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Apple today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, the fifth major update since the release of macOS High Sierra. The release comes two months after macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 rolls out, an update added support for eGPU, business chat, and more.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 can be updated directly through the Mac App Store.


The most important notable feature is the Messages in iCould. After it is enabled. messages can be syncs across devices and be saving on-device storage space. It also improves the security, performance, and stability for your Mac.

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users.

This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select “Enable Messages in iCloud”.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208723

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Apple accidentally disclosed the release note of the macOS 10.13.4. The leaked document is in French, who revealed that macOS 10.13.4 to support Business Chat and external GPU support, and it was first discovered by French blog MacGeneration.

It also includes reference to various changes in Safari, such as a new keyboard shortcut to jump to the rightmost tab, sorting options in Safari bookmarks, warnings when you visiting an unencrypted website, and several bug fixes and security enhancements.

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  1. Adds support for Business Chat in Messages in the United States and Canada.
  2. Adds support for external graphics processors (eGPU).
  3. Resolves a graphical corruption issue that affected some apps on iMac Pro.
  4. Adds keyboard shortcut to let you move to the rightmost open tab by pressing Command + 9 in Safari.
  5. Sort Safari bookmarks by name or URL by right-clicking and choosing ‘Sort By’.
  6. Fixes a bug that may prevent links from appearing in Messages.
  7. Improves the protection of confidential data by automatically filling in usernames and passwords fields in web forms only when they are selected in Safari
  8. Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with forms that require credit card data or passwords on unencrypted web pages
  9. Displays additional information describing how your personal data is used by certain features
It's expected that macOS 10.13.4 will be released soon, as well as iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3. Apple to host an event in Chicago that focuses on educations, it's possible these update along with cheaper products will launch on March 27th.

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Apple has seeded sixth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 sixth developer beta. The new developer beta comes a week after the release of fifth developer beta. It can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store once an user have signed up in the Apple Developer center with the proper profile installed.

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According to Apple's release notes, macOS 10.13.4 will begin warning users if they open up a 32-bit app in preparation for phasing out 32-bit apps on the Mac. The forthcoming macOS update also introduced the new "Ink Cloud" wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro.

Other features are including Messages on iCloud which uploads all of your iMessages to the iCloud, a Business Chat functionality, a new way for field customer support sessions, and it includes improved support for eGPUs, as well as a new Privacy explainer.

And the updates like iOS 11.3, macOS 10.14.3, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3 are likely to be released at March the 27th of the next week, where Apple will host a educational event in Chicago, the company expects to launch a cheaper iPad, AirPower, or more. 

In addition to iOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple has released the first beta of tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. The update can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that is installed using Xcode. 

According to Apple's release notes, tvOS 11.3 including new features like fourth-generation of Apple TV now supports frame rate matching, previously required Apple TV 4K, improved Match Content, Apple TV location now pulls from HomeKit rooms. As for AirPlay 2 can turn speakers into AirPlay 2 speakers, will come out later this year.

Along with tvOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple's macOS High Sierra is going even higher with the first developer beta version of macOS 10.13.4 now available. The new developer beta comes a day after the release of macOS 10.13.3 which includes security improvements and a fix for Messages bugs.


According to Apple's release notes, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 will begin warning users if they open up a 32-bit app in preparation for phasing out 32-bit apps on the Mac.  macOS 10.13.4 also introduces the new "Ink Cloud" wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro.

Lastly, Apple today seeded the first beta of a new Xcode 9.3 update to developers. Xcode 9.3 introduces a new Energy organizer that's designed to help developers detect when an app or app extension is using up too much battery life on a user's device.
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On your Mac, Dock gives you a handy way of launching applications that you use the most frequently with a single click. So what if you want to dividing your apps up by category? Fortunately, You can add blank spacers to the Mac OS X Dock by issuing a defaults write command in the Terminal. And here is how!

  1. Go to Spotlight Search and then type Terminal
  2. Click on Terminal when the search result pops up.
  3. After enter the following command then press return:
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

That'll create a single space in your Dock. Click and drag that space wherever you'd like it to go, just as if it were a standard app icon. It is important to noted here that If you want additional spaces, just to repeat the same command in Terminal. which means each time you do, another space will be created.

Want to change it back? Just simply drag the blank icons off the dock until the “remove” bubble shows up—it’s just like removing any other app! The thing is you don't want miss out this feaure since Spaces break up the apps by function will definitely makes it easier for user to locate them at a glance.

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Apple has just released the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta. Members of Developer Center able to download the beta by using Software Update mechanism in Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.


The update will further address the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities discovered in Intel and ARM-based processors, and tackle a bug that allowed any password to unlock the App Store menu under System Preferences. 

Apple's previous macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update include security fixes and performance improvements, with no new features introduced, and a supplemental update introduced a fix for the Spectre vulnerability.

If you found any changes, please let us in the comment section below.

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A new security hole was being discovered in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allowed the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. It's worth to note here that it can't be accessed with a non-administrator account. And Apple already patched the bug in the latest macOS 10.13.3 beta.

In order to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, which is the latest public release of the operating system, you are required to use an administrator account. System Preferences, click on App Store, click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary. click on the padlock icon again, enter your username and any password, and click Unlock.


This means that anyone with administrator-level access to your Mac could unlock the App Store preferences, and enable or disable settings to automatically install macOS updates, app updates. The good news is that this bug appears to be only limited to the App Store preference page, suggesting user accounts and other settings can’t be changed.

Apple will likely want to fix this latest security vulnerability as quickly as possible, so it's possible we'll see a similar supplemental update released, or perhaps it will fast track the release of macOS High Sierra version 10.13.3. As for macOS 10.12 or earlier version, we were unable to reproduce the issue on macOS Sierra version 10.12.6, suggesting the issue affects macOS High Sierra only.

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Apple today releases the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2.5 update to developers, one week after seeding the third beta. Developers who registered from Developer Center can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed on your devices.

The iOS 11.2.5 update introduces a new feature that allows Siri to instantly stream a news podcast when asked about the news related questions. This new feature defaults to a daily news recap podcast by The Washington Post, users can also be switch to Fox News, NPR, or CNN shows upon request.


However, this new feature can only be invoked when you using Hey Siri or asking Siri about the news when using CarPlay or with headphones connected. And if you activate Siri using the side button or Home button of a device, standard Apple news headlines are provided instead of the audio-based news highlights.

The fourth beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update was also released to the developers, one week after seeding the second beta. Members of Developer Center able to download the beta by using Software Update mechanism in Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.


As usual, if an beta update shows on iPhone and Mac devices, it will also appears on Apple Watch and Apple TV devices, So now watchOS 4.2.2 beta 4 available for Apple Watch owners, tvOS 11.2.5 beta 4 is also seeded to Apple TV users as well. To install the update for Apple Watch, go to Watch app on your iPhone, and then click General - Software update. TvOS 11.2.5 can be obtained onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode.

Based on version numbers, we expected no outward-facing changes rather than bug fixes and security improvements for beta 3 of macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5. If you found anything new, please comment down below.

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The DNS (Domain Name System) cache is a temporary database. It includes recent records as well as attempted visits to websites along with internet domains. To troubleshoot cache poisoning or other internet connection issues, you may need to clear a DNS cache on your Mac. So here is how to clear DNS cache in macOS Sierra or macOS High Sierra.


   1. Open the Terminal application, found in the Utilities folder within Applications.
   2. Now, you need to enter the command syntax given below.

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder;say DNS cache has been flushed

   3. Hit the Return/Enter key and enter the admin password when requested.
   4. Wait a few moments for the DNS cache to be cleared.

You need to wait until the DNS cache is completely flushed out. Once it is done, a verbal audio alert will confirm that DNS cache is flushed on your Mac. And that'an easy way to clean up DNS cache in macOS Sierra or High Sierra.

In case if the above command will not work, but an alternative command is available for macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and later that adds an additional focus on a helper process as well.

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder;sudo killall mDNSResponderHelper;sudo dscacheutil -flushcache;say MacOS DNS cache has been cleared


This can be particularly important if you have recently made changes to DNS servers in Mac OS and are finding the changes have not taken effect. You may also need to quit and relaunch any active applications which are using DNS or networking, including Safari, Chrome, SSH, and other similar tasks dependent on domain name correspondence.

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