mysql 5.7 reached EOL in October 2023 but there's still no update for mysql 8.x or mariadb.
last updates (march 2023) have been merely bugfixes.
so my question is: is this a sinking ship? would be a shame, because it has been a reliable and comfy tool for years
The upcoming MAMP PRO Version 7 will include MysQL Version 8 as well. It will allow you to choose between 5.7 or 8.x, but they won't be running simultaneously.