Do you have an old Mac? You should update Safari right now — 2022

Although we are close to receivingall the news of macOS Monterey, among which thenew tab organization in Safari, the truth is that there are many Macs that not only will not be compatible with this new version, but they are no longer compatible with the current Big Sur version. Apple has not forgotten the users who have one of those Macs and has released a browser update that should be updated due to the new features it brings.

Apple releases obsolete Safari 14.1.2 for Mac

Yesterday saw software releases from Apple with iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, and tvOS 14.7. What appears to be the final beta of macOS 11.5 has also been released. However, there was one release that didn't make headlines, and yet is of vital importance to those who have one of these computers:

    MacBook Air (2012) MacBook Pro (2012 and early 2013) iMacs (2012 and 2013)

We put the quotes above to obsolete because really these Macs still work perfectly, only they are no longer compatible with versions equal to or later than macOS 11. These remained in macOS Mojave or macOS Catalina. However, Apple has not forgotten about them and has released the aforementioned version of Safari 14.1.2.

2012 macs

How to update and why to do it

It is assumed that when a Mac stops being compatible with new versions of software, it will no longer be able to enjoy visual and functional innovations that are introduced. However, it is common for Apple to release complementary updates for several years afterward for them with the aim of keeping them safe computers, understanding that perhaps not all users can afford to buy one of the new computers.

In this case, an update of the system as such has not been released, but of the Safari browser. However, the way to upgrade to Safari version 14.1.2 is the same as when upgrading the entire system. If you have one of those teams mentioned above you should go to System Preferences > Software Update and there you will find this version of the browser ready for download and subsequent installation. You may need to close the app and restart once it completes.

You should know that if you have a previous version of macOS Mojave, you probably won't find this Safari update. That is why you must first update to the latest version of the system that you have available and then the browser version will appear (if it is not installed by itself when you update the entire Mac).

The reason why we indicate that it is important to update is to bring important security patches that will make it safe to navigate through it. Apple did not detail exactly what kind of specific bugs this version fixes, but considering that it does not usually release these updates if there are no major bugs, it seems that very relevant security problems must have been detected.