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#1506: New MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac mini; Hollywood responds to COVID-19; Apple TV screen savers on the Mac

Much of the world has ground to a halt while attempting to deal with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Apple continues to plug away. Last week, the company unveiled a cheaper MacBook Air with the new scissor-switch Magic Keyboard, a new iPad Pro with an upcoming Magic Keyboard featuring a trackpad, and a Mac mini with double the standard storage. As the pandemic shuts down movie theaters, Hollywood is accelerating plans for direct home releases. Finally, if you want to remember what the outside world looks like, Josh Centers reviews Aerial, which brings the Apple TV’s lush screen savers to the Mac. Notable Mac app releases this week include Agenda 9.3 3/17/20, Luminar 4.2, TextExpander 6.5.4, and Alfred 4.0.9.

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Agenda 9.3 No comments

Agenda 9.3

Brings improvements and bug fixes to the date-focused note-taking app. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 48.8 MB)

Luminar 4.2 No comments

Luminar 4.2

Adds the AI Augmented Sky tool for blend objects seamlessly into a photo's sky. ($89 new, free update, 18.8 MB)

TextExpander 6.5.4 No comments

TextExpander 6.5.4

Stops text from being bolded when pasted into the snippet editor from Google Docs. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 20.9 MB)

Alfred 4.0.9 No comments

Alfred 4.0.9

Brings macOS 10.15 Catalina-related improvements to the keyboard-driven launcher. (£23 new, free update, 3.1 MB)