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Archive of May 3rd to 7th, 2021 News (later items first) Go to Current News Page

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Safari Technology Preview 124
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.)
Safari 14.1 revised (new build numbers with security fixes)
Originally released on April 26th for Mojave and Catalina, Safari 14.1 'updated'.
Link is new article on security fixes, with note on build numbers after installing:
"Safari 14.1*
(article includes 2 webkit fixes.)
* Safari 14.1 includes the security content of Safari 14.1 (released April 26, 2021). After installing this update, the build number for Safari 14.1 is 15611. on macOS Catalina and 14611. on macOS Mojave."
(Another case where it should have been a higher version number.)
macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 (build 20E241)
Released via software update. Info from What's new in macOS Big Sur.
"macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 provides important security updates & is recommended for all users."
Here's the article on security fixes in macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 (2 webkit fixes).
(If you have trouble installing the update, try updating from Safe Mode.
And if running any 3rd party Security software, disable it before updating.)

Notes from M1 mac mini updated to macOS 11.3.1:
(update was from 11.2.3, never updated to 11.3.0.)
- The (6.60GB) macOS 11.3.1 update installed on first try.
At the "Setup iCloud" screen after update, keyboard entry didn't work.
(Alum. Apple USB extended keyboard with USB Apple mouse plugged into keyboard.)
Used mouse to select the "later" option, and keyboard worked after desktop loaded.

- Like most, after update Desktop has "Relocated Items" folder w/group.system.default file.
(this Mini never had any user modified system files or any 3rd party software installed.)

- M1 mini firmware now 6723.101.4. (Was 6723.81.1 from macOS 11.2 update.)

- CVM Server crashes from DVD disc playback seem fixed.
(Some others said 11.3.1 fixed CVM server crashes from other actions.)

- This M1 mini always shows duplicates (same date/time) of Diagnostic logs in Console,
but after the 11.3.1 update, all previous Diagnostics logs are now listed 3 times.
(New Diagnostic listings are duplicates, as seen since day 1 on this M1/Big Sur.)

You can check for feedback in Apple's Big Sur forum.
(And for M1 Mac owners, also check the Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, & MacBook Air forums.)

iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, iOS 12.5.3, watchOS 7.4.1 (security fixes)
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.26 Update
See CCC 5.1.26 release notes for details on fixes and improvements.
(More info on Carbon Copy Cloner 5 (including free 30 day trial) at
Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.12 update
Changes in Drive Scope version 1.2.12 (use in-app update check):
  • Fixed an application crash when updating to the latest drive database.
  • Fixed a reported application crash for macOS 10.9 "Mavericks" users.
  • Updated Sparkle update framework to version 1.26.0.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, PR (later first)

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This week's 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 and Software/Firmware Updates (later 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:
    April 26th to 30th, 2021 News Archive
  • Logic Pro 10.6.2 and MainStage 3.5.2 Updates.
  • HomePod Software Update 14.5.
  • Security Updates for macOS Catalina and Mojave.
  • macOS Catalina Security Update 2021-002 Download.
  • macOS Mojave Security Update 2021-003 Download.
  • macOS Big Sur 11.3 release notes and fixes.
  • Safari 14.1 and Xcode 12.5 updates.
  • iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4 updates.
  • 3rd Generation Apple TV software update 7.7.
  • macOS Server 5.11.1 (requires macOS 11.3 or later)
  • macOS Beta No Longer Required When Using SoftRAID on M1 Macs.
  • All-new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K orders start April 30.
  • How to Work With RAW Files in the macOS Photos App.
  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.0.8.
  • What's new in Apple Configurator 2.14.
  • Total War: ROME REMASTERED released
  • Apple Reports Second Quarter Results.
  • Parallels Desktop 16.5 Offers Native Virtualization for M1 Macs.
  • Clips version 3.1 adds immersive new AR Spaces.
  • Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver v3.0.5 for macOS 11 Big Sur.
  • Chrome 90.0.4430.93 Stable Channel Update.
  • Freeware VM VirtualBox version 6.1.22.
  • 2021 LG C1/G1/R1 OLED TVs Firmware Update 03.11.15.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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