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#1467: macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, watchOS 6, Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 12.3.1, MacBook Pro and iPod touch updates, Flexgate repair program

Fasten your seatbelts! Today’s WWDC keynote introduced us to macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS, and watchOS 6—read on for how these OS updates will shape your next year as an Apple user. The company also unveiled a beefy new Mac Pro and its companion Pro Display XDR, both due to ship later this year. But last week, Apple worked overtime to clear the decks, releasing iOS 12.3.1, updating the MacBook Pro and iPod touch, and launching a repair program to address the “Flexgate” problem in 2016 MacBook Pro models. Notable Mac app releases in the past two weeks include BusyCal 3.6.2 and BusyContacts 1.3.3, macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018, 2019), Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.9, ChronoSync 4.9.3, DEVONthink 3.0 Public Beta 2, SEE Finance 2.1.2, SpamSieve 2.9.36, RapidWeaver 8.2.1, Ulysses 16, GraphicConverter 10.7.1, TextExpander 6.5.1, SoundSource 4.1, 1Password 7.3, and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update.

Adam Engst 32 comments

No Mac Is an Island with macOS Catalina

At WWDC, Apple threw back the curtains on macOS 10.15 Catalina, bringing the Mac ever closer to iOS without losing sight of what makes the Mac unique. We’re particularly impressed with the work the company did on accessibility features.


Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.9 No comments

Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.9

Fixes a bug that could lead the drive-cloning and backup utility to conclude incorrectly that a Google Drive volume is not mounted. ($39.99 new, free update, 15.7 MB)

ChronoSync 4.9.3 No comments

ChronoSync 4.9.3

Maintenance release for the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, free updates; 66.8 MB)

SEE Finance 2.1.2 No comments

SEE Finance 2.1.2

Update to the personal finance app brings a new reconciling mode and a Memorized Transactions feature, along with other minor features and bug fixes. ($39.99 new, free update, 28.7 MB)

SpamSieve 2.9.36 No comments

SpamSieve 2.9.36

Enables you to use Outlook rules to organize messages into folders when running Office 365. ($30 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

RapidWeaver 8.2.1 No comments

RapidWeaver 8.2.1

Improves the speed of export when publishing to a RAM disk and ensuring lists in styled text areas behave better. ($89 new, free update, 78.9 MB)

Ulysses 16 No comments

Ulysses 16

Adds support for direct publishing to the Ghost publishing and blogging platform. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 23.5 MB)

GraphicConverter 10.7.1 1 comment

GraphicConverter 10.7.1

Maintenance update brings improvements and bug fixes to the graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 194 MB)

TextExpander 6.5.1 No comments

TextExpander 6.5.1

Tweaks the snippet editor with a number of bug fixes and usability improvements. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 20.9 MB)

SoundSource 4.1 1 comment

SoundSource 4.1

Maintenance update to the recently refreshed sound utility with several enhancements and critical bug fixes. ($29 new, free update, 13.7 MB)

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1Password 7.3

Redesigned 1Password mini analyzes Web pages to show only items that can be filled in on a Web page. ($64.99 new, free update, 50.4 MB)


iOS App Trackers Are Watching You 5 comments

iOS App Trackers Are Watching You

Investigative journalist Geoffrey Fowler of the Washington Post has discovered that numerous iOS apps include trackers that constantly send information about you back to data brokers.