Apple’s whirlwind WWDC keynote led off with a new 15-inch M2 MacBook Air, new M2 Max and M2 Ultra models of the Mac Studio, and the long-awaited Mac Pro with Apple silicon—read on for the details for the Macs that mark the end of the Intel era at Apple. After that, the keynote segued into previewing features we can look forward to later this year in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. Adam Engst shares the 12 features he found most interesting. What you won’t find in this issue is coverage of Apple’s Vision Pro “spatial computer,” due early next year starting at $3499. We need more time to ponder the implications before committing our thoughts to print. In the here-and-now, Adam also looks at vertical tab support in a wide range of Web browsers and gives a curt nod to the poorly described watchOS 9.5.1. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.10.7, Quicken 7.1, DEVONthink 3.9.1, Audio Hijack 4.2, BusyCal 2023.2.3 and BusyContacts 2023.2.1, and Camo Studio 2.0.3.
It's hard to get excited about a watchOS update that lacks descriptive release notes or even an indication that it might address security vulnerabilities. Install it sometime.
With the release of the M2 Ultra-based Mac Pro alongside a new 15-inch MacBook Air and upgraded Mac Studio, Apple has completed its promised transition of moving the entire Mac line to Apple silicon.
Apple has pulled back the curtains on the new features it’s adding to iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 15, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. Here are the 12 that Adam Engst finds the most immediately interesting.
After becoming a convert to vertical tabs thanks to Arc, Adam Engst is now seeing and hearing about vertical tabs support all over the place. Though none are luring him away from Arc, he runs down the options in Brave, Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Orion, Safari, SigmaOS, and Vivaldi. So many browsers!
Brings more improvements for importing passwords from LastPass and several bug fixes. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 4.8 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Replaces older charts in the Loan account with modern, native versions that offer more options. ($35.99/51.99/77.99 annual subscription, free update, 3.2 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Adds support for the squiggly underline PDF annotations made in some PDF applications. ($99 new, free update, 134 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Wide-ranging list of additions, improvements, and bug fixes for the audio-recording workflow app. ($64 new, free update, 34.8 MB, macOS 10.15+)
Maintenance updates for the calendar and contacts management apps. ($49.99 new for each, free update, various sizes, macOS 10.15+)
Expands support for virtual cameras built to work with DSLRs and GoPros. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 42.3 MB, macOS 10.13+)