Ability to unlock your iPhone X and later with Apple Watch Series 3 and later when you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a face mask
AirTag and Find My
Support for AirTag to keep track of and find your important items like your keys, wallet, backpack and more, privately and securely in the Find My app
Precision Finding uses visual, audible, and haptic feedback to guide you directly to your nearby AirTag using Ultra Wideband provided by the U1 chip on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models
AirTag can be located by playing a sound via the built-in speaker
The Find My network with hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag, even when it isn’t nearby
Lost Mode notifies you when your AirTag is found, and you can enter a phone number where you can be contacted
Support for separate skin tones for each individual in all variations of the couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji
New face emojis, heart emojis, woman with a beard emoji
Siri now includes more diverse voice options
Incoming calls can be announced with Siri, including who is calling, when you’re wearing your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, and you can answer hands-free
Group FaceTime calls are supported by asking Siri to FaceTime a list of contacts or a group name from Messages
Emergency contacts can be called by asking Siri
App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers
Share your favorite lyrics using Messages, Facebook, and Instagram Stories, and subscribers can play the snippet in Messages without leaving the conversation
City charts showcase what’s popular in over 100 cities from all over the world
Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening
Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access
Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis
Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows
Dual SIM support enables 5G connectivity on the line that’s using cellular data on iPhone 12 models
Smart Data Mode improvements further optimize your experience on 5G networks for better battery life and data usage on iPhone 12 models
5G international roaming enabled on supported carriers on iPhone 12 models
Redesigned News+ tab enables Apple News+ subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues
All-new Search experience that helps you find relevant topics, channels, and stories
Accidents, hazards, or speed checks along your route can be reported by telling Siri on your iPhone or on CarPlay
Estimated time of arrival (ETA) can be shared when cycling or walking, in addition to driving, by asking Siri or tapping on the route card at the bottom of the screen, then tapping Share ETA
Ability to sort reminders by Title, Priority, Due Date, or Creation date
Option to print your reminder lists
Translation playback speed can be adjusted by long pressing the play button
Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support
Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices
ETA in Apple Maps can be easily shared while driving with new Siri or keyboard controls in CarPlay
This release also fixes the following issues:
Messages at the bottom of the thread may be hidden by the keyboard under certain circumstances
Deleted messages may still appear in Spotlight search
Messages may persistently fail to send texts in some threads
Mail would not load new emails for some users until restarting the device
Call blocking and identification section may not appear in Phone settings
iCloud Tabs may not appear in Safari
iCloud Keychain could be prevented from turning off
Reminders created via Siri may be unintentionally set for early morning hours
Battery health reporting system will recalibrate maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability on iPhone 11 models to address inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting for some users (https://support.apple.com/HT212247)
Optimization to reduce the appearance of a dim glow that may appear at reduced brightness levels with black backgrounds on iPhone 12 models
AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching
AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicate
macOS Catalina 10.15.7 provides important security updates and bug fixes for your Mac.
• Resolves an issue where macOS would not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks
• Fixes an issue that could prevent files syncing through iCloud Drive
• Addresses a graphic issue that may occur on iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) with Radeon Pro 5700 XT
I guess the next release will be MacOS 11 (X1) “Big Sur” …
*** I always recommend the Combo Updater when available. The Delta patches seem to be unreliable to leftover previous versions (aka band-aiding). The Combo will replace the OS changes throughout.
If you use or support users with Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners, you might visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads to see if your model is listed and update your software to support Catalina and newer OS for Mac.
Like most, anyone on High Sierra or Mojave, was warned that with Catalina, and likely Big Sur, will need to replace their 32bit apps with 64bit versions. Otherwise you shouldn’t upgrade to 10.15 (Catalina) or Big Sur (release coming in late 2020).
Some have contacted Fujitsu but without any confirmation of updating the old Scansnap Manager. Instead, Fujitsu had release ScanSnap Home, which lacked granular feature set that ScanSnap Manager has. Not only that, but Home had taken on a more “Icon” look than intuitive settings.
But if you visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads (7-2020 it was at V7), you will need to remove the ScanSnap home version.
(Mac) Drag the ScanSnap Home folder )in Applications) to the trash and empty. Then, open the ScanSnap Online Update folder, and then open the SUB folder and run the online uninstaller. Once it completes, it will remove the Update folder from Applications. Now you can install the Manager software.
Well, the best tool for removing pups and malicious software, Malwarebytes, that was my goto and the first application for Windows that didn’t create problems, is no longer free. Well, the personal version is, but its kinda
Honestly, the person edition (home user) is supposed to be free to download, with a 14-day trial. But if you try to use the personal edition in a domain or workplace, the software will not only install, but will complete a malware scan. It is at the end of this scan, that it prompts you to purchase their Malware Team edition. You can’t quarantine, nor repair the infected volume scanned.
If you have a domain at home (some need domain controller for testing, other applications, running NAS, etc) then you will need to buy it.
Ok. I get it. Years of being free, and I am guilty of running it on some work machines (that are a non-profit owned) in a pinch. And that our IT dept doesn’t have very good malware protection aka McAfee (so many things get past it, we called it Crap-a-fee).
So, I know that unless I am helping a home user (and I do have them buy it if is solves/cleans their issue), but I’m kinda bummed as I have been recommending and marketing to home users to buy. And I even have a lifetime license. What I want is a bootable CD into Windows, that lets me scan all volumes. But it doesn’t work that way. Looks like I may buy some stand-alone versions for work (under $200 for 5 computers).
Apple released this week their latest iOS update 13.4 (for iPhone and iPad), that allows iCloud Drive sharing, and numerous fixes.
Note: you need to update either OTA (over the air) or physically connect to your iTunes computer. (Preferred is to backup device via iTunes, then update)
Also, there is a new Security update along with Safari update.
Ironically, my Mac with 10.14.5 indicated no updates available…
(per Apple’s download page)
(included in) This update:
• 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
Adds AirPlay 2 support for sharing videos, photos, music and more from your Mac directly to your AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV.
Adds the ability to follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view.
Improves audio latency on MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018.
Fixes an issue that prevented certain very large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents from rendering properly.
Disables accessories with insecure Bluetooth connections.
Fixes an issue that prevented resetting the user account password from the login window after using a personal recovery key (PRK) to unlock the FileVault volume.
Fixes an issue that prevented the InstalledApplicationList MDM command from recognizing that updates are available for apps installed via VPP.
Apple released 10.13 (High Sierra) a few months ago, and actually now has an update to 10.13.1 (13…bad luck?) here.
10.13 has a mix of new features, but if you have lots of old apps, you will need to upgrade those. There are also issues with those iMacs and Fusion Drives. Some third party apps like antivirus programs (e.g. McAfee Enterprise) are just catching up. Adobe apps like InDesign, are having some issues and await patching/fix.
And because Apple introduced a new filesystem for drives (APFS), ALL disk utilities should be updated, if they can be (Disk Warrior is releasing an update, but still not out,…). Personally, I am waiting till all my utilities are compatible.
Ironically, the 10.13.2 update is in beta…so stay tuned.