Enlarge /. No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one.

Earlier this week, Apple released updates for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS – but nothing for macOS. Cupertino usually updates all of the operating systems at once, but we're in a strange place right now as new annual versions of the previous three hit users' devices while macOS Big Sur is still an indefinite number of days away.

However, today Apple released an update for macOS Catalina called 10.15.7. It will likely be Catalina's last update before Big Sur is released. The company also released new versions of Final Cut Pro X and iMovie for the Mac.

The Catalina update is humble and fixes three bugs: a graphics problem on new iMacs with Radeon Pro 5700 XT graphics cards, a bug that prevented automatic connection to WiFi networks, and an issue with iCloud Drive syncing.

Do you want it straight from the source? Here are Apple's release notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.7:

macOS Catalina 10.15.7 has critical security updates and bug fixes for your Mac.

  • Fixes an issue in which macOS does not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent files from syncing through iCloud Drive
  • Fixes a graphics problem that can occur with the "iMac" (Retina 5K, 27 inch, 2020) with the Radeon Pro 5700 XT

Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For detailed information on the security content of this update, see: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

The updates to Final Cut Pro X and iMovie also address bug fixes. Here are the Final Cut notes:

  • Resolves an issue where XAVC media is not recognized by the Sony PXW-FX9 camera
  • Fixes an issue where the brightness levels change when switching between better quality and better performance in the viewer
  • Addresses an issue where effect keyframes are not correctly added when using controls on the screen
  • Improves stability when using the transform tool with multiple clips in the timeline
  • Improves reliability when exporting an FCPXML that contains compound clips
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent sharing at certain resolutions
  • Resolves an issue where sharing a compound or multicam clip was disabled from the timeline

The iMovie update improved the stability and fixes an export error. Apple also released an update to Xcode yesterday that fixed an issue that could cause "Xcode to crash while viewing documentation".


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