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macOS Ventura 13.5 Breaks Location Services Permissions for Apps

by Kyle Meranda

The macOS Ventura 13.5 update, released by Apple on July 24, has introduced a bug that affects location services. Users who updated to the new software have been unable to access and control location permissions for first and third-party apps.

Under the System Settings > Privacy and Security > Location Services section, macOS Ventura 13.5 does not list any apps. Users are unable to toggle location services on or off for apps, nor can they see which apps have access to their location information at any given time.

This bug limits the functionality of some apps that require location access on Macs. Although the bug has been present since the release of macOS Ventura 13.5, it has gone unnoticed due to the limited number of Mac apps that request location access.

Unfortunately, there is currently no fix for this bug, and workarounds attempted by users have been ineffective. Apple will need to release an update to macOS in order to restore the privacy settings to their original state.

It is important to note that there are no location services issues with the prior macOS Ventura 13.4 update, nor with macOS Sonoma.

In other news, Apple has recently released iOS 17.0.1 and iPadOS 17.0.1 updates, which include bug fixes for the new software. These updates come just a few days after the launch of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Users can download the software on eligible devices by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

For those planning to upgrade their devices, there have been rumors about the features of the iPhone 16 Pro, which is expected to have larger displays of 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, respectively.

Users who are unboxing the new iPhone 15 lineup are advised to update their devices to iOS 17.0.2 before transferring data from another iPhone. The update fixes an issue that may cause problems when transferring data directly.

In the world of Apple Watch, watchOS 10.1 is expected to enable the new “Double Tap” gesture for the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. The first beta of watchOS 10.1 will likely be available soon, with the software update set to be released next month.

Lastly, the Unicode Consortium has approved new emoji characters to be added to smartphones starting in 2024. Some of the approved emoji include a phoenix, a lime, an edible mushroom, and shaking head emojis.

In conclusion, the macOS Ventura 13.5 update has introduced a bug that affects location services on Macs. Apple will need to release an update to fix the issue. Meanwhile, iOS and watchOS updates have been released with bug fixes and new features, and new emoji characters have been approved for future smartphone use.

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