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Apple today released software updates for all platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. The updates should be available to users around the world throughout the day.

In general, the updates are relatively small. As usual, iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 are the best, but they're still small. The flagship is the additional support for digital car keys on the iPhone. In addition, Apple added Apple News + voice-activated articles and expanded local news and customization options in the News app. There is also a new Symptoms category in the Health app, as well as a number of bug fixes.

Here are Apple's release notes for iOS 13.6. iPadOS 13.6 is similar, but digital car keys and the audio functions of News are missing. Apple has also added security updates for iOS 13.6.

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

Digital car keys

  • Unlock, lock and start your compatible car with your iPhone
  • Safely remove digital keys from a lost device using iCloud
  • Easily share digital keys with iMessage
  • Driver-specific profiles that allow you to configure shared keys for full access or restricted driving
  • With the power reserve, you can unlock and start your car for up to five hours after the iPhone's battery is empty

Apple News

  • Audio Stories are professionally narrated versions of some of Apple News +'s best readings, selected and produced by Apple News editors as part of your Apple News + subscription
  • Apple News Today is a new, free audio briefing on the top stories of the day from Apple News editors, which is also available in the Podcasts app
  • A new Audio tab makes it easy to find Apple News Today and Apple News + Audio Stories
  • With CarPlay, you can listen to Apple News Today and Apple News + audio stories on the go
  • Local news in your Today feed provides extensive information about San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston and New York City
  • More articles from local news providers with a subscription to Apple News +
  • Your daily Apple News newsletter can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests

health

  • New category for symptoms in the health app, including the symptoms logged by cycle tracking and EKG
  • Ability to log new symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, or cough and share them with third-party apps

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

  • Adds a new setting that lets you choose whether WiFi updates should be automatically downloaded to your device
  • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to stop responding when syncing data from iCloud Drive
  • Addresses an issue that could cause data roaming to appear disabled in eSIM even though it remains active
  • Addresses an issue in which some calls from Saskatchewan are shown as being from the United States
  • Addresses an issue that could interrupt audio playback when making calls over Wi-Fi calls
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi calls
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the software keyboard to appear unexpectedly when connecting to certain third-party hardware keyboards
  • Addresses an issue that could result in Japanese hardware keyboards being incorrectly assigned as a US keyboard
  • Resolves stability issues when accessing the Control Center when Assistive Touch was activated
  • Provides administrators with a mechanism to set domains to be excluded from the traffic that is transmitted by constantly active VPN connections

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 and watchOS 6.2.8 are even more modest. The Mac software update extends local news and customization options in Apple News, "adds a new option to optimize video streaming on HDR-compatible Mac notebooks to improve battery life," and includes extensive fixes and security updates. Here are the update notes:

macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 introduces local news to 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 information about San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston and New York City
  • More articles from local news providers with a subscription to "Apple News" +
  • Your daily Apple News newsletter 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 longer battery life
  • Resolves an issue in which the computer name may change after a software update is installed
  • Resolves an issue where certain USB mice and trackpads may lose connection

watchOS 6.2.8 extends the Apple Watch Series 5 to support digital car keys and extends the ECG functions and notifications of irregular heart rhythms to Bahrain, Brazil and South Africa. Here are the notes:

watchOS 6.2.8 contains new functions and improvements:

  • Support for digital car keys for "Apple Watch" series 5 added
  • ECG app for "Apple Watch" series 4 or higher now available in Bahrain, Brazil and South Africa
  • In Bahrain, Brazil, and South Africa, irregular heartbeat notifications are now available

Apple has also released tvOS 13.4.8 and HomePod Update 13.4.8. Both offer stability improvements and bug fixes, but according to Apple, no new features.

Earlier this month, Apple announced its works for its major annual updates, including iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS 11 Big Sur. We will likely continue to see only minor updates like today until these new versions come out in September or October.

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