Today Apple released updates across all of their system software with bug, performance, and security fixes as well as several new features. Included in these updates are:
- Support for Apple Music Voice Plan for $4.99/month, which gives you discounted access to Apple Music but the catch is you can only use Siri to pull up music. This is clearly designed for HomePod Mini, but works with all Apple devices.
- App Privacy Report on iPhone and iPad shows you how often apps are accessing sensitive data and personal information such as GPS, camera, microphone, and contacts, as well as what servers each app is connecting to.
- Parents are notified when their children receive iMessages that contain nudity, children are warned before viewing them.
- FaceTime ScreenTime (screen sharing in FaceTime) for Mac, which was previously released in iOS and iPadOS 15.1
- CarPlay gets enhanced Maps navigation in select cities, showing lanes, crosswalks, and more (supported cities so far are San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Washington DC, London)
- Redesigned Notification Summary on iPhone and iPad
- Macro photo mode on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max gets a button to enable it manually
- Legacy Contact allows you to set a particular person to receive your iCloud data in the event of your death
- Throwaway “Hide My Email” feature for sending emails in the built-in Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers
- “Find My” can locate your iPhone up to five hours after your battery dies
- Mac: Click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT201541
- iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch: Open the Settings app > General > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT204204
- Apple Watch: First update your iPhone, then on your iPhone tap the Watch app > General > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT204641
- Apple TV: Go to the Settings app > System > Software Update. Apple Support Article HT202716
- HomePod: Updates will install automatically. To push the update along faster see the instructions at Apple Support Article HT208247
If you are an existing customer who needs help with this or if you have other questions, or if you are in San Francisco and interested in becoming a client I invite you to book an appointment with me. Otherwise, you may wish to contact Apple Support or to find a local Apple consultant.
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