August 19, 2022
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Samuel Axon

This week, Apple released software updates for all of its platforms, including iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, macOS Monterey 12.5, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6, and HomePod software version 15.6.

With iOS 16 and its peers just a couple of months away, these updates add no major new features. The most visible addition in iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, and macOS 12.5 this week is the ability to pause, rewind, fast-forward, or restart a live sports game. Also, Siri can now recognize voices in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese on the HomePod.

Beyond that, it’s all about bug fixes, performance improvements, and other smaller tweaks.

Apple says iOS and iPadOS 15.6 fix a problem with accurately displaying device storage information in the Settings app and improved performance for braille devices when using Mail. Exclusively on the iPadOS side, a problem where the sixth-generation iPad mini would not detect USB-C accessories has also been fixed. And across all applicable platforms, Apple claims it has fixed “an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page.”

Apple did not list line-item fixes or changes for watchOS or tvOS. All updates should already be available on all supported devices.

iOS 15.6 release notes

iOS 15.6 includes enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates.

  • TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
  • Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to display that device storage is full even if it is available
  • Fixes an issue that may cause braille devices to slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page

iPadOS 15.6 release notes

iPadOS 15.6 includes enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates.

  • TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
  • Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to display that device storage is full even if it is available
  • Fixes an issue that may cause braille devices to slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page
  • Fixes an issue where iPad mini (sixth generation) may not detect a charger or other USB-C accessory

macOS Monterey 12.5 release notes

macOS Monterey 12.5 includes enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates.

  • TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page
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