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1677: iOS 17.0.2 for iPhone 15, OS security updates, new AirPods features, restore Slack sidebar, Orion HDMI display app, Apple carbon neutrality reactions

Apple has pushed out yet another set of security-focused updates to its operating systems to block a full exploit chain—install them soon! If you’re getting a new iPhone 15, note that you need to update it to iOS 17.0.2 before transferring data from your old iPhone. Firmware updates for most AirPods provide new capabilities and improved Automatic Switching, but the second-generation AirPods Pro benefit the most. Slack has pushed a significant interface redesign on its users; if you’re unhappy about losing the workspace sidebar, Adam Engst explains how to get it back. We also look briefly at the Orion app, which turns a USB-C iPad into an external HDMI monitor, the NewClimate Institute’s response to Apple’s claims of carbon neutral Apple Watches, and a pair of bits from iFixit dropping the iPhone 14 repairability score and putting the FineWoven fabric under a microscope. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 16.6.1, 1Password 8.10.16, Fantastical 3.8 and Cardhop 2.2.12, Photos Workbench 1.2, Timing 2023.5.1, Final Cut Pro 10.6.9, Compressor 4.6.6, and Motion 5.6.6, GraphicConverter 12.0.5, Pages 13.2, Numbers 13.2, and Keynote 13.2, Affinity Designer, Photo, and Publisher 2.2, Default Folder X 6.0, Agenda 18.1.1, SpamSieve 3.0, Zoom 5.16.1, and Unite 5.0.1.

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How to Restore the Slack Workspace Sidebar

Has your Slack interface changed recently, dropping the workspace sidebar in favor of another one that replicates capabilities available in the channel sidebar? Read on for the trick necessary to bring back a permanent sidebar of your workspaces.


Default Folder X 6.0 Agen Schmitz 7 comments

Default Folder X 6.0

Major upgrade for the Open/Save dialog utility that brings support for macOS 14 Sonoma and introduces a new Quick Search window. ($39.95 new, upgrades available, 17.2 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Agenda 18.1.1

Adds support for widget changes in macOS 14 Sonoma. (Free with a $34.99 Premium subscription or $119.99 one-time Premium purchase, free update for subscribers, 72.9 MB, macOS 10.14+)

SpamSieve 3.0 Agen Schmitz 8 comments

SpamSieve 3.0

Major upgrade for the spam-filtering utility adds compatibility with macOS 14 Sonoma. ($39.99 new, $19.99 upgrade, 46.4 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Unite 5.0.1

Major upgrade for site-specific Web browser app that turns Web sites into customizable, native Mac app. ($29.99 new, $19.99 upgrade, 15.6 MB, macOS 12+)