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Josh Centers

#1622: OS feature survey results, Continuity Camera webcam preview, OWC miniStack STX

Last week we asked you which of the 20 top features you use from Apple’s 2021 operating systems: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey. The results are in, and Adam Engst takes a…

Josh Centers

#1621: Apple Q3 2022 financials, Slack’s new free plan restrictions, which OS features do you use?

Apple’s Q3 2022 was its worst financial quarter since the darkest days of the pandemic, but the company still managed to break records and beat estimates. Adam Engst examines Slack’s new restrictions on free accounts…

Josh Centers

#1620: OS updates, AssistiveTouch for iOS shortcut palette, Photos album sharing bug

Last week, Apple released minor updates for its current round of operating systems, along with security updates for macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 11 Big Sur. After nearly a decade, Josh Centers revisits the AssistiveTouch…

Josh Centers

#1619: Stage Manager first impressions, Live Text in Preview redux, SMS 2FA failure fix, moving large folders with ChronoSync

Julio Ojeda-Zapata explores the new Stage Manager window management feature in the betas of iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura to give you a feel for how it works—complete with animated examples—and how it might…

Josh Centers

#1618: M2 MacBook Air available to order, Lockdown Mode, Live Text vs. Preview selections, portable power for a MacBook Pro

The M2 MacBook Air is now available to order. The first batch will arrive this Friday, but new orders are already slipping to mid-August. Apple has announced the new Lockdown Mode in iOS 16, a…

Josh Centers

#1617: Pages regains mail merge, HomeKit sensor improvements, keyboard flags in Monterey

American flags adorn flagpoles and lawns alike for the Fourth of July holiday here in the United States, but Mac users won’t see the Stars and Stripes as the icon for the US keyboard input…

Josh Centers

#1616: Explaining passkeys, Apple challenges for senior citizens, macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur fixes email attachment bug

In its WWDC keynote, Apple introduced a new authentication technology called “passkeys” as a simpler, more secure replacement for passwords. Glenn Fleishman joins us to explain how passkeys work and why they’re so much better…

Josh Centers

#1615: Why Stage Manager needs an M1 iPad, Limit IP Address Tracking problems, Citibank cryptocurrency confusion

iPadOS 16’s marquee feature is Stage Manager, which adds Mac-like windowing to the iPad, but controversially, Apple requires an M1 iPad to use it. Josh Centers explores Apple’s reasoning and suggests how the company could…

Josh Centers

#1614: 2022 OS system requirements, WWDC 2022 head-scratcher features, travel tech notes from Canada

What Apple hardware will be capable of running macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9? The basic answers are simple enough, but many individual features require specific newer hardware. Josh Centers dug…

Josh Centers

#1613: M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, long-awaited features coming to OS, watchOS 9, TidBITS website changes, tvOS and HomePod update

Today was Apple’s WWDC keynote, and while we’re still puzzling over some of the new features spread across the company’s next-generation operating systems, we call out ten that are long overdue. For Apple Watch fans,…

Josh Centers

#1612: OS suggestions, new accessibility features, higher cellular prices, Chrome OS Flex for old Macs, Memorial Day hiatus

We’re taking next week’s email issue off in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the US—look for our next issue on 6 June 2022. In the meantime, AT&T and Verizon customers should be aware…

Josh Centers

#1611: OS updates, RIP iPod touch, iCloud Drive shared folder data loss risk, KDEConnect links iPhone to Linux

Walk, don’t run, to download Apple’s latest operating system updates, which correct a Podcasts annoyance, fix a few bugs, and plug security vulnerabilities—the updates are welcome but not essential to install immediately. Last week, Apple…

Josh Centers

#1610: Avoid hacked email scams, disable a known AirTag’s alerts, battery technology tricks, industry support for passwordless login

Could passwords finally be on the way out? Apple, Google, and Microsoft have taken another step in that direction by promising expanded support for the FIDO Alliance’s passwordless login technology over the course of the…

Josh Centers

#1609: Apple Q2 2022 results, Apple’s Self Service Repair program launches, escaping the cloud with a Synology NAS

Apple posted strong results in its second fiscal quarter of 2022 despite supply chain problems, a flagging economy, and tumult from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Apple has also launched its promised Self Service Repair program,…

Josh Centers

#1608: How to test Internet responsiveness, Wordle takeoffs, understand cryptocurrency

This issue of TidBITS brings you a unique mix. In a helpful article that hearkens back to content we published 25 years ago, Adam Engst explains how you can use Apple’s new-in-Monterey networkQuality tool to…