by Juli Clover
macOS Catalina 10.15.6 successfully fixes a frustrating bug that prevented some USB 2.0 accessories from working properly with 2020 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, according to MacRumors readers and users on Reddit.
Apple in the release notes for the macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update said that the update “resolves an issue where certain USB mouse and trackpads may lose connection,” and people who were experiencing that particular problem have confirmed that their accessories are now able to successfully connect.
The bug was first noticed earlier this year by MacBook Air and MacBook Pro users who purchased one of the new 2020 machines. The Mac notebooks were unable to properly work with USB 2.0 accessories connected to their machines through hubs or adapters.
Problems included lost connections, freezes, and a failure to work entirely, and those affected were unable to find any kind of fix with methods like SMC resets, safe mode, Disk Utility repairs, and more. The only suitable fix was using a more expensive Thunderbolt 3 hub instead of a USB-C hub.
Though Apple’s release notes mention mice and trackpads, the problem affected all kinds of devices, including keyboards and other accessories, though it appeared to be limited to USB 2.0 devices rather than USB 3.0 or 3.1 accessories.
There have been numerous reports from those who were experiencing the issue that confirm macOS 10.15.6 addresses the issue for all kinds of accessories. The fix doesn’t appear to have been implemented in macOS Big Sur, however, so some users may still run into USB issues on the newest update until Apple adds the fix to Big Sur as well.
Earlier this year, Apple agreed to settle a U.S. class action lawsuit that accused the company of “secretly throttling” older iPhone models. Now, eligible iPhone owners are beginning to be notified about their legal rights and options.
Under the proposed settlement, Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 to each eligible iPhone owner who submits a claim, with its total payout …
Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:03 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.6, the sixth official update to the macOS Catalina operating system that was released in October 2019. macOS Catalina 10.15.6 comes over a month after the launch of macOS Catalina 10.15.5 with Battery Health Management features.
macOS Catalina 10.15.6 is a free update that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store using the Update feature in the …
Thursday July 16, 2020 4:03 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple will release its first Arm-based 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air by the end of 2020, according to a new DigiTimes report today.
Taiwan’s supply chain will begin shipping backlit units (BLUs) and other components for the next-generation MacBooks in the third quarter of the year, which could be interpreted as meaning anytime between now and September.
As Apple is set to release…
Tuesday July 14, 2020 2:34 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apps created for Macs don’t typically receive as much coverage as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, so we crated a series here at MacRumors to highlight interesting Mac apps worth checking out. This month’s apps focus on productivity and feature great tools for working from home.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Twobird (Free) – Twobird is an email app from…
Tuesday July 14, 2020 10:57 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 models could ship with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design, according to leaked photos from ChargerLAB that surfaced on Weibo today (via Twitter users DuanRui and L0vetodream).
The photos depict a USB-C to Lightning cable that has a braided design rather than the standard non-fabric design of the current cables. Apple has never…
Thursday July 16, 2020 10:25 am PDT by Juli Clover
Logitech “>today announced the launch of the Logitech Folio Touch, a new keyboard case with trackpad designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro models released in 2018 and 2020.
The Logitech Folio Touch is Logitech’s first keyboard with trackpad designed for the iPad Pro and it serves as an alternative to Apple’s own Magic Keyboard. Logitech previously released the Combo Touch, a keyboard with…
Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:01 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released tvOS 13.4.8, the fifth update to the tvOS operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 13.4.8 comes over a month after the launch of tvOS 13.4.5.
tvOS 13.4.8, a free update, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System > Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic…
A Google-backed group of European digital advertising associations has criticized Apple for requiring apps in iOS 14 to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites, reports Reuters.
Sixteen marketing associations, some of which are backed by Facebook and Alphabet’s Google, faulted Apple for not adhering to an ad-industry system for seeking user…
Wednesday July 15, 2020 2:02 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple’s Twitter account has been breached by bitcoin scammers who have also hacked the Twitter accounts of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and more. Apple users should be careful not to believe the fake tweet, which is a scam to collect bitcoin. Twitter has been deleting the fake tweets, but the scammers who have breached the accounts have been…