What better way to start off your day other than to receive a major software update for your favorite device? With that said, we have some great news to share with Apple fans. The Cupertino based tech giant has released the new iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2 and tvOS 13.2 for supported iPhones, iPod Touch and Apple TV devices. Not just that, but Apple has also included a minor update labeled as iOS 12.4.3 for iPhones that received end-of-support with last iOS 13 which was released last month.
The updates that Apple has released bring high-priority improvements and software fixes and this is why we are advising all Apple fans to keep their devices connected to a stable Wi-Fi network so that they can be among the first ones to access the new updates and all the improvements that they bring. Nonetheless, let’s go ahead and check out everything there is to know about iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2 and tvOS 13.2.
iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2
We are going to kick things off by covering the latest software updates for iPhones and iPads because after all, these are Apple’s most popular devices. As some of you might know by now, Apple has received lots of criticism during this past couple of months for the way it works with third-party contractors in the process of analyzing recordings of user interactions with the AI assistant Siri.
Multiple reports have shown that Apple hired third-party contractors to review Siri records in order to improve the accuracy of Siri’s answers and the problem here is that the contractors heard private conversations of Apple fans. After this news made headlines, Apple quickly announced that it’s going to immediately suspend the program and partnership with third-party contractors. Therefore, only Apple employees are going to listen to Siri conversations from now on.
Apple wants to make sure that its customers feel safe when they are using Siri and here is where the new iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates come in. After Apple fans install the new update, they will be faced with the following question: “do you want to share Siri recordings with Apple for the optimization process or not?”
59 Brand-New Emojis
If you love texting with your friends and family members, then you should be pleased to find out that the new update from Apple introduces 59 brand-new emojis. In fact, there are a total of 200 emojis if you consider the skin tone options. The new additions include the following emojis: a cane, a bionic arm, swimsuits, an ice cube, butter, waffles, seeing-eye dogs, a sloth, a skunk, a Saturn-like planet with rings, coach cars, snorkeling gear, a banjo, a fire axe, a kite, a stethoscope, and, well, many others.
HomeKit Security Video
One thing that Apple fans are going to love about iOS 13.2 is the addition of HomeKit Security Video. This is Apple’s smart home platform and it was originally announced at the company’s developer conference in June. HomeKit Security Kit will automatically record short videos of people, animals and even cars that come into the view of any home where security cameras are mounted.
Apple is aware that people don’t want video footage from their homes to be seen by any third parties and this is why it stated that the implementation of HomeKit Security Video will not immediately upload the footage to the cloud for analysis and instead, it will analyze and process the videos on a local device such as a HomePod, Apple TV or iPad where the videos will be encrypted and only then uploaded in iCloud storage. In addition, all videos will be stored for free for a period of ten days.
Major Bug Fixes
Apple’s devices are renowned for how smooth their operating systems run and this is why it should come as no surprise that the new updates for iOS and iPadOS are bundled with a fair share of bug fixes and security updates. The Cupertino based tech giant has fixed lots of bugs, including one issue that made it impossible for users to pull up the on-screen keyboard whenever they wanted to perform a search.
Another important issue that the new updates are fixing caused the Message app to display the phone number of the contact instead of the names. According to Apple, the new updates also introduce a handful of software tweaks that “improve performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate the App Switcher.
iOS 12.4.3 for Older Devices
As previously mentioned in the beginning, Apple is also releasing iOS 12.4.3 exclusively for older devices that are not going to receive any more updates. Here are the devices that are eligible to download the new update: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPod Touch (6th generation).
The update doesn’t introduce any cool or exciting features and instead, it brings a handful of minor improvements that have been specially designed to enhance the security of the older devices. We also want to mention that iPhone 5 users have received a notification that informed them that if they don’t download iOS 10.3.4 by November, they are going to lose access to network connectivity and the services that are available on the App Store and iCloud.
Official Patch Notes
Now that we have given you the full rundown for the “goodies” that Apple has just released, let’s also check out the full patch notes.
iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.
- Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes
- Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji
- Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods
- AirPods Pro support
- HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
- HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home
- Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
- Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:
- Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
- Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
- Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
- Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
- Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
- Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
- Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
- Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
- Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher