iPadOS 14.7 and macOS Huge Sur 11.5 comprise quite a few bug fixes and safety updates
Enlarge / The front of the 2019 iPad Air, which has since been replaced by a more modern design.
Apple released new versions of its iPadOS and macOS operating systems just days after updating iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
The iPadOS update adds some new features and shares a lot with its iOS counterpart, while the macOS version is a humble version that focuses on some bug fixes.
It’s uncommon for an iPadOS update to arrive after an iOS update, and it’s likely that Apple delayed iPadOS at the last minute to fix an issue, but we don’t know for sure. In any case, the update is here now.
Many of the new features and bug fixes Apple lists in the iPadOS 14.7 release notes are the same as they were in iOS 14.7 earlier this week. The first bullet highlights the ability to tie two people in a family unit to the same Apple Card account so they can build credit together.
The update also introduces a way to manage timers on a HomePod and streamlines the Podcasts user interface. In an iPad-specific note, Apple says it fixed an issue that caused audio to skip when using USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapters.
Apple’s full release notes for iPadOS 14.7 are as follows:
iPadOS 14.7 includes the following improvements and bug fixes for your iPad:
- The Apple Card family offers the option of combining credit limits and sharing a common account with an existing Apple Card user
- The Home app offers the ability to manage timers on the HomePod
- The Podcasts Library allows you to choose to watch all shows or just shows you are watching
- The “Share Playlist” menu option is missing from Apple Music
- Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may stop unexpectedly
- Braille displays can display invalid information when composing email messages
- Audio dropouts may occur when using USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapters with the iPad
macOS Big Sur 11.5
macOS Big Sur 11.5 also landed for supported Macs today, but it’s a smaller version that includes some bug fixes and several security updates. It has the same Podcasts optimization as in iOS and iPadOS and fixes one problem related to data in the Music app and another with smart cards on M1 Macs.
Here are the full macOS 11.5 release notes:
macOS Big Sur 11.5 includes the following enhancements for your Mac:
- On the Podcasts Library tab, you can choose to view all shows or only tracked shows
This version also fixes the following issues:
- Music may not update the number of plays and the last played date in your library
- Smart cards may not work when you log into Mac computers using the M1 chip
More information about this update can be found at: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896
You can check out the security updates in these versions on the Apple website, and there are a few for this version of macOS. Apple also made it clear that this week’s iOS update (and iPadOS, too) addresses a widespread Wi-Fi-related vulnerability. From the documentation for the security update:
influence: Joining a malicious Wi-Fi network could result in denial of service or arbitrary code execution
description: This problem was addressed through improved checks
With these macOS and iPadOS versions, Apple has now updated its entire operating system suite. These updates could be the last (other than emergency security or bug fixes) before Apple launches major new versions of iOS and macOS this fall.