Katie's Week in Review: September 25, 2016

This week saw the release of macOS Sierra and a small update to iOS 10. Here are the links of note for the week ending September 25, 2016:

  • macOS Sierra Review: Hey Siri, where did my files go? - Jason Snell at Six Colors reviews the latest macOS. While Sierra isn’t a major update to macOS, brings some nice enhancements, but some of the new storage optimization features aren’t without some issues.
  • Which Macs can run macOS Sierra? - Wondering if your Mac can run Sierra? For the first time in several years, a few older Macs will be left behind. Roman Loyola at Macworld has the breakdown of which Macs will run the OS and the system requirements for the various features.
  • How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive - I like to create a bootable installer drive for installing (or reinstalling) the OS on my machines in the future. Macworld has updated their annual guide with instructions.
  • 6 Photos features that are worth the upgrade to macOS Sierra - One of the major updates to macOS Sierra are updates within the Photos.app itself. Jason Snell writing for Macworld has a list of major updates to Photos
  • iOS 10.0.2 - Apple released a minor but important update to iOS 10. This update fixes a problem that would cause headphone controls on lighting headphones (or those connected using the lighting to 3.5mm adapter) to time out after a period of non-use. It also addresses other minor issues.
  • First impressions of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus - Apple released a developer beta of iOS 10.1 that includes the touted “extra credit project” Apple was working on but not ready to release yet for the iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait mode will produce a depth effect by blurring the background of certain photos to simulate depth of field. Jason Snell had an opportunity to test the feature, which is still in an early beta.
  • iPhone Upgrade Program: The ultimate guide - As someone who has traditionally upgraded their iPhone every two years but would certainly like a new iPhone every year, I’m intrigued by Apple’s iPhone upgrade program. The team at iMore have written a few comprehensive guides to how the program works. For me, the major downside right now is that it requires showing up in person at an Apple Store. My closest Apple Store is 60+ miles away. For now, I’ve upgraded through my carrier but will keep my eye on the upgrade program as Apple seems to be learning more about this process and making refinements each year.
  • If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately to protect your data - Another day, another massive data breach. This one’s pretty scary. As reported by April Glaser at Recode, Yahoo has confirmed that its entire database of users was breached in 2014 resulting in over 500 million user records including names, email addresses and some phone numbers and additional information being breached and now sold on the blackmarket. I have a Yahoo account from years ago, I went back and checked, thankfully I was using a unique and randomly generated password from 1Password that I was able to quickly change, so no big deal. But many people probably aren’t that lucky. In addition to changing your now compromised Yahoo password, you also need look at other services that use the same password as well as services that are connected to that email address. It’s probably a good idea to go ahead and change any “mission critical” passwords such as financial accounts that are associated with the compromised email address. You might also want to consider switching to an email provider that offers two-factor authentication.
  • Although I’m not a big fan of Apple Music, apple did release a new ad on their YouTube channel promoting the service. It’s hysterical and I loved seeing Bozoma Saint John again. Enjoy.