iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 bring updates to Podcasts, digital payments, and more

Software Updates–

tvOS, watchOS, HomePod, Studio Display, and Swift Playgrounds likewise got updates.

Apple's Studio Display received a firmware update today to improve its webcam performance.

Enlarge/ Apple’s Studio Display got a firmware upgrade today to enhance its web cam efficiency.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple launched brand-new software application updates for all of its platforms on Tuesday. That consists of the following:

  • iOS 15.5 for iPhones and the iPod touch
  • iPadOS 15.5 for iPads
  • macOS 12.4 for Macs
  • watchOS 8.6 for the Apple Watch
  • tvOS 15.5 for the Apple Television
  • HomePod Software 15.5 for HomePods
  • Studio Display Firmware 15.5 for the Studio Display
  • Swift Playgrounds 4.1 for iPad and Mac

These are probably the last updates prior to the business’s yearly designer conference, which is set up to begin on June 6 To name a few things, Apple will reveal iOS and iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and watchOS 9 at the conference, however those updates will not show up until later on this year.

iOS 15.5

Today’s iOS upgrade deals simply enough brand-new user-facing functions to make that15 x label rather of15 x.x, which is normally booked for bug repairs and so on.

All informed, however, it’s a little upgrade. The integrated Podcasts app gets “a brand-new setting to restrict episodes saved on your Mac and instantly erase older ones.”

And 15.5 enables the iPhone to be utilized as a point-of-sale gadget with no extra hardware, as reported in February.

Previously, suppliers like farmer’s market stalls and house repair work services utilized iPhones with connected add-on hardware from business like Stripe to get payments.

Now the iPhone does not require those accessories; Stripe works simply great with an iPhone fresh out of package.

Additionally, iOS 15.5 brings security functions in the Messages app suggested to avoid kids from being exposed to unsuitable material in the following brand-new nations:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

macOS 12.4

On the macOS side, Apple names simply 2 user-facing modifications in its release notes. It includes assistance for Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5 (which declares to enhance cam efficiency on Apple’s brand-new display), and the integrated Podcasts app gets the exact same brand-new function that iOS did.

However, macOS 12.4 consists of more than 50 security updates under the hood, according to Apple’s assistance paperwork.

watchOS 8.6

watchOS 8.6 is a reasonably small upgrade. It broadens a few of the Watch’s health functions– specifically irregular heart rhythm detection and the ECG– to Apple Watch users in Mexico.

Other updates

Studio Display Firmware 15.5 efforts to deal with some user problems about the screen’s cam quality. Apple hasn’t shared any information about what’s in the HomePod firmware upgrade or tvOS 15.5.

There’s likewise Swift Playgrounds 4.1 for Mac and iPad. It’s not an OS upgrade, however it landed around the very same time. It permits users to utilize Playgrounds to develop apps with SwiftUI on the Mac, and it deepens App Store Connect combination for releasing apps, to name a few things.

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