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Monterey's teething troubles

macOS Monterey arrived last week and mostly we've had a great experience with it - but that's sadly not the case for everyone. This week we've been hearing about all the problems people are having.

First of all there were reports that some USB hubs do not work properly with updated systems. Then we heard about a memory management bug that is causing some Macs to run out of free memory, with users reporting seeing the warning: "Your system has run out of application memory." Now, to top it all, there are concerning reports that some Macs are being bricked when Monterey is installed.

The problem seems to be affecting older Intel-based models with the T1 and T2 chips. One possible fix is to restore the Mac's firmware - Apple explains how to do that here - but it's not an easy one to fix. We detail all the problems with Monterey here.

If you haven't installed the latest version of macOS yet it might be worth sticking on Big Sur for just a bit longer.

News in brief

Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube are losing money as a direct result of Apple's new iPhone tracking protections, according to the Financial Times. How much money? Nearly $10bn.

Could the wrongest Apple analyst actually be right about something, wonders the Macalope.

Pour one out for the 21.5in Intel iMac, which Apple has stopped selling. Intel has not been completely banished from the Apple Store, since you can still buy the 27in model, but it takes us one step close to complete M1-ification.

One good bit of news: according to the vandals at iFixit, who have been busy tearing down Apple's latest laptops, the new MacBook Pro is easier to repair because the battery isn't glued in place.

Now that people are getting their hands on the various configurations of MacBook Pro we are seeing some impressive benchmarks for the M1 Max - especially compared to the Mac Pro. See: M1 Max beats Mac Pro benchmarks again.

The M2 Macs probably aren't worth waiting for, reckons Roman Loyola.

Sometimes you get the impression that reviews of the iPhone and Apple Watch are not written for the reader, but for the author and those exactly like them. Tech reviews need to change, argues Halyna Kubiv in this week's Different Think column.

Apple's next chips could have 40 cores and mind-blowing speeds.

Apple has killed off three of its Beats headphones models: the Powerbeats3, Beats Solo Pro and Beats EP. This may reflect a diversion of resources to higher-priority models while the chip shortage continues, or a preparation for more launches, to go with the new Beats Fit Pro.

Talking of the chip shortage, expect long delays on the iPad in the run up to Christmas.

Apple has posted a second job advert mentioning the mysterious term "homeOS", suggesting that a new operating system is in development. On the other hand, it could just be a rebranding of HomePod OS.

Video of the week

Apple's 27in iMac is reportedly next in line for an M1 Pro upgrade, as the company continues its two-year transition to Apple Silicon. The latest Pro-level MacBooks use new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which is what the new iMac is expected to get, along with mini-LED screens, ProMotion displays and maybe Face ID. Meanwhile, some M1 Pro/M1 Max MacBook Pro users have reported memory leak issues.

In the video embedded below, Michael Simon and Ken Mingis join Juliet Beauchamp to discuss those leaks and the iMac expectations.

Reviews roundup

The Macworld team continue to wrestle with Apple's autumn product firehose, and two more reviews have been added to the site. Here they are:

We've already got a raft of iPad and iPhone reviews for you to enjoy:

We're working on our Apple Watch Series 7 review as well, and the end is in sight. What a ridiculous autumn it's been.

Software, bugs & problems

With the EU threatening to force Apple to let iPhone owners install apps from places other than the App Store, Craig Federighi has launched a full-on charm offensive to convince everyone that would be a Very Bad Idea. Speaking at the Web Summit conference, Hair Force One called sideloading "a cybercriminal's best friend" and said the move would lead to "a gold rush for the malware industry". Them's fighting words, Craig!

iOS 15.2 is on its way, and could be an important update for iPhone owners: it brings parental control in Messages, a new way to make emergency calls, and App Privacy Report.

There are plenty of features still to come in Monterey, and Apple has started work on the beta of macOS 12.1: the latest version includes SharePlay. It's possible that macOS 12.1, which you can read about in our complete guide to Monterey, will also include Digital Legacy and Universal Control.

Not all Monterey features will run on every machine, though, with Macs that pre-date the M1 revolution particularly likely to miss out. Find out more in our guide to which Monterey features don't work on Intel Macs.

The rumour mill

We're hearing more and more rumours about the replacement for the 27in iMac, including one tweeter who described it as an iMac (Pro), leading to speculation that it might be a replacement for the discontinued iMac Pro. Read more in New iMac (Pro) under development, claims leaker.

This week we also saw some concept art for the rumoured iPhone SE 3 that shows how the iPhone SE might look with a notch. We think it's unlikely that Apple will drop the Home button from the iPhone SE, though. Surely the company needs one phone with a button - there are people who need this function!

The next iPad mini will get a 120Hz ProMotion screen, according to the latest report. Hopefully that will put a stop to the ol' jelly scrolling.

An OLED-based MacBook (probably a MacBook Pro) is on the way... but it's been delayed from its originally planned launch in 2025. Look forward to buying that for nine thousand galactic credits in the year 4728.

Apple deals of the week

We're getting perilously close to Black Friday (which falls this year on 26 November) but you don't need to wait that long to save money on Apple products. Retailers started rolling out their Black Friday sales at the start of the month, and some have been banging that particular drum since October.

I've embedded a list of the best current Apple deals below, but other than that, we're done for this week. See you next Saturday, enjoy your weekend, and stay Appley!

1. Apple Shopping Event

From: Apple

Now: Get a free gift card worth up to £160

Apple's Black Friday Shopping Event means you'll get a gift card worth £20, £40, £60, £80 or £160 when you buy selected products including iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and AirPods over Cyber Weekend. Apple's newest products aren't included, but if you're after an older model this deal might be for you.

2. Apple iPad Air (64GB, 4th Gen, Wi-Fi + Cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £709

Now: £599  (£110 off)

Amazon has £110 off the cellular iPad Air with 64GB storage, bringing it down to a particularly tempting price.  

3. Apple Watch Series 7

From: Amazon

Was: From £369

Now: From £349  (£20 off)

The Apple Watch Series 7 offers a larger, brighter display, slimmer bezels and more. Right now you can save £20 from Amazon, John Lewis, Currys and Very!

4. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm)

From: Amazon

Was: £379

Now: £289  (£90 off)

Following its official discontinuation in September 2021, retailers have continued to sell the Apple Watch Series 6 at a discount.

It cost £379 when new, so this is a generous saving; bearing in mind that the Series 7 does not represent a huge step forward, this is a decent option at less than £300!

5. Apple iPhone 12 (64GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £679

Now: £649  (£30 off)

Pick up the 64GB iPhone 12 in any colour on Amazon for £30 cheaper than going to Apple directly. The price is also £150 cheaper than the handset's launch price.

6. Apple iPhone 13 mini with iPad (2021)

From: Virgin

Now: From £40 per month, no upfront cost

Pick up the latest iPad and iPhone 13 from Virgin in this Black Friday bundle.

7. Apple iPad Air with Apple Pencil

From: Virgin

Now: £24.50 per month (2GB data)

Get an Apple Pencil with the iPad Air for just £2 more per month compared to Virgin's price for the iPad Air alone.

8. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 11in)

From: Currys

Was: £749

Now: £699  (£50 off)

Apple's exceptionally powerful M1-equipped iPad Pro for 2021 has a chunky price tag to match. But it's less chunky if you go to Currys - or Amazon, which is matching the deal.

9. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU, 2021

From: LaptopsDirect

Was: £2,399

Now: £2,199.97  (£199.03 off)

Laptops Direct has almost £200 off the 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip, it's not as big a saving as KRCS, but it's an option if KRCS runs out of stock again (as it did earlier in the week!)

10. pCloud Cloud Storage - Lifetime 2TB

From: pCloud

Was: £850

Now: £209.30  (75% off)

pCloud's Black Friday offer slashes 75% off Lifetime Access with 2TB cloud storage. The service is one of the best cloud storage platforms around.

11. Apple 14in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 8-Core CPU/14-Core GPU, 2021

From: John Lewis

Was: £1,899

Now: £1,799  (£100 off)

John Lewis has £100 off the 14in MacBook Pro and it's in stock, you also get a free 2-year guarantee.

Also offering a discount and having the model in stock are: Amazon and Currys.

UK reseller KRCS is discounting the 14in MacBook Pro more than anyone else right now, but they often run out of stock. They say to order now to secure your stock as soon as it becomes available.

12. MacPaw CleanMyMac X (1 Year) - 30% off

From: MacPaw

Was: From £34.95

Now: From £20.97  (Up to £125.79 off)

Get 30% off CleanMyMac X from MacPaw this Black Friday. You can also get up to £47.45 off MacPaw's ClearVPN which launched earlier this month.

13. Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe charging case

From: John Lewis

Was: £239

Now: £185  (£54 off)

A solid saving on the AirPods Pro, Apple's excellent true-wireless earphones with ANC. Amazon is matching the deal, but we'd go with John Lewis because of the firm's longer guarantee.

14. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, Cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £479

Now: £369  (£110 off)

Save £110 on the 40mm Apple Watch 6 with GPS + Cellular connectivity. There's also £110 off the 44mm option.

15. Apple AirPods 3 (2021)

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £169

Now: £159  (£10 off)

Laptops Direct is doing some mathematical acrobatics here - how this can be a £25 saving when the RRP is quite clearly £169 is a mystery - but this remains a good price on the new AirPods.

In fact, barring some distinctly dodgy-looking websites we wouldn't recommend you use, this is the only site we can find offering a discount at all.

16. Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)

From: Amazon

Was: £119

Now: £99  (£20 off)

The second generation Apple Pencil for iPad has £20 off for Black Friday on Amazon, in a price that beats the retailer's Prime Day offer.

17. Apple 27in iMac, 3.1GHz six-core, 10th-gen Intel, 256GB SSD (2020)

From: LaptopsDirect

Was: £1,799

Now: £1,569.97  (£229.03 off)

You can get a decent amount of money off the entry-level 27in iMac introduced in August 2020 from LaptopsDirect (although we have seen it for less in the past).


18. Apple Mac mini, 3.6GHz quad-core, i3, 256GB (2018)

From: Currys

Was: £799

Now: £579  (£220 off)

This is the Mac mini that Apple used to sell for £799 before it introduced the M1 Mac mini. for £579. Just remember that the M1 Mac mini starts at £699 now, which isn't that much more.

Apple sells this model in the refurbished store for £589, but it's out of stock right now.

19. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 256GB

From: KRCS

Was: £699

Now: £629  (£70 off)

This Black Friday deal will save you £70 on the price of the M1 Mac mini.

And that's not all. The £899 Mac mini model is £809.10 at KRCS. Get that KRCS deal here.

20. Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac

From: Parallels

Was: £69.99

Now: £55.99  (20% off)

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac is available at a discount of 20% as a part of the Black Friday Sale. If you're upgrading to version 15 the price drops from £39.99 to £31.99.

For more information read our Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac review, in which the software was awarded 4.5 stars out of 5.