Apple has released new versions of its iPadOS and macOS operating systems just a few days after the company updated iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
The iPad update adds some new features and shares a lot with its iOS counterpart, while the macOS release is a message that focuses on a few bug fixes.
Many of the new features and bug fixes Apple lists in iPadOS 14.7’s release notes are the same as those seen in iOS 14.7 earlier this week. The first point highlights the possibility of linking two people in a family unit to the same Apple card account so that they can develop credit together.
The update also introduces a way to manage timers on a HomePod and adjusts the Podcasts interface. In an iPad-specific note, Apple says it has solved a problem that caused audio to skip when using USB-C-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapters.
Apple’s full release notes from iPadOS 14.7 are as follows:
iPadOS 14.7 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes for iPad:
- The Apple Card family adds the ability to combine credit limits and share a co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user
- The Home app adds the ability to manage timers on the HomePod
- The Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or just watched shows
- The Share playlist menu item is missing in Apple Music
- Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may stop unexpectedly
- Braille can display invalid information while composing emails
- Sound may skip when using USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapters with iPad
macOS Big Sur 11.5
macOS Big Sur 11.5 also landed for supported Macs today, but it is a smaller release that provides some bug fixes and several security updates. It has the same Podcasts adjustment as seen in iOS and iPadOS, and it solves a problem related to data in the Music app and another with smart cards on M1 Macs.
Here are the full release notes for macOS 11.5:
macOS Big Sur 11.5 includes the following enhancements for your Mac:
- The Podcasts Library tab lets you choose to see all shows or just shows that are being followed
This release also fixes the following issues:
- Music cannot update the number of games and the last played date in your library
- Smart cards may not work when you log on to Macs with the M1 chip
For more detailed information about this update, visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896
You can read about the security updates in these releases on the Apple website, and there are quite a few for this version of macOS. Apple also pointed out that this week’s iOS update (and iPadOS as well) addressed a well-known Wi-Fi-related vulnerability. From the security update documentation:
impact: Joining a malicious Wi-Fi network may result in denial of service or arbitrary code execution
Description: This issue was resolved with improved controls
With these macOS and iPadOS releases, Apple has now updated the entire suite of operating systems. These updates may be the latest (other than emergency or bug fixes) before Apple launches major new versions of iOS and macOS this fall.