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Faviconographer adorns your Safari tabs with site icons

Internet browsers long have featured favicons, small-sized site icons adjacent to the tab description. In fact, some still do. They are certainly great as visual cues and aids to speed up navigation. Nevertheless every so often, what's handy can be at odds with what looks aesthetically pleasing, which is why Apple - on their perpetual crusade against clutter - have no such default setting for Safari.

Promote iMessage to your Menu Bar with Unreplied for macOS

Find it hard at times to stay on top of your iMessage and SMS influx because you’re just too damn popular? Or are you simply a notoriously slow responder that likes to wait until that red badge on iMessage has swollen to inordinate proportions?

Either way, Unreplied, a low-key app bundling iMessage chats in your Mac’s Menu Bar, vows to make your iMessage game faster and perhaps less flaky.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 6 now available for developer testing

Aside from releasing a sixth developer beta of iOS 10.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple today seeded a sixth beta of the forthcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.6 software update.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 6 has a build number 16G24b.

It can be downloaded and installed on a compatible Mac using the Software Update mechanism through the Mac App Store's Updates tab. Only Apple's registered developers and members of the paid Apple Developer Program are allowed to beta-test macOS Sierra 10.12.6.

The new beta arrived nearly ten days following macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 5.

Like with iOS 10.3.3, users won't see any important outward-facing changes in macOS Sierra 10.12.6 when it releases for public consumption. This is a point release that will fix bugs and improve the security and performance of your Mac.

Apple is currently testing macOS High Sierra with its developers ahead of its release in the fall.

Apple seeds fourth macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta to developers

Apple on Monday released a fourth beta of what would become the sixth major update to macOS Sierra since its official debut last fall. The most recent macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 4 (build number 16G18a) is now available through Apple's Software Update feature via Mac App Store's Updates tab on any supported Mac with an appropriate configuration profile installed.

This new build is being released to Apple's registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program. Public beta testers should see it popping up on their devices later today or tomorrow. When it releases later this summer, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 will be a mostly bug-fix update with security and performance improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 beta 4 arrived less than a week after the third beta dropped and more than a month after the bug-fix macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update released on Mac App Store.

Apple, of course, previewed macOS High Sierra at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The next major version of the desktop operating system powering Macs, macOS High Sierra is currently available as a developer-only preview. It should hit Apple Beta Software Program later this month or in July, ahead of its official release this Fall.

macOS 10.12.5 fixes issues with USB headphones & Windows 10, lays the groundwork for future macOS releases

Apple today released the mostly maintenance macOS Sierra 10.12.5 software update alongside updates to iOS, watchOS and tvOS. According to release notes accompanying the download, 10.12.5 fixes issues with USB headphones and Windows 10 installations while laying the groundwork for future macOS releases.

Plus, this version of macOS “enhances compatibility of Mac App Store with future software updates.” Apple is expected to preview the next major version of macOS at its annual developers conference next month.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 can be installed via the Mac App Store's Updates tab.

Read Apple's support doc for detailed information about the update's security content.

Safari 10.1.1, which comes included in the 10.12.5 update, patches for more than half a dozen WebKit-related vulnerabilities while fixing yet another instance of address bar spoofing that could fool users into believing they're visiting a genuine rather than a maliciously crafted webpage designed for phishing attacks.

It's available for OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5.

A minor update to iTunes for Mac and Windows was also pushed today.

iTunes 12.6.1 comes with unspecified app and performance improvements along with a fix for a WebKit exploit on Windows 7 and later which could result in arbitrary code execution after processing maliciously crafted web content.

How to navigate Safari tabs with your Mac keyboard

Many moons ago, we put Safari on Mac through its paces and showcased ten must-know keyboard shortcuts for faster operation. As of today, all of these tips are still relevant and at any rate worth a second look to improve your Safari efficiency or just freshen up your memory.

The first tip on this list was about how to switch between Safari tabs with a keyboard shortcut. As basic as it sounds, we thought we'd highlight this tip once again because it can be a real game changer if Safari is your browser of choice. Plus, we're adding another keyboard shortcut for quick tab switching!

Keyboard shortcuts for switching Safari tabs on Mac

At the time, two options for faster switching between open tabs were discussed.

1) Hold Shift+⌘Command and press the right or left arrow key.

2) Control+Tab or Control+Shift+Tab to cycle through your tabs.

These will still cut the mustard, however there's another trick which so far flew under the radar: 

it serves a similar purpose, but is arguably even quicker. Switch directly from one tab to another with the help of only two keys.

3) Hold down ⌘Command + press 1-9 on your numeric keypad. The numbers on your keypad will correspond with the order and count of the tabs currently active.

In other words, want to jump to the first tab open in your browser? Hit ⌘+1! Need the fourth tab next? Hit ⌘+4, and so on. The main advantage of the method is self evident. That is, you have eliminated the need to cycle through each single tab in order to get to your destination. Instead, you now get to immediately jump from your current tab past all the idle ones, directly to wherever you need to be next.

Simples!

For more tips regarding Safari on Mac, be sure to check out our full catalogue including, but not limited to these ones:

How to view recent Safari history on your Mac How to use bookmark folders in Safari This secret Safari shortcut quickly loads your last search results How to enable private browsing mode in Safari using a keyboard shortcut How to view the source code of a page in Safari  How to preview a link in Safari for Mac without opening a new tab How to mute Safari tabs 

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 5 rolls out to developers

Monday, Apple issued a fifth beta for the upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.5 software update to its registered developers and members of the Apple Developer Program. The latest macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 5 (build 16F71b) software can be obtained via the Mac App Store's Updates tab on supported Mac models with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile.

Fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1 now available

Apple on Monday issued fourth betas of what would become maintenance and bug-fix updates to its four major software platforms: iOS, macOS Sierra, watchOS and tvOS. Members of the Apple Developer Program can now deploy iOS 10.3.2 beta 4 (build 14F5086a), macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 4 (build 16F67a), watchOS 3.2.2 beta 4 (build 14V5485a) and tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 (build 14W5583a) through the Software Update mechanism.

Apple posts third betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1

Apple on Monday issued third betas of what would become maintenance and bug-fix updates to iOS, macOS Sierra, watchOS and tvOS. Members of the Apple Developer Program can now deploy iOS 10.3.2 beta 3 (build 14F5080a), macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 3 (build 16F60a), watchOS 3.2.2 beta 3 (build 14V5480a) and tvOS 10.2.1 beta 3 (build 14W5578b) through the Software Update mechanism.

Second betas of iOS 10.3.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 now available to public beta testers

Both iOS 10.3.2 beta 2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 2 are now available to the general public via the Apple Beta Software Program. Public betas of iOS 10.3.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 follow their developer-only releases yesterday. If you're enrolled in Apple's public beta program, you should receive the latest iOS 10.3.2 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 betas through the Software Update mechanism in Settings on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and via the Updates tab in Mac App Store on your Mac.