Media and OS Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2021-09-21

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

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Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s Emmy results, and all the recent updates to every single software platform.

I’ve Seen the Future of Do Not Disturb

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #451 - I've Seen the Future of Do Not Disturb

Dr. Mac says Do Not Disturb in Big Sur and iOS/iPadOS 14 is good, but its replacement—Focus (in macOS Monterey and iOS/iPadOS 15)—is everything he hoped for and more.

Understanding the 1Password Move to Electron

· Jeff Butts · Analysis

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People are up in arms about the 1Password move to Electron on macOS. It seems like a bad call, but Jeff Butts explains that it is also a necessary one for older Macs.

Apple Pulls SharePlay from Initial iOS 15 Release this Fall

· Jeff Gamet · News

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Apple says SharePlay won’t be available in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey when they ship this fall. The shared experience video streaming feature for FaceTime will show up as an update some time later in the fall.

Mac Gaming, Crypto Credit Cards, iOS 15, with Jeff Butts - ACM 553

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts talk about the current state of Mac gaming, with Jeff focusing on improved Mac support at Steam. They also dive deeper into crypto credit cards where you can either spend your crypto and/or earn cryptocurrency rewards like Bitcoin on your purchases. And, Jeff has been deep into iOS 15 betas, and he talks about some of his favorite new features.

Apple Seed macOS Monterey Beta 4

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Apple seeded the fourth developer beta of macOS Monterey giving those enrolled in the developer program the chance to look at new features.

Apple Offers Free Downloads of OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Until now Apple charged US$19.99 to download codes for OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. But now they’re free from Apple’s website.

Lion runs on Macs that came prior to the launch of Mountain Lion in 2012. Mountain Lion runs on the Macs below, but you may not be able to downgrade to it unless you completely reformat the drive. You can’t install an old OS on top of a newer one. Also, the oldest OS an M1 Mac can run is Big Sur.

How Apple Arcade Shows an OS Merger Isn’t Wise

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Alex Blake of Digital Trends writes how the nature of Apple Arcade shows the pitfalls of merging iOS and macOS.

You see, Apple Arcade is a showcase for all that’s wrong with taking two very different operating systems and mashing them together into a mixed-up medley where no one wins. Because developers have to make games that work on the tiniest iPhone and the largest iMac, they are forced into compromises that weaken the games on both platforms.

I see his point and I think I agree with him. No one wins except maybe the lowest common denominator. Maybe the more powerful M1 chip would change that, but probably not. iPadOS apps haven’t yet taken full advantage of the chip, as one example.