Apple System Updates

Apple updated its operating systems today, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. An update for Macs is expected soon. These updates are fairly minor but contain bug fixes and important security improvements. As I’ve written about before, it’s important to stay current with these updates.

Stay Up To Date

I previously wrote a post (here) that covered the importance of staying up-to-date with system changes and also encouraged setting Automatic Updates so that your device updates itself. If you haven’t read that post, or haven’t enabled Automatic Updates, I encourage you to do so.

Manual Update

If you don’t want to wait for the automatic update to be installed, you can always manually install the update when you’d like.

iPhone and iPad

Go to Settings, then General, and tap Software Update. Your device will check for updates and offer you the option to install the most recent one.

Apple Watch

For Apple Watch, go to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap General, then tap Software Update. You will need to make sure your watch stays on its charger and is near your iPhone during the update.

Apple TV

For Apple TV, go to Settings, then System, followed by Software Updates.

What’s Changed?

These releases are fairly minor as far as features go, but do include some important security updates. In addition to bug fixes, here are the main changes.

iPhone & iPad (iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4)

  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by the camera.
  • You can specify the type of a Bluetooth device in Settings. This allows your device to better adjust audio levels.

Apple Watch (watchOS 7.3)

  • There is a new watch face called Unity.
  • Adds support for the new Time to Walk feature as part of Apple’s Fitness+ service. Read more about the feature here.

Apple TV (tvOS 14.4)

This update doesn’t contain any new features, just bug and security fixes.

Minor, But Important

While many of these updates seem pretty minor at first glance, they almost always include security updates that help keep you and your information safe. It’s also nice to have some of those annoying bugs fixed. I hope you’re staying up-to-date and staying safe.

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