Apple releases iOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8 and tvOS 13.4.8

Apple has released the final versions of iOS 13.6/iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 to all users. All these software upgrades are now available as over-the-air updates from their respective devices.

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What’s new in iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6?

The main new features in iOS 13.6 include digital car keys to remotely unlock cars, Apple News audio stories, the addition of new symptoms to health app, and a few bug fixes and stability improvements. Another update, not in the release notes, is that FaceTime is now unlocked for UAE devices.

iOS 13.6 adds support for digital car keys, introduces audio stories in ‌Apple News‌+, and contains a new symptoms category in the Health app. This release also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Digital car keys
– Unlock, lock, and start your compatible car with your ‌iPhone‌
– Securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud
– Share digital keys easily with iMessage
– Driver-specific profiles so you can configure shared keys for full-access or restricted driving
– Power reserve lets you unlock and start your car for up to five hours after ‌iPhone‌ runs out of battery

‌Apple News‌
– Audio stories are professionally narrated versions of some of the best reads from ‌Apple News‌+, selected and produced by the ‌Apple News‌ editors as part of your ‌Apple News‌+ subscription
– ‌Apple News‌ Today is a new, free audio briefing on the day’s top stories from the ‌Apple News‌ editors, also available in the Podcasts app
– A new Audio tab makes it easy to find ‌Apple News‌ Today and Apple

News+ audio stories
– CarPlay allows you to listen to ‌Apple News‌ Today and ‌Apple News‌+ audio stories while on the road
– Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City
– More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to ‌Apple News‌+
– Your daily newsletter from ‌Apple News‌ can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests

Health
– New category for symptoms in the Health app, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG
– Ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, sore throat or coughing, and share them with third-party apps

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
– Adds a new setting to choose if updates automatically download to your device when on Wi-Fi
– Addresses an issue that could cause apps to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
– Fixes an issue that could cause data roaming to appear to be disabled on eSIM even though it remained active
– Fixes an issue thats causes some phone calls from Saskatchewan to appear as originating from the United States
– Addresses an issue that could interrupt audio when making phone calls over Wi-Fi Calling
– Fixes an issues that prevented some ‌iPhone‌ 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling
– Resolves an issue that could cause the software keyboard to appear unexpectedly when connected to certain third-party hardware keyboards
– Fixes an issue that could cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped as a U.S. keyboard
– Addresses stability issues when accessing Control Center when Assistive Touch was enabled
– Provides a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections

What’s new in macOS Catalina 10.15.6?

Just like iOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6 has also received Apple News audio stories and Apple News Today updates. The update also includes a new system setting to enable optimized video streaming on HDR-compatible Macs, which should potentially save battery life when enabled.

macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 introduces local news in your Today feed in ‌Apple News‌ and improves the security and reliability of your Mac.

‌Apple News‌
– Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City
– More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to ‌Apple News‌+
– Your daily newsletter from ‌Apple News‌ can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
– Adds a new option to optimize video streaming on HDR-compatible Mac notebooks for improved battery life
– Fixes an issue where the computer name may change after installing a software update
– Resolves an issue where certain USB mouse and trackpads may lose connection

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.
For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT210642
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

What’s new in watchOS 6.2.8?

watchOS 6.2.8 brings digital car key support to just Apple Watch Series 6. ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications are now available for Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa.

watchOS 6.2.8 includes new features and improvements:
– Adds support for digital car keys for ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 5
– ECG app on ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 or later now available in Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa
– Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa

What’s new in tvOS 13.4.8?

Apple has not shared any release notes for tvOS 13.4.8, which is available for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models.

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