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Getting Sharper Text on M1-based Macs with 1440p Displays

If you’ve wanted to enable HiDPI scaling for sharper text on a 1440p display connected to an M1-based Mac, you’ve been out of luck… until now. The open source BetterDummy helps you take full advantage of 1440p external screens.

Glenn Fleishman 14 comments

Apple Lawsuit Goes After Spyware Firm NSO Group

Apple has sued the notorious NSO Group and will be funding two prominent research groups that specialize in discovering and describing cyber surveillance attacks. These moves appear to be the first step in a new strategy against companies that weaponize operating system flaws to profit off surveillance.

Adam Engst 3 comments

No TidBITS Issue on 29 November 2021

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to publish articles on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 6 December 2021.

Josh Centers 16 comments

New FaceTime Features: Links, Grids, and a Web App

New FaceTime features like links, grid view, and a Web client make FaceTime in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey more competitive with video conferencing apps like Zoom.

Josh Centers 8 comments

watchOS 8.1.1 Fixes Apple Watch Series 7 Charging Issues

Apple has released watchOS 8.1.1 to address charging problems with the Apple Watch Series 7.

Josh Centers 7 comments

iOS 15.1.1 Prevents Dropped Calls on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

Apple has released iOS 15.1.1 exclusively for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 to address a bug causing dropped calls.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Announces Self Service Repair Program

After lobbying against right-to-repair legislation for years, Apple has seemingly done an about-face by announcing the Self Service Repair program, which will provide genuine Apple parts, tools, and repair manuals to individuals who want to repair their Apple devices.

Adam Engst 30 comments

Weather in iOS 15 Gains Precipitation Notifications (But Do They Work Reliably?)

Thanks to Apple’s Weather app picking up features from Dark Sky, the company that Apple acquired in early 2020, you can now turn on next-hour precipitation notifications in iOS 15. But they aren’t reliable for some users—how about you?

Josh Centers 5 comments

Custom Mouse Pointers Blamed for Monterey Memory Leak

Reports of massive memory leaks in macOS 12 Monterey have been traced back to custom pointer changes. Resetting custom pointers should reduce or eliminate the problems until Apple releases a fix.

Adam Engst 23 comments

LittleBITS: TidBITS Formatting Bug, Ransomware Protections, More OCR in Images

This week, Adam asks for help tracking down an email formatting bug in TidBITS issues, points those worried about ransomware to RansomWhere and Retrospect 18, and looks at more utilities that perform OCR on text in images.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Beats Fit Pro Are Good Alternatives to Third-Generation AirPods

A week after the release of the third-generation AirPods, Apple subsidiary Beats By Dre unveiled Fit Pro earbuds that offer a compelling alternative thanks to a more secure fit, H1 chip, and active noise cancellation.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata Josh Centers 4 comments

First Impressions of the Third-Generation AirPods

Josh Centers and Julio Ojeda-Zapata team up to give you their first impressions of Apple’s third-generation AirPods.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Disk Utility in macOS 12 Monterey Manages APFS Snapshots

Howard Oakley of The Eclectic Light Company blog shows that Disk Utility in Monterey now lets you view and work with APFS snapshots.

Josh Centers 10 comments

How to Use FaceTime Screen Sharing and SharePlay

With iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, you can share your screen over FaceTime and even share synchronized music and movies with others during a FaceTime call. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay.

Adam Engst 9 comments

LittleBITS: Temporary iCloud Backup, Screen Time Oddity, Server Swap, TidBITS News App

In the ongoing saga of things rattling around in Adam Engst’s head that don’t merit their own articles, Adam shares the fact of Apple’s new temporary iCloud Backup storage, passes on a story about Screen Time settings inexplicably changing, talks about moving TidBITS to a new virtual private server, and notes an upgrade to the TidBITS News app.