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#1688: Former Apple engineer on watchOS 10, Apple hardware testing tool, Stolen Device Protection, Apple Watch sales halted, smart TV privacy abuses

The holidays are upon us, and we’re taking a two-week break from email issues—see you next on 8 January 2024! Former Apple engineer David Shayer joins us again to look at the significant interface changes in watchOS 10 and explain what Apple was likely thinking. Apple has introduced Apple Diagnostics for Self Service Repair, a remote tool for troubleshooting hardware problems with iPhones and Apple silicon Macs. We can look forward to a new Stolen Device Protection option in the upcoming iOS 17.3, due early next year, to eliminate the risk of a thief discovering your passcode and stealing your iPhone. Finally, we look briefly at Apple halting sales of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in response to an import ban and share an article that explains how to turn off a privacy-abusing feature of many smart TVs. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.10.22, Arc 1.21, ChronoSync 11.0.1, CopyPaste Pro 3.8, Lightroom Classic 13.1, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.80, Mimestream 1.2.2, OmniFocus 4.0.1, Parallels Desktop 19.2, Pixelmator Pro 3.5, and Skype 8.110.

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TidBITS 2023 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2024!

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take a few weeks off to spend time with family and friends over the holidays. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 8 January 2024. Thanks for reading TidBITS, and we hope our articles enriched your year!

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Why Did Apple Change the watchOS 10 Interface?

Some users love the user interface changes in watchOS 10. Others do not. What changed, and how does Apple decide to update a perfectly good user interface, anyway? Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains what Apple changed and likely why, before sharing how Apple approaches major interface changes.


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1Password 8.10.22

1Password Chrome extension maintains a connection with the 1Password app even when a Chrome update is pending. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 4.8 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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OmniFocus 4.0.1

Major upgrade for the task management app with a modernized, unified interface across Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. ($74.99 new, 50% discount on upgrades, 29.6 MB, macOS 13+)