Apple just released iOS 13.6, and while there are not a ton of new features here, there are some pretty great ones to look for.
One of the most prominent new features is CarKey support, which was teased during the iOS 14 presentation at WWDC 2020. With it, you can remotely control compatible vehicles with just your iPhone. You can even share CarKey passes with friends who have iPhones and customize permissions. This way, a user can only unlock, start and drive your car and not touch any other functions or settings.
Another important feature is the symptom tracker in health. The new section, called “symptoms”;, allows you to track problems such as headaches, fever, cough and more, just as you would any other health-related problem in the app. The update is a welcome addition during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world is more focused on tracking symptoms than ever before.
Other changes to iOS include more advanced settings for automatic software downloads and several bug fixes. Besides, Apple News got some attention this time around; there are now Apple News Today briefs, Apple News + Audio, configurable local news spotlights, new swipe icons, the return of the black buttons and a switch for your email subscription.
The July 15 software update comes 44 days after iOS 13.5.1, as well as six days after the first public beta for iOS 14. Apple released iOS 13.6 at 10 PDT, the company’s standard release time for major software updates.
However, if your iPhone is not compatible with iOS 13, you have no luck. As long as it can run iOS 12, you will find an update for iOS 12.4.8 today. Although it does not offer much in the way of new features and changes, 12.4.8 adds bug fixes and stability fixes you want to take advantage of.
To download and install iOS 13.6 or 12.4.8 on your iPhone, open the Settings app, tap “General,” then tap “Software Update.” Then follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you can simply have your iPhone updated overnight.
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