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#1691: OS updates with Stolen Device Protection, unwanted Sonoma upgrades, external payments in apps, adjusting touch duration, Blood Oxygen disabled

Apple has released a slew of operating system updates, including iOS 17.3 with Stolen Device Protection and support for AirPlay to select hotel TVs, collaborative playlists in Apple Music, and more AppleCare and warranty info. Otherwise, the updates mainly provide unspecified improvements and security fixes. We’re hoping Apple fixes a bug that has caused Ventura and Monterey users to be upgraded to Sonoma without their explicit permission—Adam explains the problem and how to prevent it. He also passes on a little-known option for adjusting long press duration on the iPhone and iPad and looks at the practical upshot of the Apple vs. Epic antitrust case. Finally, Apple has disabled the Blood Oxygen app in new models of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 while its appeal of an import ban works its way through the US federal appeals court. Notable Mac app releases this week include Bookends 14.2.8.

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