Wednesday, November 10, 2021

End of File

 Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, I am shutting down this blog, as well as future live or virtual NCC-Mac meetings. If Google allows it, I will delete these pages entirely before the end of the year.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

NCC-Mac: October Software Updates and more…

 On October 18 Apple introduced a new subscription plan for Apple Music, a new generation of AirPods, new color options for HomePod and two awesome new MacBook Pros. Look for "Apple Event — October 18" or the short attention span "October Apple Event in 7 minutes: M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pros & AirPods 3" from MacRumors, both on YouTube.

For those of you who miss my Virtual Meetings, HERE is the shortest Virtual meeting you'll ever experience.



















Some of Apple's software updated this month

References: <apple.com> <macintouch.com> <macrumors.com>

iOS 15.0.1

Oct 1, '21


iOS 15.0.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone including an issue where some users could not unlock iPhone 13 models with Apple Watch.


This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.


Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch may not work on iPhone 13 models

Settings app may incorrectly display an alert that storage is full

Audio meditations could unexpectedly start a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 15.0.1

Oct 1, '21


iPadOS 15.0.1 includes bug fixes for your iPad.


This update includes bug fixes for your iPad.


Settings app may incorrectly display an alert that storage is full

Audio meditations could unexpectedly start a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iOS 15.0.2

Oct 11, '21


iOS 15.0.2 includes bug fixes and important security updates for your iPhone.


This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone:


Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message

iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My

AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab

CarPlay may fail to open audio apps or disconnect during playback

Device restore or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 15.0.2

Oct 11, '21


iPadOS 15.0.2 includes bug fixes and important security updates for your iPad.


This update includes bug fixes for your iPad:


Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message

AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab

Device restore or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPad mini (6th generation)


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

watchOS 8.0.1

Oct 11, '21


According to Apple's release notes for the update, ‌watchOS 8‌ fixes a couple of Apple Watch Series 3 bugs that affected software update progress and accessibility settings.


- Software update progress may not be displayed accurately for some Apple Watch Series 3 users

- Accessibility settings may not have been available for some Apple Watch Series 3 users

Apple Support 4.4

Oct 12 '21

iOS/iPasOS 14.0 or later


• Get Express Replacement Service for devices covered by AppleCare+ (US only, certain restrictions apply)

• Using iOS 15, it’s easier than ever to buy additional coverage for your Apple Watch or AirPods

• Updated compatibility for iPad mini (6th generation)

• Performance enhancements and bug fixes

iMovie 10.3

Oct 18, '21

macOS 11.5.1 or later


Cinematic Mode

• Edit videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (requires macOS Monterey)

• Use the Cinematic control in the inspector to modify the intensity of the depth effect

• Choose to focus on faces or other objects by selecting them in the viewer

• View and delete focus points in the video timeline


Optimized for Apple silicon

• Improved performance and efficiency with optimizations for M1 Pro and M1 Max on the new MacBook Pro

GarageBand 10.4.4

Oct 18, '21

macOS 11.0 or later


• 8 Producer Packs with royalty-free sounds from today’s biggest hitmakers including Boys Noize, Mark Lettieri, Mark Ronson, Oak Felder, Soulection, Take A Daytrip, Tom Misch, and TRAKGIRL

• Sound Packs feature slap house; modern ambient; and a collection of 808 drum kits, bass samples and loops

• Adds a total of 2800 loops, 50 kits, and 120 Patches

macOS 11.6.1 Big Sur

Oct 25, '21


This update is recommended for all users and improves the security of macOS.

macOS 12.0.1 Monterey

Oct 25, '21


FaceTime

- Spatial audio makes voices sound like they come from the direction of a speaker on the screen in a Group FaceTime call

- Voice Isolation blocks background noises so your voice is crystal clear

- Wide Spectrum brings every sound in your space into the call

- Portrait mode puts the focus on you by blurring your background on Mac computers with the M1 chip

- Grid view displays people in same-size tiles and highlights the active speaker

- FaceTime links for inviting friends to calls on Apple, Android, or Windows devices


Messages

- Shared with You displays content shared over Messages in your Mac apps

- New Shared with You section in Photos, Safari, News, Podcasts, and the TV app

- Multiple photos display as collages or stacks in Messages


Safari

- Tab Groups help you save and organize your tabs and sync across devices

- Intelligent Tracking Prevention prevents trackers from viewing your IP address

- Compact tab bar option lets you see more of the webpage on your screen


Focus

- Focus lets you automatically filter out notifications based on what you're doing

- Options to customize a Focus for activities like work, gaming, reading, and more

- Focus sets across all Apple devices

- Status lets your contacts know that your notifications are silenced


Quick Note & Notes

- Quick Note lets you take notes on any app or website, and easily revisit them later

- Tags help you quickly categorize your notes by topic and make them easy to find

- Mentions enable you to notify others of important updates in shared notes

- Activity view displays who made recent changes in a shared note


AirPlay to Mac

- AirPlay to Mac lets you share content from iPhone or iPad straight to your Mac

- AirPlay speaker support for playing music through your Mac sound system


Live Text

- Live Text makes text interactive in photos across the system

- Support for copying, translating, and looking up text that appears in photos

- Visual Look Up helps you learn about art, landmarks, and other objects in photos


Shortcuts

- New app helps you automate everyday tasks, helping you accomplish them faster

- Gallery with pre-built shortcuts that you can add and run throughout the system

- Shortcuts editor helps you design custom shortcuts for your specific workflows

- Support for automatically converting Automator workflows into shortcuts


Maps

- Interactive 3D globe with enhanced details for mountains, oceans, and more on Mac computers with the M1 chip

- Detailed city maps display elevation, trees, buildings, landmarks, and more on Mac computers with the M1 chip


Privacy

- Mail Privacy Protection helps prevent senders from tracking your Mail activity

- Recording indicator in Control Center for apps that are accessing your mic


iCloud+

- iCloud Private Relay (beta) helps prevent companies from creating a detailed profile of your browsing activity in Safari

- Hide My Email creates unique, random email addresses that forward to your inbox

Security Update 2021-007 (Catalina)

Oct 25, '21


macOS Catalina Security Update 2021-007 (19H1519) is recommended for all users and improves the security of macOS.


For more information on the security content of this update see https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

iOS 15.1

Oct 25, '21


iOS 15.1 adds SharePlay, an entirely new way to have shared experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This release also adds the ability to capture ProRes video using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as well as verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet, and includes other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.


SharePlay

SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps

Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward

Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak

Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPhone

Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out


Camera

ProRes video capture using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max


Apple Wallet

COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to add and present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet


Translate

Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation


Home

New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor


Shortcuts

New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri


This release also fixes the following issues:

Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos

Weather app may not show current temperature for My Location, and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly

Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen

Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes

Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected

Battery algorithms updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 15.1

Oct 25, '21


iPadOS 15.1 adds SharePlay, an entirely new way to have experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This release also adds Live Text support to the Camera app, and includes other features, and bug fixes for your iPad.


SharePlay

SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps

Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward

Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak

Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPad

Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out


Live Text

Camera app Live Text support recognizes text, phone numbers, addresses, and more so you can take action on them (iPad with A12 Bionic and later)

Keyboard support lets you insert text directly from the Camera into any text field (iPad with A12 Bionic and later)


Translate

Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and system-wide translation


Home

New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor


Shortcuts

New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri


This release also fixes the following issues:

Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos

Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen

Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

watchOS 8.1

Oct 25, '21


watchOS 8.1 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your Apple Watch:


Enhanced algorithms to detect falls during workouts and option to enable fall detection during workouts only (Apple Watch Series 4 and later)

COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet

Fitness+ supports SharePlay to allow subscribers to invite up to 32 people to workout together through a FaceTime call using iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

Always On may not display the time accurately for some users when their wrist is down (Apple Watch Series 5 and later)


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222

tvOS 15.1

Oct 25, '21


This update includes general performance and stability improvements and this feature:


SharePlay: Watch together with friends and family — wherever you are. Chat with FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad while watching on Apple TV.

iOS 14.8.1

Oct 26, '21


For those not running iOS 15.x.x…

This update provides important security updates.


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 14.8.1

Oct 26, '21


For those not running iPadOS 15.x.x…

This update provides important security updates.


For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Xcode 13.1

Oct 25, '21

macOS 11.3 or later


Xcode 13.1 includes Swift 5.5 for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS Monterey.


New in Xcode 13.1

Supports macOS Monterey

Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Safari 15.1

Oct 27, '21

macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina


Thursday, September 30, 2021

NCC-Mac: September 2021 Software Updates, and more…

 On September 14 Apple announced a bunch of new non-Mac hardware products: a new line of iPhones, a new flagship iPad, a major redesign of iPad mini and a new Apple Watch series. I am foregoing my usual "virtual meeting" video this time, simply because most of Apple's presentation does not translate well to a slideshow of still images. Look for "Apple Event — September" or check out "iPhone 13 Apple Event in 7 Minutes" from MacRumors, both on YouTube.

Some of Apple's software updated this month

References: <apple.com> <macintouch.com> <macrumors.com>

macOS Big Sur 11.6

Sep 13, '21


‌macOS Big Sur‌ improves the security of macOS and is recommended for all users. The update address an issue that could allow a maliciously crafted PDF to execute code. Apple says that it is aware of a report that this bug may have been actively exploited.

Security Update 2021-005 (Catalina)

Sep 13, '21


‌Apple has also released security update 2021-005 for macOS Catalina, and both updates address an issue that could allow a maliciously crafted PDF to execute code. Apple says that it is aware of a report that this bug may have been actively exploited.

Safari 14.1.2

Sep 13, '21


Security Update for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave

iOS 14.8

Sep 13, '21


This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

1PadOS 14.8

Sep 13, '21


This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

watchOS 7.6.2

Sep 13, '21


This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iOS 15

Sep 20, '21


iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 offer a slew of new features. Here are the highlights:


Massively improved FaceTime, with many of the features you’ve become accustomed to in videoconferencing apps like Zoom

Shared With You collections in Messages, Photos, and other apps for bringing together content and links that people share with you

Focus, which is like a more customizable Do Not Disturb. You can create multiple Focuses that allow notifications only from specified apps or contacts.

Time-sensitive notifications (like reminders that go off at a particular time) that can optionally break through a Focus. Plus, notifications are now slimmer and have more prominent icons.

Notification summaries, which bundle notifications that aren’t time-critical and display them to you at set times during the day

Significant Safari changes, including the address bar moving to the bottom of the screen in iOS (so it’s easier to reach), Tab Groups, which let you organize tabs by topic or project, and voice search

Live Text in Photos, which lets you do things like copy text from photos or search for text in photos

New iCloud+ features, like Private Relay and Hide My Email

Redesigned Memories in Photos

A redesigned Weather app in iOS 15 that includes notifications for rain and other weather events. (Sadly and increasingly weirdly, Apple still has no Weather app for iPadOS. Maybe next year.)

More discoverable multitasking capabilities on the iPad, thanks to a Multitasking menu at the top center of every window and a shelf at the bottom that shows open windows within an app

App Library and Home screen widgets on the iPad. These features work just like they do in iOS 14, albeit with larger widgets on the iPad.

Quick Note, which lets you create a note with a swipe up from the corner of the screen on an iPad

iPadOS 15

Sep 20, '21


iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 offer a slew of new features. Here are the highlights:


Massively improved FaceTime, with many of the features you’ve become accustomed to in videoconferencing apps like Zoom

Shared With You collections in Messages, Photos, and other apps for bringing together content and links that people share with you

Focus, which is like a more customizable Do Not Disturb. You can create multiple Focuses that allow notifications only from specified apps or contacts.

Time-sensitive notifications (like reminders that go off at a particular time) that can optionally break through a Focus. Plus, notifications are now slimmer and have more prominent icons.

Notification summaries, which bundle notifications that aren’t time-critical and display them to you at set times during the day

Significant Safari changes, including the address bar moving to the bottom of the screen in iOS (so it’s easier to reach), Tab Groups, which let you organize tabs by topic or project, and voice search

Live Text in Photos, which lets you do things like copy text from photos or search for text in photos

New iCloud+ features, like Private Relay and Hide My Email

Redesigned Memories in Photos

A redesigned Weather app in iOS 15 that includes notifications for rain and other weather events. (Sadly and increasingly weirdly, Apple still has no Weather app for iPadOS. Maybe next year.)

More discoverable multitasking capabilities on the iPad, thanks to a Multitasking menu at the top center of every window and a shelf at the bottom that shows open windows within an app

App Library and Home screen widgets on the iPad. These features work just like they do in iOS 14, albeit with larger widgets on the iPad.

Quick Note, which lets you create a note with a swipe up from the corner of the screen on an iPad

watchOS 8

Sep 20, '21


Better photo support, including Portrait mode watch faces, better Memories support, and easier sharing of photos

A redesigned Home app that better supports security cameras and scenes and displays status symbols for devices

The option to edit text with the Digital Crown

The capability to look up and share animated GIFs in messages

A Find My app for locating lost devices from your wrist

A redesigned Music app that makes sharing easier

A new Mindfulness app that replaces the Breathe app

The capability to track your sleeping respiratory rate

tvOS 15

Sep 20, '21


A For All of You section in the TV app, which tries to suggest content your entire household will enjoy, based on their preferences

Shared with You, which displays shows and movies shared with you from Messages in iOS 15

Spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, plus smart audio routing for AirPods

The capability to view multiple HomeKit cameras at once

Stereo sound when you pair two HomePod mini speakers to an Apple TV 4K

Safari 15

Sep 20. '21

For macOS Catalina & Big Sur


Safari 15 delivers faster performance, improved security, and the following new features:

- Tab Groups help you save and organize your tabs and easily access them across devices

- Redesigned tabs have a rounder and more defined appearance and take on the color of the webpage

- Compact tab bar option shows more of your web page on screen

- HTTPS upgrade automatically switches sites from HTTP to more secure HTTPS when available

Xcode 13

macOS 11.3 or later

Sep 20, '21

Security Update 2021-006 (Catalina)

Sep 23, '21


Apple issued more patches for critical security flaws being actively exploited in macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 12 (which supports Apple mobile devices abandoned by the company’s latest iOS/iPadOS versions).

iOS 12.5.5

Sep 23, '21


Apple issued patches today for critical security flaws being actively exploited in macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 12 (which supports Apple mobile devices abandoned by the company’s latest iOS/iPadOS versions).

Pages 11.2

macOS 11.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Improved book publishing with 2-page spreads, optimized images, and more flexible versioning

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared document*

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your document with a click*

• Create new documents from the app icon in the Dock

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data


* Requires macOS Monterey

Numbers 11.2

macOS 11.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Pivot tables provide a powerful and flexible way to view and analyze data

• Create beautifully formatted pivot tables in just a few clicks

• Quickly summarize, group, and rearrange data to explore patterns and trends

• Instantly show data by sum, average, count, or display percentage and running total values

• Add pivot charts to see your data in different ways

• Import and export Excel spreadsheets with pivot tables

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data

• Enhanced quick filters help you easily select values to show or hide, and improved filters find duplicate entries and unique values in your data

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared spreadsheet*

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your spreadsheet with a click*

• Create new spreadsheets from the app icon in the Dock


* Requires macOS Monterey

Keynote 11.2

macOS 11.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Live video makes presentations even more engaging by letting you use the camera in your Mac to show yourself right on your slides—in a window or fullscreen

• Connect multiple cameras for different live video angles

• Add a live feed of a connected iPhone or iPad screen

• Multi-presenter slideshows allow participants to take turns controlling a shared presentation from their own device

• New slideshow controls provide easy access to the slide navigator, keyboard shortcuts, live video sources, or multi-presenter controls while presenting

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared presentation*

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your presentation with a click*

• Create new presentations from the app icon in the Dock


* Requires macOS Monterey

Pages 11.2

iOS/iPadOS 14.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Screen View on iPhone automatically displays text, images, and other elements in a continuous flow optimized to fit your screen so documents are even easier to read and edit

• Improved book publishing with 2-page spreads, optimized images, and more flexible versioning

• Quick Format bar on iPhone lets you quickly change paragraph styles, text formatting, alignment, list styles, and more

• Drag and drop to copy text, images, and other items between apps on iPhone*

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your document with a tap**

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared document**

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data

• Audio graph makes charts accessible to people with vision impairments by playing an audio tone that changes pitch to represent different values**


* Requires iOS 15

** Requires iOS 15 or iPadOS 15

Numbers 11.2

iOS/iPadOS 14.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Pivot tables provide a powerful and flexible way to view and analyze data

• Create beautifully formatted pivot tables in just a few taps

• Quickly summarize, group, and rearrange data to explore patterns and trends

• Instantly show data by sum, average, or count with additional options to display percentage and running total values

• Add pivot charts to see your data in different ways

• Import and export Excel spreadsheets with pivot tables

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data

• Redesigned Quick Filters let you easily show or hide rows that match a specific value

• New filter options let you find duplicate entries and unique values in your data

• Drag and drop to copy text, images, and other items between apps on iPhone*

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared spreadsheet**

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your spreadsheet with a tap**

• Audio graph makes charts accessible to people with vision impairments by playing an audio tone that changes pitch to represent different values**


* Requires iOS 15

** Requires iOS 15 or iPadOS 15

Keynote 11.2

iOS/iPadOS 14.0 or later

Sep 28,'21


• Live video makes presentations even more engaging by letting you use the camera in your iPhone or iPad to show yourself right on your slides—in a window or fullscreen

• Multi-presenter slideshows allow participants to take turns controlling a shared presentation from their own device

• New slideshow controls provide easy access to the slide navigator, keyboard shortcuts, live video sources, or multi-presenter controls while presenting

• Radar charts help you visually compare multiple variables at once to easily show similarities and differences in your data

• Drag and drop to copy text, images, and other items between apps on iPhone*

• Flexible collaboration allows participants to add others to a shared presentation**

• Instant translation lets you translate selected text in up to 11 languages and add the translation to your presentation with a tap**

• Audio graph makes charts accessible to people with vision impairments by playing an audio tone that changes pitch to represent different values**


* Requires iOS 15

** Requires iOS 15 or iPadOS 15