When iOS 13 launched on September 19, 2019, it wasn’t the luckiest of debuts for Apple. There were bugs and insecurities, due to be patched in an update on September 30. But Apple worked super-fast to bring that update, iOS 13.1, forward to September 24.
Perhaps too fast, because as soon as it went live, there were reports of a security flaw concerning third-party keyboards, giving them full access to the iPhones and iPads using iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1.
In the last few hours, Apple has rushed out a new update. The numbering reveals that this is very much an incremental update rather than a big one – the next one of those will be iOS 13.2.
Here’s what’s new and how to get it.
How to get it
It’s now available to download on compatible iPhones, with iPadOS 13.1 for suitable iPads. Go to the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update.
Click on Download and Install and it’ll do the heavy lifting.
What’s in the update?
As you can see if you check the size of the download before you install, this is a small update.
Top of the list is a fix for the third-party keyboard flaw which allowed access even when the user hadn’t given permission.
There’s also been a problem with battery drain. Some users have experienced battery drain that was faster than it should have been. This is important because extra battery life was one of the wins iOS 13 was meant to bring, so for it to go the other way is not so good.
Other fixes include resolving an issue that could prevent the iPhone from restoring from a back-up.
Siri recognition on the 2019 iPhones is also improved.
Syncing in Reminders has been slow for some users – this has now been fixed.
There are still issues to be sorted, but assuming there are no more sudden crises, we can expect the next update to be iOS 13.2.
Here’s the full Apple changelog which, as you can see, is not extensive but certainly important.
iOS 13.1.1 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:
– Fixes issues that could prevent iPhone restoring from backup
– Addresses an issue that could cause battery to drain more quickly
– Fixes an issue that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
– Resolves a problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off
– Addresses an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly
– Fixes a security issue for third-party keyboard apps
The previous iOS 13 updates
This came out on September 24, 2019 and sought to fix issues and squish bugs such as problems opening the camera properly, improperly behaving wallpapers, text entry issues and so on. There was also a fix to a battery management problem. New features included activating the U1 chip in the latest iPhones which gives the handsets a form of spatial awareness, improving AirDrop immediately and with other benefits set to follow. The Shortcuts app also saw extra support and more features. The facility to send your ETA to others from Maps was added.
Released on September 19, 2019, this was a very big release with an awful lot in it. For full details, read the indepth analysis here.
Dark mode to make the iPhone’s interface less glaring in a low-light environment, for instance. App developers can integrate Dark Mode into their apps so that the iPhone has a consistent look. Sign in with Apple lets you sign up to apps with your Apple ID and Apple will keep the site or app at arm’s length. You can sign in using Face ID or Touch ID as appropriate. Maps has been updated with a new street-level look and in-depth mapping on selected cities.
Photos and Camera apps have been seriously altered with a new look to the Photos tab and significant editing upgrades. Siri sounds more natural and will offer personalized recommendations. Remindershas been completely overhauled, and Notes has a new gallery view. Find My combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. It will help to locate offline devices, too.
QuickPath is the new way to enter text by swiping. It’s very cool.
Text editing has been improved, though the elegant magnifying glass which used to appear when you touched a word, making it visible even though the word itself was hidden under your thumb, say, has gone. I hope it’s coming back soon.
Among the miscellaneous treats are a pro-active system that tells you which apps have been accessing your location, for example. A message says how often it has done so in a set period of time and you can leave things as they are or adjust. It’s a very simple but highly reassuring detail.
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