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Josh Centers

#1550: 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro battery replacement, Big Sur free space snag, macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur update, Insta360 ONE X2 Steady Cam, more from CES 2021

Having charging problems with a 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro? Apple has instituted a repair program to replace those Macs’ batteries for free when they won’t charge past 1%. macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur and macOS…

Josh Centers

#1549: Apple Watch Breathe notifications, BlastDoor hardens iMessage, add AirPlay to a stereo, present better in Zoom

Are you annoyed by your Apple Watch reminding you to breathe? Josh Centers explains how you can easily adjust or eliminate those notifications. Some worrisome iMessage vulnerabilities were exploited in 2020, but Glenn Fleishman explains…

Josh Centers

#1548: Apple updates all platforms, Apple’s Q1 2021 shatters records, Nomad wireless charging mat

Last week, Apple released watchOS 7.3, iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, and tvOS 14.4. The updates address numerous security vulnerabilities, including two serious exploits, and the watchOS update adds a new face to celebrate Black History…

Josh Centers

#1547: NOVID early warning system for COVID-19 infections, iPhone 12 versus pacemakers, Hue Lightstrips, more CES 2021 tech

Do you know anyone with a pacemaker or defibrillator? An alarming study has demonstrated that iPhone 12’s MagSafe magnets can interfere with implanted medical devices. Adam Engst explains why the iPhone 12 isn’t the only…

Josh Centers

#1546: Tech trends from CES 2021, Signal encrypted messaging, HomeKit for the holidays

Jeff Porten checks in from the virtual CES trade show to report on the top tech trends for 2021, including a look at how COVID-19 and 5G may affect how we live and work. Perturbed…

Josh Centers

#1545: Virtual CES 2021 kick off, new Apple privacy policies, pick meeting times with When2Meet

The first virtual CES kicks off this week, and our typically roving correspondent Jeff Porten is attending virtually to sniff out the coolest and most interesting gizmos and gadgets. This year, you can vote on…

Josh Centers

#1544: Holiday hiatus, iOS 12.5 and watchOS 6.3, App Store wars, LG 27UK850-W monitor review

2020 is winding to a close, and this is the last email issue of TidBITS for the year. We’ll publish our next issue on 11 January 2021. In the meantime, check our site for continuing…

Josh Centers

#1543: Apple Fitness+ launches with iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, and tvOS 14.3; macOS 11.1 Big Sur; AirPods Max; Xebec Tri-Screen; RIP John Baxter

You can’t accuse Apple of sitting still. In a surprise announcement last week, the company unveiled the AirPods Max, over-ear headphones with Active Noise Cancellation and a hefty price tag. This week, Apple pushed out…

Josh Centers

#1542: iPhone 5G tests, Stealth Core Trainer, iPhone 11 repair program, support TidBITS in 2021

2020 has been a tough year, but thanks to TidBITS members, we’ve weathered it better than many. Will you pitch in to help us keep bringing you content throughout 2021 too? If you have an…

Josh Centers

#1541: Thanksgiving hiatus, understanding 5G, iPhone 12 mini and Pro Max reviews, hiding Big Sur update badges, iOS 14.2.1, App Store commission drop

This week includes the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we’ll be taking the opportunity to count our blessings and recover from the ravages of 2020 instead of preparing an issue for next week.

Josh Centers

#1540: Apple’s first M1 Macs, delay Big Sur upgrades, Apple snafu temporarily broke Macs, new TidBITS translators needed

Last week was huge for the Mac, with the release of macOS 11 Big Sur and the first wave of Macs based on Apple silicon: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini,…

Josh Centers

#1539: AirPods Pro service program, broader Intercom support, numerous Apple OS updates, MagSafe quirks

In anticipation of tomorrow’s big Mac event, Apple last week cleared the decks with updates for all of its non-Mac operating systems to patch problematic security holes and add new features, like Intercom support for…

Josh Centers

#1538: Apple announces “One more thing” event, Apple search engine, Apple’s record Q4 2020 results, Apple Watch setup headaches, HomeKit Secure Video

It’s time for “One more thing.” That’s right, Apple has scheduled another event for 10 November 2020. Could it be the unveiling of Macs with Apple silicon and a release date for macOS 11 Big…

Josh Centers

#1537: iOS 14.1 and other updates, iPhone 12 reviews, watchOS 7.0.3 fixes, Apple Watch Series 6 blood oxygen sensor

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro started shipping last week, and we have a roundup of some of the best early reviews so you can decide whether to upgrade—reviews of the iPhone 12 mini…

Josh Centers

#1536: iPhone 12 details, $99 HomePod mini, sleep tracking in iOS 14 and watchOS 7, watchOS 7.0.2 battery life fix, BBEdit 13.5

Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event last week marked the unveiling of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and finally, what many TidBITS readers have been clamoring for, the iPhone 12 mini. We…