Apple has released iOS 13.3, which adds new parental controls to Screen Time, support for NFC, Bluetooth, and Lightning FIDO2 security keys, and a number of feature tweaks and bug fixes.
- What's new in iOS
- How to install iOS 13.3 using Software Update on your iPhone
- How to install iOS 13.3 using iTunes on your Mac
- How to install iOS 13.3 over the developer or public beta
What's new in iOS 13.3
December 10, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.3 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.3 for the iPhone. This update introduces additional parental controls in Screen Time, letting parents set additional limits over who their kids can call, FaceTime, or message. There are new layouts in Apple News+ stories from top newspapers. You can now use FIDO2-compliante NFC, Bluetooth, and Lightning security keys with your iOS device. There are also a number of bug fixes present in this release.
November 18, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.2.3 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.2.3 for the iPhone. The update fixes an issue with system search in Mail, Files, and Notes. It also addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view, and fixes an issue that may prevent apps from downloading content in the background, The update also resolves issues that may prevent Mail from getting new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts
November 7, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.2.2 for the iPhone. This update fixes a bug that saw apps put into the background completely close too quickly.
October 28, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.2 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.2 for the iPhone. This update introduces Apple's new machine learning-powered Deep Fusion technique to the Camera app, adds the ability for Siri to announce and read incoming SMS and iMessages when you're wearing AirPods or Powerbeats Pro, new privacy settings for Siri, and more.
October 15, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.1.3 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.1.3 for the iPhone. This update fixes a number of bugs.
September 30, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.1.2 iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.1.2 for the iPhone. This update fixes several bugs, including some found in the iCloud Backup process, opening the Camera, and trying to use shortcuts with HomePod.
September 27, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.1.1 iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.1.1 for the iPhone. This minor update features a number of bug fixes, and follows on the heels of iOS 13.1, which launched earlier this week.
September 26, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.4.2 for older iPhones and iPads that can't update to iOS 13
Apple has released iOS 12.4.2 for iPhones and iPads that can't be updated to iOS 13. This update is available for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhon 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. Even though this is for a version of iOS 12, the update instructions remain the same as iOS 13, so you can follow them below.
September 24, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13.1 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13.1 for the iPhone. This update follows closely on the heels of iOS 13, and adds features like the ability to automate actions in the Shortcuts app, send your estimated time of arrival using Maps, bug fixes, and tweaks.
September 19, 2019: Apple releases iOS 13 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 13 for the iPhone. This is a major update, bringing new features like Dark Mode, important updates to the Photos app, support for security features like Sign In with Apple, the new Look Around feature in Maps, and a redesign for CarPlay.
August 26, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.4.1 for iPhone
Apple has released iOS 12.4.1 for the iPhone. This update features "important security and stability updates," as well as a patch for the recent exploit used by some groups to jailbreak iOS 12.4.
July 22, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.4 for iPhone and iPad, iOS 10.3.4 and 9.3.6 for older devices
Apple has released iOS 12.4 for the iPhone and iPad, which introduces a number of fixes for News+ and a new wireless data migration tool. At the same time, Apple has also released iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6 for older iPhones and iPads that cannot download the current software updates. These patches for older devices fix a GPS bug, as well as implementing a number of security fixes.
June 10, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.3.2 for iPhone 8 Plus with Portrait mode fix
Apple has released iOS 12.3.2 for the iPhone 8 Plus (and only the iPhone 8 Plus), which fixes a bug found in Portrait mode on that device. iOS 12.3.1 remains the current version of iOS for all other compatible devices.
May 24, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.3.1 with fixes for VoLTE, Messages bugs
Apple has released iOS 12.3.1, which fixes a bug that could prevent users from placing or receiving VoLTE calls from their iPhone. There are also two bugs fixed in Messages, one that could prevent the Unknown Senders filter from functioning properly, and one that could stop the Report Junk link in messages from unknown senders from appearing.
May 13, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.3, bringing new TV app experience to iPhone and iPad
Apple has released iOS 12.3, which introduces the new TV app to iPhone and iPad. The app includes an updated design, channels, which you can subscribe to independent of any cable subscription and for which you don't need an app, and improvements to finding your favorite shows and movies.
March 25, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.2, bringing News to Canada, Apple News+, new Animoji, and more
Apple has released iOS 12.2, which introduces the new Apple News+ subscription service, brings the News app to Canada, introduces new emoji, AirPlay support for third-party TVs, and support for the second-generation AirPods that Apple announced last week.
February 7, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 with FaceTime bug fix
Apple has released iOS 12.1.4, which fixes a major vulnerability in FaceTime that allowed users to eavesdrop on other iPhone owners using Group FaceTime. Apple previous took Group FaceTime offline while working on a fix.
January 22, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.1.3
Apple has released iOS 12.1.3, which fixes a number of small issues, including an issue in Messages that could affect scrolling through photos in the Details view of a message thread, a problem that caused audio distortion on 2018 iPad Pros, and a CarPlay error on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
December 20, 2018: Apple releases updated built of iOS 12.1.2
Apple has released an updated version of iOS 12.1.2 for those iOS users who had not yet downloaded the previous build, released earlier this week. If you've already downloaded iOS 12.1.2, you do not need to download this new version, and the update will not appear in the Settings app.
December 17, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1.2 with eSIM bug fix
Apple has released iOS 12.1.2, which fixes a bug with eSIM activation in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This update also fixes a bug that could affect cellular connectivity on those iPhones.
December 5, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 with new FaceTime interface and more
iOS 12.1.1 has arrived with a new FaceTime user interface and FaceTime Live Photo capture. The update also brings support for Haptic Touch for notification on the iPhone XR.
October 30, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1 with group FaceTime calls and more
iOS 12.1 has arrived, complete with support for group FaceTime calls, new emoji dual-SIM, and more.
October 8, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.0.1 with connectivity and charging fixes
While iOS 12.0.1 is an overall minor update, it does fix some notable issues that cropped up in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, in particular, issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and charging.
September 17, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12
iOS 12 is a major update, with big gains in performance, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and so much more.
How to install iOS 13.3 using Software Update on your iPhone
The easiest way for most people to download iOS 13.3 is over-the-air, directly on their device. It's fast, it's efficient, and it's simple to do.
- Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Download and Install.
- Enter your Passcode, if prompted.
- Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Tap Agree again to confirm.
The download will begin automatically. If the download does not begin right away, you may see a notice: "Preparing to download." Give it a couple of minutes and the download will begin shortly.
How to install iOS 13.3 on your Mac
If you have limited space on your device or software update isn't working for whatever reason, you can update using your Mac.
- Make sure you have a recent backup. Make it encrypted so all of your passwords and other private data is preserved.
- Plug your iPhone or iPod touch in using your USB to Lightning or USB to 30-pin Dock cable.
- Under Finder, click on the device icon at the top left to go to the device tab.
- Click on Check for Update in the Summary pane.
- Click on Download and Update
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Enter the Passcode on your iPhone or iPod touch, if prompted.
How to install iOS 13.3 over the developer or public beta
You can install the public version of iOS 13.3 over a beta version of iOS 13.3 if your device is still running that version. Here's how.
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