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macOS 11.1, and Security Updates for Catalina and Mojave
Available via software update, or Security Update download pages below.
Info from the Big Sur 11.1 app store page.
" macOS Big Sur 11.1 introduces support for AirPods Max, TV app enhancements, Apple News widgets, & privacy information on the App Store. This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac.

This release also addresses the following issues:
- Bluetooth connection status was not displayed in Control Center.
- Reliability of unlocking your Mac automatically with your Apple Watch.
- Trackpad scrolling speed may be faster than expected on MacBook Pro models.
- LG UltraFine 5K Display may incorrectly display at 4K resolution on M1 Macs.
(Some (not all) M1 Mac owners with display problems said macOS 11.1 helped.)
- QuickTime Player might quit when opening a movie with a timecode track after upgrading from macOS Catalina.

(More details at App store page & What's new in macOS Big Sur Updates page..)

T2 Chip Mac Bug with macOS 11.1:
Apple posted a support article with a tip for macOS 11.1 problems on T2 Chip Macs.

"If you can't unlock settings in System Preferences
While using macOS Big Sur 11.1, your Mac with Apple T2 Security Chip has an issue that requires resetting the SMC. System Preferences should accept your password after you reset the SMC."
FYI: Some said a SMC reset also fixed problems mounting external encrypted drives.
Also saw posts a SMC reset fixed problems with Touch ID after the macOS 11.1 update.
And here's tips for problems installing Big Sur on some 2013 & 2014 13" MacBook Pros.

Here's the article on Security Fixes in macOS Big Sur 11.1, Security Update 2020-001 Catalina, and Security Update 2020-007 Mojave.

FYI: Some users reported Invalid Certificate problems after installing Security Update 2020-007.
See macOS Mojave forum thread Security Update 2020-007 NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID
(Some High Sierra users had reported problems after Security Update 2020-006.)
Safari 14.0.2, iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, tvOS 14.3, iOS 12.5, watchOS 7.2/6.3
Final Cut Pro 10.5.1, Compressor 4.5.1, MainStage 3.5.1, Logic Pro 10.6.1, Logic Remote 1.5.1
See Details and Release Notes on each update.
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.24 Update
See CCC 5.1.24 release notes for details on improvements and fixes.
(More info on Carbon Copy Cloner 5 (including free 30 day trial) at
HomePod Software Update 14.3
About HomePod Software Updates notes version 14.3 includes
"general performance and stability improvements".
(Same note as the previous 14.2.1 update.)
Apple Pro Display XDR Firmware Update 4.2.37
Info from Apple's What's new in firmware updates for the Pro Display XDR.
Display Firmware 4.2.37
- Addresses an issue where in-field calibration settings are not applied when using Pro Display XDR Calibrator.

Requires macOS 10.15.6 or later.

The article includes how to check your display firmware version.
(If your XDR Display Presets are missing after an update, see this tip.)

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Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
Other News, Software/Firmware Updates, and PR
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    December 7 to 11, 2020 News Archive
  • Safari Technology Preview 117 Update.
  • DisplayLink Manager macOS App v1.2 (supports M1 Macs).
  • HomePod Software Update 14.2.1.
  • Mac GarageBand version 10.4.2 update.
  • Apple Preps Next Mac Chips With Aim to Outclass Top-End PCs.
  • Free "Copy That" File Management App for iOS/iPadOS
  • Apple introduces AirPods Max, over-ear design.
  • How to Set Up Dynamic Desktops in MacOS Big Sur.
  • Apple Music Now Available on Google Speakers.
  • How to Take Advantage of Battery Options in macOS Big Sur.
  • Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader.
  • Brent Bushnell on Future of Gaming & the VR Experience.
  • December 2020 Microsoft Patch Tuesday.
  • Review of Samsung 870 QVO & Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB SSDs.
  • PS4 Upgrade: SSD vs. HDD Shootout.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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