With iOS 12 out for a week, we’ve started our in-depth exploration into Apple’s latest mobile operating system. If you’ve ever been burned by forgetting to turn Do Not Disturb off after invoking it manually, you’ll like iOS 12’s new implementation. Also, those who read ebooks or listen to audiobooks in iBooks will want to check out Michael Cohen’s look into iOS 12’s new Apple Books. Adam Engst delves into the iOS 12 for HomePod update, explaining how to use Siri on the HomePod for phone calls, multiple named timers, finding misplaced Apple devices, and more. Last, but certainly not least, we’re pleased to welcome the Canadian Internet company easyDNS as our latest long-term sponsor. Notable Mac app releases this week include <deep breath> Pages 7.2, Numbers 5.2, and Keynote 8.2, BBEdit 12.1.6, Pixelmator 3.7.5, Safari 12, Default Folder X 5.3, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.5, Mellel 4.1.3, Tinderbox 7.5.6, KeyCue 9.1, PopChar X 8.4, Typinator 7.7, Simon 4.3, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.9, SpamSieve 2.9.33, and Evernote 7.5. You’d think Apple just released macOS 10.14 Mojave or something.
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iOS 12 on the HomePod adds a bevy of welcome features, including support for making and receiving calls, setting and naming multiple timers, and pinging misplaced Apple devices in your home
In iOS 12, Apple lets you manually invoke Do Not Disturb sessions that automatically turn themselves off at appropriate times. A new Bedtime mode is also welcome and can be used to create a second Do Not Disturb schedule.
iBooks becomes Apple Books in iOS 12, and while the reading experience remains the same, Apple has renovated the Library.
The iWork apps gain support for Dark mode, Continuity Camera, and audio in documents. (Free, various sizes)
Bug fix release for the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.1 MB)
Improves compatibility with future versions of macOS and includes several bug fixes. ($29.99 new, free update, 107 MB)
Updates Apple's Web browser with the same new features and under-the-hood changes that will be included with macOS 10.14 Mojave—including changes to using extensions. (Free)
Adds full support for macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.6 MB)
Proactively prompts you to grant Full Disk Access to CCC and its helper tool in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($39.99 new, free update, 16.3 MB)
Maintenance update primarily focused on bug fixes for the word processor built for long-form writing. ($59 new, free update, 84.9 MB)
Brings compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and adds support for Emoji 11.0. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.9 MB)
Maintenance update for the note-taking assistant and information manager. ($249 new, free update, 33.3 MB)
Brings compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and improves the visibility of certain icons. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.4 MB)
Streamlines interactions with Mail in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($30 new, free update, 13.5 MB)
Brings compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and improves the display of invisible characters in the expansion field. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.8 MB)
Addresses compatibility issues with macOS 10.14 Mojave and adds support for Dark mode. ($99 new, free update, 16.3 MB)
Fixes a frustrating problem with trackpad usage that could sporadically trigger unwanted zooming and result in tiny zoom percentages. ($79 new, free update, 225 MB)
Cleans up the More Options menu, tweaks to the app's background colors, and eliminates several crashes. (Free update, 51.4 MB)