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= Recent Updates/Articles =
|Download Apple Service Utility for Studio Display|
Apple posted Apple Service Utility for Studio Display (4 MB) download.
"Apple Service Utility is used to configure Apple Studio Display after logic board and display repairs.
For more information about when Apple Service Utility may be needed, please refer to the repair manual for your intended repair."
- macOS Monterey 12.4 or later.
|HomePod Software Update 16.2|
From the article About HomePod Software updates for the version 16.2 update:
"Software version 16.2 includes general performance and stability improvements."
Version 16.2 is also listed as supporting Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.
Here's Apple's article on how to update HomePod.
You can check for feedback in Apple's HomePod forum.
(Our Tips page has a HomePod Apple Guides section.)
|Micromat TechTool Pro 16.0.3 Update|
Info on changes in TechTool Pro 16.0.3 (use in-app update check).
System requirements from the TechTool Pro 16 page:
- Updated banner notifications for TechTool Monitor to explicitly state the issue found.
- Fixed issue where Check Computer Configuration Suites pop-down menu fails to load.
- Added dynamic reading of AC adapter information in TechTool Monitor Power tab.
- Added support for latest iPad and iPad Pro models for the Battery Check test.
- Updated Bonjour manufacturer database for the Local Network tool.
- Added model identification strings for the Check Computer configuration panel.
- Fixed File Structures test & Volume Rebuild tool to correctly handle ExFAT volumes.
- Fixed "TechTool Monitor not installed" dialog from appearing after user logout/login.
- Updated the Surface Scan test to handle timers which exceed twenty-four hours.
- Updated the Apple Mail Database option for the Database Rebuild tool.
- Updates in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified) localization to TechTool Monitor.
- Other minor fixes and enhancements.
- Apple Silicon and Intel-based Macs.
- OS X 10.11 through macOS 12 "Monterey".
|Reports of L2TP VPNs not working after macOS 11.7.2 Update|
Apple's macOS Big Sur discussion forum has several threads about (L2TP over IPSec) VPNs not working after the macOS 11.7.2 update. (Threads here, here, and here.)
The last linked thread has a post from an affected user about a workaround:
Same for me. L2TP seems to be broken for now with macOS BigSur 11.7.2.
I have found this workaround (not a fix):
If your VPN provider supports "Cisco IPSec" (beside L2TP), you can add another VPN connection using this connection type. For me, that was a lifesaver.
|Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later first)
- Apple Remote Desktop version 3.9.6 (Requires macOS 11.0 or later)
- Bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Support for macOS 13.
- Improved Screen Sharing authentication to provide better protection in enterprise environments.
- Pixelmator Pro version 3.2.3 (app store link, macOS 11.0 or later)
- See linked app store page for details.
- What's new in Shortcuts (Apple)
- Learn about the new features in Shortcuts for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS.
- Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.16 (free profile app)
- Added support for 20W USB-C power adapter.
- Fixed a reported spacing issue in the Battery tab.
- Updated location and machine identification strings.
- Other minor fixes and enhancements.
- Help choose the syntax for CSS Nesting (webkit.org)
|This week's Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates
Topic based Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac & iPhone/iPad/watchOS/tvOS Users.|
|Other News, Firmware and Software Updates (later first)
|Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:|
List of Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates & troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
|Previous News Archive Summary:
December 12th to 16th, 2022 News Archive
- Logic Pro X 10.7.6 Update (2 bug fixes).
- Apple MainStage 3.6.3 Update (2 bug fixes).
- Safari Technology Preview 160.
- macOS Ventura 13.1 (new features, improvements, security fixes).
- macOS Monterey 12.6.2 (security fixes).
- macOS Big Sur 11.7.2 (security fixes).
- M1 Mac Mini Firmware Update (w/macOS 11.7.2).
- Safari 16.2 for macOS Big Sur & Monterey (security fixes).
- iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 (new features/security fixes).
- watchOS 9.2 (new features, bug/security fixes).
- tvOS 16.2 (new features, security fixes).
- iOS 15.7.2 and iPadOS 15.7.2 (security fixes).
- Xcode 14.2 released.
- Windows Migration Assistant v184.108.40.206 (Ventura & Monterey).
- Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.
- Apple launches Freeform app for creative brainstorming & collaboration .
- Microsoft Office for Mac (365/2021/2019) version 16.68
- includes security updates for Outlook & Office Suite.
- GarageBand 2.3.14 for iOS/iPadOS 16.0 or later.
- Firefox 108.0.1 (bug fix).
- iOS Firefox 108.1 for iOS/iPadOS 13 or later.
- Firefox 108.0 (new features, bug and security fixes).
- Firefox ESR 102.6 (includes security fixes).
- iOS Firefox Focus: Privacy browser 108.0 for iOS/iPadOS 14 or later.
- iOS Chrome 108.0.5359.112 for iOS/iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- About the security content of iCloud for Windows 14.1.
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