The group in charge of USB has unveiled a new naming convention for USB 3.2 that will likely cause massive confusion, and the announcement of the draft release of USB4 isn’t helping. Otherwise, we have three reviews for you this week. First, if you’ve ever wanted more from the Eject key on your keyboard, take a look at Ejector, which repurposes the key to eject any mounted volume. Wish your MacBook had a second display? Jeff Porten takes a look at the Mountie clip, which lets you hang #an iPad or iPhone off the side of a MacBook’s screen. Finally, for those who are pining for a much smaller iPhone, Julio Ojeda-Zapata examines the tiny but flawed Palm phone and uses it as a springboard to speculate about how Apple could create an iPhone nano. The only notable Mac app release this week is Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.8.
The new USB 3.2 standard promises faster devices but also a great deal of confusion thanks to an insane naming convention that retroactively mixes up different USB generations. Meanwhile, a draft of USB4 was just announced.
Dave DeLong’s new Ejector app reappropriates the Eject key to eject any kind of mounted volume and adds an Eject button to the Touch Bar.
If you’d like to use another screen with your MacBook while traveling but can’t figure out how to arrange and support it, Jeff Porten has found a simple clip that attaches an iPad to a MacBook for use as a second display.
Most Apple users won’t be interested in the new Palm, a super tiny Android phone that’s also deeply flawed. But what might an iPhone with similar proportions look like? How would it work? And would anyone want it? Let’s take a flight of fancy!
Maintenance release for the drive-cloning and backup utility with bug fixes and improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 15.7 MB)