Bugs in macOS make some apps invisible

Background Task Manager is one of the malware prevention mechanisms in macOS. Manager checks for apps asking to run code in background and presents alerts to user to approve such action.

Bugs in Background Task Manager allow malicious apps to prevent this alert from being displayed. Apple is notified of the issue.


Apple releases and pulls back Rapid Security Response for iOS 16.5.1 and macOS 13.4.1

Apple released Rapid Security Response for iOS – 16.5.1 (a) and macOS Ventura – 13.4.1 (a).

This update fixes vulnerability actively used to compromise Apple platforms. However, it became known that this update also causes issues for some users with web applications including Instagram and Facebook.

Apple then stopped distributing the update and currently promising new update to be available soon.

Users who already installed it and experience issues should wait for updated version in coming days.

Turns out that issue was due to User Agent text containing "(a)" and, therefore, breaking some of the checks on web sites.


Users report issues with iOS 16.5 and watchOS 9.5

Users reported that iOS/iPadOS 16.5 breaks USB 3 adapter compatibility. USB-A port seems to be no longer working after the 16.5 update. Connecting the accessory triggers the error saying that it requires too much power.

watchOS 9.5 in turn added green tint on passcode entry, notifications and control center screens. Issues affects Apple Watch Series 8 and older devices. Apple Watch Ultra seems to be unaffected.



Some issues are reported for macOS updates

Users report issues with recent macOS updates, including update for macOS 11.7.3.

Bug in macOS Ventura affects network connectivity between Apple platforms and Windows. These configurations were working previously and now SMB connections are failing.

Bug in macOS 11.7.3 Safari breaks site favorite icons.


Apple pulled out new Home architecture upgrade option in iOS 16.2

Apple now no longer offers users to upgrade Home architecture in iOS 16.2. This follows several reports claiming that home is stuck in upgrading state and couple of other issues including inability to invite residents and some accessory problems.

Existing users who already upgraded the architecture do not have an option to downgrade.

Reference: Apple Pulls iOS 16.2 Option to Upgrade to New Home Architecture

tvOS 16.1 incorrectly identifies Apple TV with 128GB storage as 64GB model

It is reported that latest tvOS 16.1 update that prevents Apple TV 4K 128GB from using more than 64GB of storage. As soon as 64GB of storage is used, tvOS prevents users from installing new applications from App Store.

It is also reported that latest beta does not fix the issue as well.

Reference: tvOS 16.1 Bug Wrongly Identifies New 128GB Apple TVs as 64GB Models

iOS 15.7.1 Release Candidate might break Face ID on some devices

During recent RC publication Apple also published iOS 15.7.1 RC keeping updating older iOS major release with bug fixes.

It turns out that this RC might break Face ID for some users. Affected devices include iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. User might see "Face ID Is Not Available" error message.

Reference: iOS 15.7.1 Release Candidate Breaking Face ID for Some iPhone Users

iOS 16 breaks AirPlay to older Apple TV

DRM protected content failed to be streamed to second and third generation Apple TV – issue is introduced in iOS 16. iOS 15.7 still could stream to those devices.

There is no indication, if this would be fixed in upcoming releases.