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#1689: Vision Pro ship date, evaluating new Apple device features, minor OS updates, iPhone passcode thief, Time Machine and iCloud Drive

Apple’s big news dropped today—the Apple Vision Pro “spatial computer” will ship on 2 February 2024. Before the holiday break, Apple released macOS, iOS, and iPadOS updates to fix minor bugs. Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal interviewed an iPhone passcode thief. Adam Engst upgraded one of his Macs to macOS 14 Sonoma, only to find Time Machine blocked by iCloud Drive—the solution was easy but not obvious. Julio Ojeda-Zapata used a trip late last year with Apple’s September 2023 crop of devices as an excuse to evaluate the main new features. Finally, we have brief coverage of Apple adding The Athletic to Apple News+ and researchers who devised a fascinating technique to determine how many videos are on YouTube. Notable Mac app releases this week include Coherence X 4.6, Default Folder X 6.0.4, Mellel 6.0, Nisus Writer Pro 3.4 and Nisus Writer Express 4.4, OmniFocus 4.0.3, Pixelmator Pro 3.5.2, SpamSieve 3.0.3, and Zoom 5.17.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Solving Time Machine’s iCloud Drive Blockage

After upgrading one of his Macs to macOS 14 Sonoma, Adam Engst ran into problems with Time Machine, which refused to back up until iCloud Drive had finished syncing and continued to balk even after the sync had seemingly finished. The problem? A seldom-used troubleshooting account that also had to finish syncing.


Coherence X 4.6 Agen Schmitz No comments

Coherence X 4.6

Improves performance and reliability for the site-specific browser that can turn websites into native apps. ($29.99 new, free update, 10.5 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Mellel 6.0 Agen Schmitz 2 comments

Mellel 6.0

Major upgrade for the word processor with split view and Dark mode support. ($69.99 new, $44.99 upgrade, 94 MB, macOS 10.13+)

OmniFocus 4.0.3 Agen Schmitz No comments

OmniFocus 4.0.3

Maintenance update with a smattering of improvements and bug fixes. ($74.99 new, 50% discount on upgrades, free update from version 4, 29.6 MB, macOS 13+)

Zoom 5.17 Agen Schmitz No comments

Zoom 5.17

Maintenance update with improvements and bug fixes; now requires a minimum of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (Free, 122.4 MB, macOS 10.13+)


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Apple Adds The Athletic to Apple News+

Fans of professional and college teams across major sports leagues may appreciate the addition of The Athletic to Apple News+. Apple said content from Wirecutter would also be available to all Apple News users starting in 2024.

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How Big Is YouTube?

Researchers have come up with a way to estimate how many videos there are on YouTube and various metrics surrounding them. It's a fascinating look into a site that has become an integral part of many people's lives.