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Weekly Issues

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…

Josh Centers

#1535: Apple announces “Hi, Speed” event, Function101 Apple TV remote, why we won’t see third-party Apple Watch faces, Mimestream Gmail client for Mac

Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event is coming tomorrow, and we’ll be watching the product announcements—likely the iPhone 12 and potentially more—live while chatting with TidBITS readers in SlackBITS. If Apple’s slippery Siri Remote for the Apple…

Josh Centers

#1534: macOS 10.14.6 Mojave Supplemental Update, New York’s COVID Alert NY app, Apple Watch pandemic uses, easier arranging of iOS apps

Last week, Apple released a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.6 Mojave to fix serious bugs introduced with the Safari 14.0 update and revealed by Security Update 2020-005. Apple and Google have baked their joint COVID-19…

Josh Centers

1533: Apple OS bug fixes, Back Tap and user-defined default apps in iOS 14, third-gen Apple TV problems, MinuteHound sponsoring TidBITS, RIP Oliver Habicht

We’re pleased to welcome our latest long-term sponsor, MinuteHound, which provides a zero-contact biometric time and attendance tracking solution. Apple has released the first round of bug-fix updates with iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1,…

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#1532: iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 released; new iPad and iPad Air; Apple Fitness+ and Apple One bundles; Apple Watch Series 6 and SE

Last week was a big one in the Apple world! After Apple announced a redesigned iPad Air, an updated iPad, the Apple Watch Series 6 with a blood oxygen sensor, and the lower-cost Apple Watch…

Josh Centers

#1531: Upcoming Apple event, iOS 14 App Library FAQ, library ebook lending, why Adam is voting Biden

Apple will be having an online event tomorrow—everyone is invited!—where the company is expected to announce new models of the Apple Watch and iPad. Concerned about the App Library feature of iOS 14 messing with…

Josh Centers

#1530: COVID-19 exposure notifications; Take Control books for Big Sur, iOS 14, and Zoom; post-migration tasks on a new Mac

Happy Labor Day to our American readers! Apple last week released iOS 13.7, building in support for the joint Apple-Google COVID-19 exposure notification technology—but remember, you can enable it only if your state or country…

Josh Centers

#1529: Tracking and joining videoconferencing calls, making framed screenshots with Picsew, better dictation with Voice Control

If you have trouble keeping track of and joining all your videoconferencing calls, Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests a couple of helpful apps that make the process easier. We constantly work with screenshots here at TidBITS, and…

Josh Centers

#1528: The Case of the Top Secret iPod, Apple’s 2020 Environmental Progress Report, your thoughts on the App Store

In last week’s issue, we documented the many developer complaints against the App Store and asked you to share your thoughts in a survey. Several hundred readers responded with strong opinions about how Apple should…

Josh Centers

#1527: Apple OS bug fix updates, Setapp gains iOS apps, adapting to school at home, developer complaints about the App Store

Last week, Apple released iOS 13.6.1, iPadOS 13.6.1, and macOS 10.15.6 Supplemental Update to fix a storage bug on the iPhone and iPad and bugs on the Mac. The Setapp subscription service has added iOS…

Josh Centers

#1526: New 27-inch iMac, stories about Phil Schiller and Greg Joswiak, understanding Apple’s SRDs, Future Crunch

The big news this week is the long-awaited release of an update to Apple’s desktop workhorse, the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display—we dive into the changes. Apple’s executive team is remarkably stable, but the…

Josh Centers

#1525: Apple’s record Q3 2020 results, Congress vs. Big Tech, QuarkXPress horrors, updated Apple Style Guide

The global economy might be hurting, but Apple is still firing on all cylinders. Despite slowing growth in iPhone and wearable sales, the company still managed to break quarterly records thanks to preternaturally strong iPad…

Josh Centers

#1524: ScanSnap Manager for Catalina, Camo turns an iPhone into a webcam, Apple Security Researcher Device, Micro Snitch warns of webcam/mic spying

This week’s surprise news is that—a year after Fujitsu announced it wouldn’t support older ScanSnap scanners in Catalina—the company has reversed course and released ScanSnap Manager V7 for macOS 10.15 Catalina. The rest of our…

Josh Centers

#1523: Apple launches symptom tracking and Car Keys, five iOS apps for homeschooling, Fig gives Discourse iOS push notifications

Apple updated all of its operating systems last week, adding the Car Keys feature to iOS 13.6, symptom tracking to the Health app, and more News features to iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, and macOS 10.15.6…