In testing for a number of weeks, as the company aimed to work out all of the bugs reported by developers and beta users, Apple at the top of the week released a slew of new software updates destined for use on its main platforms.
Considered minor updates in the grand scheme of things, despite the minor nature of this week’s releases the collection of upgrades do include a variety of fixes that will undoubtedly prove useful to iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS users – going forward.
macOS Sierra 10.12.5 specifically introduces fixes that:
– address an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones
– enhance compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates
– add support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp
The update to the desktop OS arrives just a month after macOS 10.12.4 hit the public wires, and comes just hours after the Cupertino firm pushed new security updates for both OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite, (likely in an effort to show good willing given last week’s rampant -and ongoing– ransomware outbreak).
Meanwhile, the latest version of iOS is said to include a “small fix” that relates to commands given when using SiriKit in the car, while watchOS 3.2.2 arrives with ‘no major changes’ to discuss.
Monday’s update to Apple’s mobile operating system is expected to mark one of the last before the company publicly unveils what it has been working on for iOS 11 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, set to be held in San Jose, California – next month.
Each of the updates are available to download via iTunes, or over-the-air on devices which support this feature by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.
In the specific case of watchOS, the usual instructions apply.
Those looking to install the latest version of watchOS should first ensure their Apple Watch is charged to at least 50%, connected to (and in range of) iPhone – and placed on its magnetic charger, before initiating the update via the “Software Update” menu found inside Apple’s Watch app.