Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.1 with AirPods Pro support and new emoji

Apple has been working on the next update for macOS Catalina for quite some time, and now the software is available to the public.

On Tuesday, Apple officially launched macOS Catalina 10.15.1 to the public. This is a minor update in the grand scheme of things, but it is not without its new additions. To update, owners of supported devices can open the System Preferences app –> Software Update –> and then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you have Automatic Updates switched on, your Mac will handle the download and installation of the software on its own. And, as usual, the upgrade is free.

As far as what’s new, there is not much. macOS Catalina 10.15.1 does add support for Apple’s brand new AirPods Pro, which went on sale this week. The new software also adds support for more than 70 new emoji options. In addition to that, macOS Catalina 10.15.1 will also include the standard bug fixes and overall improvements to general usability.

You can check out the full changelog below.

macOS 10.15.1 Update   –– Restart Required

The macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update includes updated and additional emoji, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings, as well as bug fixes and improvements.


  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji


  • Introduces support for AirPods Pro

Home app

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers let you control how your HomeKit accessories communicate over the internet or in your home
  • Adds support for AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations


  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes the following bug fixes and improvements:

  • Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos

  • Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos

  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled

  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list

  • Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News

  • Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list

  • Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps

  • Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app

The new software is available now.