Apple has flipped the release switch on the final watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3 download. This immediate release means that three platforms are now freely available to download and install on all compatible Apple Watch, Apple TV, and macOS-powered Mac systems. Alongside, a new HomePod beta firmware has also been released. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Check out the information below to find out everything that you need to know about the public release of macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and HomePod.
watchOS 4.2.2: This is very much about the progression of the platform and stabilizing the new features added in watchOS 4.2 rather than attempting to furnish Apple Watch with additional functionality. And, it’s also a minor point release which the public can benefit from. It’s available to all Apple watch models, including the originally released hardware.
The watchOS 4.2.2 is in progression now. Anyone with an Apple Watch is now able to download and install the latest update as an over-the-air update directly through the companion Watch app for iPhone.
tvOS 11.2.5: For Apple TV owners, this may be slightly bothered by what seems like a lack of progression and direction for tvOS. Whenever there is a lot of concern placed on macOS, iOS, or watchOS to some degree, tvOS generally fails to command the same level of excitement when it’s put through an update. The latest release of tvOS 11.2.5 naming convention, it’s really going to change that but is a necessary release as it looks to consolidate the firmware on Apple TV and make things a lot more stable and usable for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K owners.
Otherwise, there is no real functionality improvements or feature-rich additions to be found within but we are looking at a release which will likely set compatible Apple TVs up for a big update in the coming months.
Owners of Apple TV 4 / 4K is now able to head into the ‘Update’ section of the ‘Settings’ and grab the latest release with immediate availability.
macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra: The final version of macOS 10.13.3 is now available for download. This particular update is an important one because it includes a fix for the Messages app which now prevents a bug which could theoretically have seen some messages displayed out of order, something that is simply no good in a messaging app.
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update improves the security and stability of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
This update addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order.
And the update weighs in at 1.97GB or above depending on the Mac you are installing it on. Also, it includes a fix for an issue which saw some Macs stop responding when concerned to an SMB server. The update can be downloaded via the Updates section of the Mac App Store and is available for everyone running a release of macOS High Sierra.
There’s an HomePod beta release as well, came along with the macOS update, join iOS 11.2.5 is being released almost simultaneously. This iOS update also includes support for HomePod, among other things. Apple also pushed watchOS 4.2.2 out to wearers of the smartwatch, with a tvOS update – version 11.2.5 – also available to download.
Update x1: Apple has announced when the HomePod will finally go on sale, taking place on February 9th. The company has also released an updated beta version of the software that the device will run on. But the download may not be available via the usual Apple developer portal channels. Those who do have a HomePod in-hand will be able to download the software separately.
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