We bid farewell to 2018 with our final email issue of the year and a quick look at the inessential iOS 12.1.2 update. If you’ve been pining for a new iPad Pro, Julio Ojeda-Zapata has a full review of its excellent hardware and limited software. He also looks at how you can take advantage of Apple’s Portrait mode photos if you use Facebook or Google Photos. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 16.20, BBEdit 12.5.2, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.11, ChronoSync 4.9.1 and ChronoAgent 1.9.1, Agenda 4.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.7, TextExpander 6.2.8, and Lightroom Classic CC 8.1. See you in 2019!
iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular issues for Apple’s 2018 iPhones and provides unspecified security fixes, but the main reason for its existence may be to work around a ban on selling some iPhone models in China due to alleged infringement of Qualcomm patents.
In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of the year to spend with family and friends, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 7 January 2019. Thanks for your attention in 2018, and we hope you’ve enjoyed both our content and our site redesign this year!
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Apple isn’t possessive of Portrait mode, the iPhone photography feature for creating shots with blurred backgrounds; it allows third parties to integrate the capability into their iOS apps. Google and Facebook are the latest to do it, each in their own way.
Apple has released a third generation of its iPad Pro line with a top-to-bottom redesign and high ambitions to set the tablet in competition with notebooks. Unfortunately, although a revised Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio provide added flexibility, the iPad Pro remains hobbled at times by software limitations.
Adds support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)
Maintenance release focused on bug fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.5 MB)
Adds synchronization push notifications to the three DEVONthink editions. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)
Maintenance release for the synchronization and backup app and its helper utility. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 66.7 MB, 25.4 MB)
Major new release brings support for attaching files and images to notes. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, 31.1 MB)
Proactively warns about configurations specific to Macs with a T2 security chip that will produce non-bootable results. ($39.99 new, free update, 16.4 MB)
Adds support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.5 MB)
Brings several new features and enhancements to the desktop-focused photo cataloging and editing application. ($9.99/19.99 monthly subscription Creative Cloud subscription, free update)