Owners of Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod should take a look at the software update of their device: In the night to Thursday, Apple has in addition to iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6, Apple also distributed fresh updates for these products.
Bug fixes in macOS Catalina
How macOS Catalina now lands at version 10.15.6. This brings a new version of the Apple News app to the US, Canada, UK and Australia. It offers more local news in various US cities, along with appropriate curation and a daily newsletter from Apple News that can be personalized. Several bugs have also been fixed. It could happen that the computer name changed abruptly after installing a software update. A bug where USB mice and other peripherals with USB 2.0 had lost the connection, should also no longer occur.
Many security fixes
Security loopholes also plugged. Apple names a total of 17 areas here. Affected are among others the audio support, WLAN, CoreFoundation, graphic drivers, ImageIO, Mail, Messages, USB-Audio, open source tools like VIM and Heimdal as well as the kernel. Various bugs allow the export of malicious code or denial-of-service attacks, some are also remotely exploitable. Next to macOS 10.15.6 Apple also provides security updates for Mojave (Security Update 2020-004) and High Sierra (Security Update 2020-004). Safari browser now reaches version 13.1.2. It is used in macOS 10.15.6 and is available separately for Mojave and High Sierra. Here several WebKit leaks are fixed.
watchOS, tvOS and Co.
watchOS 6.2.8 brings support for the CarKey functionality, which allows you to unlock BMW models via NFC – starting with the Apple Watch Series 5. In Bahrain, Brazil and South Africa, the ECG function and the notification of irregular heart rhythms are also activated. A number of security-related bug fixes are also included. What’s in tvOS 13.4.8 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K is still unclear – here Apple has so far only published details of fixed security vulnerabilities. The smartspeaker HomePod also lands in version 13.4.8 – here there is so far no information.
Updates for older hardware
Apple has also released iOS 12.4.8 for older devices (iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and 3, iPod touch 6G) as well as watchOS 5.3.8 (for the Apple Watch series 1 to 4) and Xcode 11.6 published. For these, details are also missing; also in terms of security fixes, nothing is listed on Apple.com listed.