Friday, September 25, 2020

Three more September 2020 Software Updates

Xcode 12.0.1

Sep 24 '20

macOS Developer Tools


What's New

• This update fixes an issue that could cause Xcode to crash when viewing documentation


Xcode 12 includes Swift 5.3 and SDKs for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Catalina


Platform features

• App Clips are a small part of your app that’s discoverable at the moment it’s needed, loads in seconds, and launches quickly

• WidgetKit uses SwiftUI to build beautiful new widgets that users can install directly on their iPhone home screen

• StoreKit testing framework and transaction manager make it easy to test and debug in-app purchases


Refined user interface

• Document tabs open any type of document in a lightweight editor tab, including logs, asset catalogs, and UI files

• Navigator fonts are now resizable based on the system setting, or can be manually configured

• Code completion has a new, simplified interface that is faster, and makes it easier to choose the correct code

• Organizer is completely redesigned, and reports new app metrics such as hitches in animation and scrolling


Swift and SwiftUI

• Performance for SwiftUI has been improved throughout, and new Lazy views can efficiently handle enormous data sets

• SwiftUI Views can be turned into reusable components that appear in the Xcode library and in code completions

• Swift Package Manager supports resources and localizations, making it great for sharing SwiftUI components

• Swift compiler’s improved diagnostics make it much easier to understand coding mistakes, especially in SwiftUI code


HOLD OFF ON INSTALLING THE MOJAVE SECURITY UPDATE. IT IS CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR SOME USERS.


Security Update 2020-005 (Mojave)

Sep 24 '20


Security Update 2020-005 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


System Requirements

macOS 10.14


HOLD OFF ON INSTALLING THE MOJAVE SECURITY UPDATE. IT IS CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR SOME USERS.


Security Update 2020-005 (High Sierra)

Sep 24 '20


Security Update 2020-005 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.


System Requirements

macOS 10.13

Thursday, September 24, 2020

NCC-Mac September 2020 Virtual Meeting and this month's Apple software updates

Here is the link to the September 2020 Virtual Meeting.

Here is the YouTube link to Apple's September 2020 Event.


Here is the link to the MacRumors 7-minute Summary.


Some of Apple's software that got updated this month

References: <apple.com> and <appshopper.com>

iOS 13.7

Sep 01, '20

 

iOS 13.7 lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system without the need to download an app. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information see covid19.apple.com/contacttracing. This release also includes other bug fixes for your iPhone.

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 13.7

Sep 01, '20

 

iPadOS 13.7 includes bug fixes for your iPad.

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Xcode 11.7

Sep 01 '20

macOS Developer Tools


What's New

Xcode 11.7 supports developing apps with SDKs for iOS 13.7, tvOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, and macOS Catalina 10.15.6


• New Exposure Notification APIs provide additional information about potential exposures

Apple Support 4.1

Sep 02 '20

iOS Universal Utilities


What's New

• Add a pass to Wallet for easy check-in at more Genius Bar locations

• Easier to find Advisors in your preferred language in regions with multiple languages

• Accessibility improvements for VoiceOver, including Search navigation, labels, and more

• Performance enhancements and bug fixes

iOS 14

Sep 16, '20


iOS 14 updates the core experience on iPhone, includes significant app updates, and other new features.


All-new widgets

Redesigned widgets can be placed right on the Home Screen

Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display

Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time

Widget gallery includes all available widgets to browse and choose from

Redesigned Apple widgets for Weather, Clock, Calendar, News, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Music, TV, Tips, Notes, Shortcuts, Battery, Screen Time, Files, Podcasts, and Siri Suggestions


App Library

The App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into categories

The Suggestions category uses on-device intelligence to show apps you’re likely to be looking for based on factors like time of day or location

The Recently Added category shows apps that were recently downloaded from the App Store, as well as App Clips that were recently launched

Ability to hide Home Screen pages to get to the App Library even faster by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the screen while in jiggle mode


Compact design

Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen

Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task

Picture in Picture enables watching a video or taking a FaceTime call while you use another app


Messages

Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list

Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation

Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view

Group photos can be customized for a shared group look


Memoji

11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji

New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush

Six added age options

Face covering options


Maps

Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is

Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands

Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route

Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris

Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route

Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal


App Clips

An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task

Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds

Discover App Clips through tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari

Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around


Translate

The new Translate app is designed for conversations and can work completely offline so your conversations stay private

A split-screen design in conversation mode has a single microphone button that automatically detects which of the selected languages is being spoken and transcribes the original and translated text on the correct sides of the screen

Attention mode shows translations in larger text so you can capture someone's attention

Voice and text translations are supported for any combination of 11 languages


Siri

A new compact design allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task

Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago

Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet

Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay

Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation


Search

One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search

Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites

Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters

As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing

Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results

Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files


Home

Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap

A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention

Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center

Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity

Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app

Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define


Safari

Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine

A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach

Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese


Weather

Next-hour precipitation chart shows a minute-by-minute forecast of the intensity of rain or snow over the coming hour for the U.S.

Severe weather information displays government-issued alerts about certain severe weather events including tornados, winter storms, flash floods and more, for the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia


AirPods

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience

Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac

Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods


Privacy

A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera

Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location

Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access

App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple


Accessibility

Back Tap is a quick way to trigger accessibility features by tapping on the back of your iPhone

Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing

Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call

Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications

VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences

Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web

Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos

Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

 

This release also includes other features and improvements.


App Store

Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing


Apple Arcade

Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released

See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more

Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab

Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices

Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game


Apple Cash Family

Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18

Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri

Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur

Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to

Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18

Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group


Augmented Reality

Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate

Extended face tracking support is extended to the new iPhone SE

Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object


Camera

Improved shot-to-shot performance speeds up the time to first shot and makes shooting photos even faster

QuickTake video can now also be captured on iPhone XS and iPhone XR when in Photo mode

Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app

Updated Night mode capture experience on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro provides guidance to help you stay steady throughout the capture, as well as an option to cancel the shot mid-capture

Exposure compensation control lets you lock an exposure value for an entire camera session

Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview

Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects


CarPlay

New categories of supported apps for parking, EV charging, and quick food-ordering

Wallpaper options

Share ETA and send audio messages with Siri

Horizontal status bar support for cars with portrait screens

Chinese and Japanese keyboard support gives users an additional option to search for points of interest


FaceTime

Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPhone X and later

New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera


Files

APFS encryption support for external drives


Health

Wind Down helps you create a pre-bedtime routine with apps and shortcuts, like listening to a relaxing playlist

Custom sleep schedules help you meet your sleep goals with bedtime reminders and wakeup alarms

Sleep mode minimizes distractions during Wind Down and Bedtime by turning on Do Not Disturb and simplifying your Lock screen 

Health Checklist helps you track and manage health and safety features in one place

New Mobility category in the Health app, including metrics like walking speed, double support time, step length, and walking asymmetry


Keyboard and International

On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.

Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase

Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps

New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English

Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese

Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk

Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers

Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages


Music

A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes

Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play

Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type

Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster


Notes

Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting

Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results

Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded

Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes

Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping


Photos

Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos

Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums 

Photos and videos caption support

Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View

Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies

Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share 


Podcasts

Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you


Reminders

Assign reminders to people you share lists with

New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list

Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap

Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols

Rearrange or hide smart lists


Settings

Option to set your default email and web browser


Shortcuts

Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you

Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns

Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen

New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app

New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more

Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep


Voice Memos

Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings

Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later

Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites

Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation


Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 14

Sep 16, '20


iPadOS 14 introduces redesigned apps, new Apple Pencil features, and other improvements.


Redesigned Experience

Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display

Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time

App sidebars have a new look that deliver more of the app’s functionality in the main window

New app Toolbars, Pop-Overs and Pull-Down menus make it easier to get to all of the controls for an app


Compact Design

Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task

Compact Search has a simpler design that works on the Home Screen or over any app

Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen


Search

One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search

Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites

Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters

As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing

Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results

Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files


Scribble

Write in any text field with Apple Pencil and your writing automatically converts to typed text

Scratch to delete a word or space

Circle a word to select it for editing

Press and hold between words to add space for additional writing

Shortcut Palette offers commonly used actions for the app you are using

English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are supported as well as mixed Chinese and English


Note-taking with Apple Pencil

Smart selection makes it easy to select text, distinguishing handwriting from drawings

Copy and paste as text converts your handwritten notes into typed text for use in other documents

Make space is a new gesture to create more room for handwritten notes

Data detectors allow you to take action on phone numbers, email addresses and other handwritten information

Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes


Siri

An all-new compact design surfaces results in the bottom right corner of the screen in a new layout

Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago

Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet

Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay

Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation


Messages

Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list

Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation

Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view

Group photos can be customized for a shared group look


Memoji

11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji

New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush

Six added age options

Face covering options


Maps

Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is

Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands

Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route

Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris

Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route

Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal


Home

Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap

A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention

Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center

Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity

Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app

Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define


Safari

Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine

A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach

Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese


AirPods

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience

Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac

Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods


Augmented Reality

Depth API provides more precise distance measurements captured by the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro to allow more realistic interactions between virtual and real-world objects

Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate

Face Tracking is available to support AR experiences through the front camera on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch and later

Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object


App Clips

An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task

Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds

Discover app clips at the right moment through scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari

Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around


Privacy

A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera

Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location

Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access

App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple


Accessibility

Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing

Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call

Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications

VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences

Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web

Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos

Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

This release also includes other features and improvements.


App Store

Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing


Apple Arcade

Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released

See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more

Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab

Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices

Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game


Apple Cash Family

Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18

Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri

Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur

Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to

Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18

Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group


Camera

Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app

Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview

Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects


FaceTime

Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later

New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera


Files

New sidebar and toolbar consolidate controls for quicker access to files and functions

APFS encryption support for external drives


Keyboard and International

On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.

Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase

Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps

New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English

Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese

Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk

Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers

Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages


Music

A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes

Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play

Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type

Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster


Notes

Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting

Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results

Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded

Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping


Photos

New sidebar gives you quick access to Albums, Search and Media Types, and makes it easy to edit the order of albums under the My Albums view

Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos

Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums

Photos and videos caption support

Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View

Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies

Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share 


Podcasts

Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you


Reminders

Assign reminders to people you share lists with

New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list

Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap

Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols

Rearrange or hide smart lists


Settings

Option to set your default email and web browser


Shortcuts

Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you

Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns

Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen

New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app

New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more

Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep


Voice Memos

Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings

Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later

Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites

Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation


Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

watchOS 7

Sep 16, '20


watchOS 7‌ makes Apple Watch more powerful and more personal than ever before—with new ways to discover and share watch faces, sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, and new workout types. Stay connected to your loved ones by pairing an Apple Watch for a family member to your ‌iPhone‌ with Family Setup. And ‌watchOS 7‌ includes the Memoji app, cycling directions in Maps, and ‌Siri‌ language translation.


Watch Faces

- New Stripes face that lets you select the number of stripes you want, choose colors, and rotate the angle to create a watch face that reflects your style (Series 4 and later)

- New Typograph face with numerals in classic, modern, and rounded type styles and displayed in Arabic, Arabic Indic, Devanagari, or Roman (Series 4 and later)

- New Artist face created in collaboration with Geoff McFetridge that animates and morphs into a new creation with the time or when you tap the display

- New Memoji watch face features all the Memoji you have created and all of the Memoji characters (Series 4 and later)

- New GMT face that tracks a second time zone displaying a 12-hour inner dial with local time, and a 24-hour outer dial (Series 4 and later)

- New Chronograph Pro face that records time on scales of 60, 30, 6, or 3 seconds, or measures speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance with the new tachymeter (Series 4 and later)

- New Count Up face lets you easily track elapsed time by tapping the bezel (Series 4 and later)

- Share watch faces with Messages and Mail, or post a link online

- Discover and download curated watch faces from your favorite apps in the App Store or from websites and social media

- Support for rich complications on the X-Large face

- New color filters available to customize the Photos face

- New World Clock, Moon Phase, Altimeter, Camera Remote and Sleep complications


Sleep

- New Sleep app to help you meet your sleep duration goal with sleep tracking, custom sleep schedules, and a view of sleep trends over time

- Uses data from the accelerometer to detect when you are awake and when you are asleep

- Sleep mode minimizes distractions by turning on Do Not Disturb and turning off Raise to Wake and the display

- Wake up with alarm sounds and haptics on your watch

- Option to receive reminders to charge your watch before your scheduled bedtime and reminders when your watch is fully charged


Handwashing

- Automatic handwashing detection using motion sensors and microphone

- Once hand washing is detected, 20 second countdown starts

- Receive encouragement to keep washing for the recommended 20 seconds when watch detects you’ve stopped early

- Option to be reminded to wash your hands when arriving home

- Review how many times and how long you washed your hands in the Health app on ‌iPhone‌

- Available on Apple Watch Series 4 and later


Family Setup

- Use your ‌iPhone‌ to pair and manage a watch for your family members, with their own phone number and Apple ID

- Screen Time and Downtime support for managing contacts, setting communication limits, and scheduling time away from the screen

- Schooltime mode turns on Do Not Disturb, limits interaction, and replaces watch face with distinctive yellow clock

- Set a custom Schooltime schedule and view times when watch exits mode

- Users 13 and under can track Move minutes instead of active calories, and can track walking, running, and cycling workouts with more accurate metrics

- Set up one-time, recurring, or time-based location notifications for family members

- Send money to family members and review transactions of users under 18 with Apple Cash Family (US only)

- Family members have the option to share their activity and health data, and will be notified when you create automatic location notifications

- Requires Family Sharing and can be used with up to five family members

- Available on cellular models of Apple Watch Series 4 and later


Memoji

- New Memoji app to create new Memoji or customize existing Memoji

- New hairstyles, more age options, and three new Memoji stickers

- Use your Memoji creations in the Memoji watch face

- Send Memoji stickers in Messages


Maps

- Turn by turn directions with larger font sizes that are easier to read

- Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is

- Search for and add places optimized for cyclists to your route, like a bike shop

- Support for cycling directions is available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai, and Beijing


‌Siri‌

- On-device dictation for faster and more reliable request handling and further protecting privacy (Series 4 and later, US English only)

- Translate phrases right on your wrist, with support for over 50 language pairs

- Adds support for Announce Messages


Other features and improvements:

- Change goals for exercise minutes and stand or roll hours in the Activity app

- New custom algorithms in the Workout app for Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cooldowns for accurate tracking of relevant metrics

- Redesigned and renamed Fitness app on ‌iPhone‌ with streamlined summary and sharing tabs

- Manage health and safety features of Apple Watch in the Health app on ‌iPhone‌ with new Health Checklist

- New Mobility metrics measured by Apple Watch available in the Health app, including low-range VO2 max, stair ascent speed, stair descent speed, and six-minute walk estimate

- ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later now available in Colombia, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates

- Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Colombia, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates

- Support for additional interactions on Apple Watch Series 5 without having to wake the display including access to Control Center and Notification Center, the ability to change watch faces, and more

- Create group threads in Messages

- Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view

- New Shortcuts app to access and run shortcuts you have previously created

- Add shortcuts to your watch face as a complication

- Share your audiobooks with Family Sharing

- Search now available in the Music app

- Redesigned Wallet app

- Digital car key support in Wallet (Series 5)

- View downloaded media in Music, Audiobooks, and Podcasts apps

- Current location available for World Clock and Weather apps

tvOS 14

Sep 16, '20


The tvOS operating system designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.


The ‌tvOS 14‌ update can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ by going to System -> Software Update. ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to ‌‌tvOS 14‌ automatically.


‌tvOS 14‌ brings systemwide Picture in Picture, a feature designed to let you watch movies or TV shows in a small window in the corner of the TV screen while you do something else on the ‌Apple TV‌.


A new Home section in the Control Center on the ‌Apple TV‌ allows HomeKit-connected devices to be controlled from the television set, plus there's an option to view HomeKit camera feeds on the larger screen of the TV or in Picture in Picture mode so you can keep an eye on your house while you watch TV.


Apple Arcade on ‌Apple TV‌ supports multiple users, letting each tvOS user keep track of their individual game levels, leaderboards, and invitations. Additional gaming controllers are supported, including the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers. ‌Apple TV‌ games are also now able to take advantage of haptic feedback and other features built into controllers.


There's an option to manually choose a screensaver category in ‌‌tvOS 14‌‌, and for those who watch YouTube, ‌‌tvOS 14‌‌ supports watching YouTube videos in 4K for the first time. The ‌Apple TV‌ now supports Audio Sharing with the AirPods so two people can connect their ‌AirPods‌ to the ‌Apple TV‌ at the same time.


Later this year, the ‌Apple TV‌ will gain a new Fitness app that will be compatible with Apple's new Fitness+ service, priced at $9.99 per month. Fitness+ offers access to workout videos with Apple-picked trainers across a variety of categories like yoga, dance, cycling, core, HIIT, and more.

Safari 14

Sep 16, '20

macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave


Safari 14.0 introduces new features, even faster performance, and improved security.

- New tab bar design shows more tabs on screen and displays favicons by default

- Customizable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections

- Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention

- Removes support for Adobe Flash for improved security

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Xcode 12.0

Sep 16 '20

macOS Developer Tools


What's New

Xcode 12 includes Swift 5.3 and SDKs for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Catalina


Platform features

• App Clips are a small part of your app that’s discoverable at the moment it’s needed, loads in seconds, and launches quickly

• WidgetKit uses SwiftUI to build beautiful new widgets that users can install directly on their iPhone home screen

• StoreKit testing framework and transaction manager make it easy to test and debug in-app purchases


Refined user interface

• Document tabs open any type of document in a lightweight editor tab, including logs, asset catalogs, and UI files

• Navigator fonts are now resizable based on the system setting, or can be manually configured

• Code completion has a new, simplified interface that is faster, and makes it easier to choose the correct code

• Organizer is completely redesigned, and reports new app metrics such as hitches in animation and scrolling


Swift and SwiftUI

• Performance for SwiftUI has been improved throughout, and new Lazy views can efficiently handle enormous data sets

• SwiftUI Views can be turned into reusable components that appear in the Xcode library and in code completions

• Swift Package Manager supports resources and localizations, making it great for sharing SwiftUI components

• Swift compiler’s improved diagnostics make it much easier to understand coding mistakes, especially in SwiftUI code

Apple Support 4.1.1

Sep 22 '20

iOS Universal Utilities


What's New

• Performance enhancements and bug fixes

Pages 10.2

Sep 22 '20

macOS Productivity


What's New

• Select from new report templates to help you get started.

• Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Numbers 10.2

Sep 22 '20

macOS Productivity


What's New

• Improved performance when working with large tables.

• Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Keynote 10.2

Sep 22 '20

macOS Productivity


What's New

• Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your presentations.*

• Use Play in Window for Recorded Slideshows.

• Movie export now supports a wide selection of formats and frame rates.

• Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.


* May not be available in all regions.

Pages 10.2

Sep 22 '20

iOS Universal Productivity


What's New

• Use Scribble to write by hand with Apple Pencil, and your words will automatically convert to text. Requires iPadOS 14.

• Select from new report templates to help you get started.

• Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.

• Easily find pictures and videos using new zoom and search capabilities in the redesigned image picker. Requires iOS 14 or iPadOS 14.

Numbers 10.2

Sep 22 '20

iOS Universal Productivity


What's New

• Use Scribble to write by hand with Apple Pencil, and your words will automatically convert to text. Requires iPadOS 14.

• Forms are now easier to create and customize. Add a form to any table or use the new Basic Form template. 

• Improved performance when working with large tables.

• Easily find pictures and videos using new zoom and search capabilities in the redesigned image picker. Requires iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. 

• Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new, editable shapes.

Keynote 10.2

Sep 22 '20

iOS Universal Productivity


What's New

• Use Scribble to write by hand with Apple Pencil, and your words will automatically convert to text. Requires iPadOS 14. 

• Use the new Outline View to focus on the structure and flow of your content without other distractions.

• Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your presentations.*

• Movie export now supports a wide selection of formats and frame rates.

• Hold the option key while dragging an object to duplicate it.

• Easily find pictures and videos using new zoom and search capabilities in the redesigned image picker. Requires iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. 

• Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.


* May not be available in all regions.

iOS 14.0.1

Sep 24 '20


This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.

Fixes an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhone

Addresses an issue that could prevent camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Fixes an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

Resolves an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers

Addresses an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget

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

iPadOS 14.0.1

Sep 24 '20


This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.

Fixes an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhone

Addresses an issue that could prevent camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Fixes an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

Resolves an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers

Addresses an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget

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

watchOS 7.0.1

Sep 24 '20


watchOS 7.0.1 contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

Fixes an issue where some payment cards in Wallet were disabled for some users

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222

tvOS 14.0.1

Sep 24 '20


macOS Catalina 10.15.7

Sep 24 '20


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


Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iMovie 10.1.16

Sep 24 '20

macOS Photography


What's New

• Addresses an issue that prevented the sharing of some projects in HD or 4K resolutions

• Improves stability when importing media