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M1 MacBook Air GPU Tests/Benchmarks (vs 16" MacBook Pro)
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Apple Beta Updates
Current Developer releases as of Dec. 3.
  • macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta 2 (20C5061b)
    (below from Dec. 2)
  • iOS 14.3 beta 3 (18C5061a)
  • iPadOS 14.3 beta 3 (18C5061a)
  • tvOS 14.3 beta 3 (18K5559a)
  • watchOS 7.2 beta 3 (18S5561a)
    (below from Nov. 12)
  • Xcode 12.3 beta (12C5020f)
Apple also has Public betas. See Beta FAQ for info on joining or unenrolling.
(Public beta version updates are usually shortly after developer releases.)
 
Little Snitch version 5.0.4 Update
Dec. 1st dated Little Snitch 5.0.4 update for macOS Big Sur.
The release notes lists improvements, bug fixes and known issues.
(The "Known Issues" list with Big Sur 11.0.1 notes 2 items are fixed in macOS 11.1.
And lists incompatibile 3rd party software, including security related apps & Ad blockers.)
 
Apple Pro Display XDR Firmware Update 4.2.30
Info from Apple's What's new in firmware updates for the Pro Display XDR.
Display Firmware 4.2.30
- Adds support for in-field recalibration of the display using Pro Display XDR Calibrator. Enables specific color workflows that may require custom calibration by an in-house spectroradiometer. Learn more.

- Minor stability improvements.

Requires macOS 10.15.6 or later.

The article includes how to check your display firmware version.
(If your XDR Display Presets are missing after an update, see this tip.)
 
Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.1 Update
Changes in MachineProfile version 1.4.1 (use in-app update check):
  • Updated for macOS 11 "Big Sur" support.
  • Added Apple Silicon processor support.
  • Added MacBook Air (M1, 2020) support.
  • Added MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020) support.
  • Added Mac mini (M1, 2020) support.
  • Now requires OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' or greater.
  • Fixed generic volume icon issue in Drives tab.
  • Updated machine and location identification strings.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
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Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.23 Update
See CCC 5.1.23 release notes for details on improvements and fixes.
Can make bootable Big Sur backups, and a native application on Apple Silicon.
(More info on Carbon Copy Cloner 5 (including free 30 day trial) at bombich.com.)
 
Other News, Tips, Software/Firmware Updates, PR, OT (later first)

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Windows Migration Assistant v2.3.0.0 for Big Sur
Apple's posted Windows Migration Assistant v2.3.0.0 (Big Sur) (download page).
"This software will help you migrate data from a Windows PC running Windows.
The Migration Assistant will launch automatically after it has been installed.
For more information, please see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087."
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    November 16th to 20th, 2020 News Archive
  • 2020 Mac Mini: Putting Apple Silicon M1 To The Test.
  • M1 MacBook Air: Benchmarks & Hands-On Review.
  • Teardown of Apple's New M1 MacBook Air.
  • M1 Mac models Tech Specs & User Guides.
  • macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 (20B50) for M1 chip Macs.
  • Apple Configurator 2.13.2 adds M1 & Big Sur support.
  • Safari Technology Preview 116 Update for Big Sur/Catalina.
  • Chrome Chrome 87.0.4280.67 update has native Apple M1 support.
  • Nvidia Graphics Driver Update for macOS 10.13.6 (build w/Security Update 2020-006)
  • Firefox 83.0 & ESR 78.5 updates (includes security fixes)
  • iOS 14.2.1 bug fixes for iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 12/12 mini.
  • OWC Announces Mac Compatibility for New Thunderbolt Hub.
  • Pixelmator Pro 2.0 (Bug fixes, Big Sur compatible).
  • Google Chrome for iOS version 87.0.4280.60.
  • Apple announces App Store Small Business Program.
  • Little Snitch Blog on Privacy & Firewalls in Big Sur.
  • D/Ls of Security Update 2020-006 for Mojave & High Sierra.
  • macOS Big Sur causing Problems for some MacBook Pros.
  • Transporter 1.2 is now available on the Mac App Store.
  • New WebKit Features in Safari 14.
  • How to Use an External SSD With an iPad Pro.
  • Firefox Focus: Privacy browser for iOS v8.1.6.
  • About the security content of iTunes 12.11 for Windows.
  • Dante Accelerator PCIe card Firmware v4.0.1 (Yamaha).
  • Malicious Python Code and Little Snitch Detection.
  • About the security content of iTunes 12.11 for Windows.
  • Sony Android TVs Firmware version 6.7140 (info and download).
  • Crucial P5 2TB SSD Review.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.
  

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