macOS 10.12.5 fixes issues with USB headphones & Windows 10, lays the groundwork for future macOS releases

Apple today released the mostly maintenance macOS Sierra 10.12.5 software update alongside updates to iOS, watchOS and tvOS. According to release notes accompanying the download, 10.12.5 fixes issues with USB headphones and Windows 10 installations while laying the groundwork for future macOS releases.

Plus, this version of macOS “enhances compatibility of Mac App Store with future software updates.” Apple is expected to preview the next major version of macOS at its annual developers conference next month.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 can be installed via the Mac App Store’s Updates tab.

Read Apple’s support doc for detailed information about the update’s security content.

Safari 10.1.1, which comes included in the 10.12.5 update, patches for more than half a dozen WebKit-related vulnerabilities while fixing yet another instance of address bar spoofing that could fool users into believing they’re visiting a genuine rather than a maliciously crafted webpage designed for phishing attacks.

It’s available for OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.5.

A minor update to iTunes for Mac and Windows was also pushed today.

iTunes 12.6.1 comes with unspecified app and performance improvements along with a fix for a WebKit exploit on Windows 7 and later which could result in arbitrary code execution after processing maliciously crafted web content.