As always on the occasion of new “major releases”, Apple provides updated versions of the iWork apps Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Since a new design language has arrived with macOS Big Sur, Apple naturally also had to adapt its own programs. In the case of iWork, this already describes the most important innovations. Apple does not document any new functions, but rather highlights the revised design in addition to stability and performance improvements. Apple also gave the icons a makeover:
Final Cut Pro (App Store: )
Apple’s professional editing environment also usually receives updates promptly when Apple releases major new macOS versions. This also applies to Motion and Compressor. Apple is creating compatibility with macOS Big Sur – there are also preparations for the soon to be released M1 Macs. The release notes say that performance and efficiency on Macs with Apple Silicon have been improved – the Neural Engine for machine learning can also be used on the new Macs. If you look carefully, you will also see another change. After almost ten years, Apple removed the “X” from the product name. Final Cut Pro X is now simply called “Final Cut Pro”.
Logic Pro (Store: )
There is still another pro app in the group, namely Logic. The audio software also receives M1-specific adaptations, supports Launchpad controllers from Novation, and the Logic Remote Control the step sequencer. As with Final Cut Pro, Apple deleted the “X” from the product name of Logic. Since “X” is associated with the system generation 10.0 to 10.15, the designation was probably no longer considered appropriate.