Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.6, which is the main update for more than a month since the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.5.1. iOS and “iPadOS” 13.6 introduced new “health”, “Apple News” and software update features.
iOS and iPadOS 13.6 update can be downloaded wirelessly on all qualified wireless devices in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings>General>Software Update. Apple also released the iOS 12.4.8 update for older devices that cannot run iOS 13.
The software introduces a toggle button for custom updates, providing users with fine control over the download and installation of new iOS and iPadOS versions.
iOS users can decide whether they should automatically download iOS updates when their iPhone or iPad is connected to WiFi, and when to install the update.
The “Download iOS Updates” switch can turn automatic download on or off, while the “Install iOS Updates” switch allows users to choose to install software updates overnight when the device charges. For iPhone and iPad users who like to stay on an older version of iOS and do not want their devices to update automatically, the new update feature will be a welcome change.
iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, which is available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. CarKey is designed to allow the use of iPhone or Apple Watch instead of physical keys to unlock NFC-enabled vehicles.
Car manufacturers must implement Car Key to play a role, BMW is one of Apple’s earliest partners. The digital key function used by BMW for the “iPhone” will enable the owner of the “iPhone” to tap lightly to unlock the vehicle, put the “iPhone” in the smartphone tray to start the car, set limits for young drivers, and set up with five Share keys with other users.
If produced after July 1, 2020, the Car Key will be available on a variety of BMW models, including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4. iPhone XR, XS, “Apple Watch” Series 5 or higher, and iOS 13.6 update.
In the “health” app, there is a new “symptoms” section that allows users to add symptoms of various diseases, choosing from options such as body and muscle soreness, changes in appetite, cough, dizziness, headache, nausea, etc.
For the “Apple News” application, iOS 13.6 added a feature that saves your position in the “Apple News” article when you start reading something and then exits the article or application. Suitable for long content.
“Apple News” in iOS 13.6 also includes the new Apple News + Audio feature, where Apple will provide some news reports with audio features, but this option is not activated in the Beta version.
Apple’s full update release notes are as follows:
iOS 13.6 added support for digital car keys, introduced audio stories in “Apple News” +, and included new symptom categories in the Health app. This version also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Digital car key
-Use iPhone to unlock, lock and start compatible cars
-Securely delete digital keys from lost devices via iCloud
-Use iMessage to easily share digital keys
-Driver-specific configuration files, so you can configure shared keys for full access or restricted drives
-Power reserve allows you to unlock and start the car for up to five hours after the iPhone battery is exhausted
-Audio stories are professional narration versions of some of the best readings of Apple News+, selected and produced by Apple News editors as part of Apple News+subscription
-Apple NewsToday is a new free audio newsletter about the hot news of the day provided by Apple NewsEditor, also available in the Podcasts app
-New “Audio” tab makes it easy to find “Apple News” and “Apple News”
News + Audio Story
-Through CarPlay, you can listen to Apple NewsToday and Apple News+Audio Story on the go
-Local news in your feed today can cover San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston and New York City
-Subscribe to Apple News+ to get more stories from local news providers
-Daily newsletters from “Apple News” can now be personalized by stories reflecting your interests
-New categories of symptoms in the Health app, including symptoms recorded from Cycle Tracking and ECG
-Ability to record new symptoms, such as fever, chills, sore throat or cough, and share with third-party apps
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
-Add new settings to choose whether to automatically download updates to your device when using Wi-Fi
-Resolved an issue that could cause the application to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
-Fixed an issue where data roaming may seem to be disabled even if eSIM is activated
-Fixed an issue that caused certain phones in Saskatchewan to appear to be from the United States
-Resolved an issue where audio might be interrupted when making a call via Wi-Fi calling
-Fixed an issue that caused some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices to fail to register Wi-Fi calls
-Resolved an issue that could cause the software keyboard to display unexpectedly when connected to some third-party hardware keyboards
-Fixed an issue that could cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped to US keyboards
-Solved the stability issue when accessing Control Center when Assistive Touch is enabled
-Provide a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude them from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections
iOS and iPadOS 13.6 may be one of the final updates of the iOS 13 operating system, because Apple has shifted its focus to iOS 14, which is available to developers and public beta testers, and will be released this fall.