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Apple iOS 13.6 brings digital car keys support, new Health app features, and more

16 July 2020 0

Apple has started rolling out the iOS 13.6 to compatible iPhone models. The release notes show the update brings many new features and fixes many bugs. The update majorly focuses on the new digital car keys that Apple introduced at its WWDC 2020 event and improvements to the Health app and briefly enlists the fixes coming for some bugs.

Apart from them, expect to see some improvements and optimizations as well, like improved support for downloading and installing system updates. The update also brings Apple News Plus Audio content that Apple has made a mention of it as well.

Apple first demoed the Car Key feature at its recently held developers conference. The function of the digital Car Key is top wirelessly unlock your car. The function depends on your connected smartphone, so if you ever forget to bring your physical keys along, you can use your iPhone instead to unlock the car.

Inside the iOS 13.6 changelog, Apple highlights the Car Key support and its roles. For instance, one can remove digital keys from iCloud in case the device is lost. Also, you can share the digital keys easily with your family members or close friends via iCloud.


There are driver-specific profiles as well that you can configure and decide whether to give full access or restricted driving options. Although at the WWDC stage, Apple only demoed full access and it is currently unknown what does the restricted access options hold in itself. But, let’s wait to see the feedback of the users. But, currently, the new digital Car Key feature is supported by the new 2021 BMW 5 Series only with NFC reader, which comes out next month.

Finally, there is the Power Reserve feature as well that allows your iPhone to be used as a key for your car for up to five hours after.

Coming to the Health features, the Health app now features a new category of symptoms, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG. It also gains the ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, sore throat, and share them with third-party apps.

The iOS 13.6 update also fixes an issue that prevented some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling. The remaining you can see in the screenshots provided.

As per 9to5Mac, the iOS 13.6 update also brings the all-new Apple News+ audio stories as well (available in the US at launch). Apple announces via its Newsroom, that Apple News will produce about 20 audio stories a week across a wide range of interests.

Narrated by professional voice actors, these are audio versions of some of the best feature reporting and long-form pieces published by Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, and more, and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Audio stories and Apple News Today can both be found in the newly added Audio tab, located at the bottom of the News app. Apple also introduced support for the News app in CarPlay, so that you can listen to the stories while driving.

In addition to this, Apple is debuting a new curated local news feature, beginning in the Bay Area, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Apple announces that Apple News also gets even more top local and regional newspapers to the Apple News Plus.

Note that Apple News+ is available in the US for $9.99 a month.


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