Apple updated macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS

Apple UpdatesApple just updated all of its four operating systems. Though current hype is about upcoming macOS Catalina and iOS 13 / iPadOS 13, Apple still updates it “older” operating systems. Having always up-to-date version is very important, because updates don’t only add new features, but also fixes bugs and security issues. As usual, before updating make sure all your data is backed up and stored in secure location, like external disk or NAS or even cloud. You should always have backups in at least two locations. Now let’s look what’s new.

Let’s start with macOS Mojave. This update is just about improving Apple News+ experience and it also fixes some issues, including one that could prevent the creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive and an issue that could cause a hang during a restart. Full changelog:

  • Makes downloaded issues available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, both online and offline
  • Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed
  • Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues in Apple News+ by selecting History > Clear > Clear All
  • Addresses an issue which prevents creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive
  • Resolves an issue that may cause a hang during a restart
  • Resolves a graphics issue that may occur when waking from sleep
  • Fixes an issue that may cause fullscreen video to appear black on Mac mini
  • Improves file sharing reliability over SMB

To update macOS Mojave, go to System Preferences -> Software Update and select the Update Now option.

New version of iOS is just maintenance update. No major new features, except data migration, were spotted. Full changelog:

iPhone migration

  • Introduces the ability to wirelessly transfer data and migrate directly from an old iPhone to a new iPhone during setup

Apple News

  • Makes downloaded issues accessible in the My Magazines section, both offline and online
  • Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed
  • Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues by selecting History > Clear > Clear All

Other improvements and fixes

  • Includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enables Walkie-Talkie functionality
  • This release also includes support for HomePod in Japan and Taiwan

Though there is no mention in release notes, this iOS version should add hidden support for upcoming Apple Card, which should be released this summer.

You can update your iOS device by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update.

watchOS is also a minor release. The new version fixes a major bug in the Walkie-Talkie app that could allow it to be used to spy on people and it once again makes the Walkie-Talkie app accessible. If you are living in Canada or Singapore, now you can enjoy ECG support and irregular heart rhythm notifications, if you have Apple Watch Series 4.

Full release notes:

  • Provides important security updates including a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app
  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 now available in Canada and Singapore
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Canada and Singapore

New watchOS can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. Please note, that you need to have at least 50% of battery charge, to plug your Apple Watch in a charger and, of course, Apple Watches must be in range of the iPhone.

As for tvOS, there are no release notes.

If you own 3rd generation of Apple TV, Apple released new 7.3.1 Apple TV software. You can upgrade your Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update.

New version number(s):

  • macOS – 10.14.6
  • iOS – 12.4
  • watchOS – 5.3
  • tvOS – 12.4
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