iOS 13.1.3 released to fix several bugs in iOS 13.1.2

iOS 13.1.3 has been released for all iOS 13-compatible iPhones to fix issues from iOS 13.1.2. If you’re on any version of iOS 13, you need this update. If you’re on iOS 12 then stay away until Apple can release an update to iOS 13 which makes it a lot more stable.

Apple states that iOS 13.1.3 fixes the following problems:

  • A problem where the phone would not ring or vibrate if called.
  • An issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in Mail.
  • A problem with the Health app where data may not display correctly after daylight saving time adjusts.
  • An issue in Voice Memos where recordings may not download when restoring from an iCloud backup.
  • A bug with Apple Watch which may prevent it from pairing successfully.
  • An issue with the Apple Watch where notifications may not be received.
  • A problem of bluetooth disconnecting on certain vehicles.

It also improves launch performance for apps that use Game Centre and improves connection reliability for Bluetooth hearing aids and headsets.

iPadOS 13.1.3 has also been released for iPadOS 13-compatible iPads which should include these changes as well.

Have you noticed a stability increase since updating to iOS 13.1.3 or has it gotten worse? Tell me down in the comments below!

-Chas 😎

iOS 13.1.2 being plagued by signal dropping issues

Several users have complained that after installing Apple’s iOS 13.1.2 update calls have been randomly dropping out or the phone loses its signal completely.

Apple have now closed the signing window for all iOS versions older than 13.1.2, meaning that a downgrade to fix the issue is impossible unless you have saved SHSH blogs before an older version went unsigned.

If you’re on iOS 13.1.2 and experiencing this issue, the best you can do is hope for an update to come out soon fixing it. You could also try installing the iOS 13.2 beta and see if this helps.

iOS 13 has already experienced several issues which has caused Apple to release three updates in the first few weeks to fix it.

What do you think of iOS 13? What issues are you having? Tell me down in the comments below!

-Chas 😎

Do Apple really slow down older iPhones with software updates?

If you have an older iPhone that you bought 2+ years ago you might suddenly start to notice a slowdown.

You may start to think Apple are pushing software updates made to deliberately slow down your iPhone to encourage you to upgrade to a new one. But this is false.

Battery degradation

Over time, just like laptop batteries, iPhone batteries degrade, giving less and less battery life and making the phone less reliable. Some power for the CPU comes from the battery, but if the CPU requests for more power than the battery’s got, it can trigger a sudden shutdown.

Just imagine if these kept happening. How unbearable it would be. You may even start carrying around a non-iPhone as well to use in the case your iPhone unexpectedly shuts down.

If your capacity is above 80%, there isn’t really much to worry about, but if it’s under 75%, you might want to start looking at a battery or phone replacement.

Performance Management

Apple’s answer to this comes in the form of performance management. Simply, when your iPhone detects that it is booting back up from an unexpected shutdown, it starts to limit the CPU’s performance to prevent the shutdown happening again. This is why your iPhone will become slower after an unexpected shutdown.

You can turn off performance management either by replacing the battery of your iPhone, or heading to Settings –> Battery –> Battery Health, where an option to disable it should be present provided your iPhone is running iOS 11.3 or later. You can also see your battery health percentage here. Please be aware that if an unexpected shutdown occurs again it will be enabled again.

iPhone 3G, 4, and 4S slowdowns

Despite what me saying above was true for most iPhones, it appears that the last major OS upgrades for these devices slowed them down and made them unusable in some cases.

The iPhone 3G received iOS 4 but did not receive many of the iOS 4 features such as wallpapers and multitasking and iOS 4 made existing functionality a lot slower on the iPhone 3G. This was not due to battery degradation but rather due to planned obsolesence. Apparently, some of the issues were fixed on iOS 4.x updates, however.

The iPhone 4 received iOS 7 and missed out on a few features but still had a lot of the functionality. However, in some cases iOS 7 would lag on this device especially when browsing the internet and switching between apps.

The iPhone 4S received iOS 9 and missed out on a few features but still had a lot of the functionality. However, it was unusable. It would lag everywhere. This led to me downgrading my 4S to iOS 8.4.1 by downgrading to 6.1.3 through the signed IPSW and then installing the 8.4.1 OTA.

These are only three cases however and I doubt Apple are planning on deliberately slowing down any more iPhones now that word is out about those three.

Conclusion

So if your iPhone has become slower, unless you’re on a 3G, 4, or 4S, blame your battery, not Apple. They only want to ensure that your phone is reliable and doesn’t unexpectedly shut down.

What’s your experience with the performance management feature? Tell me below in the comments!

-Chas 😎

If you replace the screen of your iPhone 11 with one of a third party, Apple will nag you about it

If you ever want to replace the screen of your iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max, Apple won’t stop nagging you about it.

For the first four days, a notification asking you to verify that you have a genuine Apple display will show. After those days have passed, the message will be moved to the Settings app for fifteen days. After that, the warning will become less intrusive, only appearing in the About section in Settings.

Don’t think that you can buy a parts only iPhone 11 which still has a genuine Apple screen and swap the screen from that either. Apple has special tools which pair the new display to the iPhone to verify it was repaired by them or an authorised repair service so you’ll still get that same message even if you or an unauthorised repair service use an Apple screen.

A similar thing happened last year with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR which made third party battery replacements a lot harder than before. Even if the battery you or an unauthorised repair service installed was a genuine Apple one, it all came down to whether or not Apple or an authorised repair service installed the battery. Otherwise, you’d still be locked out of accessing battery health features. I’m not sure whether this is present on the 11 series phones as well.

An iPhone 11 screen replacement from Apple without an AppleCare+ plan costs £196, whilst screen replacements for the iPhone 11 Pro is £282, and an official Pro Max screen replacement costs £326. If you have an AppleCare+ plan, you get a replacement for £25, although it does add a significant amount of money onto the price tag for your iPhone to buy AppleCare+ along with it.

However, if you’re lucky enough to still be on iOS 13.0 and not 13.1 or newer on your iPhone 11, you’re unaffected by the genuine screen issue since this feature appears to only be present on 13.1 and newer. So, if you want to futureproof your iPhone 11 or have dropped pevious phone and cracked their screens before and are worried about doing the same with your 11, install the tvOS beta profile to block updates from reaching your iPhone. That way if you want to replace your screen or have an unauthorised repair service to do it, you can and you won’t get nagged about it and you also won’t get nagged to update iOS. But avoiding iOS updates does come with its disadvantages: no more security or bug fixes, app support to get worse over time, and also missing out on all the features newer iOS versions include.

What do you think about Apple’s attitude towards third-party repairs? Leave your opinion in the comments.

-Chas 😎

Apple no longer signing iOS versions other than 13.1.2 and 13.1, preventing downgrades

If you’ve heard of how much of a buggy mess iOS 13 is at the moment to the point where Apple have already released 3 minor updates for it after its release, you may have been planning to downgrade to iOS 12.4.1. But now you can’t.

Apple have stopped signing all iOS versions for iOS 13 capable iPhones except iOS 13.1 and 13.1.2. Why they stopped signing iOS 13.1.1 and kept signing 13.1 is unknown.

Also, for the devices that are now stuck on iOS 12.x versions of iOS because Apple deemed that they are incapable of running iOS 13, iOS 12.4.1 has gone unsigned for them too meaning that only the exclusive iOS 12.4.2 remains signed for those devices.

This means that no signed iOS versions that are publicly jailbreakable can be downgraded to anymore. However, with the checkm8 BootROM exploit compatible with all iPhones from the 4S to the X, that shouldn’t last long.

What iOS version are you currently using on your iPhone and how are you getting on with it? Tell me in the comments section!

-Chas 😎

iOS 13 – last major iOS update for the 6S/SE, or not?

Not too long ago, iOS 13 was announced. It dropped support for the iPhone 6/6+ at the same time as the 5S, despite it being a year older. This came as a surprise although many people had been speculating it for months. This now leaves the 6S, 6S+, and SE as the oldest iPhones to run iOS 13.

Although iOS 13 wasn’t released to the public very long ago, only about two weeks, people are wondering: will the 6S support iOS 14?

The iPhone 6S consists of an Apple A9 processor and 2GB RAM. However, it, along with the SE, are the last two iPhones to feature 16GB storage options, which is tight for any iPhone on iOS 10 or later. The iPhone 7 moved onto 32GB as its lowest option.

iOS updates, along with apps, take up a lot of storage nowadays. This means that 16GB iPhones could potentially become slower after updating to the point where they become like the iPhone 4S on iOS 9, and I know what that’s like, hence why I downgraded it to iOS 8.4.1.

The 6S and SE are still very capable phones and run brilliantly on iOS 13. However, if Apple do want to release iOS 14 for it, they should definitely restrict some features to 32GB variants and larger, as 16GB just isn’t enough anymore and Apple should end the life of 16GB iPhones carefully without slowing them down a lot first.

So, to conclude, I think that Apple should ensure that if the 6S and SE get iOS 14 (which they should), they should keep it fast performance-wise and go easy on 16GB variants.

Do you think the 6S and SE should get iOS 13 or not? Why? Leave your opinion down below in the comments.

-Chas 😎

iOS 13.1 has been released by Apple

As of yesterday iOS 13.1 alongside iPadOS 13 has been released to the public for all iOS devices compatible with iOS 13, which are:

iPhone

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S+
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7+
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8+
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPad

  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 5
  • iPad 9.7 (2017)
  • iPad 9.7 (2018)
  • iPad 10.2 (2019)
  • iPad Air (2nd generation)
  • iPad Air (2019)
  • All iPad Pro models

iPod Touch

  • iPod Touch 7th generation

If you are on the iOS 13/13.1 beta you will have to delete the beta profile before attemping to update, otherwise you will either be offered the latest beta (if on an older beta) or told that you are up to date (if you are on the latest beta).

The following devices remain on iOS 12 and will not receive any future updates, except in very exceptional circumstances (refer to iOS 6.1.6 and iOS 9.3.6).

iPhone

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6+

iPad

  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Air (1st generation)

iPod

  • iPod Touch 6th generation

If you want to update your device, then the update is available to download and install right now. You also still currently have the opportunity to downgrade to 12.4.1 right now, so if you want to go back, now’s that time. Chances are Apple will stop signing iOS 12.4.1 soon, preventing downgrades without the use of device specific SHSH blobs.

If you’re on a device that doesn’t support iOS 13, don’t worry! Your device will remain operational on iOS 12 not to mention most apps will still support it until iOS 14/15 is released so you still have plenty of time to plan an upgrade whilst still having access to a great majority of apps.

What iOS device are you using and what iOS version does it run? Leave a comment down below.

Enjoy your update!

-Chas