The Focus-on-Security Edition Tuesday, January 24, 2023

macOS Ventura 13.2 Arrives With A Sharp Eye On Security, by Michael Simon, Macworld

Most notably, macOS Ventura 13.2 brings support for physical FIDO-certified security keys that were announced as part of the Advanced Data Protection for iCloud that arrived in 13.1. You’ll find it inside your ‌Apple ID settings under a new‌ Security Keys tab. Additionally, the release brings Advanced Data Protection to users outside the U.S. for the first time.

iOS 16.3 Is Now Available With A Big Focus On Security, by Mitchell Clark, The Verge

Apple has released iOS 16.3, which adds the ability to use a security key to lock down your Apple ID. It also tweaks the Emergency SOS call system, includes a new “Unity” wallpaper, and adds support for the second-gen HomePod.

Apple Releases watchOS 9.3 With New Watch Face, Bug Fixes, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The update adds new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including the Unity Mosaic watch face that was announced last week in celebration of Black History Month.

MacBook Pro

2023 MacBook Pro Review: A Refined Second Generation, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

If this review seems short, that’s because there's not too much to talk about; this is essentially the 2021 MacBook Pro but 20–30 percent faster at some tasks, and with a few connectivity options upgraded to better match what is expected from a pricey laptop like this.

And that’s OK because the 2021 MacBook Pro was excellent. The 2023 version is the same but slightly better. The M2 Pro and M2 Max's performance and efficiency make them attractive devices for many people.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) Review: The Core Count Grows, by Monica Chin, The Verge

Anyway, what do the numbers show? I’m going to come right out and say that the most impactful difference between the M1 Max and the M2 Max is the efficiency. For my particular workload (which includes office work in 20-ish Chrome tabs at a time with occasional streaming overtop through Apple Music, Apple TV, and the like) that translates to several additional hours of work that I can get to one charge. I usually got just around 10 hours out of the MacBook Pro 16 with M1 Max; I’m averaging close to 14 out of the M2 Max model, and have seen over 18 hours from some trials. Everyone’s workload is different, but I’m confident most people will see additional hours of battery life from the 2023 MacBook Pro.

2023 MacBook Pro Review: More Of The Same, In A Good Way, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The fact remains, though: If you want the very best laptop Apple has to offer, the MacBook Pro will not disappoint you. The M1 models were great in late 2021, and these new M2 models are even better—albeit incrementally so.

Mac Mini

M2 Pro Mac Mini Review: Apple’s Goldilocks Desktop For Semi-professionals, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

In the absence of a 27-inch Apple Silicon iMac or an Apple Silicon Mac Pro, Apple's Mac mini and Mac Studio desktops need to serve just about every person who wants a high-performance Mac desktop. The M1 iteration of the lineup left a big gap between the highest-end mini and the lowest-end Studio, and the M2 Pro version of the mini slots well into that gap.


But Apple got the baseline Mac mini configurations mostly right. The $599 M2 version could use more than 8GB of memory, but even with its specs, it's a capable computer for people who mostly browse and edit documents and occasionally dabble in editing photos and videos from their iPhones. The $1,299 M2 Pro version has enough extra processor power and memory to satisfy experienced amateurs or price-conscious freelancers, and it's fast enough to play a game or two (for the few that run in macOS).

Apple Mac Mini (2023) Review: Mac Studio Junior, by Chris Welch, The Verge

So for anyone who wants a Mac desktop but finds the Mac Studio to be overkill — and it’s exactly that for many use cases — this M2 Pro Mini could make a ton of sense. And it doesn’t cost anywhere near as much. The only port I’ve missed from the Studio and my MacBook Pro is the built-in SD card slot. But even without that, you’re left with a ton of possibilities from this generous helping of ports. I do wish one or two of those Thunderbolt 4 ports was on the front of the Mini; alas, you’ve still got to reach around back to get at everything.

M2 Mac Mini Review: Whatever You Want It To Be, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

In short, the M2 Mac mini is extremely good at what most users will want to do, and the M2 Pro Mac mini will satisfy the section of the market that needs to do tasks that require a little more oomph (or a couple more ports).


Hi Dock Lets You Tweak Your Mac’s Dock For Multiple Displays, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

The idea behind HiDock is simple: based on the current display situation, it can automatically change your Dock’s size; whether it’s positioned on the left, right, or bottom of the screen; and whether it’s shown or hidden.

A Dozen USB Chargers In The Lab: Apple Is Very Good, But Not Quite The Best, by Ken Shirriff

So what charger should you spend your hard-earned money on? First, make sure the charger will work with your phone - for instance, newer iPhones only work with certain chargers. Second, don't buy a counterfeit charger; the price is great, but it's not worth risking your expensive device or your safety. Beyond that, it's your decision on how much quality is worth versus price, and I hope the data here helps you make a decision.


How Apple’s Upcoming Mixed-Reality Headset Will Work, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple’s goal is to bring something new to the table. The eye- and hand-tracking capabilities will be a major selling point for the device, according to people familiar with the product, which is expected to cost roughly twice the price of rival devices. Its core features will include advanced FaceTime-based videoconferencing and meeting rooms.


The headset will have two ultra-high-resolution displays — developed with Sony Group Corp. — to handle the VR and a collection of external cameras to enable an AR “pass-through mode.” That means users will see the real world through the cameras positioned on the headset. Apple will offer users with prescription glasses custom lenses that sit within the enclosure itself.

AirPods Max Orders Delayed 2-3 Weeks, Will Apple Release New Colors?, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

One possibility here is that Apple isn’t imminently planning a full refresh for AirPods Max, but it is planning to release new colors. That could explain why supply is constrained at the moment, without a looming second-generation launch.

Apple Targets Raising India Production Share To Up To 25% - Minister, by Shivangi Acharya and Tanvi Mehta, Reuters

"Apple, another success story," Piyush Goyal said, pitching India as a competitive manufacturing destination. "They are already at about 5-7% of their manufacturing in India. If I am not mistaken, they are targeting to go up to 25% of their manufacturing. They launched the most recent models from India, manufactured in India."

Goyal did not say when Apple wants to meet the target. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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So did I do on the third day of lunar new year, where I don't need to go to work, where it rained for the third consecutive day?

Updated all my operating systems, of course.


Thanks for reading.