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

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!

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

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

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.

Omni Productivity Suite Updated With M1 Chip Support

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.

‘Yoink’ macOS Big Sur Support Added With Version 3.5.11

Yoink macOS Big Sur support has been added to version 3.5.11. Yoink is a productivity app that acts as a “shelf” to hold files from Finder or app/website content. When you drag something on your Mac, Yoink appears at the edge of your screen, allowing you to temporarily place it there. Navigate to the destination of your files and drag them out of Yoink. Aside from adopting the new look and feel of macOS Big Sur and running natively on Apple Silicon, version 3.5.11 brings numerous quality-of-life improvements and fixes, like better support for not-yet-loaded files in iCloud Drive, or screenshots dragged from macOS’ floating screenshots window. Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for US$7.99, in Setapp, and on the developer’s website.

Widgets, Wi-Fi, and Big Sur — Mac Geek Gab 839

The fall is a crazy ride for Apple users. New hardware, new software, lots of changes, and more. John and Dave are right there with you to answer your questions, share tips, and dissect the new technology to help us all understand everything better. Listen this week as your two favorite geeks answer some Wi-Fi questions, share Cool Stuff Found, and revisit Big Sur as it surely gets closer to release time. Press play and enjoy learning five new things!