Apple's iOS and OS X apps get the update treatment

Sure, Apple's iWork and iLife apps are the heavy hitters, but this week Cupertino also revved many of its smaller apps for iOS and OS X. Here's a rundown.

Updates galore!

iWork and iLife may have gotten all the attention this week, but Apple also updated several of its other apps—both big and small—on OS X and iOS. Here's a rundown.

iTunes Trailers 1.3

Out is the iOS 6-inspired interface of Apple's movie-finding app; in is a swanky new black-and-yellow iOS 7 aesthetic for iTunes Movie Trailers, along with a complete redesign of the app's look and feel.

Podcasts 2.0

Apple may have finally made its Podcasts app compelling with a major iOS 7 makeover in version 2.0. The interface looks a lot like the podcasts section of iTunes on the Mac, plus you now get easy access to the Podcasts Store, automatic background updating of your subscribed podcasts, and syncing of your subscriptions, stations, and playback position across iCloud. The icing on the cake is better performance.

Find My iPhone 3.0

The utility for locating your iOS devices—which, yes, is a bit inaccurately named these days—gets a user interface overhaul to look more in line with iOS 7.

Xcode 5.0.1

Apple's integrated development environment adds continuous integration bots to build and test your apps on OS X Server, a Source Control menu to create new remote Git respoistors on Mac servers, and a Debug Gauge to give you an idea of how much power your app is chewing through. Good news for those who program (and those who use) apps. Or, basically, all of us.

iBooks Author 2.1

The biggest addition for iBooks Author is the ability to preview books you build in iBooks on your Mac, but there are also plenty of bug fixes, including one to fix a problem removing enhanced caption tracks from some embedded movie files.

Aperture 3.5

Apple's pro-level photography app gets a number of new features, including support for iCloud Photo Sharing, integration with SmugMug, compatibility with iOS 7's camera filters, Apple Maps for Places integration, and a whole host of bug fixes.

iTunes 11.1.2

A fairly minor update, Apple's media playback app gets support for OS X Mavericks, as well as for Arabic and Hebrew. And there are performance and stability enhancements for all.

Apple Remote Desktop 3.7

Apple's professional-level remote desktop app adds support for OS X Mavericks, automatic copy and paste between local and remote computers, better support for Macs with multiple IPs and displays, and multitouch gesture support for swiping between screens.

Apple Configurator 1.4.1

There are a bevy of bug fixes and improvements in this update to Apple's tool for configuring iOS devices. For example, there's support for iOS 7 and granular allowance of its features like AirDrop, font installation capabilities, and streamlined setup.

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