Apple updated macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS

Apple UpdatesApple just updated all of its major operating systems and new 13.4.8 update for HomePod. Apple says it’s just general improvements for stability and quality update. New iOS update also brought FaceTime to United Arab Emirates, but not officially yet, because you need to set other region (source of info: macrumors.com). FaceTime was in the past also banned in Saudi Arabia, but it became available since the iOS 11.3 update. Some advanced users may already got public betas of next generation of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS which will be released in September, but a lot of users still use stable version. Personally, I have beta of iPadOS 14 on my iPad Pro, but I use iOS 13 on my iPhone SE 2020. Don’t use betas if you don’t know what are you doing, they are for advanced users. And as usual, backup all your important data to at least two safe locations before you update any of updated Apple’s operating systems!

First warning, iOS and iPadOS update turns on automatic update via wi-fi. Be careful and if you have turned this option off, after update you will need to turn it off again, as I did on my iPhone.

Update brings support for car key for NFC-enabled vehicles. You will need an iPhone Xr, Xs or Apple Watch 5 (or newer) with iOS 13.6. Also, there is new symptoms section in Apple Health app (also someones may know it as “HealthKit”, though it’s not correct name, something like Linux and GNU/Linux).

Full release notes:

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

Apple News:

  • 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

Health:

  • 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

macOS Catalina update brings Battery Health Management features and fixes for USB 2.0 devices used with new models of MacBooks Air and MacBooks Pro. Full release notes:

macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 introduces local news in your Today feed in ‌Apple News‌ and improves the security and reliability of your Mac.

Apple News:

  • 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

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements:

  • Adds a new option to optimize video streaming on HDR-compatible Mac notebooks for improved battery life
  • Fixes an issue where the computer name may change after installing a software update
  • Resolves an issue where certain USB mouse and trackpads may lose connection

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT210642

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

watchOS updated brings support for Car Keys for Apple Watch 5 and newer. First partner is BMW and supported cars include wide range of BMW models, including the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M and Z4 if manufactured after July 1st 2020. Update also brings ECG support and irregular heart rate notifications to Bahrain, Brazil and South Africa.

You can update your Apple Watch by going to General -> Software Update. To install the new update, the ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ needs to have at least 50% of battery, watches need to be placed on a charger and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌paired iPhone‌‌.

Full release notes:

watchOS 6.2.8 includes new features and improvements:

  • Adds support for digital car keys for ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 5
  • ECG app on ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 or later now available in Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa

And finally tvOS. As usual, no new features were found.

You can update your supported Apple TV via Settings app by going to System -> Software Update.

New version number(s):

  • macOS – 10.15.6
  • iOS – 13.6
  • iPadOS – 13.6
  • watchOS – 6.2.8
  • tvOS – 13.4.8
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