Archive of March 2nd to 6th, 2020 Apple/Mac/OS X News, Tips and Tech Articles - xlr8yourmac.com
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Safari Technology Preview 102
March 5th, 2020 Safari Technology Preview 102 Release Notes lists fixes/improvements to Web Inspector, Web API, IndexedDB, Apple Pay, Web Animations, CSS, Rendering and Web Driver.
Download available for macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
 
TechTool Pro 12.0.2 Update
Micromat TechTool Pro 12.0.2 (use v12 in app update check) lists these changes:
  • Added support for Mac Pro (2019) and Mac Pro (Rack, 2019).
  • Fixed Volume Cloning to prevent potentially removing an APFS container.
  • Fixed an issue in Check Computer to detect Bluetooth availability prior to running a Check Computer suite.
  • Fixed eDrive and TechTool Protogo to prevent copying unnecessary applications during eDrive creation for macOS Catalina users.
  • Fixed Data Recovery tool to properly identify Apple FireWire Target devices.
  • Fixed Volume Cloning issue when creating disk images.
  • Fixed startup disk icon and Desktop background for Mac OS X Basic profile devices using macOS Catalina.
  • Updated Battery Check test for iOS battery device support.
  • Updated TechTool Pro 12 PDF Manual for English, French, German and Japanese localization.
  • Updated English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified) localization.
  • Updated location and machine identification strings for Check Computer.
  • Other minor updates and enhancements.

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iPad Air (3rd gen) Service Program for Blank Screen Issue
Apple has a Service Program for iPad Air (3rd generation) Blank Screen Issue.
Here's a clip from the program page:
"Apple has determined that, under certain circumstances, the screen on a limited number of iPad Air (3rd generation) devices may go blank permanently. A brief flicker or flash may appear before the screen goes blank.

Affected devices were manufactured between March 2019 and October 2019. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible devices, free of charge.

Note: No other iPad models are part of this program. "

See linked program page for details on the service process.
 
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later first)
Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
 
Other News, Reviews, Software/Firmware Updates, Tips, OT
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 and driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    February 24th to 28th, 2020 News Archive
  • Apple MainStage 3.4.4 Update release notes (new features and fixes)
  • Use Hidden Mac Features via the Option Key
  • How to Bring Back the Mac Startup Chime
  • Firefox Focus: Privacy browser v8.1.4 (iOS 11.0 or later)
  • Apple loses pair of key operations, supply chain executives
  • Chrome 80.0.3987.122 stable channel update (3 security fixes)
  • Plugable USB-C and USB-A Ethernet Adapters
  • Pro Audio: The Best Compressor Plugins
  • 1TB Seagate BarraCuda External (USB-C) SSD Review
  • Zyxel 0day Affects its Firewall Products, Too
  • Zyxel patches for some Network Storage Devices)
  • OpenSMTPD Releases v6.6.4p1 to Address a Critical Vulnerability
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates
    - How to use Activity Monitor on your Mac.
    - About USB on Mac computers (info on types and performance tips).
    - If a Mac accessory needs more power or is using too much power.
    - How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
    - Ask Siri to play and control video from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
    - About encrypted backups on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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