The latest OS X and iOS 8 updates

Yesterday Apple released two new updates to both Yosemite and iOS 8, which have addressed a number of key features and issues, including:

  • The issue that could cause Macs bound to an Active Directory server to become unresponsive at startup
  • Improved Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
  • A number of security fixes

This is a significant update therefore updating as soon as possible is highly recommended as a number of security holes have been patched.

What else is included in 10.10.3?

The update has also released the new Photos app, which is the replacement for iPhoto and Aperture – which should be very interesting.

With Photos you can:


  • Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
  • Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
  • Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
  • Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with your web browser
  • Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
  • Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmaking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
  • Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes
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How to upgrade your iPhoto Library to Photos: 

It’s easy to upgrade your iPhoto library to Photos – just open the app to get started. To learn more about Photos, visit Apple’s website here.

This update also includes the following improvements:


  • Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up
  • Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing
  • Improves stability and security in Safari
  • Improves Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
  • Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments
  • Fixes an issue that might cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
  • Improves screen sharing reliability

For enterprise customers, this update includes the following:


  • Addresses an issue that could cause Macs bound to an Active Directory server to become unresponsive at startup
  • Provides the ability to set an umask that’s respected by GUI apps
  • Fixes an issue installing a configuration profile for 802.1x with EAP-TLS
  • Resolves an issue where folders from a DFS share point might “disappear” when viewed from the Finder on some Macs

iOS 8 Updates

  • These are just some of the important features with the latest update to iOS 8:
  • Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials
  • Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected
  • Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app
  • Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts
  • Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices
  • Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
  • Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
  • Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
  • Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
  • Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
  • Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
  • Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network
  • Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated
  • Accessibility fixes
  • Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond
  • Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay
  • Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
  • Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs
  • Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data

For more information about these latest software updates, please visit the Apple Website here.

Disclaimer: As with all major software updates we advise taking a back up of all your devices and running a test, if possible, before updating.

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