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Apple releases macOS 14.5 with two important bug fixes

Published May 13th, 2024 1:04PM EDT
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Apple has just released macOS 14.5 to Mac users. The company doesn’t provide release notes for this software update, but Cupertino says it’s fixing important bugs. As we approach the macOS 15 announcement, it’s more likely that Apple wants to make the system more stable while adding security patches than revamping macOS since we expect big features to be announced in June.

That said, macOS 14.5 is fixing two main issues, according to Apple:

  • FaceTime: This update fixes an issue where users might not be able to approve or decline a FaceTime link call because notifications might not be received on the caller side for them to accept or decline the call. 
  • Mac (Designed for iPad) Apps: This update fixes an issue where macOS might launch the wrong version for (Designed for iPad) apps after double-clicking the icon or after building from Xcode.

Besides that, macOS 14.5 adds a new game for Apple News+ subscribrers. With macOS 14.4, Apple also didn’t bring many new features. Still, Cupertino expanded multiple timers on macOS Sonoma with all ringtones currently available on the iPhone. Previously, only the classic tones were available.

For Apple Music, Books, and Podcasts apps, Apple switched the Listen Now tab to Home. In addition, macOS 14.4 added 28 new emojis. Most of the figures are skin tone modifiers and gender variants. Still, the new emojis include a lime, shaking heads, a phoenix, and four new gender-neutral family emojis intended to be represented via silhouettes.

Podcasts Episode text can be read in full, searched for a word or phrase, clicked to play from a specific point, and used with accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and Voice Over. It also brought Business Updates in Messages for Business, which lets you get updates that you’ve opted into, like order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts, or other transactions from trusted businesses.

Finally, Safari Favorites Bar adds an option to show only icons for websites. BGR will keep following the latest changes with macOS 14.5 beta 2, and we’ll let you know if we discover anything new.

Alongside macOS 14.5, Apple has also released iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, watchOS 10.5, and tvOS 17.5 to users. We’ll let you know if we find anything new with these software updates.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.