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Published: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:49:13 EDT

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Apple Configurator 2.5

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:29:25 EDT

Updates Apple’s Mac tool for configuring and deploying software to multiple iOS and tvOS devices; requires macOS 10.12.5 Sierra. (Free update, 65.6 MB)

 

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GraphicConverter 10.5

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:29:13 EDT

Adds support for a number of new features in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($39.95 new, free update, 175 MB)

 

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Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.2

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:28:57 EDT

Maintenance release for the backup utility. ($39.99 new, paid upgrade, free update from version 5, 12.4 MB)

 

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Typinator 7.3

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:29:37 EDT

The text-expansion tool gets updated with more than 40 improvements and bug fixes, including compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.2 MB)

 

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1Password 6.8.2

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:13:41 EDT

Maintenance update fixes a number of customer-reported issues. ($64.99 new, free update, 48.6 MB)

 

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Default Folder X 5.1.6

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:13:31 EDT

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and fixes a number of bugs. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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iOS 11 Mail Failing to Send with Outlook.com, Office 365, and Exchange Accounts

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:39:31 EDT

Due to an improperly negotiated HTTP/2 connection, Mail in iOS 11 is having trouble sending email with Outlook.com, Office 365, and Exchange Server 2016 accounts. Those who haven’t yet updated to iOS 11 and rely on Microsoft-hosted email should probably delay the upgrade. If you have already upgraded to iOS 11, you can either use Microsoft’s Outlook client or potentially disable HTTP/2 in Windows Server 2016.

 

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11 Things You Should Know about iOS 11

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:11:15 EDT

iOS 11 is now available, and “Take Control of iOS 11” author Josh Centers has a list of things you need to know both before and after upgrading.

 

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Airfoil 5.6.3

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:47:53 EDT

Ensures full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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Pages 6.3, Numbers 4.3, and Keynote 7.3 for Mac

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:34:12 EDT

Minor updates to Pages and Keynote, and the standard performance and stability improvements for all three apps. (Free, various sizes)

 

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watchOS 4: The TidBITS Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:24:58 EDT

Adam Engst reviews watchOS 4, which provides new features and tweaks to the Apple Watch interface. Overall, it’s a good and worthwhile update that fixes some glaring interface errors and improves overall functionality, but it’s not the sea change that watchOS 3 was.

 

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External Link: Turning the Tables on a Tech Support Scammer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:48:04 EDT

Bothered by the ever-increasing prevalence of tech support phone scams? When you have some time to listen, check out the Reply All podcast’s two-part “Long Distance” show. It documents host Alex Goldman’s efforts to track down the company and people behind an Indian call center that tried to scam him.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18 September 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:23:02 EDT

Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4.8, BBEdit 11.6.8, Fission 2.4.1, ChronoSync 4.8, and SuperDuper 2.9.2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 18 September 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:22:56 EDT

In ExtraBITS this week, macOS 10.13 High Sierra won’t support APFS on Fusion Drives at first, Apple has banned fraudulent “virus scanners” from the iOS App Store, you can now watch HDR iTunes movies on 2017 iPad Pro models, and, speaking of the iPad Pro, Apple has quietly raised the price of many of its configurations.

 

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External Link: Initial High Sierra Release Won’t Support APFS for Fusion Drives

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:41:32 EDT

If you converted a Fusion Drive to APFS during the macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta, we have some bad news: the initial release version of High Sierra that Apple plans to ship on 25 September 2017 will not officially support it. This unexpected announcement presumably comes due to problems discovered during the beta that the company hasn’t yet addressed. Apple recommends that you back up the Fusion Drive, reformat it using Mac OS Extended (HFS+), and restore it from backup. The support document implies that Apple will support APFS-formatted Fusion Drives in a later release of High Sierra.

 

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External Link: New iOS App Store Guidelines Ban “Virus Scanners”

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:39:41 EDT

Apple’s updated App Store rules now explicitly ban scam apps that claim to remove viruses or malware from your iOS device, in large part because sandboxing ensures that there’s no way they could do what they promise. Another new guideline requires developers to offer an alternative to Face ID authentication for users under the age of 13, and Apple says ARKit-driven augmented reality apps must be “rich experiences,” not just one-trick ponies. Apple’s goal in updating these policies is to keep iOS app quality high — or at least above some reasonable level.

 

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iFlicks 2.4.8

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:40:51 EDT

Brings fixes and improvements to the video encoding and metadata management app. ($34.99 new, free update, 17.1 MB)

 

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BBEdit 11.6.8

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:41:02 EDT

Fixes several bugs, including an issue related to saving documents on APFS volumes. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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Fission 2.4.1

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:40:39 EDT

Updates capability for saving custom ringtones to account for changes in iTunes 12.7. ($29 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

 

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ChronoSync 4.8

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:41:24 EDT

Improves support for APFS-formatted drives and introduces Creation and Modifier Assistants. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.4 MB)

 

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SuperDuper 2.9.2

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:41:15 EDT

Add compatibility with the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) drive format in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB)

 

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External Link: HDR Movies Now Available for 2017 iPad Pro Tablets

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:00:00 EDT

With the Apple TV 4K coming, Apple has promised 4K and HDR upgrades to existing iTunes movies at no additional charge. We’re already seeing that on 2017 iPad Pro tablets running iOS 11 — the key is that the latest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have HDR-capable displays. Check Settings > TV > iTunes Videos and make sure the Download HDR Videos switch is enabled. Then, in the TV app, on the Library screen, tap a movie to see its listing; you’ll see 4K and HDR badges if Apple has updated the film. The Verge reports that these files on the iPad are 1080p and not 4K, but they do support HDR. Regardless, they look great.

 

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iTunes 12.7 Giveth, but Mostly It Taketh Apps and Ringtones Away

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:41:20 EDT

Apple has updated iTunes, as it often does around this time of year. The new iTunes 12.7 has a few minor tweaks and one huge change: the removal of the iOS App Store. iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn looks at the most significant changes and digs into problems and solutions for those who manage iOS apps from their Macs.

 

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External Link: Apple Quietly Raises iPad Pro Prices

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:26:31 EDT

Apple has quietly raised the prices of the 256 GB and 512 GB iPad Pro tablets by $50. This applies to both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models, but the 64 GB models are unaffected. Some have speculated that the price hike is due to increased flash storage costs, but without an official statement from Apple, it’s impossible to say for sure.

 

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You Can’t Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:21:44 EDT

Credit-reporting agency Equifax has exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. Rich Mogull outlines some steps you can take, but they won’t amount to much until the system changes.

 

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Apple Watch Series 3 Goes Cellular

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:31:19 EDT

Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 3, which beefs up the smartwatch’s hardware in a variety of ways, most notably the addition of LTE cellular access. It’s a nice refresh but may not cause existing Apple Watch owners to buy again.

 

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Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:50:09 EDT

As expected, Apple took the wraps off a slate of new iPhones: the evolutionary iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the revolutionary iPhone X, which boasts a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen and drops the Home button, replacing Touch ID with Face ID. If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, which will you choose, given the iPhone X’s longer wait and higher price?

 

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Apple Product Announcements Inaugurate the Steve Jobs Theater

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:43:31 EDT

Apple christened the new Steve Jobs Theater with a show featuring new Apple Watches, new Apple TVs, and new iPhones.

 

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Apple TV Finally Enters the 4K Realm, but It Will Cost You

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:10:52 EDT

Apple will soon upgrade the Apple TV to 4K, but sticker shock may have you looking at alternatives.

 

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Backblaze Now Sponsoring TidBITS

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:49:33 EDT

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, a long-time Backblaze user, is thrilled to welcome the online backup company as our latest long-term sponsor.

 

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