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Finally! This was the final piece of the puzzle, no more rapid battery drain. To recap, I turned off Siri for every app; I turned off Dictation; last but not least, I rebooted the phone. Battery drain was 7% over the last 24 hrs, contrasting with ~75% drain the previous 24-hour periods. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions, the MacInTouch community is the best!
Yet another issue crops up:

My iPhone's iOS "Auto Update" is also shut off (at Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates), yet every couple of days I get welcomed by "Update is ready to install". I then navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and delete the latest iOS update that has mysteriously downloaded.

Two questions:
  1. How does this continue to be downloaded even with all settings that allow it (that I can find) shut off?
  2. Is there yet another setting I'm missing that I need to change?
Thanks!
 


… iOS … Settings > General > iPhone Storage and delete the latest iOS update that has mysteriously downloaded.

  1. How does this continue to be downloaded even with all settings that allow it (that I can find) shut off?
  2. Is there yet another setting I'm missing that I need to change?
Thanks!
  1. Apple has the Power. Resistance is futile.1 You are Number Six.2
  2. Nope. But you can delete the update file, which I do, just so I have some time to react if I accidentally tap "update" in the future. (Alas, all to easy for this fumblefinger.)
1 Sorry for the pop-culture reference to Star Trek.
2 And The Prisoner.
 


Yet another issue crops up:

My iPhone's iOS "Auto Update" is also shut off (at Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates), yet every couple of days I get welcomed by "Update is ready to install". I then navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and delete the latest iOS update that has mysteriously downloaded.

Two questions:
  1. How does this continue to be downloaded even with all settings that allow it (that I can find) shut off?
  2. Is there yet another setting I'm missing that I need to change?
Thanks!
I think that if you have WiFi enabled and have the device plugged in to a power supply (including USB) it will download the update. This is why I keep WiFi turned off on my iPhone.

But I still get Apple nagging at least several times a day that there is a newer version of iOS and they want me to download it.
 


I think that if you have WiFi enabled and have the device plugged in to a power supply (including USB) it will download the update. This is why I keep WiFi turned off on my iPhone. But I still get Apple nagging at least several times a day that there is a newer version of iOS and they want me to download it.
I used to think that having the phone plugged (charging) with WIFI would trigger the download of the update. But I am not so sure now. It did happen a couple of times, after which I went in and deleted it, but it hasn't downloaded the update in over four months (iPhone 7, iOS 12.4.1).

I plug it in every night, thinking that will happen (I have lots of space available) but have been very happy that I haven't had to routinely delete the download. And when I check General > Update, it gives the option "Download and Install".
 


I think that if you have WiFi enabled and have the device plugged in to a power supply (including USB) it will download the update. This is why I keep WiFi turned off on my iPhone. But I still get Apple nagging at least several times a day that there is a newer version of iOS and they want me to download it.
Thank you Simon & David. I thought this was the case (surrender to Apple) but wanted to make sure I exhausted my options. Looks like I have no options (except to delete on receipt!)
 


My experience matches the Wi-Fi diagnosis as an enabler for forced iOS updates. My phones (two iPhone 6s's) are seldom connected to Wi-Fi. I cannot recall any instances of a forced download.

In addition, whenever I do want to update iOS, the only way to download the file is to switch from cellular to Wi-Fi [and] it appears to be impossible to update iOS without a Wi-Fi connection, a Mac/PC iTunes connection, or an Apple Configurator connection.
 


Thank you Simon & David. I thought this was the case (surrender to Apple) but wanted to make sure I exhausted my options. Looks like I have no options (except to delete on receipt!)
Another potential option is to enable connectivity restrictions on your modem/router.

As I recall, iOS claims it will update "between X:00 AM and X:00 AM when connected to Wifi and power" - so.... disable internet access to Wifi for the device from your router1 during that timeframe (can't recall what it is exactly), and your device should never be able to upgrade.

1This requires knowledge of your router's or modem's configuration - not all will have this functionality.
 


Thank you Simon & David. I thought this was the case (surrender to Apple) but wanted to make sure I exhausted my options. Looks like I have no options (except to delete on receipt!)
Yet another option is to set your device to "managed" (using something like Apple Configurator) and configure it to disallow updates - but I've found in the past that trying to make an existing device (one which already has user data) into a "managed" device difficult, as it essentially needs to be wiped and cannot be restored via backup to keep any of the management profiles.
 


I need help with an odd issue: The App Store updates no longer shows me "updated recently" nor any icons at all; it simply displays text in the center of a blank screen, saying "No updates all your apps are up to date".

I get the same message if I use the command line to check for updates.

There are a thousand and one obvious suggestions and questions, and I can assure you I've tried them all: sign in and out (of iCloud, of App Store et al); power off; delete device and try again; and so on. I've even made a Mojave VM in Parallels and tried that to no avail.

My account works just fine: it shows me everything I've purchased; it allows me to purchase new items... everything works except "Updates."

Now I'm starting to think that it has something to do with failed receipt/BOMs. I cannot, however, find them in my Catalina 10.15.4 libraries. The Receipts folder in my /Library is empty, except for a plist, and the ~/library/receipts is stuff from years ago.

I'd be interested in learning 1) where receipts are kept; 2) what the correct ownership and permissions are for those location(s) or 3) if someone has other suggestions, or even been up against this themselves and found a solution.

Thanks. Stay well and wash your hands!
 


I need help with an odd issue: The App Store updates no longer shows me "updated recently" nor any icons at all; it simply displays text in the center of a blank screen, saying "No updates all your apps are up to date".
Could it be that there are indeed no new updates for your App Store purchases available and that you do not have recently installed updates? In the App Store, "recently" now means only days ago.
 



Since the recent system updates (iOS 13.4 and MacOS 10.15.4) I am no longer getting Reminder notifications on any of my devices: iPhone XR, iPad Mini 4 and 2017 iMac. No sound, no persistent banners, nothing in Notification Center. The only notice that a reminder has come and gone is that the application icon on all devices is badged with the number of expired reminders.

I did a little test to make sure I wasn't just missing the reminders. I have a daily reminder to exercise at 7:30 AM. This morning I sat looking at all three devices. The appointed hour came and went with no sound and no notification. The icons were all badged.

I also tried editing a few reminders to see if there was a synchronization issue. There is not. All of my edits appeared almost instantly across all three devices.

I'm somewhat concerned, because this weekend I failed to take an important medication, and this morning I wasn't notified to take my blood pressure. Now that I know Notifications are failing, I can work around this. But, why should I have to? This should just work.
 


Since the recent system updates (iOS 13.4 and MacOS 10.15.4) I am no longer getting Reminder notifications on any of my devices...
...I'm somewhat concerned, because this weekend I failed to take an important medication, and this morning I wasn't notified to take my blood pressure. Now that I know Notifications are failing, I can work around this. But, why should I have to? This should just work.
This is an example of the random failures that simply are par for the course, not only with macOS but with all operating systems. There are so many intricate interconnections that there rarely is a direct cause and effect. If you were to contact Apple, their response could very well be to perform an Erase and Install. Your expectation that things "should just work" is an exhortation that all of us have muttered or screamed at least once, if not many times. In a perfect world, all software would be 100% compatible and 100% functional all the time. We can only trust software developers to do their best to minimize issues and failures upon release of major upgrades and minor updates.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
More from Howard Oakley about Apple firmware update failures:
Eclectic Light Co. said:
Some Macs don’t update their firmware when they should
For some years now, the only way that your Mac can update its firmware is when you install a macOS update – which includes both updates to macOS as a whole, and Security Updates for previous major releases of macOS. Each such update now comes with installers for the current release versions of firmware, which are different for various models of Mac.

Keeping your Mac’s firmware up to date is important. Old versions can have incompatibilities with more recent releases of macOS (or Security Updates), and may contain security vulnerabilities and other bugs. When everything works well, you shouldn’t have to worry about any of this. You let Software Update download and install macOS updates, and whenever new firmware is released for your particular model, that gets updated too.

Occasionally, though, updaters don’t install the firmware updates they’re expected to. When this happens once, it’s no great disaster, and applying the update a second time – perhaps in the ‘Combo’ updater – often does the trick. It’s not as convenient, perhaps, as being able to run a separate firmware installer, but works.

Since the release of the first version of Catalina six months ago, one particular model has resulted in a worryingly high failure rate in firmware updates: the iMac Retina 5K 27-inch Late 2015 (iMac17,1).

#applequality #firmware
 


Since the recent system updates (iOS 13.4 and MacOS 10.15.4) I am no longer getting Reminder notifications on any of my devices: iPhone XR, iPad Mini 4 and 2017 iMac. No sound, no persistent banners, nothing in Notification Center. The only notice that a reminder has come and gone is that the application icon on all devices is badged with the number of expired reminders.

I did a little test to make sure I wasn't just missing the reminders. I have a daily reminder to exercise at 7:30 AM. This morning I sat looking at all three devices. The appointed hour came and went with no sound and no notification. The icons were all badged.

I also tried editing a few reminders to see if there was a synchronization issue. There is not. All of my edits appeared almost instantly across all three devices.

I'm somewhat concerned, because this weekend I failed to take an important medication, and this morning I wasn't notified to take my blood pressure. Now that I know Notifications are failing, I can work around this. But, why should I have to? This should just work.
Just a thought. Last weekend was daylight saving time change [in certain places] around the world, and there are always problems with date/time related stuff after such an event. You could try:

1. Turn the device off and on again (should force a reset of date and time algorithms)

2. Go to Settings app > General > Date & Time - try turning off "Set automatically" and reboot/test. You could also try changing timezone, reboot, change it back and reboot to test.
 



I am running Mojave on a late 2015 iMac 27-inch. I installed Catalina onto an external SSD. The firmware did not update.
Will firmware update if the Catalina installation is on an external drive?
It did here - ‘13 Mac Pro -> Sonnet Echo 15 with SSD
 



Ric Ford

MacInTouch
More Apple update bugs in the latest macOS versions, freezing the Mac while using videoconferencing apps:
Mr. Macintosh said:
2020-002 Update Causes Some Macs to Freeze Up While Using Vid Conf Apps

After Apple Released the 10.15.4 & 2020-002 Security updates, some users started to report that their 2015 & 2017 MacBook Air would freeze up when using Video Conferencing Software.

I reported on a similar issue in August of 2019 when the macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Update started to cause Kernel Panics if you used the Built In FaceTime Camera.

https://mrmacintosh.com/10-14-6-update-causes-kernel-panic-when-using-facetime-camera/

This article has seen a big uptick in traffic as of a few days ago. Then I started to receive emails from users who were having their Mac freeze up after installing the Security Updates. After

#applequality
 


Since the most recent Security and Safari updates (Mojave included), Safari (13.1) consistently and intermittently becomes totally unresponsive to keyboard or mouse/trackpad interaction, with beachball when hovering cursor over active window, This goes on for several minutes, and memory use "pegs the meter." On Facebook, any "watch party" or "Facebook Live" event causes Safari to totally freeze, without displaying any event video, and only a Force Quit will restore it to life. After relaunch (or a system Restart), trying to access the video event again has the same result. Never any such problems with last Safari version, or pre-update OS. Chrome and Firefox are handling these Facebook video situations without a hitch.
 


Since the most recent Security and Safari updates (Mojave included), Safari (13.1) consistently and intermittently becomes totally unresponsive to keyboard or mouse/trackpad interaction, with beachball when hovering cursor over active window, This goes on for several minutes, and memory use "pegs the meter." On Facebook, any "watch party" or "Facebook Live" event causes Safari to totally freeze, without displaying any event video, and only a Force Quit will restore it to life. After relaunch (or a system Restart), trying to access the video event again has the same result. Never any such problems with last Safari version, or pre-update OS. Chrome and Firefox are handling these Facebook video situations without a hitch.
Not my experience, but after both updates I had to shut down, disconnect power, power up, and login again before the updates completed.
 


This may not be quite on target for this thread, but I have two surprises to share:

1. Getting past Apple’s pop-up regarding the “damaged” macOS High Sierra installer was achieved by simply resetting the Mac date to 2018. A colleague had told me this over a week ago, and I found that it works. After resetting the Mac date and time to current, it updated the macOS to current - 10.13.6 (17G65).

2. After successfully running the Mojave installer on an external USB spinner hard disk, the Setup Assistant indicated that the keyboard was not recognized. The assistant directed me to press the blank key that's to the right of the left Shift key. Granted, my Mac Mini is still using an old extended Apple keyboard – this step failed; the letter Z is in that location. The same key placement is true for the included wireless keyboard that came with the refurbished 27" iMac that we bought last summer. Regardless of this setup error, the keyboard appears to work just fine.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Apple has some bizarre, undocumented issues happening with its AirPod firmware, according to reports:
AppleInsider said:
Apple shipping replacement AirPods with unreleased firmware, pairing issue
Users seeking a replacement AirPod for a lost or damaged set may be out of luck, as Apple seems to be shipping some models with newer-than-released firmware 2D3. This seems to be affecting the second generation AirPods specifically, although a few reports of AirPods Pro replacements with the firmware have been reported too.

To add to the confusion, it seems to be affecting only those replacing their right earbud, not the left. Users contacting Apple support are being told to wait for the new update for the issue to be resolved, but were given no expected release date of the firmware.

#applequality
 


A previously very stable Mac Mini 2018 running Mojave started to crash after going to sleep. Also after a cold boot there is a crash report. This started to happen after the Catalina 10.15.4 update (maybe also after Security Update 2020-002 Mojave) firmware update to Boot ROM Version: 1037.100.359.0.0 (iBridge: 17.16.14263.0.0,0).

Disconnecting peripherals, resetting SMC, PRAM, safe-boot, Disk First Aid do not help.

With my setup, touching Safari [12.1.2 - 13.1] triggers those crashes in Mojave 10.14.6 (clean install or fully updated): shutdown, login, open ad close Safari, put the Mac Mini 2018 to sleep, and it crashes and reboots after about 2 minutes.

If I don't open Safari, the Mac seems to sleep OK, and a cold boot does not issue a crash report. If I have used Safari and shut down, then after a cold boot there is a crash report.

I can repeat this many times on many user accounts and also on external disks booted from Mojave. Some people report Mac Mini sleep crashes no matter what. An external disk booted from Catalina sleeps without crashes.

I suspect this is yet another firmware bug.

I have reported this to:

There are some Apple support Mac Mini threads abouts this at:

#applequality #firmware
 


A previously very stable Mac Mini 2018 running Mojave started to crash after going to sleep. Also after a cold boot there is a crash report. This started to happen after the Catalina 10.15.4 update ... With my setup, touching Safari 2.1.2 - 3.1 triggers those crashes in Mojave 10.14.6...
The current version of Safari is in the 13 range for the major version number. Safari 3.1 is somewhere in the 2007-8 timeframe.

A rogue application shouldn't crash the whole OS (or perhaps takes down the Finder but still generally shouldn't do that either).

The updater left a 10-year-old Safari in place?
 


... The updater left a 10-year-old Safari in place?
Oh sorry, that was a typo -- I meant Safari 12.1.2 from the clean macOS 10.14.6 install before the recent updates that introduced the crashes.

These Mac Mini 2018 Mojave sleep/shutdown crashes started after the recent macOS 10.15.4 update or Security Update 2020-002 Mojave, which updated firmware to Boot ROM Version: 1037.100.359.0.0 (iBridge: 17.16.14263.0.0,0). macOS 10.15.4 Supplemental update updated it to Boot ROM Version: 1037.100.362.0.0 (iBridge: 17.16.14281.0.0,0), but the same sleep/shutdown crashes persist in Mojave.

So even a clean Mojave 10.14.6 install does not help: if I open Safari 12.1.2 just to an empty page, quit it and put the Mac to sleep, it now always crashes and reboots after about two minutes. Or after a using Safari, shutdown and a cold boot the Mac issues a crash report.

Otherwise, Safari 12.1.2 - 3.1 works OK, but I have now switched using Chrome, which does not trigger those crashes.

Adjusting Energy Saver preferences ("Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off" ON and "Wake for network access" and "Enable Power Nap" OFF) didn't help either.

I wonder if this bug affects only Mac Mini 2018?
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Apple has some bizarre, undocumented issues happening with its AirPod firmware, according to reports...
Here's more about AirPods Pro firmware problems (noted on TidBITS):
Joseph Curran said:
We need to talk about AirPods Pro
Those first two weeks with AirPods Pro were like heaven on earth. Then came the sting in the tale and the start of this ongoing saga: a firmware update.

AirPods firmware updates happen automatically. And unlike with iOS and macOS updates, they can’t be stopped. You’re getting the update whether you like it or not.

Furthermore, they can’t be downgraded, which is a key issue in this shambles.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch


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