Friday, August 18, 2023

macOS 13.5.1

Juli Clover (release notes, full installer, IPSW):

macOS Ventura 13.5.1 addresses a bug that impacts location services settings on the Mac. Mac users have complained since July of an issue with the location privacy settings, with the bug preventing them from accessing and controlling location permissions for first and third-party apps.

This was another troublesome update for me. I haven’t upated my main Mac yet. On my test Mac, after starting the update from System Settings it again failed to prepare. Using softwareupdate, the first time it restarted without actually applying the update. The second time it applied the update but kernel panicked right before showing the desktop. Restarting again worked. I suppose a benefit of the SSV is that, despite these problems, I can be sure that the installation is not actually damaged.

See also: Mr. Macintosh and Howard Oakley.


Update (2023-08-22): Howard Oakley (Hacker News):

I have now realised one cause of substantial discrepancies seen in the sizes of macOS updates for Apple silicon Macs.


The first download was similar in size to that for Intel Macs, and essentially the size given for the update by softwareupdate. In the case of the 13.5.1 update, that was around 500 MB for Intel, and just over 700 MB for Apple silicon Macs. As that part of each update should be similar between different architectures, there’s usually little difference. However, there’s a second component that is only downloaded by Apple silicon Macs, which is generally about 1.1 GB in size, bringing the total size to be downloaded to about 1.8 GB.


So if you’re updating an Apple silicon Mac, pay little attention to the download size given by softwareupdate or in SilentKnight, or at least add the fixed 1.1 GB overhead to it to arrive at the download size reported in the update progress window. Websites that report the size of macOS updates also need to make clear whether the figures they give are for Intel or Apple silicon Macs, and whether they include that overhead.

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My update process went okay, by which I mean my 2017 iMac rebooted a lot of times, mostly without much information on what it was doing and how far through the process it was. That is super annoying and I have no idea why Apple can't be arsed to put *something* under the apple logo and progress bar. It shouldn't be *that* hard to do, and would help both users and Apple Support (if things go wrong.)

I hadn't exactly noticed what went on because I was doing other stuff not at my desk while my M1 Mini updated, but yes, I came back and it was still going on, way too long, and after the final reboot I was presented with a crash report. Like you say, it seems to have worked anyway but not exactly confidence inspiring.

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