On Friday night, Apple published another macOS update. The update appears among others among users of macOS 11 alias Big Sur, but earlier macOS versions such as the predecessor 10.15 alias Catalina are also considered. Obviously, the condition is that you have already synchronized an iPhone or iPad with the system, but the update may also be offered to all users.
Maintain contact with the Mac
According to Apple, the so-called Device Support Update should ensure that iOS and iPadOS devices can still be “correctly updated and restored with a Mac”. The group did not provide any further details. Such updates usually appear automatically when you connect an iPhone or iPad to the Mac and the operating system lacks suitable drivers; however, the Device Support Update seems to do more than these driver updates.
Management from the finder
After iTunes ended, Apple moved central functions for managing iOS and iPadOS devices to the Finder file manager. Here you can start a synchronization, view the storage status, import updates, initiate a recovery of the device and trigger backups. It doesn’t always work out as expected; alternatively, you can also use external management tools such as iMazing.
iPhone 13 owners watch out
The Device Support Update is almost 200 MB in size and is recommended to all users. It is conceivable that it will be necessary to connect new devices such as iPhone 13 or iPad mini 6 and iPad 9 to the Mac, even if Apple has not yet communicated this. The update is likely to be the last Apple will provide before macOS 12 aka Monterey appears. The Apple scene is currently expecting the next major operating system update for the Mac in October.
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