Apple today seeded the GM betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, a week and a half after seeding the third betas and over a month after releasing iOS and iPadOS 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more.
The updates are now available to download via Apple Developer Center and the OTA (over the air) method on compatible devices that have an appropriate developer beta profile installed.
The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with more granular control over the downloading and installing of new software. iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download iOS updates when connected to WiFi, and when those updates should be installed.
There’s a Download iOS Updates toggle for turning automatic downloads on or off over WiFi and an Install iOS Updates toggle for installing software updates overnight as an iPhone charges. The new feature will be a welcome change for those who do not want their iPhones to automatically download new software.
iOS and iPadOS 13.6 GM Beta
iOS 13.6 GM is compatible with iPhone 6s and upwards, while iPadOS 13.6 GM is compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and upwards. While the official changelog hasn’t been released yet by Apple, expect the company to have fixed critical bugs and improved the performance and stability of the system.
With iOS 13.6 Beta 2 and iPadOS 13.6 Beta 2, Apple introduced a new Symptoms section in the Health app, and the ability to remember reading positions for articles in the Apple News app. iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 also bring the ability to listen to audio versions of some articles for Apple News+ subscribers.
Though the feature is not live yet, iOS and iPadOS 13.6 include new Apple News+ Audio feature, which will see Apple offering some news stories in an audio capacity.
This update also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an iPhone or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.
iOS 13.6 is likely to be one of the last versions of iOS 13 that Apple will release as focus shifts to iOS 14, set to be released this fall.