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#1419: macOS Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, iCloud scam, Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2

Today brought Apple’s annual WWDC keynote, in which the company introduced iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12—we have an overview of the lengthy presentation. Apple was also busy in the week leading up to the keynote, finally launching the long-awaited Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2, both of which it had announced at last year’s WWDC keynote. Will any of today’s announced features take a full year to ship? We also warn against a spate of “iCloud breach” scam calls making the rounds and suggest some apps that can block them. Notable Mac app releases this week include PopChar X 8.3, BBEdit 12.1.4, Parallels Desktop 13.3.1, Retrospect 15.1.1, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.10, Evernote 7.2, Ulysses 13, Tinderbox 7.5, Mellel 4.1.2, Safari 11.1.1, and Security Update 2018-003 (Sierra and El Capitan).

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

watchOS 5 Targets Fitness, Communication, and More

The Apple Watch, with a focus on fitness, communication, and info-snippet consumption, looks to become far more capable in all these areas courtesy of the just-announced watchOS 5. The updated will let other models work as walkie-talkies, play podcasts, spawn more-interactive alerts, aid hikers and yoga fans, and more.


PopChar X 8.3 4 comments

PopChar X 8.3

Adds WYSIWYG font name display and other enhancements to the character discovery utility. (€29.99 new, free update, 5.0 MB)

BBEdit 12.1.4 No comments

BBEdit 12.1.4

Maintenance release with a lengthy list of fixes and improvements for the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

Parallels Desktop 13.3.1 1 comment

Parallels Desktop 13.3.1

Fixes bugs in the popular virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 252 MB)

Retrospect 15.1.1 No comments

Retrospect 15.1.1

Maintenance release brings EU GDPR data compliance and a variety of improvements. ($49 for Solo and $119 for Desktop new, upgrade pricing available, 189 MB)

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.10 No comments

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.10

Adds support for syncing databases via iCloud. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

Evernote 7.2 No comments

Evernote 7.2

Improves handling of open attachments while editing in an outside program. (Free update, 54.4 MB)

Ulysses 13 No comments

Ulysses 13

Returns the Services submenu to the Editor contextual and fixes an issue with CJK characters. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB))

Tinderbox 7.5 1 comment

Tinderbox 7.5

Adds a new dancing map view for untangling dense link networks and colorful flags for identifying coding in the map view. ($249 new, free update, 32.3 MB)

Mellel 4.1.2 No comments

Mellel 4.1.2

Maintenance release for the word processor built for long-form writing with a variety of improvements and bug fixes. ($59 new, free update, 84.9 MB)


How Apple Is Chipping Away at Intel 24 comments

How Apple Is Chipping Away at Intel

For decades, Intel was the undisputed king of chips for desktops and laptops, but in just a few short years, Apple's A-series chips have almost caught up to Intel in performance. The Motley Fool’s Ashraf Eassa explains why.