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    Newsletter Issue #1009: The Big Sur Report: Better Late Than Never

    November 8th, 2020

    Before I get started, let me tell you about 2000, when I first installed a Public Beta of Mac OS X. The Aqua interface sure looked different, but as I wrote in one of my books on the new OS at the time, a Mac was still a Mac, and my normal workflow never changed, despite the huge change in the user interface. And, yes, people complained, as they will when macOS Big Sur is released (probably in the next few days).

    But my response will be the same: It may look iOS-like in many respects, but the macOS is still the macOS, and nothing in my daily workflow has changed since installing Big Sur.

    Now over the years, I’ve always been among the first to install a beta version of a new macOS or iOS. As soon as I got news that they were out, I’d install them on one of my devices. Indeed, I actually started dealing with betas when the original Mac OS 7 was being developed back in 1991. I had encountered some serious bugs, and was working with an Apple engineer to help him diagnose and resolve the problems.

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    Newsletter Issue #996: Apple’s 2020 WWDC Keynote: Wake Me Up When It’s Over

    June 22nd, 2020

    The tech media, particularly the Apple fan sites, will be poring over Apple’s new OS announcements at the 2020 WWDC keynote. In large part, most of the changes are largely predictable upgrades, though there are some notable developments.

    So, after 19 years, version X of the macOS will go away, to be replaced by macOS 11 Big Sur. But that’s really the biggest change, as the remaining enhancements are largely incremental. According to Apple, it’ll run on an assortment of Macs dating back to the 2013 MacBook Pro, and the 2014 iMac that includes models with the 5K Retina display.

    Ditto for iOS 14, which will run on the same gear as iOS 13. This means that Barbara’s iPhone 6s is not yet out of date and she won’t ask for a new one until at least the fall of 2021. Good thing, because it still works just fine. But the change that will impact many of you is the ability to change your default browser and email. You won’t be forced to use Safari and Mail, and that’s a good thing.

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    Newsletter Issue #976 — My Long and Winding Road to Catalina

    October 30th, 2019

    Note to Readers

    This column was written before Apple released its fourth fiscal quarter financials. With record revenue, Apple’s results were at the high-end of Wall Street expectations. For now, you can read the basics at Apple’s site. I’ll be dealing with that subject in more detail in the next issue.

    Revisiting macOS Catalina

    So macOS Catalina has been available for nearly four weeks as I write this. A 10.15.1, bug fix update arrived on Tuesday, October 29th, which likely dealt with some of the bugs in the first release.

    Now even though the first public beta of Catalina arrived in late June, I didn’t touch it until September 9th (my birthday) because of problems with the third-party software I need to get work done. Since my aging 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro was left behind as of macOS High Sierra, my notebook has been, more or less, living in the past. I no longer had a second computer on which to test things.

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    Newsletter Issue #975: The Road to Catalina — My Audio Dilemma

    July 25th, 2019

    As most of you know, the next version of macOS is named Catalina, or macOS 10.15. But I wonder how long Apple is going to use the traditional number ten versioning before goes to 11, or somewhere.

    No matter. Regardless of the naming scheme, Apple has packed the usual bunch of new features. I suppose the most meaningful for the long-term is Catalyst, which allows for a new range of apps that can run on both iPad and Mac. I suppose it’s possible that this is the first step towards switching Macs to Apple’s brand of A-series ARM processors. It also helps developers build apps for both platforms with, supposedly, some tweaking here and there.

    One key goal is to help iOS developers create Mac versions without a lot of time and expense.

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