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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…

Josh Centers

#1587: iOS 14.8.1, HomePod Software 15.1.1, Monterey upgrade issues, FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay, temporary iCloud Backup space, Screen Time oddity

Last week, Apple released iOS 14.8.1 and iPadOS 14.8.1 to address serious security vulnerabilities and HomePod Software 15.1.1 to fix podcast problems. For those thinking about upgrading to the generally well-received macOS 12 Monterey, Adam…

Josh Centers

#1586: Apple Q4 2021 financial results, Hide My Email tutorial, Windows on M1 Macs, myCharge battery, Insta360 GO 2 action cam

Apple posted another record-breaking financial quarter despite being hampered by supply chain problems that cost the company $6 billion—Michael Cohen and Josh Centers examine the details of how Apple’s business is faring. Josh also explains…

Josh Centers

#1585: macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15.1 released, 1Password secure password sharing, choosing the right chart in Numbers, Apple device updates in Software Update

macOS 12 Monterey is here, joined by the feature releases—think SharePlay and FaceTime screen sharing—of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, and HomePod Software 15.1. In other Apple update news, Adam Engst has…

Josh Centers

#1584: New MacBook Pros, new AirPods and HomePod mini colors, Monterey release date, notification grouping tip, Find My story

Our long national nightmare is over. Apple’s new MacBook Pro models—powered by impressive new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips—ditch the Touch Bar for F-keys, add more ports, and bring back MagSafe charging. Apple also…

Josh Centers

#1583: Ten years without Steve Jobs, iOS 15.0.2, Exif and Visual Lookup in Photos, iPadOS 15 multitasking, easier 2FA codes

Last week marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs, which Apple commemorated with a touching tribute video. The company also released iOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.2, and watchOS 8.0.1 to fix a few…

Josh Centers

#1582: iOS 15.0.1 and iPadOS 15.0.1, Apple Watch Series 7 dates, cautionary tale about backups, using Live Text and Safari extensions

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 shipped with a couple of annoying bugs, like Unlock with Apple Watch failing for some iPhone 13 units and erroneous “Storage Almost Full” messages. Apple has now fixed those in…

Josh Centers

#1581: New Safari 15 features, Center Stage vs. smart displays, iOS 12.5.5 and Catalina security update, iPhone 13 problem with Apple Watch unlocking

Does Safari in iOS 15 turn your world upside down? Take Control of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 author Josh Centers tackles the many changes to Safari in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, explaining the new…

Josh Centers

#1580: iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Apple Watch Series 7, redesigned iPad mini, and upgraded iPad, plus iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15

It’s a big week in the Apple world! At last Tuesday’s “California Streaming” event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the slightly larger Apple Watch Series 7, the redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini,…

Josh Centers

#1579: Apple “California Streaming” event, OS security updates, Epic Games v. Apple lawsuit decided, Internet privacy limitations, combine Mac speakers

Apple’s “California Streaming” event is tomorrow! We expect a new iPhone, a redesigned Apple Watch, and release dates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. Today, Apple released macOS 11.6 Big Sur,…

Josh Centers

#1578: Apple delays CSAM detection, upgrade Quicken 2007 to Quicken Deluxe, App Store settlement and regulatory changes

Apple has announced that it will be delaying the controversial technologies that tried to match known illegal CSAM images uploaded to iCloud Photos and scanned for explicit pictures sent or received by minors in Messages.

Josh Centers

#1577: iPhone 12/12 Pro repair program, fix corrupted Chrome extensions, iCloud Mail custom domains, Chipolo AirTag alternative, 10-digit dialing changes

This issue of TidBITS is a grab bag of topics large and small. If you have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro suffering from a lack of sound during calls, Apple will fix it…

Josh Centers

#1576: Work with image text using TextSniper and Photos Search, upgrade your home Wi-Fi, comparing MagSafe battery packs

Ever wanted to search for text in your photos or copy text from a graphic? Apple’s Live Text technology promises just that in macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15, but TextSniper and Photos Search offer…

Josh Centers

#1575: More CSAM Detection details emerge, many-stop route planning with MapQuest, Speedify VPN, macOS 11.5.2

The controversy surrounding Apple’s announcement that iOS 15 would detect child sexual abuse material being uploaded to iCloud Photos continues. Last week, Apple posted yet another explanatory document and sent software chief Craig Federighi to…