bug fixes

Apple releases security updates for iOS, iPadOS and watchOS alongside final macOS Sonoma beta


The new software updates effect Macs as well as security updates for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
The new software updates effect Macs as well as security updates for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
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Apple issued emergency software updates Thursday for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch that patch security vulnerabilities the company says may have been actively exploited. Among other things, the release notes for iOS 17.0.1, iPadOS 17.0.1 and watchOS 10.0.1 indicate the updates fix a problem that could allow a malicious app to bypass signature validation.

The updates, which Apple recommends all users download as soon as possible, come just days after the company pushed its latest operating systems live. However, if you plan to pick up an iPhone 15 tomorrow, you might want to hold off. If you update your current phone to iOS 17.0.1, you would need to update your new iPhone as well before setting it up from a backup.

New bug fix patches are out for iOS, macOS and iPadOS


iOS 16.1
An update to iOS 16.1 is out. The same is true for iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura.
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Apple on Wednesday released iOS 16.1.1, iPadOS 16.1.1 and macOS 13.0.1 to fix bugs and close a couple of security holes. These updates don’t add any new features, but are nevertheless recommended for all users.

There are no such patches for watchOS or tvOS.

Apple releases important iOS 15 security patch


Updates is here for your iPhone bugs
iOS 15.7.4 takes care of a long list of security bugs.
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iPhone users not on iOS 16.1 can now update their handset to iOS 15.7.1. Apple says it “provides important security updates.” It closes almost 20 security holes in the OS.

There’s also iPadOS 15.7.1 that does the same for iPad.

iOS 15.7, macOS Monterey 12.6 arrive to fix security problems


iOS 15.7, macOS Monterey 12.6 arrive to fix security problems
If you're not installing iOS 16, at least upgrade to iOS 15.7.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

iPhone users can now install iOS 15.7, which fixes almost a dozen security problems. Apple recommends the update to all users. That said, the update launched at the same time as iOS 16 – but there are good reason for the simultaneous updates.

Plus, macOS Monterey 12.6 is out with its own set of security-related bug fixes. And iPadOS 15.7 deals with the same sort of problems.

HomePod gets podcast bug fix via software tweak


HomePod gets podcast bug fix via software tweak
HomePod Software 15.1.1 brings a small update to Apple smart speakers.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

If your HomePod has had problems playing podcasts recently, it might need the software update Apple released Wednesday. It brings the full-size and pint-size audio devices up to version 15.1.1.

It doesn’t include any new features, though.

tvOS 15.1.1 squashes bugs in Apple TV


apple tv and siri remote
There’s a bug fix update for your Apple TV.
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Apple TV users can install the tvOS 15.1.1 update for the media streamer. It was introduced for all to download on Monday.

Virtually nothing is known about it now, however. But it’s almost certainly a simple “bug fix.”

macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 fixes pesky MacBook Pro charging bug


macOS Big Sur public release ushers in huge design changes
Put macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 on your older MacBook Pro if it’s been having charging problems.
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Apple introduced macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 to the public on Tuesday, taking care of a bug that prevented some MacBook Pro models from charging.

The update also removes security problems. Plus, Apple also released updates for macOS Catalina and Mojave to remove the same security bugs.

iOS 14.0.1 fixes a totally annoying iPhone bug


iOS 14.0.1
iOS 14.0.1 lets you set Gmail as your default email application, and have it actually stick.
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Apple released a bug-fix update to iOS 14 on Thursday. iOS 14.0.1 removes a number of problems — most notably, a bug that prevented users from permanently picking a new default email app and web browser. And iPad users get iPadOS 14.0.1 with the same fixes.

There are also bug fix updates out for Final Cut Pro and some of Apple’s other media-production applications for Mac.

Latest iOS 13 update fixes problems in Mail, Health, iCloud and more


iOS 13
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1 brought a truckload of new features, but also plenty of bugs Apple has been busily evicting.
Screen capture: Apple

Apple continues the lengthy bug hunt in its iPhone and iPad operating systems. iOS 13.1.3 fixes ten problems that made it through the three previous versions introduced in less than a month.

iPadOS 13.1.3, also debuting today, takes care of some of these for tablet users.

iOS 13.1.1 arrives with fixes for battery drain and keyboard security flaw


iOS 13 on an iPhone X
You should install the new update ASAP.
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Apple put out yet another iOS 13 update this morning to fix some major bugs, just over a week after the huge update for iPads and iPhones was released to the public.

iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 address a major security issue that allowed third-party keyboard apps to have network access. The flaw could have allowed keyboards to track what you type, including usernames and passwords, and send them to a remote server. Anyone that’s running iOS 13 of iOS 13.1 should update ASAP.

Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with Wi-Fi and Spotlight fixes


A new OS X Yosemite beta is here
Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Along with this morning’s iOS 8.1.3 update, Apple also has some new goodies for Mac users with the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2.

The update fixes a problem that caused Wi-Fi to disconnect. The latest version also includes a number of bug fixes for Spotlight, Bluetooth headphones, iCloud Drive and VoiceOver, while also improving stability and security in Safari.

The update is available now in the Mac App Store. Here’s a full list of the changes:

Apple reduces amount of free storage needed for updates with iOS 8.1.3


A new day, a new iOS bug...
iOS 8.1.3 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update fixes a number of issues with FaceTime, Spotlight and iMessages, but the biggest addition is the giant reduction in free space you’ll need to install future updates.

iOS 8.1.3, released this morning, is available now as an over-the-air update in the Settings app of iOS or via direct download in iTunes. The new software increases stability and performance in addition to squashing a number of bugs.

Check out all the changes in the iOS 8 update below: