iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Add Apple News+ and Enhance Apps

(Adam Engst) #1

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Apple News+ may be the main change in iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, but Apple has also added small features and options to a number of apps and technologies, including AirPlay, Apple Pay, Safari, and Screen Time. There are also a handful of bug fixes and a slew of security fixes.


(Lawrence J. Collen) #2

I don’t really understand what this is all about :

  • Wi-Fi Calling: iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 now support real-time text (RTT) for phone calls made through a nearby iPhone."

Can you offer a more detailed explanation of it?


(Mark Williamson) #3

Here’s a fragment of the Wikipedia article on RTT:

Use by the deaf

Real-time text is frequently used by the deaf, including IP-Relay services, TDD/TTY devices, and Text over IP. Real-time text allows the other person to read immediately, without waiting for the sender to finish composing his or her sentence/message. This allows conversational use of text, much like a hearing person can listen to someone speaking in real-time.

Captioned telephony

Captioned telephony is the streaming of real-time text captions in parallel with speech on a phone call. This is used by people who are hard of hearing to allow them to have the full benefit of listening as best they can, hearing all the intonation etc. in speech, yet have the captions for those words they cannot hear clearly enough. In the United States, captioned telephony is one of the free relay services that is available to anyone who is hard-of-hearing. Originally developed for use on the analog phone systems (where it requires a special phone) it is now available over IP using standard devices.


(Adam Engst) #4

I’ve heard from a reader that macOS 10.14.4 is causing problems with logging into Gmail with Apple Mail, and this AppleInsider article suggests it might be somewhat common.


(Robert Carpenter) #5

I have had the problem with my GSuite email account. My Gmail account does work though. In hindsight, I should have waited a couple of days to install 10.14.4, but it’s less important than it would’ve been 5 years ago. Now, I triage my email on my iPhone and I can still access my GSuite account from the web.

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(Andrew EDSOR) #6

I don’t know about anyone else but the 12.2 upgrade on my XR is the buggiest yet. Three frozen screens followed by automatic restarts today and I still have six hours to go.


(Roger J. Caldwell) #7

I got hit with a rather unusual bug. After updating my iPad Pro 9.7" ApplePay was disabled. I received a message that it would remain disabled until I update the software. Which, of course, was just done and no other updates are available. Stopped in the Apple Store and they were stumped. They had seen it happen with iPhones but never an iPad. Since it’s one month out of warranty I’m SOL.


(Adam Engst) #8

What does the warranty have to do with it? This would seem to be a software problem, not something that should require a hardware fix.

Many times, the solution to truly weird iOS problems is to make sure you have backups (preferably to both iCloud and iTunes, just in case) and then to use Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to wipe the device. Then restore from your backup.

If that doesn’t work, it’s worth erasing the device again and setting it up from scratch enough to see if that fixes the problem. It would suck to have to rebuild everything from scratch, but it might be worth it if you want Apple Pay badly enough.


(Robert Carpenter) #9

It appears I should have remembered the first lesson I learned in Statistics class: Correlation doesn’t mean causation.

Without any change on Apple’s part, I’m able to connect to my GSuite email address again. I thought to try it after seeing this article at The Mac Observer written by Dave Hamilton.

The TL;DR on Apple’s macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Gmail/Gsuite problem: It’s fixed.


(Simon) #10

After the update, in macOS if you now select a saved password from your keychain it will log you on automatically. On the updated iOS, however, when I select the password to use, I then still have to hit the log in button. Is that intentional or do I need to change a config on iOS to get it to log me on automatically?