Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1


Apple has released a neat software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPods which is supported by iOS 13. Today’s iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 releases are completely focused on fixing bugs.

They address a problem caused by iOS/iPadOS 13.4 where users running that version could not join FaceTime calls. Numerous users have been reporting the issue shortly after iOS 13.4 launched, and the timing was unfortunate given that users have been seeking digital ways to stay connected with friends and family amidst shelter-in-place orders across the globe. However, Apple has claimed that this issue is now fixed.

iOS 13.4.1 has additionally fixed a bug that was preventing the Bluetooth option in the quick-actions menu on the home-screen from functioning properly. The iPad version of the update also resolves an issue with the flashlight on the recent iPad Pro devices.

Generally, the American tech giant Apple introduces a small list of security updates with each version of iOS, but the Apple security-updates tracker page currently lists “no published CVE entries” regarding this release.

Here are the updates in the company’s words, via its iOS 13.4.1 release notes:

  • Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier
  • Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail

iPadOS 13.4.1’s release notes some important bullets, too, but they also include this:

  • Addresses an issue on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) where the flashlight may not turn on after tapping the Flashlight button in Control Center or on the Lock screen

We would request you to note that these aren’t the only changes Apple has introduced to its software products recently. Apple appears to have quietly updated its Maps application to prioritize grocery stores at the top of searches and thereby introduce a food delivery search category. Both the updates are available since yesterday for all iPad, iPhone and iPod devices which are supported by iOS 13.

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