Apple has officially released for download macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3 and tvOS 11.3 final version for all compatible Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV devices. Here’s what is new in the latest firmware versions?
After a prolonged period of internal and external testing, the release means that the company is fully focused on three platforms ready for public consumption. With three being available for immediate installation.
The Cupertino-based business now deems macOS 10.13.4 download to be in a position which can be consumed by the general public, alongside watchOS 4.3 and tvOS 11.3.
The latest versions of macOS, watchOS, and tvOS have been in testing for quite some time along with Apple’s iOS 11.3 platform. The multiple test builds have allowed Apple’s internal engineering teams to feel comfort in the quality of the software, confidence, which led us to the present day and the availability of macOS 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3 and tvOS 11.3.
macOS 10.13.4: With this release, all owners of a compatible MacBook or iMac are able to grab the latest update and take advantage of the newer improvements with immediate effect. As always been available as other Apple’s software updates, it’s entirely free-of-charge.
In terms of the platform itself, a translated set of leaked images have already given us an insight into what was coming from. In addition to improving the stability, performance, and security of an installed Mac, macOS 10.13.4 also brings in new additions like exposing Business Chat in the native Messages app in the U.S., as well as bringing in enhanced eGPU support, among other things.
Here are the highlight – a significant list of improvements which combine to make macOS 10.13.4 a more secure place to work.
In fact, the focus on feature improvements and security enhancements will be announced at WWDC 2018 in June. The full focus will be on announcing macOS 10.14 at the conference, complete with potentially a new set of features. Until that time, macOS 10.13.4 will have to appease the needs of those who are constantly looking for something new and shiny to download and interact with.
Individuals having compatible MacBook or iMac, want to get involved and running with the latest macOS 10.13.4 release, with everything it offers, can grab the update as an over-the-air download right now from the Updates section of the Mac App Store.
watchOS 4.3: For owners of Apple Watch, this news would be great. Who subscribes to Apple Music as well. The ability to access to the Apple Music Library has been brought back, along with the introduction of a new “On iPhone” feature. This feature lets Apple Watch owners access their music. Daily Activity information is also now passed to the Siri watch face in order to give users a better and quick glance view of progress.
If not, there’s also a gorgeous new charging animation in place when Apple Watch is connected to power. Apple Watch owners with watchOS 4.3 installed will also be getting used of Nightstand Mode in landscaper and portrait orientations.
tvOS 11.3: With support for AirPlay 2, tvOS 11.3 allows the installed Apple TV to be added to the Home app as part of a larger more intricate HomeKit environment, but subsequently removed it which is kind of disappointing but let’s hope it’s back in future tvOS/iOS releases.
With tvOS 11.3 update, Apple TV owners will experience enhancements to Match Content support as well as newly introduced automatic frame rate switching when using an Apple TV 4. There’s still some underlying intelligence which handles mode switching for video sessions streamed over AirPlay.
Originally, both tvOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3 are available to download and interact with right now. Apple TV owners – either on Apple TV or Apple TV 4K – can grab the latest update through the Software Update mechanism in the OS.
While Apple Watch owners can do the same, before that, you will need to have at least 50% battery on the device, have it connected to a power source, and download the update through the corresponding Watch app on the connected device.
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