This week Apple released two very small bug fix updates. On Tuesday, watchOS 9.6.1 was released to fix a problem third-party apps had with tracking symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. Yesterday, macOS 13.5.1 was released to fix a problem with making changes to the list of apps that are allowed to see your location. To be clear, it wasn’t that apps were allowed to see your location suddenly, but if you had given or denied location permission to an app, you were unable to change the setting later.
While neither update indicates that there are any security-related fixes, you may want to update even if you weren’t affected by these specific bugs. We are nearing the end of the update cycle for Apple software, with iOS 17 likely being released in about four weeks. So the software that is out there is about as stable as it gets. That’s why these updates are so minor.
- Mac (macOS 13 Ventura or later): Click the Apple menu > System Settings > General > Software Update.
- Mac (macOS 12 Monterey or earlier): 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 in 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 find a local Apple consultant.
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