iMovie

iMovie, Apple’s basic video editing app, with 4K support, titles, effects/filters, etc., runs on both macOS and iOS.

iMovie 10.1.14 is a free download for macOS 10.14.6 or later with bug fixes in the most recent Apple update.

iMovie 2.2.9 is a free download for iOS 13.4 with some additional capabilities and bug fixes in a new release:

• Use iMovie on iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
• Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
• Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
• Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
• Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
• Performance and stability improvements

iWork

iWork is Apple’s app suite for macOS, iOS and iCloud, comprising Numbers, Pages and Keynote for spreadsheet, word processing and presentations, respectively. iCloud requires an Apple ID account and certain system requirements. (See also: iCloud Help and Web-only access.)

Apple’s latest updates include iCloud Drive folder sharing, which requires macOS 10.15.4 and iOS/iPadOS 13.4, plus keyboard/mouse/trackpad support for iPadOS/iOS 13.4.

macOS 10.14 and up:
Pages 10.0
Numbers 10.0
Keynote 10.0

iOS 12 and up:
Pages 10.0
Keynote 10.0
Numbers 10.0

iCloud:
iWork for iCloud [requires Apple ID login]

Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator is Apple’s utility for configuring and deploying iOS devices en masse via USB “with the settings, apps, and data you specify for your students, employees, or customers” and it does double-duty as a firmware fixer for certain Mac models.

In very rare circumstances, such as a power failure during a macOS upgrade, a Mac that has the Apple T2 Security Chip may become unresponsive and so the firmware on that chip must be revived.

Features include integration with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program; a configuration profile editor and configuration “blueprints” (custom templates); iCloud Drive sync; AppleScript and Automator support and a command-line program.

Some people are experimenting with the app as an alternative to Apple’s iTunes app, after iTunes 12.7 abandoned support for app management, but it has a poor rating in the App Store.

Apple Configurator 2.12 is a free download that requires macOS 10.14.6 or later. The latest release includes “support for restoring firmware on the 2019 Mac Pro” and more VPN support, among other changes.

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is Apple’s professional music production app, which includes multiple recording tracks with a mixer and automation and punch in/out; collections of instruments, effects and loops; pitch and tempo manipulation; iPad remote control; a score editor; MIDI support; virtual drummers; sampling; arpeggiation; a guitar/bass amp designer; Audio Unit plug-in support; XML import/export to Final Cut X; export to Sound Cloud; and more.

Logic Pro X 10.4.8 is priced at $199.99 and requires macOS 10.13 or later. The latest release brings more bug fixes, and Apple is currently offering a free 90-day trial period in return for your name and email address.

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8 is Apple’s flagship video post-production app for Macs (but not iPads), priced at $299.99 for macOS 10.14 or later and optimized for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro. Apple is currently offering a 90-day free trial in return for your name and email address.

Compressor 4.4.6, a $49.99 companion app, provides encoding, compression, conversion and packaging features, also optimized for the 2019 Mac Pro, with its 28-core CPU option and Radeon Pro Vega II graphics hardware.

Motion 5.4.5 is another $49.99 companion app, used for creating motion graphics, and is also optimized for the new Mac Pro.

 

macOS Catalina 10.15.4

Along with important security patches, Apple’s macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update brings bug fixes, new features, and other changes.

Finder

  • iCloud Drive folder sharing from Finder
  • Controls to limit access only to people you explicitly invite, or to grant access to anyone with the folder link
  • Permissions to choose who can make changes and upload files, and who can only view and download files

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Safari 13.1

Apple released Safari 13.1 for macOS 10.13 and later with patches for serious security flaws:

    • Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
    • Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to a cross site scripting attack
    • An application may be able to read restricted memory
    • A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution
    • A malicious iframe may use another website’s download settings
    • A file URL may be incorrectly processed
    • A download’s origin may be incorrectly associated

Download links:

Here’s more information from John Wilander about additional changes:

Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking and More
This blog post covers several enhancements to Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) in iOS and iPadOS 13.4 and Safari 13.1 on macOS to address our latest discoveries in the industry around tracking.

iOS & iPadOS 13.4

Apple released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 today with undisclosed security patches, bug fixes, and new features.

iPadOS 13.4 introduces support for mouse and trackpad with iPad for greater precision and navigating the system with Multi-Touch gestures, and adds iCloud Drive folder sharing from the Files app and new Memoji stickers. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 13.4 introduces new Memoji stickers and iCloud Drive folder sharing from the Files app. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

watchOS 6.2

Apple issued watchOS 6.2 today (alongside iOS/iPadOS 13.4) to patch security holes and make other changes.

watchOS 6.2 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes:

  • Introduces in-app purchases for Apple Watch apps
  • Fixes an issue where music playback could pause when switching from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth connectivity
  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey

tvOS 13.4

tvOS 13.4 patches serious security holes in Apple’s operating system for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, including the following:

  • A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
  • A malicious application may be able to identify what other applications a user has installed
  • A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution
  • An application may be able to read restricted memory
  • An application may be able to use an SSH client provided by private frameworks
  • An application may be able to use arbitrary entitlements
    Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution