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iOS 13.6 brings digital car keys support and more

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Apple  has released iOS 13.6, which includes support for digital car keys, introduces audio stories in Apple News+, and contains a new symptoms category in the Health app. This release also includes the usual bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 13.6 Digital car keys

CarKey allows you to unlock, lock, and start your compatible car with your iPhone, securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud and share digital keys easily with iMessage.

Driver-specific profiles can be configured allowing shared keys for full-access or restricted driving, while power reserve will let you unlock and start your car for up to five hours after your iPhone runs out of battery.

Of course, you need a vehicle that actually supports CarKey in order to use the feature. BMW is one of the first manufacturers to partner with Apple.

Currently, any Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, X5, X6, X7, X5M, X6M, or Z4 can use CarKey – as long as the car was manufactured after 1 July 2020.

CarKey also requires iOS 13.6 and Apple Watch‌ users with watchOS 6.2.8 will also be able to use the feature.

Apple News

Audio stories are professionally narrated versions of some of the best reads from Apple News+, selected and produced by the Apple News editors as part of your Apple News+ subscription.

Apple News Today is a new, free audio briefing on the day’s top stories from the Apple News editors, also available in the Podcasts app. A new Audio tab makes it easy to find Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories

CarPlay allows you to listen to Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories while on the road.

Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York City and more stories are available from local news providers with a subscription to Apple News+.

Your daily newsletter from Apple News can now be personalised with stories that reflect your interests.


Health brings a new category for symptoms in the Health app, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG.

There is also the ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, sore throat or coughing, and share them with third-party apps.

Bug fixes and other improvements.

  • Adds a new setting to choose if updates automatically download to your device when on Wi-Fi
  • Addresses an issue that could cause apps to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
  • Fixes an issue that could cause data roaming to appear to be disabled on eSIM even though it remained active
  • Fixes an issue thats causes some phone calls from Saskatchewan to appear as originating from the United States
  • Addresses an issue that could interrupt audio when making phone calls over Wi-Fi Calling
  • Fixes an issues that prevented some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the software keyboard to appear unexpectedly when connected to certain third-party hardware keyboards
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped as a U.S. keyboard
  • Addresses stability issues when accessing Control Center when Assistive Touch was enabled
  • Provides a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections

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