As expected, Apple has released new updates for Mac’s running OS X Yosemite and iPhone and iPad’s running iOS 8. These updates address a number of issues and bugs.
OS X 10.10.2
Starting with the Mac, OS X 10.10.2 address security issues around the so called “Thunderstrike” exploit for Mac systems equipped with a Thunderbolt port. Other notable fixes include improvements to VoiceOver and a fix for users experiencing Wi-Fi disconnection issues.
The full list of updates in OS X 10.10.2 are as follows:
- Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect
- Resolves an issue that might cause web pages to load slowly
- Fixes an issue that could cause Spotlight to load remote email content when this preference is disabled in Mail
- Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
- Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
- Improves VoiceOver speech performance
- Resolves an issue that could cause VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
- Addresses an issue that could cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
- Improves stability and security in Safari
You can download the OS X 10.10.2 update by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen, then on the App Store. In the App Store window, click on Updates in the top right corner. Once your Mac has checked for available updates, click Update next to the OS X 10.10.2 download or click on Update All to download all available updates.
The iOS 8.1.3 update also addresses a number of security issues and bugs, while also reducing the storage requirements for downloading software updates such as these. If a lack of space has stopped you from downloading the latest version of iOS, this update solves that problem for you.
The full list of updates for iOS 8.1.3 are as follows:
- Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
- Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
- Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
- Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad
- Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing
You can download the iOS 8.1.3 update by visiting Settings on your iPad or iPhone. From there, tap on General then Software Update. Once your device has checked for an available update, tap Download and Install. Please note, your iPhone or iPad may need to be plugged into a power source to complete this update if you are running low on battery.