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Josh Centers

#1602: Mac Studio and Studio Display, iPhone SE and iPad Air, OS updates with Universal Control and masked Face ID

At last week’s Peek Performance event, Apple unveiled spec-bump updates to the iPhone SE and iPad Air before changing the Mac landscape forever. Say goodbye to the 27-inch iMac and hello to the Mac Studio,…

Josh Centers

#1601: Apple “Peek Performance” event, Macs for more professionals, never change your password

Time for new Apple gear! The company will be holding its “Peek Performance” event on 8 March 2022, and we’re anticipating a new iPhone SE, an updated iPad Air, and at least one new Apple…

Josh Centers

#1600: Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts Apple world, how to create app aliases in iOS 15, do you need a cellular Apple Watch?

Welcome to our 1600th issue of TidBITS! This week’s big news is the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. As Adam Engst points out, this is far from a faceless, nameless conflict on the other side…

Josh Centers

#1599: Avoiding blue light from screens, Bowflex C6 Bike spin cycle, Internet mapping services, Apple Buying Advice website

We have a wide-ranging issue for you this week! Josh Centers kicks things off with an announcement of a new personal site containing Apple buying advice, followed by a look at how to reduce the…

Josh Centers

#1598: OS updates, Fantastical 3.6 self-scheduling, Mindfulness measures HRV, Monterey on too-old Macs, TidBITS list gremlins

Last week, Apple released another collection of updates for its main operating systems, fixing a few bugs and blocking an actively exploited security vulnerability in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15. Do you…

Josh Centers

#1597: Apple Watch fitness tracking, cloud storage issues, Roku Express 4K+, watchOS 8.4.1

The Apple Watch is incredibly popular as a fitness tracker, but Josh Centers had trouble adopting it until recently, when he ventured into the burgeoning fitness app world beyond Apple’s Activity rings and Health app.

Josh Centers

#1596: OS updates, Apple Q1 2022 outpaces supply constraints, Yahoo POP bug, Apple Personal Safety User Guide, Simply Piano

Last week, Apple updated all its operating systems with unspecified bug fixes and important security updates. The company also posted record-breaking financials for Q1 2022 despite supply constraints and weak sales in Japan. Adam Engst…

Josh Centers

#1595: Replacing the Time Capsule, AT&T and Verizon 5G coverage expands, is iOS 15’s Focus overkill?

If you rely on AT&T or Verizon for cellular data, you may be seeing improved 5G performance as the carriers take advantage of the newly available C-band radio spectrum—Julio Ojeda-Zapata shares the details. Apple discontinued…

Josh Centers

#1594: iOS 15.2.1, AirTag stalking, CES Tech Trends for 2022

Last week, Apple rolled out iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 to fix a nasty HomeKit-related vulnerability and patch a few small bugs. Police departments and the media have been abuzz with reports of Apple’s AirTag…

Josh Centers

#1593: Wordle, vinyl skins for Apple laptops, Apple Music Voice Plan, ad hoc Wi-Fi networks

Happy New Year! We’re back from break and ready to explore whatever 2022 has in store for us. For Adam Engst, that’s filtered through recommendations that inform his New Year’s resolution, shared in this week’s…

Josh Centers

#1592: Life with HomeKit, notification summaries, Music/iTunes Store oddity, inadvertent Mail deletion, iOS update error, holiday hiatus

The holidays are here again, and we’re taking a two-week break from email issues—see you next on 10 January 2022! For those annoyed by excessive iPhone notifications, Josh Centers looks at iOS 15’s new Notification…

Josh Centers

#1591: Major OS updates, AirPods firmware update, non-Google accounts in Gmail app, Time Sensitive notifications, Apple Watch Web browser

Apple’s engineers are clearing the decks before decking the halls, releasing iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 with App Privacy Report and Digital Legacy, macOS 12.1 Monterey with FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay, watchOS 8.3, tvOS…

Josh Centers

#1590: Demystifying USB-C cables, Apple sues spyware firm, Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking, printer driver quirks, support TidBITS!

2022 is around the corner, and we need your help to keep bringing you TidBITS. Will you join over 3600 other TidBITS members in supporting the practical Apple content you read here every week? Confused…

Josh Centers

#1589: New FaceTime features, iOS 15’s Weather notifications, Apple’s Self Service Repair, iOS 15.1.1 and watchOS 8.1.1, Thanksgiving hiatus

We’re taking some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday in the US this week, so the next TidBITS email issue will come on 6 December 2021. Until then, look for new articles on our website…

Josh Centers

#1588: Monterey memory leak, third-generation AirPods vs. Beats Fit Pro, ransomware protection, more OCR tools for text in images

If you’re having trouble with your Mac running out of memory in macOS 12 Monterey, the reason may be a memory leak associated with custom pointers. Read on for the fix. Intrigued by Apple’s third-generation…