Apple has released the iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 updates to its devices just over two weeks after the debut of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. Newer software versions fix battery drain issues that were introduced with previous iOS and iPadOS updates. Along with iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1, Apple has released the HomePod 15.4.1 update to fix the Siri related issue. Apple Watch users also received watchOS 8.5.1 as a minor update that brings a number of security fixes. Similarly, Mac users received macOS Monterey 12.3.1 with fixes to address Bluetooth and external display connectivity issues.
iOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4.1: what’s new?
Last month, Apple introduced iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, which started causing battery drain issues for some users. User reports that have surfaced online have suggested that the problems have been to reduce the battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro Max to half a day for some users, while the iPhone 11 models for some users have run out of juice by 80 percent in 24 hours. Apple has addressed these issues, introducing iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1, which include fixes for issues that cause batteries to drain faster than expected, according to the official release notes.
In addition to battery drain issues, iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 fixes an issue that causes braille devices to become unresponsive when navigating through text or displaying alerts. The updates also resolve an issue with Made for iPhone and Made for iPad hearing aids becoming unresponsive with some third-party apps.
Separate iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 to correct A security issue in the AppleAVD media decoder that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple mentioned that the zero-day vulnerability could be “actively exploited” by some attackers in the wild. Devices affected include iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
HomePod Software Version 15.4.1: What’s New?
Along with the latest releases of iOS and iPadOS, Apple has introduced HomePod software version 15.4.1, which fixes an issue that caused some HomeKit-enabled accessories to become unresponsive when controlled via Siri. The update also includes bug fixes for HomePod devices. said in his changelog.
watchOS 8.5.1: what’s new?
Apple also released watchOS 8.5.1 as a minor update to watchOS 8.5. The new software release includes security updates and bug fixes for compatible Apple Watch models, the company says. However, the exact details of updates and security fixes have not yet been announced.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1: What’s new?
Mac users received the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update, which fixes an issue that caused Bluetooth devices such as game controllers to disconnect after playing audio through some Beats headphones. The update also fixes an issue where an external USB-C or Thunderbolt display would not turn on when connected to a Mac mini (2018) as a second display.
The new release of macOS Monterey also fixes an issue that prevented some 2021 MacBook Pro models from updating or restoring to macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple. said in the release notes.
In addition, the release of macOS 12.3.1 bears two security fixes. One of them is related to a zero-day vulnerability related to the AppleAVD media decoder, which also existed for iOS and iPadOS users. The software update also fixes a security loophole that existed in the Intel graphics driver that could allow an attacker to gain access to kernel memory.
Apple has stated that it is aware that both issues may have been actively exploited.
How to download iOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4.1
You can download iOS 15.4.1 or iPadOS 15.4.1 to your device by following the link Settings > General > Software update. The updates are available for all devices running the latest iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.
Updates will also automatically arrive on your devices if you have turned on automatic updates. However, Apple generally delays downloading updates to devices that are set to update automatically.
Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi obviously confirmed in response to a Reddit user, delaying automatic updates. In his intended response, which is shown in the screenshot, the executive said that the company is delaying automatic updates for one to four weeks after receiving user feedback and making its software updates available to users first, using the manual method.
Federighi’s supposed response does not provide clarity as to why Apple is doing this. However, this may be due to two reasons. First, the delay will help the company not overload its servers by downloading software updates to a large number of devices at the same time. Second, it can help reduce the impact of any bugs that may be included in the update.
How to download HomePod software version 15.4.1
Unlike iPhones and iPads, Apple automatically pushes software updates to HomePod and HomePod mini. However, you can check the HomePod 15.4.1 software version for your device by going to home settings > Software update from the Home app. Make sure the connected Apple device is running the latest software.
How to download watchOS 8.5.1
You can download watchOS 8.5.1 on Apple Watch Series 3 and later by going to General > Software update in the Watch app on iPhone. Alternatively, you can download the update directly from your Apple Watch if it’s connected to Wi-Fi by going to Settings > General > Software update.
How to download macOS Monterey 12.3.1
Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for all eligible MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro. You can manually check for updates by going to System settings > Software update after clicking on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner of your computer screen. You can also get the update by visiting the “About This Mac” setting in the Apple menu.