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I see that MacUpdate says there's a new Version 69 of Firefox, yet on this site, it's still showing 68.2 as the most recent... Confusing.

I see that MacUpdate says there's a new Version 69 of Firefox, yet on this site, it's still showing 68.2 as the most recent... Confusing.

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Note that Firefox 69 has been released officially.

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jscher2000
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Updates will start rolling out tomorrow (Tuesday, September 3rd). To protect against the possibility of a terrible bug, not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately. Therefore, if you don't get the update tomorrow, don't be concerned yet.

Updates will start rolling out tomorrow (Tuesday, September 3rd). To protect against the possibility of a terrible bug, not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately. Therefore, if you don't get the update tomorrow, don't be concerned yet.
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Well, if they're rolling out on the 3rd, why is the new version available on MacUpdate already? And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version.

Well, if they're rolling out on the 3rd, why is the new version available on MacUpdate already? And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version.
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Hello StevenCee, Maybe I'm overly concerned, but I think you should download Firefox from the official download page only : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release Here's why I'm so concerned : https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shouldnt-download-mac-apps-macupdate/ and : https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/02/07/macupdate-served-up-mac-cryptominer-to-unsuspecting-users-in-firefox-onyx-and-deeper-downloads-on-feb-1
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StevenCee said

Well, if they're rolling out on the 3rd, why is the new version available on MacUpdate already? And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version.

My guess is that MacUpdate is going by the last Beta build of Firefox 69 which is a "Release Candidate", and projecting that Mozilla will start the actual release process per the schedule - which is usually a safe bet or guess. Technically there is no real difference between the last RC version and the Release version, unless a major fault is discovered and the update gets pushed back at the last minutes before Release and another RC version is generated with 'fixes'. IMO, more likely to happen when a Release date falls the day after a US Monday Holiday weekend / 3 or 4 day weekend, as is the case right now. No one around the office to 'spin' a fix on Sat, Sun, or Mon.

MacUpdate isn't the only website doing that; pretty common for Windows or general websites / software news sites to post a link to the last RC version as the Release version. But typically those other sites don't repackaged Firefox and include "extras" as MacUpdate has been caught doing.

Users can view the update schedule here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/RapidRelease/Calendar

''StevenCee [[#answer-1248715|said]]'' <blockquote> Well, if they're rolling out on the 3rd, why is the new version available on MacUpdate already? And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version. </blockquote> My guess is that MacUpdate is going by the last Beta build of Firefox 69 which is a "Release Candidate", and projecting that Mozilla will start the actual release process per the schedule - which is usually a safe bet or guess. Technically there is no real difference between the last RC version and the Release version, unless a major fault is discovered and the update gets pushed back at the last minutes before Release and another RC version is generated with 'fixes'. ''IMO, more likely to happen when a Release date falls the day after a US Monday Holiday weekend / 3 or 4 day weekend, as is the case right now. No one around the office to 'spin' a fix on Sat, Sun, or Mon.'' MacUpdate isn't the only website doing that; pretty common for Windows or general websites / software news sites to post a link to the last RC version as the Release version. But typically those other sites don't repackaged Firefox and include "extras" as MacUpdate has been caught doing. Users can view the update schedule here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/RapidRelease/Calendar
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StevenCee said

And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version.

I didn't say you would be notified:

jscher2000 said

... not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately.

By default, Firefox checks for available updates in the background, about twice a day. During the first several days, some Firefoxes will be informed of an update but most won't.

''StevenCee [[#answer-1248715|said]]'' <blockquote> And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version. </blockquote> I didn't say ''you'' would be notified: ''jscher2000 [[#answer-1248577|said]]'' <blockquote> ... not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately. </blockquote> By default, Firefox checks for available updates in the background, about twice a day. During the first several days, some Firefoxes will be informed of an update but most won't.
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Note that Firefox 69 has been released officially.

Note that Firefox 69 has been released officially. *Firefox -> About Firefox *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-firefox-latest-version
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MacUpdate says here (today, September 3d) :

" Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated. "

MacUpdate says [https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/10700/firefox here] (today, September 3d) : "'' Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.'' "
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StevenCee said
And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version.

I didn't say you would be notified:

Well, you did say: " not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately. Therefore, if you don't get the update tomorrow, don't be concerned yet."

Which is not the same as saying not every Firefox will be notified, eventually. No big deal...

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1248799|said]]'' <blockquote> ''StevenCee [[#answer-1248715|said]]'' <blockquote> And I don't recall ever being notified, at least by Mozilla, of new updates. Only when I open the "About Firefox" window, or get an email from MacUpdate, informing me of a new version. </blockquote> I didn't say ''you'' would be notified: </blockquote> Well, you did say: " not every Firefox is notified of the update immediately. Therefore, if you don't get the update tomorrow, don't be concerned yet." Which is not the same as saying not every Firefox will be notified, eventually. No big deal...
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McCoy said

MacUpdate says here (today, September 3d) : " Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated. "

Yes, I saw that, and also see that on the official Mozilla site, it doesn't even give the version number of the newest update, which never makes any sense to me... I have to find that out via third party sources.

''McCoy [[#answer-1248814|said]]'' <blockquote> MacUpdate says [https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/10700/firefox here] (today, September 3d) : "'' Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.'' " </blockquote> Yes, I saw that, and also see that on the official Mozilla site, it doesn't even give the version number of the newest update, which never makes any sense to me... I have to find that out via third party sources.
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jscher2000
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If you like to monitor new releases, you could bookmark this page:

https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/releases/

If you like to monitor new releases, you could bookmark this page: https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/releases/
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^ Just incase you haven't been updated to version 69 yet : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/69.0/releasenotes/?utm_source=firefox-browser&utm_medium=firefox-browser&utm_campaign=whatsnew You may also be interested in this : https://wiki.mozilla.org/Release_Management/Calendar
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McCoy said

Hello StevenCee, Maybe I'm overly concerned, but I think you should download Firefox from the official download page only : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release Here's why I'm so concerned : https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shouldnt-download-mac-apps-macupdate/ and : https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/02/07/macupdate-served-up-mac-cryptominer-to-unsuspecting-users-in-firefox-onyx-and-deeper-downloads-on-feb-1

I don't know what was going on with those last two links, each time I hit "open in new tab" my browser (Opera) immediately crashed. This happened several times... strange.

''McCoy [[#answer-1248728|said]]'' <blockquote> Hello StevenCee, Maybe I'm overly concerned, but I think you should download Firefox from the official download page only : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release Here's why I'm so concerned : https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shouldnt-download-mac-apps-macupdate/ and : https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/02/07/macupdate-served-up-mac-cryptominer-to-unsuspecting-users-in-firefox-onyx-and-deeper-downloads-on-feb-1 </blockquote> I don't know what was going on with those last two links, each time I hit "open in new tab" my browser (Opera) immediately crashed. This happened several times... strange.
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cor-el
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The Firefox 69.0 folder was present on the CDN server quite some time before the official release was available as an update. 02-Sep-2019 08:56 :

The Firefox 69.0 folder was present on the CDN server quite some time before the official release was available as an update. 02-Sep-2019 08:56 : *https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/69.0/
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