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just released?!....Apple releases iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 / macOS Monterey 12.4 / Studio Display Firmware 15.5 / watchOS 8.6 / tvOS 15.5 / HomePod Software 15.5....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 16, 2022 11:36AM

Apple Releases iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 With Wallet and Podcast Updates

.....Apple today released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, the fifth major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems that were initially released in September 2021. iOS and iPadOS 15.5 come a little over two months after the launch of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.

The iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Compared to prior iOS 15 updates, iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 are smaller in scale. There are updates to the Apple Cash card in the Wallet app and a new setting that lets Podcasts users limit the number of episodes stored on their devices. Apple's full release notes for the update are below.

iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
- Wallet now enables Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash card
- Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones
- Fixes an issue where home automations, triggered by people arriving or leaving, may fail
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 could be some of the final updates to the ?iOS 15? operating system as Apple is already working on iOS 16, and ?iOS 16? is expected to be introduced on June 6 at the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference.!

Apple Releases macOS Monterey 12.4 With Support for Studio Display Webcam Update

....Apple today released macOS Monterey 12.4, the fourth major update to the macOS Monterey operating system that launched in October 2021. macOS Monterey 12.4 comes over two months after the launch of macOS Monterey 12.3, an update that added Universal Control.

The macOS Monterey 12.4 update can be downloaded on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. Apple has also released a macOS Big Sur 11.6.6 update for those who are still running Big Sur, as well as a macOS Catalina 2022-004 security update.

Following the macOS Monterey 12.4 and iPadOS 15.5 updates, Universal Control is no longer in beta. It is now an official feature that Apple has deemed issue-free, and the beta labeling has been removed. Universal Control was introduced in March and it allows you to use a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard across multiple Macs and iPads.

For the Studio Display, macOS Monterey 12.4 adds support for the 15.5 firmware, which is designed to improve the webcam quality.

There's also an update for the Podcasts app, with Apple adding a setting that limits the number of episodes stored on a Mac and automatically deletes older ones.


Apple Releases Studio Display Firmware 15.5 With Webcam Update

....Apple today released a new 15.5 firmware for the Studio Display, with the update coming after a few weeks of beta testing. The Studio Display Firmware improves the performance of the webcam.

The Studio Display firmware can be updated by connecting it to a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.4, which was also released today. After installing the new Mac software, Studio Display owners can go to System Preferences > Software Update to install the firmware.

Apple has been working on a firmware update for the Studio Display since March, to address complaints about the quality of the webcam.

The Studio Display is equipped with a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera that supports Center Stage, but Studio Display reviewers and owners discovered that the camera consistently produces grainy, washed-out images, which Apple has said is the result of the system not behaving as expected.

According to Apple's release notes, the firmware refines camera tuning, offering improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing. We tested out the firmware update when it was in beta, and there is a clear difference in camera quality, mostly as it pertains to the way the framing works.

In addition to better framing, colors are not quite as pale, the contrast has been improved, and the overall look is more vibrant. Skin tones are also better than before, and there is less de-noising for more clarity, but ultimately Studio Display owners should not expect dramatic changes.

studio display.....firmware update......?!

Apple Releases watchOS 8.6 With ECG Support in Mexico

....Apple today released watchOS 8.6, the fifth major update to the watchOS 8 operating system that launched in September 2021. watchOS 8.6 comes two months after the launch of watchOS 8.5, an update that brought new emojis, Apple TV purchase authorization, and more.

watchOS 8.6 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.

According to Apple's release notes, watchOS 8.6 expands ECG functionality and irregular heart rhythm detection to Mexico.


Apple Releases tvOS 15.5 for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K

....Apple today released tvOS 15.5, the fifth major update to the tvOS operating system that first launched in September 2021. tvOS 15.5 comes more than two months after the release of tvOS 15.4, an update that brought support for captive WiFi networks.

tvOS 15.5 can be downloaded over the air on the Apple TV through the Settings app by going to System > Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates enabled will be upgraded to tvOS 15.5 automatically.

Apple's tvOS updates are typically more minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes, performance updates, and small tweaks rather than major outward-facing changes. There were no new features discovered in tvOS 15.5 during the beta testing process, so it's not yet clear what's included in the update.

Apple does not offer detailed release notes for its tvOS updates, but the company does offer some tvOS information through the tvOS support document.


Apple Releases HomePod Software 15.5

....Alongside iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and tvOS 15.5, Apple today released a new 15.5 update for the HomePod and the HomePod mini. The HomePod 15.5 update is the fifth major HomePod software update since version 15 was released, and it comes two months after the launch of HomePod software 15.4.

Apple has not detailed what improvements might be in the new HomePod software, and Apple's release notes don't mention anything other than general performance and stability improvements, suggesting this is an under-the-hood update to address underlying issues rather than an update that adds new features.

HomePod software is installed automatically on the HomePo unless the feature is disabled, but the HomePod can also be manually updated in the Home app by following the instructions in our HomePod update how to. update......?!


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Re: just released?!....Apple releases iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 / macOS Monterey 12.4 / Studio Display Firmware 15.5 / watchOS 8.6 / tvOS 15.5 / HomePod Software 15.5....
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: May 16, 2022 03:14PM

Side note: Two of my HomePods were not updated to 15.4.1. I don’t know how that happened, since I initiate updates asap.
This may have contributed to issues recognizing commands.
Today it shows all updated, and I’ll double check for updates tomorrow.
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Re: just released?!....Apple releases iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 / macOS Monterey 12.4 / Studio Display Firmware 15.5 / watchOS 8.6 / tvOS 15.5 / HomePod Software 15.5....
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 16, 2022 04:33PM
Updated my MacBook. So far so good.

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Re: just released?!....Apple releases iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 / macOS Monterey 12.4 / Studio Display Firmware 15.5 / watchOS 8.6 / tvOS 15.5 / HomePod Software 15.5....
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 16, 2022 11:48PM
Updated my 'Phone and Watch.

The MBA is on task at the moment, so it'll have to wait.

Will do iPads maybe tomorrow.

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