This week, Apple released software revisions for its desktop, mobile, watch and TV operating systems, as well as app updates and security patches.
MacOS Monterey has moved to version 12.3, bringing with it 60 security fixeseight of which involved the potential execution of arbitrary code.
The desktop OS update also includes useful features such as Universal control, a way to use a single mouse and keyboard across multiple Apple devices, such as a macOS computer and an iPad. If you’ve ever wanted to copy data from one kit and paste it into another with the flick of a mouse, your ship has arrived.
Universal Control should not be confused with Sidecarwhich dates back to macOS Catalina and offers a way to expand a Mac’s display real estate with the extra screen area of an iPad.
The desktop update adds Spatial Audio support for M1-based Macs, given the correct AirPods model. So, with the right gear, you can experience dynamic head tracking in the Apple Music app.
Finally, macOS 12.3 adds 37 new emojisa gender-neutral Siri voice, an episode filter for the Podcasts app, Italian and (Traditional) Chinese translation support in Safari, more accurate battery capacity readings, and a few other things.
Apple’s iOS 15.4 (and iPadOS 15.4) addresses 39 CVEs and implements support for Face ID authentication when wearing a health-focused face mask, but only for iPhone 12 and 13. Designated iDevices can handle facial recognition of masked people even with goggles. reading – even more if you bother to configure the system to wait for glasses – but not with sunglasses.
Apple recognizes that facial recognition with a mask does not work very well. “Face ID is most accurate when configured for facial recognition only,” the Face ID configuration pane warns. It will be interesting to see if devices configured for masked recognition end up authenticating people other than their owners.
The iOS update also includes support for 37 new Emoji, a notification toggle option for personal automations in the Shortcuts app, an Apple Card widget in Today View (to see your Apple Card) and the ability to add notes to iCloud Keychain password entries. . Additionally, there is now an option to hide security recommendations for compromised passwords, based on the idea that there might be times when it would be inconvenient to nag users about weak security.
Those with iCloud+ subscriptions can now set up a custom email domain with iCloud Mail through an iDevice in iOS 15.4. And there is now support for WebAuthn passkeys, which means websites and apps that implement passkey login can allow users to authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID instead of a password.
The iOS update enables Tap to Pay on iPhones, so payments can be made through third-party payment systems that have learned to handle this particular mode of transaction. It also features the same Safari translation additions, Podcast episode filter, and Siri voice addition as the macOS review.
As Apple mentioned last month, iOS 15.4 includes an anti-harassment pop-up to discourage misuse of its AirTag tracking devices. It’s unclear how effective Apple’s efforts to deter AirTag abuse will be given that a Berlin-based infosec firm has developed a way to clone AirTag hardware so that it bypasses anti-virus protections. -harassment of Apple.
The iOS update includes a few other minor features such as EU Digital COVID Certificate format support in the Apple Health and Wallet apps. A feature missing in iOS but present in iPadOS 15.4 is the universal control mentioned above (because it works on iPads and not iPhones).
Apple’s Xcode, Logic Pro X and GarageBand have all received updates – to support Apple’s Mac Studio hardware and other things. Apple’s TVOS 15.4 delivered 23 CVE fixes.
Among 25 CVE addressed in iBiz watchOS 8.5, there is they say a security patch that fixes a vulnerability in Apple’s Mail app that could leak the user’s IP address when accessing remote content. This is claims, however, that Apple’s Privacy Relay system still leaks the user’s IP address when opening links sent via iMessage on an Apple Watch. ®