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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio Support for iTunes

Apple today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, the sixth update to the macOS High Sierra operating system available on Apple's Mac lineup. macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 comes more than a month after the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, which introduced support for Messages in iCloud.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store or through the Software Update function in the Mac App Store on all compatible Macs that are already running macOS High Sierra.


The macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 update is minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and security improvements. No major feature changes were discovered during the beta testing process, but Apple's release notes say it adds AirPlay 2 multi-room support for iTunes with the accompanying iTunes 12.8 update. Full release notes are below:
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 update adds AirPlay 2 multi-room audio support for iTunes and improves the stability and security of your Mac. This update is recommended for all users.

AirPlay 2 for iTunes
- Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house
- Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync

Other improvements and fixes
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Photos from recognizing AVCHD media from some cameras
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail users from moving a message from Gmail to another account
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 may be one of the final updates to the macOS High Sierra operating system, as Apple in June introduced macOS Mojave, an update that will be launching to the public this fall. macOS Mojave is currently available to developers and public beta testers and will be tested for several months before it sees a launch.

macOS Mojave introduces a system-wide Dark Mode, Desktop Stacks for organizing all of the files on your desktop, several changes to Finder to make it quicker and easier to access and edit your files, Continuity Camera for importing photos to Mac right from an iPhone, and new apps that include Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos.

For full details on all of the new features that are coming in the macOS Mojave update, make sure to check out our roundup.


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18 weeks ago

I wonder if Apple will ever do a major upgrade of iTunes.

You do realize that they'd probably ruin it right? iTunes is still great for people who have their own large music library. Any iTunes redesign will probably focus on Apple Music and leave us collectors in the dirt.
Rating: 16 Votes
18 weeks ago

When they drop CD ripping, iPod hosting and playist support for your own audio files its gonna be EPIC!


Yup. I really want to tell all these "They should update iTunes!!!!11111!!1!1oneone" people to be careful what you wish for. iTunes is still one of, if not THE best music library media players in existence. I really can't see anything they could possibly do to improve it, and if they turn it into a clone of the Music app in iOS I will likely be in tears.

Leave iTunes alone. It is stable, works well and does its job near perfectly.
Rating: 15 Votes
18 weeks ago
Pour one out for all the vintage Macs about to be left in the cold , including every 17" notebook Apple ever offered.

♫ Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
♫ Never gonna run around and desert you
Rating: 9 Votes
18 weeks ago
Combo: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1970?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Rating: 8 Votes
18 weeks ago
Well....unless there's going to be a 10.13.7, this will be the version I upgrade my Sierra Mac to just before Mohave is released. I hope it's solid, since I'll be running it for the next year.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 weeks ago

Don't use iTunes for a music collection. Use Plex, it runs fine on a Mac too, but I have dedicated a Linux server to it.


The discussion about iTunes is very old. It always turned out that iTunes can manage a huge 50k + number of tracks extremely well. But one can always try to look smarter.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 weeks ago
"macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 comes more than a month after the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/01/apple-releases-macos-high-sierra-10-13-5/')"

Sure.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 weeks ago

Thank you!! :):)

[USER=690974]@tywebb13[/USER]

Hi

Any link for El Capitan or Sierra?

Thanks
Came


Links for other new stuff today:

Delta Update for High Sierra 10.13.6 (the combo is on page 1 post#7):

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1969?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Security Update 2018-004 for Sierra:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1971?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Security Update 2018-004 for El Capitan:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1972?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Safari 11.1.2 for Sierra:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/20/17/091-83945/2bu9iw6dmccjoqnoghfww55hlssmmr2hqq/Safari11.1.2Sierra.pkg

Safari 11.1.2 for El Capitan:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/60/50/091-84014/kxld7h4nhhnektja3lkfwqlv6ml8r4psxx/Safari11.1.2ElCapitan.pkg

itunes 12.8:

mac:

https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-81690-20180709-3C97E2AB-D6CC-4B92-B290-2F21E56F6F70/iTunes12.8.dmg

windows 32 bit:

https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-81691-20180709-C98EBAE5-D5C5-41EC-9847-A5F71D9C4437/iTunesSetup.exe

windows 64 bit:

https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/itunes12/091-81692-20180709-A4DF288B-8929-401F-AD73-4189359D8A6B/iTunes64Setup.exe

Gatekeeper 147 for Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/17/32/091-94269/jpagrcbx9t9aprv75slxz8p40d7pzbv31z/GatekeeperConfigData.pkg

Also to check which version of gatekeeper you have run this in terminal:

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Print CFBundleShortVersionString" /private/var/db/gkopaque.bundle/Contents/Info.plist
Rating: 4 Votes
17 weeks ago

It is not about the version of macOS High Sierra per se (which is 10.13.6 as per description in MAS), but about the size of the full installer in MAS. As you could see in my screenshot, the size of the full installer is 15 MB.


It seems that your download was incomplete.

I ran this in terminal showing the size of my download:

du -sh /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app

and this was the result:

4.9G /Applications/Install macOS High Sierra.app

So clearly I got the complete full installer. Furthermore I tested the bootable usb I subsequently made. It is functioning as expected.

If it isn't working for you via the mac app store as expected and you want to force a download of the full installer of 10.13.6 bypassing the mac app store altogether you can use the python script installinstallmacos.py as follows within Terminal instead.



First download and install python from https://www.python.org/downloads/ if you don't have python already.



Then make a folder python in your /Documents folder



Now you may save the following script in your python folder called installinstallmacos.py:



https://github.com/munki/macadmin-scripts/blob/master/installinstallmacos.py



And to run it you can use



sudo python /Users/YOUR USERNAME/Documents/python/installinstallmacos.py



Type your password and then it downloads some stuff and gives you some options:



Downloading https://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/index-10.13seed-10.13-10.12-10.11-10.10-10.9-mountainlion-lion-snowleopard-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/41/06/091-82771/93ci062qh1hi2crhtc77wsyme21xhi8f0x/InstallAssistantAuto.smd...

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/41/06/091-82771/93ci062qh1hi2crhtc77wsyme21xhi8f0x/091-82771.English.dist...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallAssistantAuto.smd...

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/091-94326.English.dist...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/40/03/091-94340/rwshmcy5hgnwgzdr8nbldf7rve8sk7ycio/InstallAssistantAuto.smd...

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/40/03/091-94340/rwshmcy5hgnwgzdr8nbldf7rve8sk7ycio/091-94340.English.dist...

# ProductID Version Build Title

1 091-82771 10.13.5 17F66a Install macOS High Sierra Beta

2 091-94326 10.13.6 17G65 macOS High Sierra

3 091-94340 10.14 18A326h macOS Mojave Beta


Choose a product to download (1-3):


So the one you want is 2 so type 2 and press return and something like the following will happen and will download each component of the installer and then create the full installer inside a sparseimage:


Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallESDDmg.pkg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 4503M 100 4503M 0 0 1930k 0 0:39:49 0:39:49 --:--:-- 2097k

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallESDDmg.pkm...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/AppleDiagnostics.chunklist...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 328 100 328 0 0 4940 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 4969

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallAssistantAuto.pkg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 11.2M 100 11.2M 0 0 2064k 0 0:00:05 0:00:05 --:--:-- 2084k

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallAssistantAuto.pkm...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/RecoveryHDMetaDmg.pkg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 465M 100 465M 0 0 2070k 0 0:03:50 0:03:50 --:--:-- 1993k

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/RecoveryHDMetaDmg.pkm...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/BaseSystem.dmg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 463M 100 463M 0 0 2077k 0 0:03:48 0:03:48 --:--:-- 2097k

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/MajorOSInfo.pkg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 2455k 100 2455k 0 0 1909k 0 0:00:01 0:00:01 --:--:-- 1909k

Downloading https://swdist.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/MajorOSInfo.pkm...

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/BaseSystem.chunklist...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 1984 100 1984 0 0 52396 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 53621

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallInfo.plist...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

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100 1584 100 1584 0 0 46089 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 46588

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/InstallESDDmg.chunklist...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 16528 100 16528 0 0 235k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 237k

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/OSInstall.mpkg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed

100 658k 100 658k 0 0 1811k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 1813k

Downloading http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/29/03/091-94326/45lbgwa82gbgt7zbgeqlaurw2t9zxl8ku7/AppleDiagnostics.dmg...

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current

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100 2798k 100 2798k 0 0 2036k 0 0:00:01 0:00:01 --:--:-- 2035k

Making empty sparseimage...

installer: Package name is macOS High Sierra

installer: Installing at base path /private/tmp/dmg.E7JsEI

installer: The install was successful.

Product downloaded and installed to /Users/YOUR USERNAME/Install_macOS_10.13.6-17G65.sparseimage


You can then open Install_macOS_10.13.6-17G65.sparseimage and inside you will see an applications folder in which you will see the full installer. You can then move this into your /Applications folder and make the bootable usb as I described before.

PS. For those on mojave, they might like to know too that this method allows you to download high sierra within mojave. The Mac App Store in mojave won't let you do this - so this workaround is pretty cool for those on mojave who want to download high sierra.
Rating: 4 Votes
18 weeks ago
Why can't airplay 2 work on normal output so watching youtube vids
Rating: 4 Votes

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