Technology Apple's New Mac Update Is Here (and Free). But You Might Want to Wait
Final Cut Pro X gets a speed boost through Apple's Metal
The latest Final Cut Pro X update, released today, takes advantage of Apple's Metal API to provide leaps in performance. With a new Metal-based engine, the updated Final Cut Pro X improves playback and accelerates tasks like rendering, real-time effects and exporting on Metal-compatible Macs. According to Apple, the changes will make video editing 20 percent faster on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 35 percent faster on the iMac Pro. On the new MacOn the new Mac Pro, the updated Final Cut Pro X offers support for multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores. Apple says that translates to rendering that's up to 2.9 times faster and transcoding that's up to 3.2 times faster than on the previous-generation 12-core Mac Pro.
Apple on Monday released its anticipated macOS Catalina software update, bringing a slew of new features, apps, and user-friendly improvements to the company’s line of Mac computers, including the iMac, MacBook and more.
While the dozens of new features are compelling, you might want to hold off before downloading Catalina. The problem? Aside from the typical headaches plaguing users attempting to install OS upgrades, Catalina is more than your average software update — it fundamentally changes what apps you can (or, more accurately, can’t) use on your Mac.
Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes camera glitch and other issues
Apple already has another iOS 13 update, iOS 13.1.2. The company released the update to the public today. It fixes a bug that affected the progress bar for iCloud Backup, an issue with the Camera and another with the flashlight, glitches with HomePod shortcuts and more. Apple has been racing to fix bugs and other glitches since the standard release of iOS 13. It seemed that iOS 13.1 included some notable improvements, but clearly there was more work to be done.Apple also released watchOS 6.0.1, which includes performance and security improvements.
If you’re running macOS Mojave or High Sierra, you may have seen a pop-up box like this appear recently:
On the newer macOS Catalina, you’ll see a similar pop-up box stating your app “needs to be updated.” But after upgrading to Catalina, apps that prompt this error will not run at all. The issue has to do with Apple’s transition from 32-bit to 64-bit apps.
64-bit apps are more capable than their 32-bit counterparts because they can take better advantage of more powerful 64-bit multi-core processors, tap into larger amounts of RAM and more. “These apps can access dramatically more memory, enable faster system performance, and take advantage of technologies that define today’s Mac experience, such as Metal graphics acceleration,” Apple says in a support page explaining the transition. Apple’s been planning the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit apps for about a decade.
How to update to watchOS 6 on your Apple Watch
Apple is releasing watchOS 6 today with a host of new features for the Apple Watch. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.Two of those new features are Activity Trends and Cycle Tracking. WatchOS6 also brings an App Store to your wrist, dedicated apps for Podcasts, the ability to monitor noise levels around you, various performance boosts and new watch faces.
What’s that mean for you? For one, if you’re dependent on a particular 32-bit app, it won’t work in macOS Catalina, as many Twitter users discovered after upgrading. Meanwhile, some popular apps,, appear to be suffering from temporary compatibility issues with Catalina, so it’s best to hold off on upgrading until a software patch resolves those problems.
Want to see which of your apps are still 32-bit? On your Mac, hit the Apple menu, select About This Mac, and click System Report. In System Report, scroll down to Legacy Software, and take a look at all your 32-bit apps.
How to update your apps on iOS 13 .
The Updates tab is gone, so things have changedOn iOS 13, however, Apple has replaced my beloved Updates tab with Apple Arcade, so when I first started using the new OS, I was lost. How would I get my updates? After more panic than I care to admit, I eventually figured it out. The process is just as easy as it was before. It’s just a little more hidden.
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