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#1494: Apple OS updates, AirPods Pro, MacPro and Pro Display XDR, Dropbox sharing tip, iPhone 11 Pro wallet cases, TidBITS holiday hiatus

As promised, Apple released the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR last week, complete with astonishing specs and eye-watering prices—we have all the details. On the free side of Apple’s product line, check out what’s new in the company’s latest operating system updates: macOS 10.15.2 Catalina, iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1, tvOS 13.3, and even iOS 13.3 for HomePod. This is our final email issue for 2019, so we have two reviews that might inform your last-minute holiday shopping: Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at the AirPods Pro, and Adam Engst reviews a pair of iPhone 11 Pro wallet cases. Finally, for those who regularly share Dropbox files, we have a tip about how to replace a shared file without changing its link URL. Notable Mac app releases this week include Safari 13.0.4, TechTool Pro 12, Security Update 2019-002 (Mojave) and 2019-007 (High Sierra), iMovie 10.1.14, Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8, Compressor 4.4.6, and Motion 5.4.5, Cardhop 1.3.3, PopChar X 8.8, KeyCue 9.6, Pixelmator Pro 1.5.3, and Scrivener 3.1.5. See you in 2020!

Adam Engst 7 comments

TidBITS 2019 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2020!

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 6 January 2020. Thanks for your attention in 2019, and we hope you’ve found our content useful, accurate, and enjoyable!

Watchlist

TechTool Pro 12 7 comments

TechTool Pro 12

Major upgrade for the hard drive repair and system maintenance tool adds compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($129 new, various upgrade prices)

iMovie 10.1.14 No comments

iMovie 10.1.14

Fixes a bug that prevented media from appearing in the Photos library browser when using iMovie in macOS 10.15 Catalina. (Free, 2.2 GB)

Cardhop 1.3.3 No comments

Cardhop 1.3.3

Maintenance update for the contact manager with a smattering of bug fixes and improvements. ($19.99 new, free update, 12.4 MB)

PopChar X 8.8 No comments

PopChar X 8.8

Adds a built-in layout for Emoji 12.0 and provides a workaround for a Dark mode issue in macOS 10.15 Catalina. (€29.99 new, free update, 4.8 MB)

KeyCue 9.6 No comments

KeyCue 9.6

Adds support for Emoji 12.0 and provides a workaround for a Dark mode issue in macOS 10.15 Catalina. (€19.99 new, free update, 4.0 MB)

Scrivener 3.1.5 No comments

Scrivener 3.1.5

Serves up a feast of fixes for the festive season to the long-form writing tool. ($45 new, free update, 94.1 MB)