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Apple Releases iOS 13.2 and iOS 13.2.1

Apple’s flurry of releases continues with iOS 13.2.1 coming just 48 hours after 13.2. The frantic pace of releases underscores problems with Apple’s newest mobile operating system.

By Chand Bellur

November 2, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. PDT

Apple Releases iOS 13.2

Thirteen is an unlucky number for both Apple and iPhone users. Apple’s newest mobile operating system is riddled with defects. Engineers are scrambling around the clock to fix defects and release updates. iOS 13.2 fixes a litany of defects and adds some impressive new features.

Apple’s new Deep Fusion camera is finally available with iOS 13.2. The new imaging system uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to produce more impressive photographs in low to medium light conditions. Essentially, the camera takes multiple photographs and assembles the best image fragments into one master image. The technology brings out more detail and reduces image noise.

The new iOS 13.2 release also adds support for AirPods Pro. All AirPods users can now hear Messages directly on their wireless earbuds.

HomePod and HomeKit also benefitted from new functionality. Both systems have been improved to handle more complicated household environments.

iOS 13.2 also fixes numerous defects, some of which are severe. Prior to this release, passwords were automatically populated in third-party apps. The new update also fixes an issue with a disappearing keyboard when using Search. The release fixes many more defects, some more serious than others. It’s a testament to how Apple’s aggressive, feature-packed releases are too big to ensure quality.

Apple Releases iOS 13.2.1

Hot on the heels of the 13.2 release, Apple just deployed iOS 13.2.1 into production. Just 48 hours after the iOS 13.2 release, the new operating system fixes bricked HomePod devices.

Apple engineers were having problems with some last minute HomePod tweaks. These problematic additions were removed from iOS 13.2, however, this had the consequence of rendering many HomePod devices useless.

Apple quickly fixed the issues and released the patch. Only HomePod users can download the iOS 13.2.1 update.


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