The news: Apple just released iOS 13.7 beta 1 to developers.
According to 9to5Mac, “iOS 13.7 lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system without the need to download an app. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority”
This the first time Apple has ever released an iOS x.7 update
The news: Apple just released iOS 13.6 with support for digital car keys, Apple News audio stories and more.
There is also new symptom tracking in Health and automated OS updates
This marks the first iOS x.6 update ever
Our take: iOS 13.6 is a solid update but you probably won’t be able to enjoy the flagship car keys feature for a couple of years. News audio stories are cool…but free users only get access to one new story a day.
iOS 13.6 adds support for digital car keys, introduces audio stories in Apple News+, and contains a new symptoms category in the Health app. This release also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Digital car keys
Unlock, lock, and start your compatible car with your iPhone
Securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud
Share digital keys easily with iMessage
Driver-specific profiles so you can configure shared keys for full-access or restricted driving
Power reserve lets you unlock and start your car for up to five hours after iPhone runs out of battery
Audio stories are professionally narrated versions of some of the best reads from Apple News+, selected and produced by the Apple News editors as part of your Apple News+ subscription
Apple News Today is a new, free audio briefing on the day’s top stories from the Apple News editors, also available in the Podcasts app
A new Audio tab makes it easy to find Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories
CarPlay allows you to listen to Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories while on the road
Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City
More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to Apple News+
Your daily newsletter from Apple News can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests
New category for symptoms in the Health app, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG
Ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, sore throat or coughing, and share them with third-party apps
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
Adds a new setting to choose if updates automatically download to your device when on Wi-Fi
Addresses an issue that could cause apps to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
Fixes an issue that could cause data roaming to appear to be disabled on eSIM even though it remained active
Fixes an issue thats causes some phone calls from Saskatchewan to appear as originating from the United States
Addresses an issue that could interrupt audio when making phone calls over Wi-Fi Calling Fixes an issues that prevented some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling
Resolves an issue that could cause the software keyboard to appear unexpectedly when connected to certain third-party hardware keyboards
Fixes an issue that could cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped as a U.S. keyboard
Addresses stability issues when accessing Control Center when Assistive Touch was enabled
Provides a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
The news: Following last week’s massive iOS 14 beta 1 release, iOS 13.6 beta 3 is out now for developers.
Apple confirmed at WWDC that CarKey support would be added in the iOS 13.6 update
Previously iOS 13.6 added a new toggle to download and install updates automatically
Our take: Although I’ve said this before, iOS 13.6 has to be the last iOS 13 update, right? I’m shocked that Apple is still putting so much time in effort into the 2019 release even now… especially with the iOS 14 beta cycle in full swing.
The news: iOS 14 will likely support the device you’re holding in your hand right now, according to The Verifier.
iPhone 6s and SE aren’t getting cut off as expected this year
Our take: While a 42.5% accurate track record would make me call this into question, The Verifier did get device support for iOS 13 right last year. While 6s and SE users are in luck…this does make me question whether or not iOS 14 will be as big of an update as previously expected…
The news: Following the public release of iOS 13.5.1, Apple just released iOS 13.5.5 beta 1 to developers.
It appears the update adds Apple Pay support for Hong Kong’s Octopus card
Our take: Alright…it’s to the point where keeping track of these random version numbers is becoming quite challenging. For the average user, the software releases lately have been a jumbled mess with no clear rhyme or reason. Regardless of what’s changing in 13.5.5, it already feels confusing.