macOS 12 Monterey is here, joined by the feature releases—think SharePlay and FaceTime screen sharing—of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, and HomePod Software 15.1. In other Apple update news, Adam Engst has confirmed that Apple is now distributing device compatibility updates through Software Update, so you don’t have to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac to trigger the necessary software download to communicate with it. Adam also takes 1Password 7.9’s new secure password sharing feature for a spin, comparing it to similar services. Finally, Take Control of Numbers author Sharon Zardetto joins us to explain when to use which chart in Numbers. Notable Mac app releases this week include Airfoil 5.10.5, Typinator 8.10, iMovie 10.3, GarageBand 10.4.4, Logic Pro 10.7, Parallels Desktop 17.1, BBEdit 14.0.2, Carbon Copy Cloner 6.0.4, Little Snitch 5.3.1, and Final Cut Pro 10.6, Compressor 4.6, and Motion 5.6.
Confused about what Device Support Update in Software Update is? Adam Engst was too, but he recently got the opportunity to confirm that it provides the same software as the pop-up “A software update is required to connect to your iOS device” dialogs.
Apple has officially launched macOS 12 Monterey, along with updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 that add various and sundry new features.
It’s a terrible idea to share passwords with colleagues in email, and the solution for years has been sites like One-Time Secret and 1ty.me that embed a password in a link that can be viewed only once. 1Password has finally gotten into the game, letting users securely share passwords from within the app.
Apple’s Numbers and Pages apps provide a plethora of charting choices. But neither helps you with the crucial decision regarding what type of chart to use for which kind of data. Here’s a roundup of your choices, and some advice as to when each should be used.
Adds support for the new Cinematic mode feature available on the recently released iPhone 13 models. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates, macOS 11.5.1+)
Brings initial compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and adds a couple of new special sources for capturing audio. ($29 new, free update, 33 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Maintenance update for the text expansion utility with general stability enhancements and bug fixes. (€24.99 new, free update, 9.6 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Brings improvements for videos shot with the iPhone 13's Cinematic mode. (Free, 2.4 GB, macOS 11.5.1+)
Adds eight new Producer Packs for a total of 2800 loops, 50 kits, and 120 patches, plus brings various improvements. (Free, 783.1 MB, macOS 11+)
Brings hundreds of improvements and bug fixes to the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.1 GB, macOS 10.11+)
Adds full support for macOS 12 Monterey and addresses overall stability and security issues. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition or $99.99 perpetual license, 309 MB, macOS 10.13.6+)
Maintenance release focused on bug fixes and improvements to the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 22 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)
Adds official support for macOS 12 Monterey and makes changes that also apply to Catalina and Big Sur. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.7 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Brings various improvements and bug fixes to the network traffic management utility. ($45 new, free update, 32.9 MB, macOS 11+)