Apple’s latest batch of updates — iOS and iPadOS 15.6, macOS 12.5, watchOS 8.7, and tvOS 15.6 — are starting to appear for some users. Since the next versions of the operating systems are likely to come out in a few months (and beta testers are already using them), it’s no surprise that Wednesday’s updates are all relatively light on features. According to the release notes, here’s what’s new:
- iOS and iPad OS 15.6 adds the ability to pause, rewind, restart, and fast-forward a live sports game in the TV app and fixes a few bugs in Settings, Mail, and Safari
- macOS 12.5 also gets the TV app update and a bug fix for Safari
- watchOS 8.7 “includes improvements, bug fixes and important security updates”
- tvOS 15.6 “contains general performance and stability improvements”
The updates also include a laundry list of security updates, some of which fix relatively terrifying issues. While Apple doesn’t mention that any of the issues have been actively exploited as it has in the past, it’s probably still a good idea to keep all your devices up to date as soon as possible.
The elephant in the room for these releases is a familiar one: as with all updates coming out after WWDC, it’s very possible that these will be the last releases before the next version. While we might see a few more minor updates to fix bugs, I’d be very surprised if we see new point releases like iOS 15.7 or macOS 12.6. For folks still using a first-generation iPhone 6S, 7, or SE, this could be one of the last updates you’ll ever get for that device — Apple doesn’t support them on iOS 16.
You can download iOS or iPadOS 15.6 by going to Settings > General > Software update.
You can download macOS 12.5 by going to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software update.
Your Apple TV and Watch will likely update automatically. If not, you can update manually by following Apple’s instructions, which can be found here for tvOS and here for watchOS.
It may take a while for the updates to be available to everyone, so if you don’t see them, check back at the screen in an hour or two.