First Developer Beta for macOS 11.1 Out Now

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple has released the first developer beta of macOS Big Sur 11.1, AppleInsider reported. Those enrolled in the test program can download it via the Apple Developer Center. There is an over-the-air update for devices already running beta software.

The beta is the first since Apple released macOS Big Sur to the public on November 12, in the form of macOS 11.0.1. More than ten beta builds were released in the time between Big Sur’s announcement and its eventual release, and roughly two months after Apple issued public versions of other operating systems including iOS 14It is so far too early to determine what Apple has changed in the first beta, but it is likely to include some trial fixes for a range of launch issues.

1Password 7.7 Supports Apple Watch Unlock, macOS Big Sur

· Andrew Orr · Link

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1Password version 7.7 introduces support for macOS Big Sur and features like Apple Watch Unlock.

One of our most highly requested features, Apple Watch can now unlock 1Password on any Mac with a Secure Enclave. If you’re using macOS 10.15 or later and using the latest devices, you’ll now see an option in 1Password preferences to turn on Unlock with Apple Watch alongside the Touch ID option.

MacFamily Tree 9 Introduces macOS Big Sur Support

· Andrew Orr · Link

MacFamily tree Big Sur

Briefly shown off during Apple’s M1 Mac event, Synium Software announced the immediate availability of MacFamilyTree for macOS Big Sur and Apple’s just announced Macs with M1 chip. MacFamilyTree is a modern and sophisticated genealogy application for macOS and an easy way of recording cornerstones in your family history. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family’s past at your upcoming family reunion. 

Synium Software announces the immediate availability of MacFamilyTree for macOS Big Sur and Apple’s just announced Macs with M1 chip. MacFamilyTree is a modern and sophisticated genealogy application for macOS and an easy way of recording cornerstones in your family history. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family’s past at your upcoming family reunion.

macOS Big Sur Brings Thunderbolt Hubbing to All Thunderbolt 3 Macs

· Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun · Cool Stuff Found

Larry O’Connor from Other World Computing joined us on Mac Geek Gab this week to share some news: macOS Big Sur makes Thunderbolt hubbing possible not just on the new M1-based Macs, but also on any Mac with Thunderbolt 3. Larry also explains the differences between Thunderbolt 3 and 4, and why, as Mac users, it doesn’t really matter for us. Watch the relevant segment in this clip and then go see the rest of Mac Geek Gab 844.

Big Sur Hands-On – TMO Daily Observations 2020-11-16

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their short and less short experiences with Big Sur, and offer tips.

Big Sur, Apple Outages, and Thunderbolt 4 Explained — Mac Geek Gab 844

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

There’s been a lot of confusion this week, beginning with what “Thunderbolt 4” really means for us Mac users. Thankfully OWC’s Larry O’Connor was able to join John and Dave this week to explain. That’s not all you get, though. Your two favorite geeks carry on with advice about Big Sur, more M1 thoughts, and simply answers to all your questions about everything Mac, Apple, and technological. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

The Inside Story of Apple's M1 Chip

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple M1 SoC

Apple senior engineers and executives told The Independent how Apple’s M1 chip came to be.

Was Your Mac Slow on Thursday? Apple's OCSP Server Was Likely the Cause

· Dave Hamilton · News

Apple's OSCP Failure

On Thursday, October 12th, right around 3:30pm EST, Apple’s OCSP server stopped responding. On the surface that doesn’t sound like much, but when you stop and realize this is the server responsible for authenticating the certificates at the core of all your apps, it starts to matter.

And matter it did! For about an hour yesterday, Mac apps wouldn’t launch (or would launch slowly), rebooting was super-slow (for the same reason), and even Zoom connections took minutes to connect.

Photo Editor ‘Darkroom’ is Ready for M1

· Andrew Orr · Link

Darkroom M1 app features

The latest in the wave of M1-ready Mac apps is Darkroom, a photo management and editing app.

Everything is updated to reflect the new macOS Big Sur aesthetic with native components like the new translucent sidebar and native window toolbars. We also optimized all interactions for mouse, trackpad, & keyboard input, sparing no detail in making Darkroom feel at home on the Mac.

macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Now Available

· Charlotte Henry · News

macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 is now available – the biggest overhaul of the Mac operating system since the original launch of mac OS X in 2001.

Omni Productivity Suite Updated With M1 Chip Support

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Omni Group announced on Thursday that its full Omni Productivity Suite has been updated to support macOS Big Sur 11.0 and the M1 chip in the newest Macs. OmniPlan, OmniFocus, OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle are available directly from the Omni Group and the Mac App Store. OmniDiskSweeper, OmniPresence and OmniWeb are available directly from the Omni Group. Additionally, The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont interviewed Omni Group’s founder and CEO Ken Case on the company’s work in transitioning to support M1.

Omni Productivity Suite Updated With M1 Chip Support

Which M1 Mac Should I Order? — Mac Geek Gab 843

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Apple announced their M1 Macs today, the first Macs made with Apple Silicon chips. Join Dave and John as they dig into the specs to find out what the differences — and similarities — are between these models, helping you decide which one to order. Press play… and don’t get caught!

macOS Big Sur Will Arrive on November 12

· Andrew Orr · Product News

2020 MacBook Air MacBook Pro Mac mini

At the Mac event on Tuesday, Apple announced that macOS Big Sur will arrive on November 12 with a complete redesign of the operating system.