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#1427: MacBook Pro thermal throttling and data recovery, Wireless Sensor Tags, Wyze Cam Pan security camera, Apple News

We need your help—please follow TidBITS in Apple News so its algorithm will be more likely to recommend our articles to new readers. The new MacBook Pro figured prominently in the headlines last week, with Apple releasing an update to address performance problems caused by thermal throttling and the discovery that these Macs lack a data recovery port on the logic board. We also focus on smart home topics, with Josh Centers reviewing the Wyze Cam Pan rotating security camera and Adam Engst examining the Wireless Sensor Tag system, which monitors temperature, motion, moisture, light, and more. Notable Mac app releases this week include Airfoil 5.8, KeyCue 9.0, BusyCal 3.3.10 and BusyContacts 1.2.15, Quicken 2018 5.7.2, and Moneydance 2017.8.

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Please Follow TidBITS in Apple News!

It’s possible to read TidBITS in Apple News, but until about 10 days ago, almost no one did. After Adam Engst had a call with Apple’s Publisher Relations team, traffic has increased, but we need your help to get Apple News to recommend TidBITS to new readers.

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Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Thermal Throttling

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018) to address the performance problems experienced by early adopters of the latest MacBook Pro models when they were running under heavy thermal loads.

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Last-Ditch Data Recovery More Difficult on the 2018 MacBook Pro

If you own a 2018 MacBook Pro, maintaining regular backups is even more important than ever because there’s no port on the logic board for Apple Authorized Service Providers to use to recover data from a dead Mac. DriveSavers says that the lack of the port does not hamper their ability to recover data from these Macs.

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Wyze Cam Pan Helps You Watch Your House for $30

The latest entry in the Wyze Cam line, the Wyze Cam Pan, can cover an entire 360-degree area for an absurdly low price. It’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for an interior security camera, but sadly, it doesn’t support HomeKit.

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Wireless Sensor Tags Protect Against Freezer Failure

If you’ve ever worried about losing food due to a freezer breaking or a refrigerator door being left open, the Wireless Sensor Tags system could save your bacon by monitoring temperatures and reporting significant changes on your iPhone. Other available features include motion detection, moisture monitoring, light sensing, and even locating lost items.


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Airfoil 5.8

Adds support for streaming to Sonos's AirPlay-compatible devices. ($29 new, free update, 12.3 MB)

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KeyCue 9.0

Major new release introduces new Emoji picker for quickly selecting Emoji characters. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.1 MB)

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Quicken 2018 5.7.2

Improves launch performance and cuts down on the time it takes to display the portfolio view chart. ($34.99/$49.99/$74.99 annual subscription, free update)