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Apple announces new Apple M1 Chip Based Macs
macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 and Xcode 12.2 Released (Big Sur is a dot zero, major OS upgrade - I'd not install it over my work macOS version.)
Little Snitch version 5.0.2 Update
November 13th Little Snitch 5.0.2 update for macOS Big Sur.
The release notes lists improvements and several bug fixes.
Final Cut Pro 10.6, Compressor 4.5, Motion 5.5, MainStage 3.5, & Logic Pro 10.6
- Release notes, What's New, and Pro Video Formats v2.2 download on this page.
(Also has info on Logic Remote iOS App version 1.5.)
Safari 14.0.1 Update for macOS Catalina and Mojave
Available via software update, includes security fixes.
Security Update 2020-006 for macOS Mojave and High Sierra (with Downloads)
Security Update 2020-006 for Mojave, & High Sierra via software update or download pages.
(On release day, Apple reported problems with the Software Update server.)
Here's the article on Kernel and FontParser security fixes.

(For those that had problems via software update, I'm curious if the download update helps.)

NOTE: Apple's High Sierra forum has several threads on problems running App Store Apps (CODESIGNING error) after the update for High Sierra. Not sure if the download updaters will help. Example threads (although some cite a fresh install of High Sierra?) here, here, and here.)
A reader (Bill S.) said he's had no problems with App Store apps after applying the High Sierra Security Update 2020-006:

"I have very few apps from the app store, but those still work okay after the 2020-006 Security update. If you can tell me one example of a particular app that has been reported not to work, I will download it and give it a try.
- Bill "
I don't think it was related to specific apps, but a general (codesigning) issue.
(BTW - Bill also has another Hackintosh running macOS Mojave.)

FYI: If you use Nvidia's web graphics drivers for 10.13.6, the Security Update's new build number requires a driver update. See Nov. 17th, 2020 update on our Mac Nvidia Drivers page.

Geekbench 5.3 Update (supports M1 chip Macs)
The blog post on Geekbench v5.3 notes:
  • Introduce support for Apple Silicon Macs.
    Geekbench 5.3 is a Universal binary and can now measure the native performance of Apple Silicon Macs and Intel Macs. Geekbench 5.3 can also measure the Rosetta 2 performance of Apple Silicon Macs.

  • Introduce support for VAES256 instructions.
    Geekbench 5.3 includes a VAES256 implementation of the AES-XTS workload, which will improve performance on processors that support VAES256 instructions but not VAES512 instructions (e.g., the AMD Zen 3 processors). Processors that support both VAES256 and VAES512 instructions (e.g., the Intel Ice Lake and Tiger Lake processors) will use the existing VAES512 implementation of the AES-XTS workload.

  • Geekbench 5.3 CPU Benchmark scores are compatible with Geekbench 5.1 and Geekbench 5.2 scores (except when run on Apple Silicon Macs or AMD Zen 3 processors, in which case 5.3 scores will be higher than 5.2 scores). Geekbench 5.3 Compute Benchmark scores are compatible with Geekbench 5.2.
Updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for Mac and iOS
(Mac apps require macOS 10.15 or later, iOS apps require iOS 13.1 or later.)
Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, PR (later added first)
Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.

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Other News, Tips, Software/Firmware Updates, and PR (later added first)
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 2nd to 6th, 2020 News Archive
  • macOS 10.15.7 Supplemental Update (security fixes)
  • macOS 10.15.7 Supplemental Update Download pages (dated Nov. 11th)
  • Little Snitch version 4.6 (for Catalina) and v5.0 (Big Sur)
  • HomePod Software Update 14.2
  • iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, tvOS 14.2, and iOS 12.4.9 updates
  • watchOS 7.1, watchOS 6.2.9, watchOS 5.2.9 updates
  • CCC article on Bootable Backups on macOS Big Sur
  • Starting Dec. 8, 2020, Apps must have privacy info answered
  • VoiceOver & Speaking Text: How to Have Your Mac Read to You
  • XCOM 2 Collection released for iOS
  • Coronavirus Exposure Notifications Systems: How They Work on iOS
  • Apple Must Pay VirnetX $503 Million in Security-Patent Trial
  • Free Workshop: Mastering Your Home Studio Mixes
  • Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader
  • Seagate IronWolf 125 SSD Review
  • OWC Acquires BRU Family of Backup, Archival, and Storage Solutions
  • Chrome 86.0.4240.183 Stable Channel Update (w/10 security fixes)
  • Firmware Update for Onkyo TX-RZ740, RZ840, NR797 A/V Receivers
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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