MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 Update Download Available Now
Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 update for all Mac users who are running MacOS Catalina. 10.15.1 is the first major point release software update to MacOS Catalina after Apple had previously issued a smaller set of Supplemental Updates to the operating system.
MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 arrives as build 19B88 and includes bug fixes and improvements, along with new Emoji icons and gender neutral emoji, support for AirPods Pro, returned support for titles and filtering in Photos app, improvements to Siri privacy, and other changes and enhancements. The full release notes are shown below, it’s unclear if some other reported bugs and issues with Catalina are addressed with the 10.15.1 update.
Separately, for Mac users running prior MacOS versions, Apple has released a new Security Update for MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 and macOS High Sierra, along with Safari 13.0.3 for those system software versions too.
How to Download & Update MacOS Catalina 10.15.1
Be sure to backup a Mac with Time Machine or your backup method of choice before installing any system software update.
- Go to the Apple menu, then choose “System Preferences”
- Go to the “Software Update” preference panel, then choose to update when “macOS 10.15.1 update” is shown as available
The macOS 10.15.1 update weighs in around 4.5GB to download, and installation requires around 15GB of free storage to complete. Installation also requires the computer to reboot.
Note that MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 updates are only available to Macs currently running Catalina. If you’re running macOS Mojave or MacOS High Sierra, then a Security Update will show as available rather than MacOS Catalina 10.15.1.
Installing the 10.15.1 software update is recommended to all MacOS Catalina users.
Some Mac users have chosen to ignore MacOS Catalina update for the time being due to software compatibility issues, other problems with Catalina, or because their current system is adequate and doesn’t need a change. If that describes you then be sure to install the Security Updates as they become available instead. Similarly, if you ignored the Catalina update but wish to install it now with 10.15.1, you’d need to reset the ignored software update list as described here.
Download Links for MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 & Security Updates for Mojave & High Sierra
Mac users can choose to download and install macOS 10.15.1 with package update files if they’d prefer to do that than use the software update mechanism. Using a combo update package installer to update MacOS is relatively easy, much like installing any other software package.
MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 Release Notes
Release notes for MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 are as follows:
The macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update includes updated and additional emoji, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit-enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings, as well as bug fixes and improvements.
- Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender-neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji
- AirPods Pro support
- HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
- HomeKit enabled routers let you control how your HomeKit accessories communicate over the internet or in your home
- Adds support for AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations
- Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
- Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings
This update also includes the following bug fixes and improvements:
- Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos
- Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos
- Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
- Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
- Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News
- Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list
- Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps
- Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app
- When using the built-in keyboard with a non-U.S. keyboard layout, passwords with certain characters are no longer rejected at the Mac login window.
- When sign in with Apple ID is not allowed by a configuration profile, the Sign In button in System Preferences is now dimmed.
Apple recently released iOS 13.2 and ipadOS 13.2 updates to iPhone and iPad users with many of the same new features and changes, including the new Emoji icons. Updates for Apple Watch are also available.