It’s a big week in the Apple world! At last Tuesday’s “California Streaming” event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the slightly larger Apple Watch Series 7, the redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini, and an upgraded ninth-generation iPad. We have all the pertinent details if you’re thinking about upgrading from your current gear. Today, Apple has released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15—you could upgrade immediately, but we recommend most people wait a week or two, just in case. Notable Mac app releases this week include Bookends 14.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 6.0.3, Timing 2021.5.2, and Mellel 5.0.8.
Apple has released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 with some nice new features, but we recommend that those who aren’t early adopters wait for a week or two.
In an unexpected announcement, Apple unveiled new versions of the iPad and iPad mini. The ninth-generation iPad borrows a couple more features from the iPad Pro while maintaining its low price, while the company completely redesigned the sixth-generation iPad mini.
Rumors suggested the Apple Watch was due for a major physical design, but the Series 7 turned out to look much like its predecessor—albeit with a few physical and software changes. Also, watchOS 8 gets some fitness improvements aimed largely at cyclists.
There’s no question that Apple’s new iPhone 13 models are the best iPhones the company has ever made, but their evolutionary changes may be compelling mostly to those with older iPhones.
Major upgrade to the full-featured bibliography, reference, and information management system for students and professionals. ($59.99 new, free update, 98.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Maintenance update for the drive-cloning and backup utility with bug fixes and improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.7 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Improves the display of durations in the sidebar in macOS 11 Big Sur. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 34.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Adds support for communicating with Bookends 14 and fixes bugs. ($49 new, free update, 91.6 MB, macOS 10.9+)