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    iOS16 is out and includes bug fixes 📱 iOS 16 – 11 bugs fixed 📱 iOS and iPadOS 15.7 – 11 bugs fixed 💻 macOS Big Sur 11.7 – 10 bugs fixed 💻 macOS Monter
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2477404

      SB: Thanks for letting us know.

      But as a Mac user I must also say that Apple is starting to resemble Windows in staging its own frequent patchapaloozas. (One of the main reasons I am not using Windows any more.)

      It’s barely over a week since I patched Monterey to 12.5.1, two since it first came to my attention, and now Apple is already telling me to update to 12.6? So it’s just now they found out that macOS has 8 new bad bugs plus one really awful zero-day and that all need urgent fixing? They missed these little things two weeks ago?

      Excuse me if I say I doubt it.

      On the other hand, could it be that Apple is being the victim of its own success in selling lots and lots and even more lots of Macs, so it’s attracting more and more a more undesired attention?

      What success?

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

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      • #2477405

        They are a bigger target and thus fixing zero days.  It’s called marketshare and having a bigger and bigger target.  Attackers go where the market and their targets are.  Simple.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2477431

      iTunes 12.12.5.8 :

      https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/win64

      https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/win32

      Software 16 for HomePod and HomePod Mini

    • #2477434

      I read your post, opened my iPhone XR on 15.6 and I wasn’t sure if I could skip iOS 15.7 and go directly to iOS 16 or if I should first download and install the zero day for 15.6. I decided to install iOS 15.7 first. Was that the best decision? Does it matter or could I have skipped over 15.7 and gone directly to iOS 16?

      Hmmm…. 15.7 is installed on my iPhone and, even with it plugged into my computer while updating, it drained the battery enough that I need to charge it more before installing iOS 16.

    • #2477452

      Does it matter or could I have skipped over 15.7 and gone directly to iOS 16?

      iOS 16 is a huge update in term of features.
      You better read what new before jumping (just like with any other new OS)
      Take a backup before upgrading.
      You will be able to restore to 15.7 in case of problems..
      (but not for long).

    • #2477453

      While my iPhone XR is “preparing” the update to iOS 16, I read this:

      https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-16/features/

      I think Apple needs to offer a scaled down version of iPhone as 90% of the new features (and updated older features) I will never use. I mean, geez, I have two powerful Dell desktop computers for most of that! Along with a Dell ultrasharp 24″ wide screen monitor. Why would I use features on a tiny iPhone that gets really HOT in my hand when I have powerful computers right next to the iPhone? I guess I am at home too much to see the benefit in all the new features, etc. But then I rarely use the iPhone when away from home. A lot of the time, I forget to take it with me even. Forget the watch? No way! IT is important and far more useful than the iPhone for me.

      I do really like iWatch but resent that I can’t purchase just the watch. The important features for iPhone IMO are also on the iWatch so it would be so nice if I just could have the watch and no phone! Let’s hope I change my mind as I start using updated iOS 16 which just started to install.

    • #2477461

      BEWARE! my iPhone just finished installing iOS 16 and for no discernible reason it keeps wiggling all the app icons and invites me to uninstall them. There seems to be some spot on the bottom half of the phone where my fingers were holding it that incorrectly activates the wiggling icons. UPDATE: I’ve been holding the phone in different ways and the wiggling is not activated. Good!

      I have full telephone, etc tech support on both the phone and watch so, if it is still acting odd tomorrow, I’ll call Apple. As soon as the watch update completes, I’ll turn the phone off and then restart it and maybe that will fix it.

      Hmm…wonder if this version of iOS turns on auto updates on the watch? I had that turned off but I just opened Watch on the phone and it was updating! (It is on its charger in another room so maybe that’s why it is auto updating). The update says I will be able to get a great deal more information about aFib attacks and that would be very welcome and I guess you don’t need the latest watch version for that as I have version 5.

      Apple says WatchOS 9.0 has more powerful sleep tracking…it says nothing about improvement in keeping the watch face from lighting up and the back of the watch emitting periodically a very bright, intense white or green light. I can’t wear the watch to bed as it used to wake me up constantly with the bright lights and a periodic mild buzzing feeling on my skin (no matter how I set it). I called Apple more than once about it when the watch was new and they were puzzled as evidently I’m the only person that is awakened by bright lights and the buzzing and pressure on your wrist too.

    • #2477484

      BEWARE! my iPhone just finished installing iOS 16 and for no discernible reason it keeps wiggling all the app icons and invites me to uninstall them.

      Nothing to beware. You have pressed the screen which initiated an uninstall wiggling apps. That is the normal way to uninstalling apps since day 1.

      Apple says WatchOS 9.0 has more powerful sleep tracking…it says nothing about improvement in keeping the watch face from lighting up and the back of the watch emitting periodically a very bright, intense white or green light.

      That is the way the watch operates when tracking sleep, activity, heartbit…it is not new with watchOS 9.

      The default for iPhone and watch is to download updates over wi-fi (or cellular) but install when connected to wi-fi and charging (over50% battery).
      You can change that and check manually for updates.

      • #2477485

        Guess I am not communicating well tonight. I certainly didn’t knowingly press the screen that initiates the wiggling for the apps so you can uninstall some. My point was that it just suddenly activated for no reason that I could see.

        Apple DOES say there is more powerful sleep tracking in this version of iOS for the watch. I was just commenting that I cannot wear the watch at night because of all the bright lights that wake me up frequently and lamenting that Apple adds more powerful sleep tracking to this version of iOS but does nothing for those of us that would like to wear the watch when sleeping but cannot because the light and wrist pressure wake us up frequently all night.

    • #2477488

      would like to wear the watch when sleeping but cannot because the light and wrist pressure wake us up frequently all night.

      You can’t have both sleep tracking and no sleep watch functions.
      Disable some of sleep functions.

    • #2477539

      I read your post, opened my iPhone XR on 15.6 and I wasn’t sure if I could skip iOS 15.7 and go directly to iOS 16 or if I should first download and install the zero day for 15.6. I decided to install iOS 15.7 first. Was that the best decision? Does it matter or could I have skipped over 15.7 and gone directly to iOS 16?

      Whilst my iOS devices were offered iOS 16.0 I chose to just update to iOS 15.7. I’ll watch the press for reported issues before a major update. Let others discover any pain points. 🙂

      Hmmm…. 15.7 is installed on my iPhone and, even with it plugged into my computer while updating, it drained the battery enough that I need to charge it more before installing iOS 16.

      The iOS 15.7 update for the iPhone is ~240MB (bigger for the iPad). iOS 16.0 is a major update so ~5GB.

      I never do OTA updates for many reasons… battery drain whilst unpacking is just one of them. I always use iTunes so updates are unpacked on my laptop before being squirted to my iOS devices.

      Hope this helps…

      (OTA = Over The Air, i.e. direct download via Wi-Fi or <shudder> mobile data.)

    • #2477542

      I decided to install iOS 15.7 first. Was that the best decision? Does it matter or could I have skipped over 15.7 and gone directly to iOS 16?

      I have an iPhone SE2. I decided to stop with iOS 15.7 as well, instead of iOS 16. I want to see if the latter causes any problems before I charge ahead (pun intended).

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      I never do OTA updates for many reasons… battery drain whilst unpacking is just one of them. I always use iTunes

      Ahh…I don’t like iTunes and never even thought about using it! I did use it when the iPhone was new. I tried it just now and that process reminded me of how irritating even logging into iTunes is on a Windows 10 computer. Thank goodness, I don’t have a long or especially complicated Apple password because there is no way that I know of to get iTunes login to let me type the actual password in the field (not obscure that with astericks) so I can see if I made typos. (I had to try three times to get a short password typed correctly as I can’t see the characters I type and there is no “peek” to click on after typing to see if I typed it correctly…grrrr).

      I have a tech friend (with Windows computers mostly) whose password with Apple is almost 60 characters and he agrees that Apple and Microsoft should get along better as one typo in 60 characters would be very easy. Usually with Windows and website passwords on Windows you can see what you typed in if you want. I think that should be default especially for anyone on Desktops as you are not carrying them around in public and logging in where others might see your typed password over your shoulder. Especially, if you are at home alone why can’t you default to seeing the characters for a password as you type them in for a password?

      Plus, I can’t see a way to stop the continuous animation roll of the images at the top of iTunes Store for new albums…very distracting and irritating.

    • #2477891

      I never do OTA updates for many reasons… battery drain whilst unpacking is just one of them

      I use only OTA while my iPhone, iPad and watch are charging.

    • #2478221

      Ahh…I don’t like iTunes

      I know what you mean. iTunes is a dreadful, almost painful and certainly exasperating experience in Windows (yet almost flawless in macOS).

      I only use iTunes for Windows to backup/update/restore my iOS devices and squirt ebooks to my iPad, nothing more.

      (This will probably change when I get a different car… I’m determined my next one will have Apple CarPlay after my experience of driving my friend’s Kia Sportage for nearly 700 miles. What a joy… it put my car to shame.)

      I must admit that I didn’t understand the rest of your post. I signed into my Apple ID in iTunes ages ago and that’s it. I’ve not been asked for a password again unless I sign out again.

      Also, I *never* have the iTunes ‘view’ set to the ‘Store’, only ‘Library’… so never, ever see any ‘continuous animation roll of the images’. I did actually set the view to ‘Store’ to see what you mean… but no ‘animation roll’. Whatever… I set the view back to ‘Library’.

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