Apple releases iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, HomePod OS 13.3.1, watchOS 6.1.2, macOS 10.15.3

Today Apple released software updates across their operating systems. These updates include some security patches and bug fixes but no new features, so I recommend everyone install these updates soon for the best reliability, performance, and security of your devices.

Apple’s notes that apply to iOS and partially to iPadOS include:

  • Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
  • Adds a setting to control the use of location services by the U1 Ultra Wideband chip
  • Addresses an issue that could cause a momentary delay before editing a Deep Fusion photo taken on ‌iPhone 11‌ or iPhone 11 Pro
  • Resolves an issue with Mail that could cause remote images to load even when the “Load Remote Images” setting is disabled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause multiple undo dialogs to appear in Mail
  • Addresses an issue where FaceTime could use the rear facing ultra-wide camera instead of the wide camera
  • Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
  • Addresses a CarPlay issue that could cause distorted sound when making phone calls in certain vehicles
  • Introduces support for Indian English Siri voices for HomePod

Apple does not normally include security fixes in their release notes, so this list is probably not all-inclusive.

To update

  • macOS: Click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update (third row)
  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch): Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  • watchOS: First update your iPhone, then on your iPhone tap the Watch app > General > Software Update.
  • tvOS: Navigate to Settings > System > Software Update.
  • HomePod OS: HomePod will eventually update itself automatically. But if you want to push it along read this article.