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Apple Pushes Out iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, iOS 13.3 for HomePod, macOS 10.15.2 Catalina, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.2

Apple’s getting ready to hunker down for the holidays, so the company has updated all of its shipping operating systems with bug fixes and a few features.

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Apple’s Explanation for Unexpected iPhone 11 Location Requests

The iPhone 11 models are regularly gathering location data, even when location access is turned off for all apps and services. Why? Security researcher Brian Krebs has received answers from Apple, but they’re not entirely satisfactory.

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iOS 13 Bugs Cause Apple to Overhaul Software Testing

In the wake of complaints about iOS 13, Apple is revising its internal testing procedures, but the company’s proposed changes don’t address all the concerns laid out by former Apple engineer David Shayer.

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TipBITS: Scroll More Quickly in iOS 13

In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple added scroll bar functionality that lets you quickly scroll through long documents and Web pages. It’s about time the iOS scroll bar did more than indicate your position in a document.

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Amazon Music Opens Ad-Supported Free Tier for iOS Users

Amazon is now offering an ad-supported free tier of its music service—which was previously exclusive to users of Amazon Echo devices—to iOS, Android, Fire TV, and Web users.

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iOS 13.2.3 Fixes Searching, Messages Attachments, Mail, and Background Downloading

In what has become an almost weekly occurrence, Apple has once again updated iOS and iPadOS. This week’s update to version 13.2.3 aims to fix miscellaneous bugs related to search, message attachments, email, and background downloading of content.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Using the Delta Airlines App and Apple Business Chat in a Snowpocalypse

On a recent delay- and cancellation-plagued trip, Adam Engst found that the most effective resources for dealing with rebooking flights and getting questions answered were the Delta iPhone app and the company’s Business Chat-based support reps.

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iOS 13.2.2 Stops Killing Background Apps

If you thought we might get through a week without Apple frantically fixing bugs in its operating systems, well, think again. The iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 updates fix the issue that made background apps quit prematurely.

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TipBITS: Quickly Access App Updates in iOS 13

Annoyingly, Apple buried App Store updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, using that toolbar spot to promote its Apple Arcade service, but there’s a shortcut to see your updates quickly.

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Adobe Releases Free Fonts for iOS

Take advantage of the custom font support in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 with Adobe’s Creative Cloud app, which offers 1300 fonts for free.

Adam Engst 1 comment

iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking

When Apple released iOS 13.2 for HomePod last week, there were immediate reports that it—or resetting the HomePod after installing it—was causing the HomePods to become entirely unresponsive. The company is now pushing iOS 13.2.1 for HomePod to resolve that problem.

Glenn Fleishman 8 comments

iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

It has always been hard to take good photos in the dark, regardless of the camera. With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, Apple has taken a new approach to shine more light on the problem.

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iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 Serve Up Deep Fusion, HomeKit Enhancements, and HomePod Features

The iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 updates deliver promised features like Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 series cameras and HomeKit Secure Video, along with yet more bug fixes. Also finally seeing the light of day is iOS 13.2 for HomePod, which brings support for multiple users.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases AirPods Pro with Noise Cancellation

With the AirPods Pro, Apple has made wireless earbuds more attractive to anyone who has trouble with the fit of the first- and second-generation AirPods and to those who would appreciate active noise cancellation in loud environments.

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How to Use Catalina’s Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

macOS 10.15 Catalina has a pair of new features that let you use an iPhone or iPad to draw sketches for insertion into a Mac document or message and mark up Mac documents. Here’s how to use them.