After a beta process consisting of six different builds being released over the course of multiple weeks, Apple today finally released macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to all supported Mac owners. This comes a day after iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1, and tvOS 10.1 all made their way to the public.
In macOS Sierra 10.12.2, Apple includes support for Unicode 9.0 emoji, a feature also found in the latest versions of iOS and watchOS. There’s also four new wallpapers to choose from, all of which you can download here.
Interestingly, Apple has removed the time remaining signature from the battery status menu in the Menu bar in macOS 10.12.2 for MacBooks. This is likely due to the signature displaying the incorrect amount of time left before one’s battery dies, while some believe it has something to do with the new MacBook Pros’ power issues. Nevertheless, even though you can’t see how much battery time you have left, you can still see how much time is left before you’re all charged up.
In addition, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements can be found throughout, including fixes for the troublesome GPU issues with the new MacBook Pros.
You can read the full release notes below.
The macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update improves the stability, compatibility, and performance of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip
Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut
Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display
Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (Late 2016) computers
Fixes an issue where System Integrity Protection was disabled on some MacBook Pro (Late 2016) computers
Improves setup and opt-out experience for iCloud Desktop and Documents
Fixes an issue with the delivery of Optimized Storage alerts
Improves audio quality when using Siri and FaceTime with Bluetooth headphones
Improves the stability of Photos when creating and ordering books
Fixes an issue where incoming Mail messages did not appear when using a Microsoft Exchange account
Fixes an issue that prevented installation of Safari Extensions downloaded outside the Safari Extensions Gallery
Adds support for new installations of Windows 8 and Windows 7 using Boot Camp on supported Macs
To install macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Mac, head over to the “Updates” tab in the App Store and check for updates. There, you’ll find the new update ready to install. Just click the “Update” button next to the macOS Sierra 10.12.2 listing and restart your Mac. The process may take a little while, so be patient and don’t turn off your Mac manually if you don’t have to.