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Weekly Issues

Josh Centers

#1569: T-Mobile Network Test Drive with eSIM, App Store white paper, best Mac site-specific browsers, OS public betas

For those champing at the bit to try Apple’s forthcoming operating systems, Apple has now released betas of macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Apple has also been waging…

Josh Centers

#1568: M1 Macs for the desktop, RAW Power 3 image editor, Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, Apple products and pacemakers

Health has become increasingly high-tech. Adam Engst recently had a COVID-19 scare but was able to set his mind at ease with the iPhone-enabled Ellume COVID-19 Home Test. And for those with pacemakers and other…

Josh Centers

#1567: New Apple privacy protections, 2021 OS system requirements, iOS 12.5.4 security update, Mailplane calls it quits, MagSafe accessories

We’ll be skipping next week’s email issue to give Managing Editor Josh Centers time to welcome his first daughter into the world—keep reading our articles on the Web and look for our next issue on…

Josh Centers

#1566: Top new features from WWDC, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, explaining AirTag safety alerts

The 2021 WWDC keynote has come and gone. Apple announced far more than we could fit in one issue, so we rounded up 20 of the most interesting features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS…

Josh Centers

#1565: Cardhop 2.0, block Facebook photo location tracking, M1 Mac external drive limitation, fix apps broken by iOS 14.5

In this special Memorial Day issue of TidBITS, Adam Engst looks at what’s new in Cardhop 2.0, not the least of which is that it’s now free, with advanced features bundled into a subscription with…

Josh Centers

#1564: iOS 14.6 and macOS 11.4, Find My clarification, new Siri Remote, Apple TV buyer’s guide

It’s time for yet another slew of Apple operating system updates: iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, watchOS 7.5, tvOS 14.6, and HomePod Software 14.6, which primarily offer support for paid podcast subscriptions and Apple…

Josh Centers

#1563: Improved Apple Music audio quality, AirTag tracking scenarios, fixing Catalina update restart loops, broadband relief for struggling families

Apple has announced that you’ll soon be able to listen to Apple Music in lossless quality, with many tracks featuring spatial audio and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Some users have been caught in a reboot…

Josh Centers

#1562: Tame Apple’s new Podcasts app, Standard Ebooks beautifies classic titles, using Xero for business accounting

Project Gutenberg has digitized over 60,000 books, but they’re often rather rough. If you’re interested in reading classic titles, check out the versions from Standard Ebooks, which are spruced up for modern devices. For those…

Josh Centers

#1561: More OS security updates, Apple’s huge Q2 2021, 10 Gbps Ethernet for M1 Mac mini, Color Balance in tvOS 14.5

A week after updating all its operating systems, Apple has pushed out iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS 11.3.1 Big Sur, and watchOS 7.4.1 to fix an App Tracking Transparency bug and a nasty WebKit vulnerability…

Josh Centers

#1560: Apple OS updates, M1 24-inch iMac and iPad Pro, AirTag, Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote, AppleCard Family, purple iPhone 12, AppleCare+ for Macs

Last week at its “Spring Loaded” event, Apple made a slew of announcements, several of which focused on the M1 chip. The new M1-based 24-inch iMac showcased the model’s first major redesign in years, with…

Josh Centers

#1559: Apple event speculation, T-Mobile Home Internet, 31 years of TidBITS, exchange old AirPods, manage iPhone apps in bulk

Last week, we marked 31 years of TidBITS with a desire to leave the negativity of 2020 behind and look to a more positive future. That future starts tomorrow, with Apple’s latest event, and in…

Josh Centers

#1558: Apple opens up Find My service, fix Apple Watch Series 3 updates, extend Mac life with an external SSD, explaining emulation, virtualization, and Rosetta 2

Apple has finally officially opened up its Find My app to third-party device makers, but those devices still appear to be months away. If you can’t update your Apple Watch Series 3 to watchOS 7…

Josh Centers

#1557: Combatting Zoom fatigue, Emergency Bypass for Do Not Disturb, electric bike apps, virtual WWDC date set, Rogue Amoeba sponsoring TidBITS

Zoom fatigue is a very real problem, and Adam Engst covers some new research from Stanford University that explains why video calls are so exhausting and what we can do about it. Do you struggle with…

Josh Centers

#1556: Security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS; Drink Different posters; 20th anniversary of Mac OS X; books to learn the Mac command line

Apple last week pushed out important updates to iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to fix a WebKit vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild. For those who like a little…

Josh Centers

#1555: Apple privacy labels, Caller ID authentication, knock-off Sport Loop watch bands, take care when deleting Messages conversations

Fed up with the constant onslaught of spam phone calls? Glenn Fleishman explains that there may soon be a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol, which Apple…