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Apple rolls out iOS 13.3.1 with enhanced control over location services

Apple has rolled out iOS 13.3.1, iPad 13.3.1, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 and watchOS 6.1.2 updates, which bring several bug fixes, security improvements and also Indian English voice support for Siri on HomePod.

One of the most critical fixes in the 206.9MB iOS update includes a toggle to switch the U1 ultra-wideband chip — used by AirDrop — on the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro on or off, which was made available by the company after concerns arose that the ultra-wideband devices might be giving out user location even if location services are switched off for the apps individually.

The update also fixes a bug which could allow the Communication Limits feature to be circumvented, resulting in a contact being added without entering the Screen Time passcode. You can learn about other iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 updates here.

The watchOS update brings important arbitrary code execution security fixes. You can learn more about it here. The macOS update details can be found here.

The latest iOS and iPadOS updates are available for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2, and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch 7th generation. The watchOS 6.1.2 update is available for Watch Series 1 and later and the latest macOS update will be available for macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, macOS Mojave 10.14.6, and macOS Catalina 10.15.2.

All the updates bring mostly bring bug fixes and stability improvements. Check the release notes by Apple below to know more.

Release notes for iOS 13.1.1

iOS 13.3.1 includes bug fixes and improvements. This update

  • 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 in which FaceTime could use the rear-facing ultra-wide camera instead of the wide camera
  • Resolves an issue in which 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

Release notes for iPadOS 13.3.1

iPadOS 13.3.1 includes bug fixes and improvements. This update:

  • Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
  • Addresses 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
  • Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
  • Introduces support for Indian English Siri voices for HomePod

Release notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.3

The macOS Catalina 10.15.3 update improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

  • Optimizes gamma handling of low gray levels on Pro Display XDR for SDR workflows when using macOS
  • Improves multi-stream video editing performance for HEVC and H.264-encoded 4K video on the MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

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