Photoshop 21.1.0 vector paths no longer behave as they should

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In the current latest Photoshop 21.1.0, I noticed that vector shapes/paths no longer work as they used to. I'm assuming it to be a bug as it's not mentioned in the updates anywhere?

Specifically, I noticed that it's very difficult to select a vector shape with the Path Selection tool (often double clicking works, but not always) and Pasting paths no longer pastes a path into the same layer, instead opting for a new layer - it's as if I've not selected the existing layer.

I have a quick diagram that explains it better using Photoshop 2019 as an example, but the 2019 version was also the same behaviour on Photoshop 2020, v21.0.3:


When you have a vector shape layer, selecting that shape and then copy/paste used to paste into the same layer, so you have multiple shapes/paths in one layer.In v21.1.0 the shape pastes into a new layer.
Perhaps that was an intentional behaviour change, but it makes combining and working with complex shapes into one layer very difficult. You can of course merge shapes to get the same effect, but it's an overall slower process, especially when making complex vector shapes.

I'm assuming it to be a bug of some kind because of the aforementioned selection difficulty too. It seems that vector shapes on the whole have a bit of an issue in this version? For now I've rolled back to 21.0.3.

Is it just me? Or can others replicate that?
I'm on MacOS 10.14.6.
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I can reproduce the issue of not being able to copy a subPathItem from the Vector Mask of a Shape Layer but instead copying the Shape Layer itself. 
Also that this behaviour was different in Photoshop CC 2019. 

I originally thought this might be related to the introduction of the ability to copy/paste Layers themselves but as that was already possible in Photoshop CC 2019 this appears not to be the case. 

One work-around would be cmd-alt-dragging (or using cmd-alt-arrow keys) the subPathItem in the Shape Layer Path.