1

Resolves a few annoying bugs in the task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 67.4 MB, macOS 11+)

Mactracker 7.12 No comments

Mactracker 7.12

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including the iPhone 14 and tenth-generation iPad. (Free, 182 MB, macOS 10.12+)

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SoundSource 5.5.6

Adds a new Background Sound special source and updates the Audio Capture Engine to improve performance. ($39 new, free update, 29.4 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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