Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

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Apple has today released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to the public, bringing with it a range of bug fixes, changes and improvements.

According to Apple's release notes via MacRumors, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 includes the following changes:

This update:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard
  • Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch
  • Improves security and stability in Safari

From our limited testing, we believe that blind and low vision users should not expect to see any accessibility-related changes in this release.

As we always stress in these posts, it is impossible for us to test all devices, apps, and use cases—so it is entirely possible that there are changes, regressions or improvements that we are not aware of at the time of posting. With this in mind, we would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible. If you spot any accessibility-related changes in macOS 10.12.1, please do let us know in the comments.

macOS 10.12.1 is available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

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Submitted by kevinchao89 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I really like that Unlock mac via Watch is reliable, as it was the 75% success-rate was unpredictable. Now, hoping that the next update resolves the issue that Watch continues to to try to unlock Mac when it's asleep. This single-feature is my favorite with Sierra/WatchOS 3

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I just updated my Mac this morning but haven't had time to play around with this update. I had to bug out of here for an appointment and my microwave just beeped letting me know that lunch is ready. But so far so good over here. I'll have more time tomorrow and over the weekend though, as I'm having a minor procedure done and will have the Mac with me at my parents' place during recovery. But one improvement I'm noticing with this update is that when QuickNav is off, navigation with the left and right arrow keys now seems to be possible again.

Submitted by Joseph on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I'm getting a bug that makes it hard to navigate in areas with lots of content (email, documents, web pages) etc. VO doesn't seem to want to stay in the same place for very long. I'm so far unable to tell if this is a quicknav thing or if it's with all navigation types, but I have sent this to to see if they can resolve the issue.