Apple shipped macOS 10.15 Catalina today, so if you’re an early adopter with a test Mac available, have fun installing it. For most people, though, Adam Engst recommends delaying the upgrade for a while. If you’re a sports fan who switches between games often, Josh Centers explains how you can use the new Picture in Picture feature in tvOS 13. For those who need to connect to new Wi-Fi networks frequently, Glenn Fleishman documents iOS 13’s new, easier method and then, for completeness, runs through the three other ways of connecting to Wi-Fi networks in iOS. Finally, if you’ve wondered why your Apple devices sometimes ask for the passcode or password of another of your devices, Glenn has the explanation. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pages 8.2, Numbers 6.2, and Keynote 9.2, Retrospect 16.5, Nisus Writer Express 4.0, Nisus Writer Pro 3.0.4, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11.1.1, DEVONthink 3.0.1, Ulysses 18, KeyCue 9.5, Typinator 8.2, and PopChar X 8.7.
Apple has released macOS 10.15 Catalina, matching the date on which Europeans first arrived on the island of Catalina in the year 1542. We advise delaying upgrades to Macs you rely on, or at least upgrading cautiously.
tvOS 13 finally introduces a Picture in Picture mode, but you may be disappointed by its limitations. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of it and where it falls down.
In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has added a new, faster way to connect to a Wi-Fi network, upping the total number of methods to four. Glenn Fleishman explains each of them.
Logging into a new Apple device may result in a prompt that asks you for the passcode or password of another one of your devices. Glenn Fleishman explains why this happens and why it’s a good idea.
Maintenance updates bring support for adding HEVC-formatted movies to documents. (Free, various sizes)
Adds support for macOS 10.15 Catalina and introduces a redesigned user interface for larger-scale environments. ($49 for Solo and $119 for Desktop new, free update, 158 MB)
Major update to the flexible and affordable writing app with over 200 new features, fixes, and enhancements. ($26 new, free update, 71.2 MB)
Bug fix update for the powerful word processor. ($65 new, free update, 269 MB)
Resolves a registration issue when upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 76.6/124.5 MB)
First maintenance release of the recently upgraded information management app with numerous improvements and bug fixes. ($99/$199/$499 new, upgrades available, 93.3 MB)
Adds support for syncing documents via Dropbox and working in Markdown XL. $39.99 annual subscription, free update, 18.2 MB)
Brings compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina and resolves some installer-related issues. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB)
Text expansion tool brings installer-related improvements and bug fixes, plus compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.0 MB)
Adds support for Unicode 12.0 (including Emoji 12.0) and compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.8 MB)