It’s one of Apple’s operating system update days again!
Apple released macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, which fixes an issue that prevented Macs from automatically connecting to Wi-Fi and another that stopped files from syncing files via iCloud Drive. A third bug fix fixes a graphics issue on the recently released 2020 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display with Radeon Pro 5700 XT. It also includes four security updates. You can download the 2.84 GB update in System Preferences> Software Update.
Apple has also released iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1 to fix the following bugs in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14:
- iPhones and iPads that reset default browsers and email clients back to Safari and Mail after reboot
- Camera preview does not appear on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- An issue that prevented iPhones and iPads from connecting to Wi-Fi
- An error that prevented sending emails with some providers
- An issue that prevented images from appearing in the News module
It also reportedly fixed an error that prevented apps from appearing in Spotlight searches.
You can install the update, which weighs in at 171.2 MB on an iPhone 11 Pro and 133.9 MB on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in Settings> General> Software Update, in the Finder in macOS 10.15 Catalina, or via iTunes in earlier versions of Mac os.
Apple also released watchOS 7.0.1, which fixes some debit cards that are disabled in Wallet. You can install the 70.7 MB update from the Watch app under My Clock> General> Software Update. Make sure the watch is charged to at least 50%, connected to the charger and close to the iPhone. It is usually best to update it at night, although the small size of this update means that it should not take too long.
Apple also released tvOS 14.0.1 with “overall performance and stability improvements.” Install it on Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K in Settings> System> Software Updates, or just let it install alone once if you do not notice any problems. (There had been some complaints that tvOS did not recognize Siri Remote.)
Except for the four vulnerabilities addressed in macOS 10.15.7, none of these updates have released CVE vulnerabilities.
If you have already installed the major updates and are experiencing some of these issues, you should update immediately. Otherwise, it is worth waiting a day or two to see if any unexpected side effects appear. If you still use iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6 or tvOS 13, it’s worth holding out for a few weeks to keep things calm and allow developers to release updated versions of their apps.