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#1660: OS updates for sports and security, Drobo in bankruptcy, why TidBITS doesn’t cover rumors

In what may be the final feature release of its 2022 family of operating systems, Apple rolled out iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS 13.4 Ventura, watchOS 9.5, tvOS 16.5, and HomePod Software 16.5 with sports-related improvements and bug fixes. tvOS now offers a multiview option for watching up to four games simultaneously, and Apple News provides a Sports section that focuses on game scores, recaps, and more. The updates also bring essential security fixes, some of which migrate down to older versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Drobo has switched to a self-service support model and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, suggesting that Drobo owners should start researching alternative storage solutions. After relating all these facts, publisher Adam Engst explains why TidBITS doesn’t cover rumors to avoid participating in the corrosive spiral they engender in the industry. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 16.5, macOS Monterey 12.6.6 and Big Sur 11.7.7, Fantastical 3.7.13, Default Folder X 5.7.7, PopChar X 9.5, BusyCal 2023.2.2, Parallels Desktop 18.3, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.73, Pixelmator Pro 3.3.3, and Affinity Designer, Photo, and Publisher 2.1.

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TidBITS Doesn’t Cover Rumors. Here’s Why

An online poster who leaked accurate Apple corporate secrets says they received them from a family member but have now been found out by Apple. Both face possible legal repercussions, and Apple reportedly fired the family member. Adam Engst explores the enticing but corrosive nature of both providing and consuming rumors.

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Sports and Bugs in tvOS 16.5, macOS 13.4 Ventura, iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, watchOS 9.5, and HomePod Software 16.5

The latest updates to Apple’s operating systems increase the visibility of sports in Apple News and bring four-up multiview sports games to the Apple TV 4K. Otherwise, there are just a few bug fixes and a new Pride Celebration wallpaper and watch face. Most important are the security updates, which explain the Rapid Security Responses and address another zero-day exploit.