Apple immediately launched what are certainly its final main level releases of software program for the yr, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS 13.3, alongside minor updates for the corporate’s different platforms. In becoming the development of an out-of-the-ordinary software program launch cycle, which was largely brought on by a very buggy iOS 13.Zero launch, immediately’s releases don’t comprise the variety of options we’ve grown to count on from a degree replace. iOS and iPadOS 13.Three embody solely a pair noteworthy enhancements: Communication Limits have been added to Display Time, and Memoji stickers might be faraway from the emoji keyboard. On the tvOS aspect, 13.Three re-introduces the choice for the TV app to show your Up Subsequent queue as its High Shelf conduct moderately than auto-playing video as an alternative.

Communication Limits

Communication Limits consists of two predominant options, one in every of which is a safety function geared towards dad and mom, whereas the opposite might be equally helpful for parenting or just gaining extra management of your personal gadget.

Communication Limits includes two main features: During Allowed Screen Time and During Downtime.

Upon visiting the brand new Communication Limits web page inside Display Time, the primary possibility exhibits which classes of individuals can contact the gadget. Choices are restricted to Everybody and Contacts Solely. Should you’re a mum or dad who’s involved about your little one receiving communication by somebody you don’t know, the latter possibility is a pleasant catch-all for stopping unauthorized communication. There’s additionally, helpfully, an ‘Enable Introductions in Teams’ toggle, which determines whether or not somebody in your little one’s contacts will be capable to add a non-contact to a gaggle dialog along with your little one.

The second Communication Limits function remains to be helpful for folks, but it surely additionally has utility for any person wishing to permit solely necessary communication by means of at key instances. Below the ‘Throughout Downtime’ possibility, you’ll be able to select to permit communication solely with particular contacts of your selecting. So the following time you’ve activated Downtime, maybe to assist help your focus whereas at work, you’ll be able to be sure that sure necessary individuals in your life can nonetheless attain you.

Memoji Stickers

Emoji keyboard with Memoji stickers (left) and without (right).

One new function of iOS 13.Zero was that Memoji and Animoji stickers had been added to the emoji keyboard. Despite the fact that technically these stickers weren’t emoji themselves, Apple added them to the keyboard so customers could be extra conscious of them. This default conduct irritated some customers, nonetheless, and happily Apple has now offered a option to alter it.

When visiting Settings ⇾ Normal ⇾ Keyboard, on the backside of the display there’s now a toggle that can be utilized to take away Memoji stickers from the emoji keyboard altogether. As soon as eliminated, they’ll nonetheless be accessed from the iMessage app row that strains the highest of the usual keyboard inside Messages.

tvOS High Shelf Conduct

The new, old Top Shelf behavior for the TV app.

Following the theme of undoing one thing new to 13.0, the one standout function of tvOS 13.Three is that you may revert the TV app’s High Shelf conduct to its earlier operate. Previous to tvOS 13, maintaining Apple’s TV app in your dock meant it could show your Up Subsequent queue above it as its High Shelf function. This enabled shortly leaping into no matter present or film you needed to observe subsequent. In 13.0, nonetheless, Apple modified this conduct so High Shelf would as an alternative function an auto-playing video promoting particular TV app content material, whether or not that be a TV+ present, an iTunes film, or one thing else.

Now in 13.3, by visiting Settings ⇾ Apps ⇾ TV ⇾ House Display, you’ll be able to change the High Shelf conduct again to the Up Subsequent possibility that was beforehand the default. Whereas most customers won’t ever go to the difficulty of doing this, I’m glad Apple makes the choice accessible for many who need it.

Replace: Along with the aforementioned software program updates, Apple additionally launched iOS 13.Three for HomePod earlier immediately. The replace brings enhancements for multi-user voice assist, which was launched in October with iOS 13.2, and provides the power to let particular person members of the family allow or disable private requests on HomePod for his or her person accounts.

Moreover, Safari for iOS and iPadOS 13.Three has added assist for bodily safety keys for authentication functions. As found earlier within the iOS and iPadOS 13.Three beta cycle, Safari can authenticate customers utilizing FIDO2-compliant NFC, USB, and Lightning keys on web sites that assist this know-how for larger safety and account safety. For an important introduction to bodily safety keys and which equipment to purchase, take a look at this information by Paul Stamatiou.


The second half of 2019 has been an particularly unusual one for Apple’s software program, with what’s often a clear, synchronized launch schedule throughout numerous platforms being break up into separate releases all around the calendar. And now the yr involves an finish with level releases that really feel much more minor than their launch numbers would point out. I respect the development of giving extra choices to the ability customers who will discover them, and who care about them. Nonetheless, I can’t assist however really feel that Apple’s able to put 2019 behind them and hopefully transfer right into a yr that higher displays the type of unified software program technique that the corporate usually pulls off seamlessly.