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Archive of January 25th to 29th, 2021 News     Go to Current News Page

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Safari Technology Preview 119
See the release notes for a complete list of improvements & bug fixes.
A download is available for macOS Big Sur and Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
HomePod Software Update 14.4
About HomePod Software Updates notes version 14.4 includes bug fixes
and the following new features with an Ultra Wideband (U1) equipped iPhone.
  • Hand off music with visual, audible, & haptic effects from iPhone to HomePod mini.
  • Get personalized listening suggestions on iPhone when it is next to HomePod mini.
  • Media controls automatically appear without having to unlock iPhone when it is close to HomePod mini.
Xcode 12.4, iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, tvOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3 (with Security Fixes)
(Apple says the OS updates fix an issue reported to have been actively exploited.)
TechTool Pro 13.0.2 Update
Micromat TechTool Pro 13.0.2 (use in app update check) lists these changes:
  • Added support for macOS 11 'Big Sur'.
  • Fixed a crash of Battery Check test when updating & searching for Wi-Fi devices.
  • Fixed an issue detecting Boot Camp partitions which reside on an APFS volume.
  • Fixed issues with multiple users in the login window for a Mac OS X Basic device.
  • Fixed a Battery Check crasher reported by users of Mac OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'.
  • Fixed battery manufacturer date for new iOS devices which were introduced this year.
  • Fixed the Check Computer configuration window to correctly support the Data partition for the File Structures test.
  • Fixed Check Computer configuration suites menu when booted from a TechTool Protogo Basic profile device or eDrive.
  • Fixed Snapshot Usage feature in the TechTool Protection to correctly create snapshots according to user settings.
  • Added a warning dialog for Macs with T2 chip for TechTool Protogo & eDrive.
  • Added support for Home directories on external volumes for MacOS Basic profile devices.
  • Updated Disk Speed tool icon.
  • Updated model identification strings for the Check Computer configuration panel.
  • Updated Snapshot Recovery APFS snapshot deletion routine for improved performance.
  • Updated Sparkle to version 1.24.0 for the Check for Update feature.
  • Updated English, French, German, Italian, Japanese & Chinese (Simplified) localization.
  • Updated Battery Check status in Battery Check feature of TechTool Protection system preference for parity with the application.
  • Updated Battery Check toolTips to dynamically update the iOS version when a devices operating system is updated.
  • Other minor updates and enhancements.
Firefox 85.0 and Firefox ESR 78.7 Updates
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later first)

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Other News, Firmware/Software Updates, PR, OT (later added first)
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:
    January 18th to 22nd, 2021 News Archive
  • VLC Media Player 3.0.12 Update for Mac.
  • VirtualBox 6.1.18 Update (with Big Sur Optimizations).
  • Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.3 Update.
  • Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.10 adds Big Sur Compatibility.
  • macOS 11.1 iCloudNotificationAgent 95+% CPU, 1.9+ Million Faults.
  • Apple Plans Thinner MacBook Air with MagSafe, MacBook Pro with SD Card slot.
  • How to Edit Videos in macOS Big Sur's Photos App.
  • Apple's First Headset to Be Niche Precursor to Eventual AR Glasses.
  • How to Take Advantage of Advanced Photo Editing in macOS Big Sur.
  • Chrome 88.0.4324.96 Stable Channel Update.
  • 03.21.16 Firmware Update for LG CX/GX/WX OLED TVs.
  • OWC Acquires LumaForge and Jellyfish Technologies.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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