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Apple Releases OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and watchOS 2.2.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems with bug fixes and security improvements, but no new features. To see detailed security notes on all of these releases, check the Apple Security Updates page. Unsurprisingly, given all the code shared among the different operating systems, many of the security fixes are shared as well.

Although we haven’t yet heard of any problems, we recommend holding off on these updates for a week or so until the early adopters have had a chance to report back about unexpected issues. Assuming that nothing major rears its ugly head, you will want to install these updates shortly after that, though, since all those security fixes are important for maintaining herd immunity from malware.

OS X 10.11.5 -- The release notes for the latest version of El Capitan are utterly vague: “The OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all El Capitan users.” The update also provides a couple of enterprise fixes that should make administrators happy. Currently, you can get the OS X 10.11.5 update (758 MB) only via Software Update, though we expect standalone downloads to appear soon on Apple’s Support Downloads page.

iOS 9.3.2 -- Happily, iOS 9.3.2’s release notes are a bit more descriptive than those for OS X 10.11.5. Nonetheless, after the major iOS 9.3 (see “iOS 9.3 Works the Night Shift, Protects Notes, and More,” 21 March 2016), this one is just bug fixes. Apple claims that iOS 9.3.2 addresses Bluetooth audio quality issues on the iPhone SE, an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail, a problem that prevented typing email addresses with the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages, an issue with the Alex VoiceOver voice that caused it to try on a different accent when speaking punctuation or spaces, and a bug that prevented MDM (mobile device management) servers from installing custom B2B apps. You can obtain the iOS 9.3.2 update via Settings > General > Software Update or iTunes. On an iPhone 6, the over-the-air update was 89.4 MB.

tvOS 9.2.1 -- Apple added a lot of new features in tvOS 9.2 (see “With tvOS 9.2, the Fourth-Generation Apple TV Hits 1.0,” 23 March 2016), but the tvOS 9.2.1 update seems to focus exclusively on bug fixes and performance improvements. We can’t say for sure because Apple doesn’t publish tvOS release notes. If you’re not offered the update automatically, you can get it by going to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software.

watchOS 2.2.1 -- Finally, Apple has updated watchOS to 2.2.1, which “contains bug fixes and security updates.” The 26.9 MB update can be found in the Watch app on your iPhone, in My Watch > General > Software Update. To update, the Apple Watch needs to be in range of your iPhone, connected to its charger, and charged to at least 50 percent. The entire process could take 30–45 minutes all told, so make sure you have time.


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Comments about Apple Releases OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and watchOS 2.2.1
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Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-16 23:26
So nothing about iOS 9.3.2 allowing non-Apple sourced ePubs to be installed in iBooks again? This was removed in iOS 9.3.1
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-17 10:19
Nothing mentioned in the release notes, but that doesn't mean it's not fixed. One thing not mentioned in the release notes is that in iOS 9.3.2, Night Shift works with Low Power Mode.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-17 10:26
I'm a little confused - what's the problem with non-Apple-sourced EPUBs in iBooks? We do this all the time while testing our Take Control EPUBs on the iPhone.
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-20 12:52
When I updated, the first thing was my carefully sorted 1000 books on my iPad was tossed out and everything arranged randomly.

Second when I went to install an DRM-free ePub from a publisher I've installed before, it would not install. I tested it with an Apple-sourced DRM-free ePub - it installed, I tested it with an Apple sourced DRMed ePub - it installed. I then tried PDFs and both Apple & non-Apple PDFs still install.

I drop the book into the Books Library in iTunes, plug in my iPad Mini 3, check the books to be installed, and click on sync. When it says the the sync is done, the books are NOT in iBooks on the iPad and in iTunes with the iPad connected, they are unchecked showing they have not been installed.

Again, this ONLY happens with ePubs I get from somewhere OTHER than Apple INCLUDING Take Control ePubs (the PDFs load fine).

Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-20 13:43
Sounds like iTunes might be the weak link here. Can you import those EPUBs into iBooks directly on various platforms? (Perhaps send them to yourself in Messages, move them in Dropbox, or attach to an email message for a test.)
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-20 23:53
I can try, but iTunes worked just fine before I updated to iOS 9.3. And I'm not the only one as there are a bunch of complaints in Apple Discussions on this debacle.

OK, I was able to do it the cumbersome email route: email book to AOL address, wait until GMail-hosted ISP email retrieves incoming message, launch web browser on iPad Mini 3, log into ISP email, tap on message, tap on attachment in message, wait 10 - 15 seconds, then tap on open in iBooks. What asinine process. Much easier to drop the book into the Books Library of iTunes, connect a cable between my iMac and the iDevice, and click the sync button. I definitely have to look at installing Marvin if Apple doesn't get off its duff and fix this, even if it is just by enabling iTFS for the iBooks app.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-24 09:33
Why not just use Messages to send the book file to yourself? That's pretty much instant and involves just one app other than iBooks.
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-24 11:37
Does that require text data be enabled on the iDevice? I don't text so I never looked at Messages. I'll have to find a tutorial.

Edit. OK, I was able to set it up on my iMac and iPad. I sent a test from my iMac to my iPad with the following results:

test message was delivered to my iMac immediately (found I'd left the iPad address enabled to be received on the iMac)

test message took almost 10 minutes to arrive on the iPad.

Both iMac and iPad are using WiFi on same network and both were only physically separated by less than 1 foot. I'm guessing the long delay between sending and receiving was due to the Apple servers slowing everything down (probably making a copy for the NSA) :D
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-24 11:33
No, you just enable iMessage with your Apple ID.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-24 14:40
Perhaps if you just enabled it, something is odd, but I text stuff to myself all the time with iMessage and it never takes more than a minute or so (and usually it's faster).
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-24 15:44
That must have been it, Adam. I just sent a test message w/o an attachment and it arrived within a second or two. I then sent the same message again but with the same attachment I used before, and it arrived within 5 seconds, much faster than earlier this morning.
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-06-06 22:56
An update: Now when I tap the attached ePub in an iMessage, I no longer get the "Open in iBooks" option; my choices are "Copy" or "More". Tapping "More" just allows me to delete it.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-06-07 10:33
That's weird. All I can suggest is restarting the device.
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-17 15:09
If you own a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, hold off for a bit on the update, because the iOS 9.3.2 update has been reportedly bricking a few of those devices.
Dennis B. Swaney  2016-05-20 12:53
Seems to becoming a routine happenstance from Apple.
I still can't believe Apple has the audacity to release these kinds of "release notes". How is anybody supposed to know what was fixed or which issues have been sorted out (or not)? No. Of course nobody's supposed to know. Just blind trust in Apple. Ironically, the kind of behavior the 1984 IBM drones were displaying...

I'm curious if the OS X update fixes long-standing issues such as Mail's inability to release attached files after sending so the trash can be emptied, or if iCal's go to date panel finally follows the users specified date format rather than forcing US format, or if the Finder can finally store a default Finder window size so that when it relaunches (or after changing screens) it displays a new window with the right settings?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2016-05-20 14:38
Apple has now pulled iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Good thing you followed our advice to hold off for a week or so, right? ;-)