All The Major Updates In Apple iOS 13.3 [Updated]

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Apple's iOS 13.3 is now live and with it comes a few new features as well as bunch of much-needed bug fixes.

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This article has been updated with the latest additions and bug fixes below.

What's new about iOS 13.3?

Improvements on big iOS updates, like 13, are usually quite minimal and iOS 13.3 doesn't veer from that rule. Three key improvements have been made across Apple News, the Stocks app as well as Screen Time.

You'll now be able to tap like or dislike on stories in Apple News and certain leading newspapers, like The Wall Street Journal, will have new layouts. For Stocks users, you'll be able to read related stories or more stories from the same publication at the bottom of articles. It's also added "Breaking" and "Developing" labels to relevant top stories.

Screen Time has added parental controls, which allow parents to limit who can call, FaceTime, or Message their children. They'll also be able to manage their children's contact list.


Bug fixes

Of course, given how bug-ridden the whole iOS 13 introduction has been so far, iOS 13.3 delivers a number of bug fixes too. This includes:

  • Enables the creation of a new video clip when trimming a video in Photos
  • Adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari
  • Fixes issues in Mail that may prevent downloading new messages
  • Addresses an issue that prevented deleting messages in Gmail accounts
  • Resolves issues that could cause incorrect characters to display in messages and duplication of sent messages in Exchange accounts
  • Fixes an issue where the cursor may not move after long pressing on the space bar
  • Addresses an issue that may cause screenshots to appear blurry when sent via Messages
  • Resolves an issue where cropping or using Markup on screenshots may not save to Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not be able to be shared with other audio apps
  • Addresses an issue where the missed call badge on the Phone app may not clear
  • Resolves an issue where the Cellular Data setting may incorrectly show as off
  • Fixes an issue that prevented turning off Dark Mode when Smart Invert was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where some wireless chargers may charge more slowly than expected

Who can get it and how?

The new iOS update is available for anyone who could previously get iOS 13. That means anyone with the iPhone 6S or later, select iPad owners as well as iPod Touch 7th generation owners.

The full list includes:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

To get it on your device, head to Settings, then General and select Software Update. If the new update has rolled out to your device, iOS 13 should be available for download.

Interestingly, Apple has immediately released the beta for iOS 13.3.1, which, according to CNBC, fixes a bug in Screen Time allowing children to bypass parental restrictions introduced by iOS 13. Apple has also provided developers with the betas iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 and tvOS 13.3.1.

It's a big day for Apple updates, that's for sure.


Update January 23, 2020

A third beta for iOS 13.3.1 has been released for developers a week after its second beta release. While last week's update didn't include many details about what's new, we know a bit more this time around.

A new 'Networking & Wireless toggle' allows you to switch off the U1 Ultra Wideband chip in the most recent generation of iPhones. It can be found in the Locations Services section of Settings.

This functionality was added after it was discovered that user location continued to be tracked on iPhone 11 devices (including the Pro and Pro Max) after location services were disabled.

A new 'play again' button had also been added to easily replay something you've just watched via the TV app.

The new beta update is also expected to include more bug fixes such as a fix for the Contacts app that allowed children to text people who had pinged them from an unknown number.

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