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OS X 10.11.2 Focuses on Improving Reliability and Security

Apple has released OS X El Capitan Update 10.11.2 with a number of reliability improvements. You can install the update via Software Update, or via either a 1.4 GB delta updater or a 1.4 GB combo updater available as standalone downloads. Also available via Software Update is OS X El Capitan Recovery Update 1.0, which presumably updates the OS X Recovery partition and tools; Apple recommends it for all users of El Capitan.

Apple claims that 10.11.2 improves the reliability of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as that of Handoff and AirDrop. This is all good news. Although we’ve had no issues with Wi-Fi in El Capitan, Bluetooth is universally flaky and any improvements will be welcome. With both Handoff and AirDrop, improvements in reliability might increase usage — with AirDrop in particular, we don’t think to use it because it works so sporadically.

The 10.11.2 update fixes two issues in Mail: one that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account and another that prevented Mail from “completing the upgrade,” presumably from a previous version, although Apple doesn’t explain further. Apple’s release notes also say that the update addresses an issue that prevented users from signing into FaceTime and Messages.

Photos gets some attention in 10.11.2 as well, with changes that fix a bug that prevented importing photos from an iPhone via USB and improve the sharing of Live Photos via iCloud Photo Sharing.

For enterprise users, 10.11.2 addresses “an issue where reinstalling a configuration profile containing a certificate payload causes the certificates to be removed instead of updated” and “an issue that caused multiple authentication prompts in Safari when using NTLM authentication.” The update also allows for deferred enablement when using fdesetup to enable FileVault on mobile accounts.

On the security side, 10.11.2 rolls in 39 security fixes, none of which are out of the ordinary.

Unless you’ve been experiencing problems with something that 10.11.2 explicitly addresses, we advise waiting a few days before updating in case any issues crop up. However, in our testing so far, the update seems to be stable and hasn’t introduced any new problems, and given the number of security fixes, you will want to install it relatively soon. Regardless, make sure you have a good backup before updating.


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Comments about OS X 10.11.2 Focuses on Improving Reliability and Security
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Steve Nicholson  2015-12-08 19:44
I hope it fixes the daily crashes I'm experiencing with Mail ever since I bought my 27" El Capitan-equipped iMac last month.
Michael Paine  2015-12-09 03:01
I suggest getting the hard drive/fusion drve checked by Apple. I had a series of problems that turned out to be hard disk failure (in my case it was the subject of a recall)
Roger Caldwell  2015-12-09 08:31
I took delivery of a 27" iMac last week and had many problems with Mail crashing and the "import" not completing. Hopefully this update will resolve. The replacement iMac is due today. BTW, Senior Support @ Apple was unaware of this issue and blamed it on an arbitrary limit of 25000 messages. LOL
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-12-09 10:32
25,000 messages? I have mailboxes with over 10 times that many. :-)
Alan Forkosh  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2015-12-08 19:44
It appears that they fixed an issue with Apple Mail not promptly updating Smart Mailboxes.

I have Rules which distribute incoming mail to several real mailboxes, and a Smart Mailbox to vies unread mail (and some flagged email) as my primary view. Since El Capitan was released, the Smart Mailbox was not necessarily being updated promptly with new mail in the non-Inboxes. I needed to quit and restart Apple Amial to assure that the Unprocessed Smart Mailbox was up to date. However, it now appears to be updating the Unprocessed Smart Mailbox promptly.

This removes my major issue with El Capitan.
Douglas A. Brace  2015-12-08 21:40
10.11.2 combo update
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-12-09 10:31
Thanks - it can take Apple quite a few hours to get those downloads available sometimes.
Steve Werner  2015-12-08 23:19
Handoff is definitely working again between my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.11.2) and my iPhone 6 (iOS 9.2). Not perfect, but greatly improved.
Bertrand Morin  2015-12-09 12:56

El Capitan 10.11.2 (French, Canadian, Québec) seems to be functioning properly. But in my eyes (poor) and mind (hoping…), the System Font (and the Finder (consequently) appears to be smaller, thinner and paler.Has anyone experiences a similar experience?
I am thrilled to say that it only took Apple this long to fix the junk mail bug in El Cap.. Nevertheless it is fixed!!@!
I just hope it stays fixed..
Donald Bennett  2015-12-11 16:10
Since updating to 10.11.2, Mail has become a CPU hog and has become unable to correspond properly with iCloud. I'll have Mail CPU usages of well over 300% with eventual system hangs. This only occurs when checking iCloud Mail. It works fine with Google Mail. That's the only issue I'm having.
Anonymous  2015-12-15 08:08
I use the Add to contacts feature to create new contacts or update existing ones. After the update to Mail 9.2 I notice that the initial popup appears quickly but all further actions are very slow and I see the spinning ball way too long. After canceling such an action, if I repeat it it already takes 30+ seconds until the initial popup appears.

I have to admit I have Mail Act-On and GPGMail installed.
Anonymous  2015-12-20 14:30
Update: The problem is not related to Mail, it is Contacts that is dead slow when editing entries.
marcovitz  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2015-12-15 09:28
When I installed the update on my 2-week old iMac, it knocked out Bluetooth. Fortunately, I bought the USB keyboard, not the Bluetooth keyboard because the fix was to reset the NVRAM (restart while holding down Command-Option-P-R).
The bug in Calendar where it uses US date format regardless of the user's specified date format is still there. Sigh.
Jane Orbuch  2015-12-17 14:07
The update crashed my brand new 27 in iMac. I got a black screen. Apple thought it was video card or screen. Apple store replaced both and no luck and finally discovered conflict with wifi card--which they have to replace. They had another person call about the same problem after dismantling my machine.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-12-17 14:57
Interesting! I wonder if the problem was actually with the software or if the hardware was somehow faulty.  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2015-12-20 10:13
OS X updates don't seem to be being tested well before release.

I've had problems with Mail under El Capitan after each update (10.11.1 and 10.11.2). I've had to delete all my accounts and recreate them to resolve this. Following my initial install, I actually had to delete the mysql accounts database file before I could get the accounts working (migration from 10.9 really screwed things up).

Judging by the discussions on the Apple Support Communities pages, lots of people continue having problems with Mail under El Capitan.