Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021, 20:05 Software

Apple Releases macOS 11.5 & iPadOS 14.7

Apple has yet again decided to deliver an iOS update before the release of the next version of macOS. In a break from tradition, iOS 14.7 was released two days ago without an accompanying update to iPadOS. As of today, however, both macOS Big Sur 11.5 and iPadOS 14.7 have been released. The testing phase for the new operating systems took exactly two months, spanning five betas and two release candidates. It's still unknown why macOS needed two release candidates and Apple hasn't shed any further light on the situation. The new updates can be installed via the System Settings or System Preferences of the respective device.

macOS 11.5 – One New Feature & Two Bug Fixes
There aren't many new features in the newest version of macOS Big Sur, however, there is one. macOS 11.5 is more of a maintenance and stability update than anything else. According to the release notes, a functional improvement has been added and two bugs have been squashed:

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  • The user can now choose to show either all shows or only subscribed channels in the Podcast library
  • The Music app's faulty playback counter has been fixed – before, it wouldn't correctly count up
  • M1 Macs encountered problems with certain chip cards, Apple promises that the issue has been fixed


iPadOS 14.7 – More Or Less The Same As iOS 14.7
For the update to iPadOS, Apple mentions several things already known from iOS 14.7. However, software support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack is missing along with additional countries in the Weather app.

  • HomePod timers can now be started from the Home app
  • Playlists from Apple Music can now be shared with other users
  • Errors during Dolby Atmos and Apple Music Lossless playback fixed
  • Errors with mail integration on braille displays fixed
  • Errors with music playback on USB-C to 3.5mm adapters fixed


macOS Big Sur's Last Update?
The last big update for macOS 10.15 Catalina came in July 2020 (there was a version 10.15.7, but it was simply a "rebranded" supplemental update), and macOS Mojave similarly received its last update in July 2019. Thus, it's very possible that macOS 11.5 is the last version of macOS Big Sur that we'll be seeing, apart from the occasional security update. There's still a good bit of time until the next "major release", which should arrive by the end of September or the start of November. iOS 15's release is a bit easier to guess, as iOS updates are released in coordination with the next generation of iPhones.

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