The Missing-Patches Edition Saturday, November 13, 2021

PSA: Apple Isn’t Actually Patching All The Security Holes In Older Versions Of macOS, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The simple solution for this problem is that Apple should actually provide all of the security updates for all of the operating systems that it is actively updating. But it's also time for better communication on this subject. Apple should spell out its update policies for older versions of macOS, as Microsoft does, rather than relying on its current hand-wavy release timing—macOS Mojave's last security update was back in July, for example, meaning that even though it was still officially-unofficially supported until Monterey was released in October, it missed out on a bunch of security patches released for Big Sur and Catalina in September. People shouldn't have to guess whether their software is still being updated.

Review: Nomad's Base Station Mini Is A Slick And Clean MagSafe-compatible Homebase For iPhone, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

It’s clean, minimal, and unobtrusive. The compact design means you can use it in pretty much any space from your desk, bedroom, to the kitchen, or easily pack it with you on the go.

Apple Quietly Buying Ads Via Google For High-Value Subscription Apps To Capture App Publisher Revenue, by John Koetsier, Forbes

Apple is secretly buying Google ads for high-value apps to collect potentially millions of dollars in subscription revenue, multiple app publishers have told me. Apple is placing the ads without the app developers’ consent, and Google won’t delete them, they say.

The cost: potentially millions of dollars in lost revenue. Plus, high advertising costs for their own campaigns.

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On the other hand, it's better to plan and upgrade to the latest operating system as early as possible, than to be surprised and be forced to spend time to upgrade while one is busy with other stuff.


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