Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4, watchOS 6.2, and tvOS 13.4

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In addition to iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, Apple has also today released macOS Catalina 10.15.4, watchOS 6.2 and tvOS 13.4 to the public.

Our testing of macOS Catalina 10.15.4 suggests that it resolves the following bugs:

Apple's full release notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.4 are:

macOS Catalina 10.15.4 introduces iCloud Drive folder sharing, Screen Time communications limits, Apple Music time-synced lyrics view, and more. The update also improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac.

Finder

  • iCloud Drive folder sharing from Finder
  • Controls to limit access only to people you explicitly invite or grant access to anyone with the folder link
  • Permissions to choose who can make changes and upload files and who can only view and download files

Screen Time

  • Communication limits for controlling who your children can communicate with and be contacted by throughout the day and during downtime
  • Playback control of music videos for your children

Music

  • Time-synced lyrics view for Apple Music, including the ability to jump to your favorite part of a song by clicking a line in lyrics view

Safari

  • Option to import Chrome passwords into your iCloud Keychain for easy AutoFill of your passwords in Safari and across all your devices
  • Controls for duplicating a tab and for closing all tabs to the right of the current tab
  • HDR playback support on compatible computers for Netflix content

App Store with Apple Arcade

  • Universal Purchase support enables the use of a singular purchase of a participating app across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV
  • Recently played Arcade games appear in the Arcade tab so you can continue playing on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

Pro Display XDR

  • Customized reference modes that you can tailor to specific workflow needs by selecting from several color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options

Accessibility

  • Head pointer preference for moving a cursor on the screen based on the precise movements of your head

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

  • High Dynamic Range output to HDR10-compatible third-party displays and TVs connected with DisplayPort or HDMI
  • OAuth authentication support with Outlook.com accounts for improved security
  • CalDav migration support when upgrading to iCloud reminders on a secondary device
  • Resolves an issue where text copied between apps may appear invisible when Dark Mode is active
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a CAPTCHA tile may display incorrectly
  • Resolves an issue where Reminders may send notifications for completed reminders
  • Fixes an issue with screen brightness for the LG UltraFine 5K display after waking from sleep

Apple has also issued security update 2020-002 for macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.6.

watchOS 6.2 is a relatively minor update, but does bring in-app purchase support to Apple Watch apps and ECG features to three new countries.

At the time of writing we are unaware of any changes for blind or low vision users in watchOS 6.2. If you notice any fixes, enhancements or regressions during your own use of the release, please let us know by posting a comment below.

Apple has also released watchOS 5.3.6 for Apple Watch models not supported by watchOS 6.2, which will enable them to continue functioning properly with the new iOS update for older iPhones.

Apple's full release notes for watchOS 6.2 are:

watchOS 6.2 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes:

  • Introduces in-app purchases for Apple Watch apps
  • Fixes an issue where music playback could pause when switching from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth connectivity
  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey

According to MacRumors, tvOS 13.4“introduces some minor design changes to streamline the look of the TV app interface, plus it introduces Family Sharing integration so users can access iTunes content purchased by family members without having to leave the app.”

How to update

macOS Catalina10.15.4 can be downloaded by going to System Preferences > Software Update.

watchOS 6.2 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings > General > Software Update) or by going to the Watch app on your iPhone and navigating to General> Software Update. To install the update, your Watch must be connected to its charger and have at least 50% battery power.

To install tvOS 13.4 on Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation), go to Settings > System > Software Updates and Select Update Software. If there's an update, select Download and Install. Wait for your Apple TV to download the update. Don't disconnect or unplug your Apple TV until the update completes.

As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences of these updates. Let us know by adding a comment below.

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Submitted by Blinken223 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Alright, so with this new update, I was just curious if it was worth updating from Mojave to Catalina?

I've kept hearing bad stories of issues on Catalina, which is why I've kept my Mac on Mojave and haven't updated it yet.

Just curious if it's worth updating or am I better off staying on Mojave? Thanks!

Submitted by Daniel Angus M… on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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t wgat stories have you herd about Catalina? as a public beta tester, it really hasn't been that bad accepts for the applescriot and VoiceOver, but that was fixt earlier on in the public releese.

Submitted by Pepper Fox on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Haven't used earlier versions of Mac OS so I dunno if this is the norm but Braille input is still utter garbage. Guess my Focus will remain tethered to my Windows machine.

Submitted by SoYoung on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I hopes it finally fix the invert colour keyboard shortcut not working after the computer is in sleep mode for a couple of hours bug. This one is present since 10.14.0.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I don't really recall the stories, I just recall users saying that it wasn't worth upgrading yet and to remain on Mojave for now.

My Mac is the only hardware that I haven't updated yet, everything else has been updated.

On a side note, I did notice that in Watch OS 6.2, when you're on either the Mickey or Minnie watch faces, now when you tap on either character, you hear their voices again reading out the time.

In previous itterations of Watch OS 6, when you tapped on either character, VoiceOver would read out the time and if you wanted to hear their voices, you had to turn off VoiceOver and do a two-finger tap and hold. Glad to hear that they're fixing some bugs at least.

Submitted by Blinken223 on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Alright, so I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my Mac to Catalina, and all seems alright.

I did notice a small thing though that perplexes me though. Since upgrading, when I bring VoiceOver focus to System Preferences, in either the Apple menu or on my dock, I'm told there's an update available. I've gone to the Software Updates and it tells me that my Mac is up-to-date.

I'm left scratching my head as to why my Mac seems to think there's an update when it appears there are none. I've gone through every icon in System Preferences to see if one of those might have a badge, or something, letting me know of a possible update, but nothing.

I've also checked my printer to see if the drivers required updating, and before checking my printer manufacturer's website, thought of testing my printer and all works fine.

So I'm left stumped. Has anyone out there encountered something similar, or might have a suggestion as to what I could do. I've checked the App Store as well to see if there were any updates, and none were there. I know that App Store updates and OS updates are two different things, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to check.

Would appreciate any help.

Thanks!

Submitted by honest nan on Saturday, March 28, 2020

2 things actually: I can navigate with quick nav on, but nothing works with it off. This means I can't nav. through emails. And, when I type in edit fields like this one, the characters don't echoe so I know what I'm typing. Help!