Updates Tied to iPhone in watchOS 6 Beta 1

· Andrew Orr · News

Although Apple introduced an over-the-air (OTA) mechanism in watchOS beta 1, software updates still require an iPhone. But it is still a beta, after all.

iOS 12.1.4 Delayed Until Next Week, Apple Apologizes

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple issued an apology to MacRumors, saying that a software update to fix the Group FaceTime bug won’t arrive until next week.

We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.

macOS Mojave: How to Disable All Automatic Updates

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

One of the changes Apple made in macOS Mojave is that software updates work a bit differently. If you want to disable automatic updating for either your App Store apps or your system, you can do that from two different sets of preferences if you want to! Melissa Holt has the scoop in today’s Quick Tip.

Automatic System Updates Coming to iOS 12

· Jim Tanous · News

ios 12 settings

Automatic updates may soon be available to iPhone and iPad users as part of iOS 12, enabling system and security updates to install without user intervention. But the risks of having your iPhone unexpectedly unavailable may mean that this will be an exclusively opt-in feature.

macOS Mojave Moves Software Updates From Mac App Store to System Preferences

· Jim Tanous · News

mojave software update

Apple is splitting up system and app updates in macOS Mojave. Mojave’s new Mac App Store will display updates for apps only, while system and security updates will be available in a new pane in System Preferences, a change that mirrors how updates are handled in iOS.

Apple Releases HomePod 11.4 with AirPlay 2 Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

HomePod with iPhone and AirPlay 2

Along with iOS 11.4, Apple released HomePod 11.4 on Tuesday. The update adds AirPlay 2 support, finally bringing multi-room support and stereo speaker pairing to Apple’s smart speaker.

Here's How to Update Your HomePod Software

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

HomePod update light

HomePod is pretty much a hands-off device for maintenance, but what if you want to start a software update right now? Here’s how to update your HomePod software when you want.

macOS: How to Update Your Mac in the Terminal

· Andrew Orr · How-To

When you use the Terminal method, you can keep using your Mac as the update downloads and the initial installation will take place in the background.

Here's How to Check for HomePod Software Updates

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Home app Location button gets to HomePod software update

HomePod will do its best to keep its software up to date, much like Apple TV. If you want to make sure your smart speaker really is running the latest and greatest update you can do that, too, but it isn’t exactly intuitive. Read on to learn how.