Apple released updates for macOS and iPadOS on Thursday night. This time, the updates come unusually several days after the release of the new operating system versions for iPhone, Apple Watch or Apple TV – Apple usually offers all of its updates in one fell swoop.
iPad update provides bug fixes
IOS 14.7 as well as watchOS 7.6, tvOS 14.7 and HomePod OS 14.7 including a Safari update to version 14.1.2 for Catalina and Mojave were already released on Monday. iPadOS 14.7 fixes several bugs and offers some minor innovations. It should be the last major update of the 14 series. The Home app can now configure timers on the HomePod. The podcasts library shows all programs or only those that you are following if you wish. In the USA, you can use the Apple Card Family function to combine credit card limits and use a shared account.
The Apple Music application lacked the ability to share playlists via the share menu; this has been fixed. Fixed an issue with stuck Atmos and Lossless tracks. Braille displays should now always show correct information in Mail – even when composing new messages. Furthermore, a bug with audio skipping when using USB-C headphone adapters (3.5 mm mini jack) has been resolved.
macOS updates and security holes
macOS Big Sur 11.5 contains the bug fix for the Podcasts app (see above), a bug fix in the Apple Music app that does not always update the playback number or the last playback date of a track correctly, and a solution to a login problem with smart cards on M1 Macs. Apple has also released security updates for macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina (Security Update 2021-004 Catalina and Security Update 2021-005 Mojave).
The group also finally published information about the information contained in Monday’s updates Security-relevanten Bugs. The list is long: several dozen holes are listed, including a WLAN bug with possible code execution. It was initially unclear whether gaps in connection with the Pegasus spyware, which should still be open, were fixed.