The table below summarizes the released versions of Apparency, and what
fixes and enhancements were made to each version. You can determine the
version you have installed from Apparency > About.
Release History for Apparency
Released on November 6, 2020
- Updated for general compatibility with macOS 11 (Big Sur) — albeit with some caveats.
- On Big Sur, when opening a system framework on the new sealed system volume,
Apparency finds the executable in the DYLD shared cache so that the Executable Information
is still available. Also, Apparency no longer shows a bunch of errors about the now-broken code signature on
such system frameworks. See more info here.
- If a component is signed by a now-revoked certificate, allow Show Code Signature,
so one can see the details of the certificate and/or export it for further analysis. (In this situation,
codesign(1) does not provide useful certificate details nor allow it to be exported.)
- Enable a standalone Mach-O binary to be opened even if it lacks an executable bit, at least via drag-and-drop
or from another app — like Suspicious Package, which intentionally strips the executable bit from Mach-O
binaries in the installer scripts but still ought to be able them in Apparency!
Released on August 21, 2020
- Enhancements for opening “universal” apps that support more than
one processor architecture, such as an app updated for the new Apple Silicon Macs,
or an older one that still has 32-bit support.
- Added the Executable type to the Info pane: this shows the supported processor
architectures. Click on this text to see the underlying symbolic names for the architectures, such
- Enhanced the Executable Information sheet to show the processor architecture, and to
allow choosing from among the architectures provided by the app or component.
- Show the new Apple Silicon processor architecture where supported, in both
the info pane and the Executable Information sheet. [This doesn't mean that Apparency itself is
a “universal” app: see more info here.]
- Enhanced code signature handling to examine every supported architecture — there
is a distinct signature for each one — and flag any differences between them: see
more info here.
- Added the supported architectures to the Quick Look preview on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and beyond.
- Added Downloaded details to the Info pane, when available: click to cycle
amongst the download date, app and kind.
- Enhanced Executable Information sheet to show the target platform, which is usually
simply macOS but can sometimes be something else, like
UIKit for Mac (“Catalyst”).
- Added option in Preferences > General to show the
code signing options in the Info pane.
- Added Edit > Copy Code Signing Identity (Cmd-Ctrl-C) to copy the
designated requirement of the component, such as
for pasting into a PCCC profile.
- Improved handling of components with non-Mach-O executables (such as interpreted scripts).
- Enhancements in performance and responsiveness, especially when opening large apps.
- Added an Internet Access Policy to
Apparency: this is a mechanism defined by Objective Development, the makers
of Little Snitch. If you use
Little Snitch, you'll get more useful information about
Apparency's network connection attempts — which are for one purpose only:
the periodic checking for an updated version of the app.
Released on June 27, 2020
- Initial release of Apparency.