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#1643: New Mac mini and MacBook Pro models, new second-gen HomePod, security-focused OS updates, industry layoffs

It has been a week of unexpected Apple releases, and we have lots of details for you. First, the company announced new M2 models of the Mac mini and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, with the surprise unveiling of the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The next day, Apple announced the second-generation HomePod, bringing back the previously discontinued full-size smart speaker. And hours before we were scheduled to put this issue to bed, Apple released iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, macOS 13.2 Ventura, and watchOS 9.3, plus security-focused updates to iOS 12.5.7, iOS/iPadOS 15.7.3, macOS 11.7.3 Big Sur, macOS 12.6.3 Monterey, and Safari 16.3. Adam Engst also looks briefly at the wave of industry layoffs and how Apple has avoided cutting jobs like all the rest of the tech giants. Other notable Mac app releases this week include BBEdit 14.6.3, Audio Hijack 4.1, Fantastical 3.7.6, Default Folder X 5.7.4, Toast 20.1 Titanium and Pro, Fetch 5.8.3, Firefox 109, and Mimestream 0.41.2.

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Safari 16.3 1 comment

Safari 16.3

Patches security vulnerabilities in Monterey and Big Sur. (Free, various sizes, macOS 11+)

BBEdit 14.6.3 No comments

BBEdit 14.6.3

Maintenance release for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.7 MB, macOS 10.15.4+)

Audio Hijack 4.1 No comments

Audio Hijack 4.1

Brings a lengthy list of enhancements to the audio-recording workflow app. ($64 new, free update, 36.5 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Fantastical 3.7.6 No comments

Fantastical 3.7.6

Adds support for Slack Huddle links and SecureVideo telehealth links. ($56.99 annual subscription, free update, 63 MB, macOS 11+)

Fetch 5.8.3 No comments

Fetch 5.8.3

Maintenance release addresses a performance problem with long transcripts in macOS 13 Ventura. ($29 new, free update, 10 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Firefox 109 No comments

Firefox 109

Adjusts the behavior of mouse-wheel and trackpad scrolling while using Control or Command. (Free, 126 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Mimestream 0.41.2 No comments

Mimestream 0.41.2

Collects an assortment of improvements and bug fixes for the Gmail-specific email app. (Free during beta, 12 MB, macOS 11+)

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Twitter Bans Third-Party Client Apps

It's official—Twitter has changed its developer agreement to ban third-party apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot. Would the last Twitter app out the door please turn off the lights?