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#1512: New 13-inch MacBook Pro, COVID-19 testing sites in Apple Maps, Apple’s bumpy Q2 2020, PDFpen 12, iPad Magic Keyboard

Much of the world may have shut down, but Apple continues to forge ahead with the release of new 13-inch MacBook Pro models that boast a Magic Keyboard and twice the standard storage space. Apple also added COVID-19 testing sites to Apple Maps. In financial news, Apple had a bumpy Q2 2020 but still managed to squeeze out a small amount of growth. Michael E. Cohen reviews PDFpen 12, which adds new compression tools and a magnifier. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata puts the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro through its paces—does it enable the iPad Pro to replace a MacBook? Notable Mac app releases this week include Mactracker 7.9, Ulysses 19.1, GraphicConverter 11.2, and Audio Hijack 3.7.2.

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Mactracker 7.9 8 comments

Mactracker 7.9

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including the refreshed Mac Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and iPhone 11 models. (Free, 124 MB)

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Ulysses 19.1

Adds a Material sheets feature for brainstorming and notes plus support for using keywords in Markdown files. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 20 MB)

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GraphicConverter 11.2

Offers user interface updates, bug fixes, and other improvements to the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs. ($39.95 new, free update, 157 MB)

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Audio Hijack 3.7.2

Brings improvements to the recently added Live Stream feature, including streaming to Facebook Live. ($49 new, free update, 18.3 MB)

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AirPods Pro Firmware Problems

Many early adopters of the AirPods Pro say that Apple has released firmware updates that have reduced the efficacy of the noise-cancellation algorithm. Users are allowed no control over what firmware revisions their AirPods Pro get, and Apple has yet to comment on the situation.