In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions

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If you've been suffering from this issue, it's time to install macOS 10.13.3 because the fix for this annoying bug is now available.

When it announced the first Meltdown patch, Apple said that it was working on mitigations against Spectre for Macs, as well as devices running the iOS mobile operating system.

Alongside macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, released today, Apple has also issued Security Update 2018-001 for macOS Sierra and macOS El Capitan. It also fixes an issue with an SMB server.

The security updates mainly focus on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which were fixed for High Sierra users a couple of weeks ago. These same actions were already taken in a prior update to High Sierra. The 11% difference could be explained by a higher number of devices unable to upgrade to the current version, a larger pool of devices overall with fewer in new OS-critical uses, or by users holding off on upgrading to iOS 11 because of something they don't like. Other than that, we're looking at several bug fixes and small VoiceOver improvements.

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Siri on the HomePod will support a bunch of features such as integration with HomeKit as well as the ability to set reminders, play news podcasts from ABC NEWS, SBS News, SEVEN NEWS and FOX SPORTS News, as well as work as a speakerphone for your iPhone.

A separate update for Safari fixes an unrelated exploit on all three most recent OSes, though also one with a GPZ credit; Spectre was addressed, as well as it can be, two weeks ago.

Apple says their new HomePod smart speaker will be available on 9 February 2018 with pre-orders opening this Saturday.

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