Software Updates Archive

News from today’s Apple Event

In case you missed it, Mashable has a nice round-up of everything that Apple announced today, including: the new 4-inch iPhone SE, a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a $100 price cut for the iPad Air 2, public release of iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and a $50 price cut for the Apple Watch – along with some pretty new watch bands.

I’ve been running the iOS 9.3 beta on both my iPhone 6s and my iPad mini 4 for a few months and it’s been pretty solid for me. The new Night Shift feature is really very helpful in terms of my late-night iPad activity since I typically use the iPad to  catch up on news and play a few Words With Friends games when I get into bed. Reducing the “blue light” helps me fall asleep faster when I want to instead of keeping me awake when I least want it to.

You can also catch the entire web stream of the event on Apple’s website if you want to see Tim Cook’s sweater for yourself 🙂


Apple updates for El Capitan 10.11.1, iTunes 12.3.1, WatchOS 2.0.1, iOS 9.1

Get ’em while they’re hot. BUT, if you don’t already have El Capitan installed (or iOS 9 installed), there may be a good reason why you shouldn’t, so don’t just go installing a new OS without chatting with me about it first. This round of bug fixes is welcome and appreciated, but there are still some issues on both OS X and iOS that could make your life harder instead of easier. When in doubt, ask me before installing new operating systems.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Update
Oct 21, 2015
The OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update…”

iTunes 12.3.1
Oct 21, 2015
“Improves overall stability and performance.” i.e. Makes iTunes less crashy

iOS 9.1
Oct 21, 2015
“Includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including…” You’ve heard about the new middle finger emoji, right? Well there’s taco emoji too!

Apple WatchOS 2.0 – 2.0.1
Oct 21, 2015
“Contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including…” What do you mean you don’t even have an Apple watch yet??


Adobe updates aplenty

adobe-logoIt seems like every time I sit down at a client’s Mac, I see an Adobe updater icon of some kind in the dock. Sometimes it’s bouncing (hint: bouncing icon means “click me, i have something to tell you!”), other times it’s just sitting there idly waiting for someone to pay attention to it.

I get that these update notifications are intrusive and you have better things to do, but most of these updates are important and you really shouldn’t ignore them indefinitely.

Adobe issued a boatload of updates this week that address a myriad of security issues and vulnerabilities that impact Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and Flash. There’s a good chance you’re using one of more of these apps or plugins on your system. Please update accordingly since “exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.”

Read more at Graham Cluley’s site

You can always download the most current version of any of your Adobe apps and plugins from Adobe’s website if you’re not sure how far behind you are.

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