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I also downloaded the Combo Update only to have it not work. I did go ahead and used the Delta update. Subsequently, the same Combo Update that had not worked now worked just fine. Of course, I was already at 10.14.3, but this way I get the 'advantage' of the Combo Update
 


We keep installers for the past 7 or so macOS versions on our utility portable drives. They never ask for Apple ID and install with no problem on machines with no Apple ID or with different Apple IDs in use. I've never seen this be an issue.
Keep in mind, the OS updates download and install without ever setting up an Apple ID in the store. If it does insert some ID info into the package, I don't think it works in any limiting way. We do get a verification error sometimes and have to re-download a new one. I guess this is due to it being a defunct or problematic version or getting corrupt.
Looking at the contents of the full installers it seems that they had a Mac App Store receipt up through Sierra. After that, no receipt is present.
 


I think the issue with the Combo Update (10.14.3) is that the version is off (18C54 vs 18D42) in that my 10.14.2 was C54, and 10.14.3 Combo’s list parameter was not recognizing this.

An Apple forum user recommended editing the package list, something I am not comfortable with. I did get the delta update to show up (it was not initially until 30 hours later for some reason) and after that, the combo worked (extra work but cleaner in my opinion)....
 


I'm not running Mojave on any of my machines, but have been archiving the associated installers and updates for possible future use.

After reading here about the problems people were having with the 10.14.3 Combo Update that I'd just downloaded on January 24, I tried downloading it again on the 25th. The second file was about 30MB larger than the first. As I said, I don't use Mojave, so can't comment on the functionality of either version.
I downloaded 10.14.3 Combo Update at 12:15 pm EST today. They are different sizes and diff says they are different. Since I've already updated all my Mojave disks, I can't check to see if the new one works. Here is some information about both:

Kind: Installer package
Size: 2,485,124,277 bytes (2.49 GB on disk)
Created: January 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM
Modified: January 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Kind: Installer package
Size: 2,505,751,715 bytes (2.51 GB on disk)
Created: January 24, 2019 at 7:36 AM
Modified: January 24, 2019 at 4:21 PM
 


So considering all these issues surrounding the last Mojave update, I had problems with the most recent High Sierra security update, as well, on an iMac Pro. Maybe it's the security component that's shared between both that's the culprit?

In my case, I ran the update from the App Store, it rebooted and ran the update, then I went along happily using the computer. However, once I shutdown or restarted (could be hours or even days later), it would stall and then go to the "failed to complete" screen.

Disk Utility was no help, and the only recourse was to reinstall High Sierra from recovery - 20-30 minutes later, and I was back to the state before the update.

I tried again the next day, and the same thing happened. Based on the error log, it was looking for a file or files that didn't exist, as if it was trying to clean up something that was already gone.

Anyway, after reinstalling once again, I instead downloaded the combo updater and ran that after unplugging all peripherals. This finally worked, but, geeze Apple, this is such a train wreck of an OS and it looks like Mojave is no better.

I've been holding off on upgrading to Mojave while waiting for some mission-critical apps to get support, but as has been the case since Lion, is there anything compelling in this new OS that I want? I haven't seen anything.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Howard Oakley writes about the confusing, silent operations involved in Apple firmware updates:
The Eclectic Light Co. said:
Setting up a new (or repurposed) Mac: 8 The problem of updating firmware
For some years now, Apple has only distributed EFI and other firmware updates bundled within macOS system installers and updaters. This is one of the reasons why macOS updates are so large: each (even the recent 10.14.3 Supplemental Update) now contains a full set of EFI, SMC and other firmware updates, even though the firmware may not have changed for some months.

If you want to set up a new or repurposed Mac which is identical (the same model) to another, and both are running the same firmware versions throughout – and those include EFI, SMC, and SSD controller – then you should still get away with using imaging, so long as the Mac doesn’t have a T2 chip.

If any of that firmware needs to be updated during installation, for example if the new Mac is still running High Sierra, then imaging won’t accomplish the necessary firmware updates; only an Apple system installer with the correct firmware installer within it will achieve that. At best, you’ll be left with a new Mac which is running outdated firmware, which is a good reason for instability. At worst, you may end up with an unbootable mess.

The T2 chip, with its Secure Boot, makes this even worse....
 


Apple's Downloads "support" page remains confoundingly out of date, showing macOS 10.14.3 and Security Update 2019-001 as the latest releases a day after Apple released macOS 10.14.4 and Security Update 2019-002. What in the world is Apple's problem with simple, essential documentation?
In case it helps, here's the result of an automated scan for latest stuff:

DLDateVersionDescription/Link
1994​
2019-03-25
v10.14.4​
Download macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Update
1995​
2019-03-25
v2019-002​
Download Security Update 2019-002 (Sierra)
1996​
2019-03-25
v10.14.4​
Download macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Combo Update
1997​
2018-12-05
v2019-002​
Download Security Update 2019-002 (High Sierra)
1998​
2019-03-25
Download Swift 5 Runtime Support for Command Line Tools
1999​
iTunes - Upgrade to Get iTunes Now - Apple (301 Moved Permanently)
 


Yesterday I updated to macOS 10.14.4 on three systems, security updates 2019-002 on both Sierra (VM) and High Sierra (hardware), and iOS 12.2 on an iPhone 7. So far, zero observed problems.

Thanks to Zaphod Beeblebrox, I'm really excited about the giraffe.

I'm watching a three-screen setup on a Mac Mini 8,1 which previously had shown problems.
 


I was also offered the second Security Update after installing the first a few days ago. I'm on an iMac running High Sierra.

Another oddity surrounding the second update is that as of the writing of this post, there hasn't been any announcement on Apple's security listserv. It seems to me that Apple made a bad QA mistake on the initial release and is trying to avoid drawing attention to the fixed (?) version.
 


I tried to download Mojave 10.14.4 today in a VM, but it just downloaded the small stub file. When I previously downloaded 10.14.1 in the same environment, it downloaded the full installer via the App Store.

I've read to use DOS Dude's Mojave Patcher to get the full installer, which is probably fine, but I'd rather not have the installer modified and get it more directly.

I discovered this terminal script, which seems more direct, but it gives two different builds with the same date for downloading Mojave. I've read that one of them might be for Macs with a T2 chip. Does anyone know which is correct for a Mac without the T2?

# ProductID Version Build Post Date Title
1 041-47723 10.14.4 18E2034 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
2 091-95155 10.13.6 17G66 2019-01-08 macOS High Sierra
3 091-94326 10.13.6 17G65 2018-07-11 macOS High Sierra
4 041-49229 10.14.4 18E226 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
5 091-95774 10.13.6 17G2208 2018-07-30 macOS High Sierra


Is there a trick to get the App Store to download the full installer? It's been talked about before, but I can't find the reference.
 


I discovered this terminal script, which seems more direct, but it gives two different builds with the same date for downloading Mojave. I've read that one of them might be for Macs with a T2 chip. Does anyone know which is correct for a Mac without the T2?
I have macOS 10.14.4 on my 2017 iMac that has no T2 chip. This is the System Software Report description for macOS:
macOS 10.14.4 (18E226)

So that would be #4 in the list you got with the terminal script.
 


I tried to download Mojave 10.14.4 today in a VM, but it just downloaded the small stub file. When I previously downloaded 10.14.1 in the same environment, it downloaded the full installer via the App Store.
I've read to use DOS Dude's Mojave Patcher to get the full installer, which is probably fine, but I'd rather not have the installer modified and get it more directly.
I discovered this terminal script, which seems more direct, but it gives two different builds with the same date for downloading Mojave. I've read that one of them might be for Macs with a T2 chip. Does anyone know which is correct for a Mac without the T2?

# ProductID Version Build Post Date Title
1 041-47723 10.14.4 18E2034 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
2 091-95155 10.13.6 17G66 2019-01-08 macOS High Sierra
3 091-94326 10.13.6 17G65 2018-07-11 macOS High Sierra
4 041-49229 10.14.4 18E226 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
5 091-95774 10.13.6 17G2208 2018-07-30 macOS High Sierra


Is there a trick to get the App Store to download the full installer? It's been talked about before, but I can't find the reference.
I didn't have a problem downloading the full installer, so I didn't read any of the threads, but there are several on tonymacx86 forums about how to do so:

 


I tried to download Mojave 10.14.4 today in a VM, but it just downloaded the small stub file. When I previously downloaded 10.14.1 in the same environment, it downloaded the full installer via the App Store. I've read to use DOS Dude's Mojave Patcher to get the full installer, which is probably fine, but I'd rather not have the installer modified and get it more directly. I discovered this terminal script, which seems more direct, but it gives two different builds with the same date for downloading Mojave. I've read that one of them might be for Macs with a T2 chip. Does anyone know which is correct for a Mac without the T2?

# ProductID Version Build Post Date Title
1 041-47723 10.14.4 18E2034 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
2 091-95155 10.13.6 17G66 2019-01-08 macOS High Sierra
3 091-94326 10.13.6 17G65 2018-07-11 macOS High Sierra
4 041-49229 10.14.4 18E226 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
5 091-95774 10.13.6 17G2208 2018-07-30 macOS High Sierra


Is there a trick to get the App Store to download the full installer? It's been talked about before, but I can't find the reference.
As a general rule, the build number of combined release will be 2 or 3 digits after the letter. If you see 4 numbers, that is typically a special build. What happens at every point update is that Apple rolls in all drivers and kexts for all current shipping Macs. Any Macs released in between point updates are given a special build until the next point release.

In this case, the 18E226 build is the correct build for every device except the 2019 iMac released in March. 18E2034 is a special build just for the new iMacs.
 


Something that surprised me a little regarding Software Update (Mojave)...
Like many people, I leave my Mac Mini on 24/7, and on one space (desktop) I keep System Preferences running. If you click on Software Update, it always says No Update, even when there is one. You have to quit System Preferences and restart it, and then Software Update really runs the check and finds it.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
In contrast to the title, this is some seriously useful information, including a list of every Mac OS X/OS X/macOS version with notes and links describing the changes it brought.
Rob Griffiths said:
A useless analysis of macOS (OS X) release dates

Some random notes, updated from the original post:
  • Starting with the Public Beta and up through macOS 10.14.4, there have been 121 macOS releases, both major and minor. This figure includes every macOS release. There have been two updates—10.0.2, which as far as I can tell, was never released, and 10.2.7, which I believe was the update with the one-day lifespan—that are somewhat odd, but they have been publicly discussed, so I’ve counted them. If I’m wrong about either of these, please correct me.
  • As of March 25, 2019 (macOS 10.14.4’s release date), it’s been 6,767 days since the Public Beta was released. So on average, we’ve seen some sort of update every 56.3 days.
  • The shortest time period between any two releases is 8 days, which is how quickly the 10.10.3 Supplemental Update came out after the 10.10.3 release. (And also the 10.14.1 Supplemental Update.)
  • The longest time period between any two minor releases is 165 days, which was how long we waited for the 10.4.8 » 10.4.9 update.
  • The smallest update was 10.3.1, at only 1.5MB. The largest (non-combo, non-main OS release) update was 10.14.1 at 3.3GB.
 



I want to download just the macOS Mojave installer, but each time I try to download from the App Store, the software wants to install on my computer and upgrade from Sierra. What am I missing here or do I need to attach a network or external drive?
 


I want to download just the macOS Mojave installer, but each time I try to download from the App Store, the software wants to install on my computer and upgrade from Sierra. What am I missing here or do I need to attach a network or external drive?
Just Quit the installer when it comes up after download. Then go to your Applications folder, and copy the "Install Mac OS Mojave" app to where ever you'd like.
 


I want to download just the macOS Mojave installer, but each time I try to download from the App Store, the software wants to install on my computer and upgrade from Sierra. What am I missing here or do I need to attach a network or external drive?
Interesting (to me), with two Mac Minis, that one showed only "Open", which installed Mojave without being able to quit the installer, but on the second Mini, the only choice was "Download", and I can quit the installer prior to upgrading. Both are running the same version of Sierra.
 


Interesting (to me), with two Mac Minis, that one showed only "Open", which installed Mojave without being able to quit the installer, but on the second Mini, the only choice was "Download", and I can quit the installer prior to upgrading. Both are running the same version of Sierra.
When the App Store page for the installer shows "Open", that means it's already downloaded on your system.
 


I downloaded Mojave a couple weeks ago in a VM using the terminal script and Mojave Patcher Tool 1.30 and compared the differences. They both download an older version than what the script shows as available, and while they both show the same BuildMachineOSBuild 17A405001, the script downloaded the non-T2 version and I think the Patcher tool downloaded the T2 version. The script has also been updated for Python 3 since I tried it.

I think the script is a better way to go, if there was an easy way to figure out which version is correct to choose. Can anyone share their experiences or thoughts?

With the script, selecting #4 build 18E227, actually downloads 18E224 and saves the installer to a DMG:

# ProductID Version Build Post Date Title
1 041-47723 10.14.4 18E2034 2019-03-25 macOS Mojave
2 091-95155 10.13.6 17G66 2019-01-08 macOS High Sierra
3 091-94326 10.13.6 17G65 2018-07-11 macOS High Sierra
4 041-56507 10.14.4 18E227 2019-04-18 macOS Mojave
5 091-95774 10.13.6 17G2208 2018-07-30 macOS High Sierra

Installer Version: 14.4.08
Copyright 2007–2019
BuildMachineOSBuild 17A405001
DTSDKBuild 18E224



The Mojave Patcher Tool downloads what I assume is the T2 version of 10.14.4 18E2033, based on what Larry N said about his non-T2 Mac having 18E226:

Installer Version: 14.4.10
Copyright 2007-2018
BuildMachineOSBuild 17A405001
DTSDKBuild 18E2033
 


macOS 10.14.5 Update is available via Software Update, at 2.48 GB.

Also there is an "iTunes Device Support Update" available, at 108.3 MB, for which the description reads as "This update ensures proper updating and restoring for iOS devices using iTunes for Mac."

The security content of this update, as well as Security Update 2019-003 High Sierra and Security Update 2019-003 Sierra, is available at this link:
The standalone Combo Update is available at this link:
The standalone Delta Update is available at this link:
 



The security content of this update, as well as Security Update 2019-003 High Sierra and Security Update 2019-003 Sierra, is available at this link:
Am I just missing it, or does this support page never have direct links to download the newest Security Updates? I can always find the update by a simple Apple search by name, but I've never understood why the direct link is not on this page. There is a link to the "Apple security updates" description page, but no direct download links there either.
 


I was surprised to see a firmware upgrade notice on my old 2012 Apple TV 3rd generation. I assumed Apple had pretty well written these units off as moribund, but, according to an article on Ars Technica, a version of the new Apple TV app has been created for older rev 3 and distributed via version 7.3 of the Apple TV software update:
Ars Technica said:
(I primarily use my Apple TV Rev 3 to play content stored on my Mac, via the Home Sharing feature on iTunes.)
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
On a 2015 MacBook Pro, running macOS 10.12.6 Sierra, I installed Security Update 2019-003 (plus Safari 12.1.1 and iTunes Device Support Update).

System/firmware before update:
Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4​
Boot ROM Version: 189.0.0.0.0
SMC Version (system): 2.29f24​

System/firmware after update:
Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4​
Boot ROM Version: 192.0.0.0.0
SMC Version (system): 2.29f24​
System Version: macOS 10.12.6 (16G2016)​
Kernel Version: Darwin 16.7.0​
 



Has anyone found direct link(s) for iTunes Device Support Update for macOS 10.12 and 10.13? Is it available strictly from the App Store/Software Updates?
 


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