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macOS 10.15.4

Apple (combo update):

macOS Catalina 10.15.4 introduces iCloud Drive folder sharing, Screen Time communication limits, Apple Music time-synced lyrics view, and more. The update also improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac.

There’s no mention of Mail fixes, and I already have multiple reports that the bug where messages disappear when dragged to another mailbox is still present. Another customer said that the update did fix the bug he was seeing where rules copied messages instead of moving them.

Previously:

Update (2020-03-27): See also: Howard Oakley, MacRumors.

Joachim Fornallaz:

A great update of macOS with changes to Photos improving library upgrades, exports, printing, and iCloud downloads.

Tanner Bennett:

macOS update notifications are so user-hostile nowadays. No way to dismiss without agreeing to another notification within the next 24 hours, and really no way to turn them off at all either.

I have update checking turned off but I got a notification just now.

Adam Engst (forum):

To share an iCloud Drive folder in 10.15.4, Control-click it in the Finder and choose Share > Add People. macOS’s odd modal dialog appears, letting you set who can access the folder (invitees or anyone with the link) and what permissions they have (view only or make changes). Select a sharing mechanism at the top and enter the name of the person with whom you want to share, click Share, and you’re done.

Gus Mueller (tweet):

This is a quick developer PSA. MacOS 10.15.4 was just released, and there was a minor change in the way NSAttributedString’s -initWithHTML:options:documentAttributes method works. Previously (10.15.3 and earlier) if you passed a HTML snippet using HelveticaNeue with a size of 20, the minimum line height for the attributed string was set to 25 (and if you passed 40 for the font size, you’d get 49). With 10.15.4 the minimum line height is now set to 0. I’m actually in favor of this change, but if you were expecting certain layouts to happen based on the previous defaults, things might look different for you.

Howard Oakley:

A few users are reporting that, following upgrading their Mac to Catalina 10.15.4, one or more of its USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports stops working.

Although uncommon, if your Mac suffers this the remedy is straightforward: reset its SMC.

4 Comments

For the past week, my MBP internal SSD has been saying it has around 85 GB free, even after running multiple Time Machine backups. After installing the new 10.15.4 update the drive now reports 132 GB free. WTF?

Really need that Mail data loss bug fixed! I've had multiple folder sets that badly need consolidating for over a year now. Grr!

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