Thursday, April 29, 2021

April 2021 Virtual Meeting and Software Updates

Here is the link to the NCC-Mac April 2021 Virtual meeting.

Here is the YouTube link to Apple's April 20, 2021 Event.

Here is the YouTube link to the MacRumors 6-minute Summary of Apple's April 2021 Event.


Some of Apple's software updated this month

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Keynote 11.0.1

macOS 10.15 or later

Mar 29, '21


This update contains stability and performance improvements.

Apple Support 4.2

Apr 01 '21

iOS/iPadOS 13.1 or later


What's New

• Updated coverage details now displays more information about your benefits and service options

• Get reminders about your upcoming reservations sent to you by text message or phone

• Performance enhancements and bug fixes

GarageBand 10.4.3

Apr 06 '21

macOS 11.0 or later


What's New

This update contains stability improvements and security updates

macOS Big Sur 11.3

Apr 26, '21


macOS Big Sur 11.3 adds support for AirTag, includes iPhone and iPad app improvements for Macs with M1, introduces separate skin tone variations for emoji with couples, and adds more diverse voice options for Siri.


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

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


iPhone and iPad apps on Macs with M1

Option to change an iPhone and iPad app's window size

Support for displaying the highest resolution version of an iPhone or iPad app in full screen

Keyboard support for iPhone and iPad games designed to use device tilt

Keyboard, mouse, and trackpad support for iPhone and iPad games that support game controllers


Emoji

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

Siri now includes more diverse voice options


Apple Music

Autoplay keeps music playing by automatically playing a similar song, once you've reached the end of a song or playlist

City charts showcase what's popular in over 100 cities from all over the world


Podcasts

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


News

Redesigned News+ feed 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


Safari

Start Page section order can now be customized

Additional WebExtensions API lets developers offer extensions that replace the new tab page

Web Speech API lets developers incorporate speech recognition into their webpages for real-time captioning, dictation, and voice navigation

WebM and Vorbis video and audio format support


Reminders

Ability to sort Today Smart list

Support for syncing the order of reminders in lists across your devices

Option to print your reminder lists


Gaming

Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller support

Mac computers with the M1 chip

Hibernation support 


About This Mac

About this Mac displays Apple warranty status and AppleCare+ coverage in the Service tab when signed in with Apple ID

Support for purchasing and enrolling in AppleCare+ for eligible Mac computers from About This Mac


This release also fixes the following issues:

Reminders created via Siri may be unintentionally set for early morning hours

iCloud Keychain might not turn off

AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching

AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicated

External 4K monitors may not display in full resolution when connected over USB-C

Login window may not display properly after restarting Mac mini (M1, 2020)

The Dwell feature may not work in the Accessibility Keyboard


Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices, and require an Apple ID.

Security Update 2021-002 (Catalina)

Apr 26, '21


macOS Mojave Security Update 2021-002 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.

Security Update 2021-003 (Mojave)

Apr 26, '21


macOS Mojave Security Update 2021-003 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.

Safari 14.1

Apr 26, '21


WebKit

Available for: macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to a cross site scripting attack

Description: An input validation issue was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2021-1825: Alex Camboe of Aon’s Cyber Solutions


WebRTC

Available for: macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected system termination or corrupt kernel memory

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

CVE-2020-7463: Megan2013678

iOS 14.5

Apr 26, '21


Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

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


Emoji

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

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


Privacy

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


Apple Music

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

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


5G improvements

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


News

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


Maps

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


Reminders

Ability to sort reminders by Title, Priority, Due Date, or Creation date

Option to print your reminder lists


Translate

Translation playback speed can be adjusted by long pressing the play button


Gaming

Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support


Fitness+

Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices


CarPlay

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 duplicated


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

iPadOS 14.5

Apr 26, '21


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

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


Emoji

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

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


Privacy

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


Apple Music

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

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


News

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

 

Reminders

Ability to sort reminders by Title, Priority, Due Date, or Creation date

Option to print your reminder lists


Gaming

Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support


Fitness+

Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices


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

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

AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching

AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicated


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

watchOS 7.4

Apr 26, '21


watchOS 7.4 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:

Ability to unlock your iPhone X and later with Apple Watch when you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a face mask

Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications

Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices

Support for the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Australia and Vietnam

Support for irregular heart rhythm notifications in Australia and Vietnam


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

tvOS 14.5

Apr 26, '21


Color balance: Use your iPhone to measure your television's color balance, and Apple TV will adjust to produce more accurate colors onscreen. Go to Settings > Video and Audio > Calibration. This feature requires iPhone with Face ID and iOS 14.5 or later.


Siri:* Siri now understands German in Austria and English in Ireland and New Zealand.


Type to Siri: Use the onscreen keyboard, iPhone, iPad, or a Bluetooth keyboard with Siri. Search for movies, launch apps, and more. To turn on, go to Settings > Accessibility.


Home screen: Free up space on your Apple TV by automatically removing apps that you're not using. Your data is saved, apps stay visible, and apps will download again when used. To turn on, go to Settings > Apps.


Game controllers: Support for the latest PlayStation DualSense and Xbox Wireless controllers. 


*Siri availability and functionality vary by country or region

Xcode 12.5

Apr 26, '21

macOS 11.0+


Xcode 12.5 supports iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4, and macOS Big Sur 11.3


New in Xcode 12.5

• Playgrounds documents can access symbols within the current app target

• Simulator can record videos of your app and export the video as an animated GIF

• Swift improves incremental build time performance

• watchOS apps gain improved support for automated testing

• Localization workflow can export all projects within a workspace into a single catalog

• Code signing performance is improved for complex projects

• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Clips 3.1

Apr 26, '21

iOS/iPadOS 14.5 or later


• Add a new dimension to your videos with AR Spaces, an augmented reality feature that uses the LiDAR Scanner to create realistic effects that map to the contours of your room*

• Choose from seven AR Spaces including ribbons of rainbow light, celebratory confetti bursts, magical stardust, a pulsing dance floor, and more

• Record a friend with AR Spaces and watch how animated effects adapt to the person in the room

• Combine AR Spaces with text labels, stickers, and emoji to add even more personality to your videos

• When using Clips on iPad and mirroring to a second display, toggle between showing just your video or the entire interface

• Select multiple projects at once to quickly delete or duplicate them

• Edit text in posters and labels while in landscape orientation on iPhone

• Receive notifications when new stickers, posters, and effects are released in Clips


* AR Spaces require iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, or iPad Pro (2020 or later)

HomePod Software 14.5

Apr 26, '21


General performance and stability improvements

iTunes 12.9.5

Apr 26, '21

macOS Mojave

iTunes 12.8.3

Apr 26, '21

macOS High Sierra