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Safari 16.6.1 for macOS Monterey & Big Sur (security fix)
Released via software update. About Security fixes in Safari 16.6.1 lists 1 CVE fixed that
"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited".
Check for feedback in Apple's Safari, macOS Monterey & macOS Big Sur forums.
macOS Ventura 13.6 (many security fixes)
Security fixes in macOS Ventura 13.6 lists 20* CVEs fixed, 2 that
"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited".
(* Article updated September 26 to add 13 more CVEs fixed.)
Info from What's new in macOS Ventura for version 13.6 simply says:
"This update provides important security fixes and is recommended for all users."

You can check feedback in Apple's macOS Ventura discussion forum.
(VPN or 3rd party Security software may cause problems with OS or security updates.
Apple's article on VPN and 3rd party software issues & the usual advice on updates.)

(2020) M1 Mini upgraded to macOS Ventura 13.6 from Big Sur
I upgraded a 2020 M1 Mini running Big Sur 11.7.9 to macOS Ventura 13.6.
M1 mini firmware version unchanged, still 8422.141.2 from the Big Sur 11.7.9 update.
But now the OS Loader is the same version number as the firmware.
(With Big Sur 11.7.9 it was 6723.140.2, never changed since the factory OS install.)

macOS Ventura seems faster that Big Sur. No regrets on the upgrade so far. (No 3rd party software installed.)

macOS Monterey 12.7 (many security fixes)
About the security content of macOS Monterey 12.7 lists 15* CVEs fixed, 1 that
"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited".
(* Article updated September 26 to add 13 more CVEs fixed.)
What's new in the updates for macOS Monterey for version 12.7 says:
"This update provides important security fixes and is recommended for all users."
You can check feedback in Apple's macOS Monterey discussion forum.
iOS 17.0.2 Update
(originally released on Sept. 22 for iPhone 15 models. Then Sept. 26 release for others.)
Info from about iOS 17.0.2 Update:
"This update provides important bug fixes, security updates, and fixes an issue that may prevent transferring data directly from another iPhone during setup."
Apple's Security Releases page says "This update has no published CVE entries."
(You can check feedback in Apple's iPhone discussion forum.)
iOS 17.0.1 and iPadOS 17.0.1 (important security fixes)
(See above for iOS 17.0.2 & iPadOS 17.0.2 with data transfer bug fixes.)
watchOS 10.0.1 & watchOS 9.6.3 updates (important security fixes)
iOS 16.7 and iPadOS 16.7 (many security fixes)
Updates to Pages, Numbers & Keynote apps for Mac and iOS/iPadOS
(Mac apps require macOS 13.0 or later. iOS apps require iOS/iPadOS 16.0 or later.)
Safari Technology Preview 179
See the release notes for a list of changes, fixes and improvements.
A download is available for macOS Sonoma beta and macOS Ventura.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
Final Cut Pro 10.6.9, Compressor 4.6.6, Motion 5.6.6 updates
All list macOS 13.4 or later required.
(Later versions of Final Cut Pro & Motion were released on Oct. 5th.) (See below for version 1.2 update for Final Cut Pro for iPad.)
Apple Pro Video Formats 2.2.7 Update Download
Apple's posted Pro Video Formats 2.2.7 (8.5 MB) download.
"The Pro Video Formats package provides support for the following codecs that are used in professional video workflows:
  • Apple ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ*
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Avid DNxHD® / Avid DNxHR® decoder
  • AVC-Intra 50 / 100 / 200 / 4:4:4 / LT
  • AVC-LongG
  • XAVC
  • XF-AVC
  • HDV
  • XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2
* Requires a Mac computer that supports Metal:"
That article is titled "Support for Metal on Mac, iPad, and iPhone".
(Metal 3 Support lists macOS Ventura or later & iOS/iPadOS 16 or later.)
Final Cut Pro for iPad v1.2
Apple Final Cut Pro for iPad version 1.2. (Requires iPadOS 16.4 or later.)
See linked App Store page for a list of "enhancements" and new keyboard shortcuts.
(A later version 1.2.1 was released on October 5th.)
iMovie 10.3.9 for macOS
Mac iMovie version 10.3.9 for macOS 13.4 or later. iMovie 10.3.9 changes are:
- Take advantage of the flexibility & dynamic range of log-encoded video shot on iPhone 15 Pro.
- Includes stability and performance improvements.
GarageBand 2.3.15 for iOS/iPadOS 17
App store GarageBand version 2.3.15 for iOS/iPadOS 17.0 or later:
"This update includes stability improvements and bug fixes".
HomePod Software Update 17
Info from about HomePod Software updates for version 17:
"This update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

- Siri support for AirPlay allows you to start an AirPlay session from your iPhone or iPad directly on your HomePod using just your voice, so you can play an even wider range of third-party music services on HomePod.

- New call controls enable you to mute or unmute a call on HomePod.

- Enhance Dialogue on HomePod (2nd generation) gives you the option to hear spoken voices more clearly over background sounds when paired with Apple TV 4K."
Here's Apple's article on how to update HomePod.
(Our Tips page has a HomePod Apple Guides section.)
You can check for feedback in Apple's HomePod forum.
Little Snitch 5.7.1 Update
Download Little Snitch 5.7.1 update for macOS Sonoma, Ventura, Monterey and Big Sur.
The release notes for v5.7.1 lists these fixes:
  • Fixed a possible crash of the connection alert on macOS 14 Sonoma.
  • Fixed incorrect English localization of network types shown in the Networks section of the configuration interface.
  • Fixed a problem where settings changes made in Network Monitor were not preserved after quit on macOS 14 Sonoma.
Safari 17.0 Webkit Features
Apple's webkit blog has a new article on WebKit Features in Safari 17.0.
FYI: Article was before Safari 17 released for macOS, including Ventura & Monterey.
Xcode 15.0 released
Clip from App store Xcode 15.0 (for macOS 13.5 or later):
Includes Swift 5.9 and SDKs for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOS 10, & macOS Sonoma.
(See linked app store page for more details on Xcode version 15.0.)
iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, & watchOS 10 Released
The Apple Support Docs listing has some related article updates.
(As always, if you rely on your device for work, I'd not upgrade to a '.0' release.)
Apple PR on new iCloud+ Plans and iPhone 15/Watches availability
Other News, Software and Firmware Updates (later first)
Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Topic based Apple Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac & iPhone/iPad/watch/tvOS Users.
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:
    September 11th to 15th, 2023 News Archive
  • macOS Monterey 12.6.9 (ImageIO security fix).
  • macOS Big Sur 11.7.10 (ImageIO security fix).
  • iOS 15.7.9 and iPadOS 15.7.9 (ImageIO security fix).
  • AirPods Firmware Update 6A300/6A301.
  • Apple Sept. 12 Event New Product Announcements.
  • Mac Pixelmator Pro 3.4.1 Update.
  • Apple TestFlight app for iPhone/iPad version 3.4.2.
  • Firefox 117.0.1 (6 bug fixes and a security fix).
  • Firefox ESR 115.2.1 (security fix).
  • Firefox 117.3 for iOS/iPadOS (crash fix for iOS 14 devices).
  • Playstation 5 System Software 23.02-08.00.00 (major update).
  • Playstation 4 System Software version 11.0.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac v16.77 (security fixes for Excel/Word/Office Suite).
  • Sony Z9D, A1E, 2016-2019 TVs Firmware Update 6.7220.
  • Geekbench 6.2 released.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles

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