Apple releases iOS 13.2.3, iPadOS 13.2.3

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Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, 03:39
Category: Apple, iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPadOS, iPhone, iPhone, News, Software

Because bug fixes are always handy.

Apple on Monday released iOS 13.2.3 alongside iPadOS 13.2.3.

The updates contain an assortment of bug fixes, as listed below:

  • Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work 
  • Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view 
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background 
  • Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts

As usual, the update can be located, downloaded, and installed, by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

If you’ve had a chance to try iOS 13.2.3 or iPadOS 13.2.3 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

Apple pushes first AirPods Pro firmware update

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Date: Friday, November 15th, 2019, 03:42
Category: AirPods Pro, Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

Was that the world’s first over–the–ear update?

Apple on Thursday released the first OTA update for the just-released AirPods Pro – from firmware version 2B584 to 2B588. However, it’s unclear what’s included in the update because there’s no notification, icon badge, or release notes.

In fact, the update process is completely invisible and you may already have it. While the process will seem weird if you’re used the iOS and Mac App Stores, it’s completely normal for electronic gadgets. They usually need an update to the factory-installed firmware immediately after being unboxed.

If you’re curious, here’s how to check if your AirPods Pro have the factory firmware (2B584) or the update (2B588)…

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Apple releases iOS 13.2.2, iPadOS 13.2.2 updates

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Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019, 02:25
Category: Apple, iOS, iPadOS, iPhone, Lightning, News, security, Software

On Thursday, Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates, two mobile updates that solve an assortment of issues, among them a bug that causes apps running in the background to quit.

Apple offered the following patch notes for iOS 13.2.2:

Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background

Resolves an issue where iPhone may temporarily lose mobile signal after a call

Addresses an issue where mobile data may temporarily not be available

Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable

Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt

Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories

iOS 13.2.2 is a 134.8MB over-the-air download for iPhone 11 Pro.

Apple also offered the following patch notes for its iPad OS 13.2.2 update:

Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background

Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable

Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt

Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories

iPadOS 13.2.2 is a 550.8MB download on iPad 10.2-inch.

If you’ve had a chance to try either of these updates, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

Apple releases HomePod 13.2.1 update, looks to resolve “bricking” issue created by HomePod 13.2

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Date: Friday, November 1st, 2019, 03:49
Category: Apple, Apps, Home, HomePod, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

Just hang on for a while and an update will emerge.

Apple on Wednesday released the HomePod 13.2.1 update. The patch comes as a response to the company’s 13.2 update, which led to some HomePod units becoming non=functional.

If you installed 13.2 after it was released last Monday, the HomePod could be bricked if you reset the HomePod or removed it from the Home app. Apple withdrew the 13.2 update hours after initial reports appeared of bricked HomePods.

For users who installed the 13.2 update and found their HomePod bricked, they’ll need to contact Apple support and bring their unit into an Apple Store for service.

You can use the following instructions to install 13.2.1 for the HomePod:

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch needs to be updated to the latest version of iOS. You can do this through Settings > General > Software Update.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the Home icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. When the update appears, tap Install.

If you’ve tried the HomePod 13.2.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via Macworld

Apple releases watchOS 6.1 update, adds support for AirPods Pro, other new features

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Date: Thursday, October 31st, 2019, 03:56
Category: AirPods Pro, App Store, Apple, Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

watchOS 6.1 is out and it adds some nifty things.

Earlier this week, Apple released watchOS 6.1, which not only adds compatibility with the new AirPods Pro earbuds, but can also be loaded on every Apple Watch, no matter what series it’s from.

Included in the watchOS 6.0 release are an Apple Watch-specific App Store, and new watch faces such as Solar Dial, Modular Compact, Gradient, California, Numerals Duo, and Numerals Mono. Several existing watch faces were also updated with new design elements. The update also included a

redesigned Reminders app, and new versions of Apple’s own Audiobooks app, Calculator, Voice Memos, and Noise.

Finally, a new Cycle feature within watchOS 6 allows users to track their menstrual cycle right from Apple Watch and get intuitive notifications which is all synced to the accompanying Health app on iPhone with iOS 13.

The update requires at least 50% battery life to install as well as a connected iPhone with a compatible iOS version. To update Apple Watch, users should place Apple Watch on a charger and launch the Watch app on their iPhone. From there, Head to General > Software Update.

If you’ve had a chance to try the watchOS 6.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via AppleInsider

Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update, adds new emojis, bug fixes

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Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 03:23
Category: AirPods Pro, App Store, Apple, Home, HomeKit, iTunes, macOS, music, News, security, Siri

If you’ve been hankering for the first major update for macOS 10 Catalina, it’s here.

Late Tuesday, Apple released macOS Catalina 10.15.1, which offered the following slew of bug fixes and changes:

Emoji:

  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji

AirPods:

  • Introduces support for AirPods Pro

Home app:

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers let you control how your HomeKit accessories communicate over the internet or in your home
  • Adds support for AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations

Siri:

  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes the following bug fixes and improvements:

  • Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos
  • Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News
  • Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list
  • Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps
  • Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app

As usual, the update can be located via the System Preferences -> Software Update pane.

If you’ve tried macOS Catalina 10.15.1 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

Apple releases iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2 updates

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Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, 03:03
Category: AirPods Pro, Apple, Home, HomeKit, iCloud, iOS, iPad, iPadOS, iPhone, iPhone, News, Pictures, privacy, security, Siri, Software

It’s a hefty pair of updates and they’re here.

On Monday, Apple released its long-awaited iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates, which bring a slew of new features to its mobile operating systems.

The updates add support for the newly-announced AirPods Pro, more than 70 new emojis, as well as new features for Siri, the Home app, and multiple bug fixes.

Kicking off, Deep Fusion serves as an image-processing feature that does a pixel-by-pixel comparison of multiple images, and then fuse the best parts together for, “dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light.”

Deep Fusion requires the the A13 Bionic Neural Engine, which means it’s currently limited to iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max handsets.

iOS 13.2 also gives users the ability to change video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iOS 13.2 adds support for the new AirPods Pro units, which were announced on Monday. The AirPods Pro offer a new in-ear design as well as active noise cancelation. The units will ship on October 30th for $249 and require iOS 13.2 or iPadOS 13.2 to function.

iOS 13.2 adds support for AirPods Pro, which were also announced on Monday. AirPods Pro offer an in-ear design and active noise cancellation. They ship on October 30th for $249, and require iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 or higher.

Among other new changes are an additional of 70+ new emojis, including new animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji.

Apple has also included two new features to HomeKit in iOS 13.2, including HomeKit Secure Video, which, “enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection.”

The update also adds support for HomeKit-enabled routers for improved security. The company has stated that HomeKit-enabled routers allow you to control what your HomeKit accessories are communicating with over the Internet.

Where Siri is concerned, Apple has included supplemental privacy controls that allow users to choose whether or not to opt-in to stored audio of both Siri and Dictation interactions for possible analysis by human quality assurance staff.

Users will also now have the ability to delete Siri and Dictation history from within Siri Settings.

Other bug fixes include the following:

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

The iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates are several hundred megabytes in size and can be downloaded and installed via the usual Settings -> General -> Software Update route.

If you’ve had a chance to try the new operating systems and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

Apple encourages iPhone 5 users to update to iOS 10.3.4 prior to November 3rd

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Date: Monday, October 28th, 2019, 03:50
Category: App Store, Apple, iCloud, iOS, iPhone, iPhone, iTunes, News, Software

We all have that friend that refuses to update their version of iOS on their older iPhone.

It’s time for them to update.

Back in July, Apple released rare bug-fix updates for older versions of its operating system: iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6. This was necessary to help keep older iPhones and iPads maintain accurate location functionality as the GPS network goes through a time rollover transition.

Given that the issue is even more serious for the iPhone 5, Apple has sent out alerts to owners of the handset stating that they must update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3rd. Should the iPhone 5 not be updated in time, the handset will be unable to connect to the internet entirely, including web browsing in Safari, email, iCloud and App Store services.

iPhone 5 owners will be presented with the dialog box stating that they need to perform the update.

Should users miss the update by the November 3rd deadline, they’ll need to connect to a computer and restore with iTunes on a PC or Mac.

To update to the bug-fix release, simply go to Settings -> Software Update.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and support.apple.com

Apple posts modified version of macOS Catalina Supplemental Update

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Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, 03:11
Category: Apple, Developer, iCloud, Mac, macOS, News, Software

Apparently there were a few bugs in the macOS Catalina Supplemental Update, which was released on October 15th, that still needed to be squished.

Apple has released a modified and re-uploaded version of the update as of Monday afternoon, having reissued it for reasons unknown.

Apple says that beyond fixes for an iCloud Login problem, the update will improve installation reliability on computers with low available space, rectifies a Setup Assistant completion problem that was forcing users to restart their machine during the initial login, resolves an iCloud Terms and Conditions acceptance issue, and improves the reliability of iCloud saves of Apple Arcade data. It does not appear that there are any security updates at all in the update.

Already-updated machines do not need the new version, according to sources within the company. It’s not presently clear why the new version was released.

If you’ve tried the brand new version of the macOS Catalina Supplemental Update and have any feedback about your experience to share, please let us know about it in the comments.

Via AppleInsider

Apple releases iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3 updates

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Date: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, 03:52
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Bluetooth, Health, iCloud, iOS, iPad, iPadOS, iPhone, Mac, News, Software

It was a day of updates as Apple released both iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 on Tuesday.

The patches offer the following fixes and changes:

Addresses an issue that could prevent a device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call

Fixes an issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in Mail

Resolves an issue where data in the Health app may not display correctly after daylight savings time adjusts

Fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup

Addresses an issue where apps might fail to download when restoring from ‌iCloud‌ Backup

Fixes an issue that can prevent Apple Watch from pairing successfully

Resolves an issue where notifications may not be received on ‌Apple Watch‌

Fixes an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles

The update is more than a 100 megabyte download on various devices and can be located, downloaded, and installed via the General Preferences -> Software Update feature.

If you’ve had a chance to try iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 on your device and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer