iOS 13.2.2 finally brings big memory bug fix

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You should update your iPhone pronto.
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iPhone and iPad owners received a critical software update this morning aimed at fixing one of the most annoying bugs in iOS 13.2.

iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 come just over a week after Apple released iOS 13.2, which contains a nasty memory bug that causes apps to quit unexpectedly in the background. The recent iOS 13.3 beta added a fix for the memory bug, but now everyone can enjoy the bug fix without having to install beta software.

Before today’s update, the memory bug caused some serious headaches when using Safari or YouTube, especially on the iPad. My colleagues at Cult of Mac that only use iPads have been crying about the bug for weeks in our Slack channel. I’m glad their complaints will finally be quieted, for now.

Both iOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2.2 are pretty much identical. The only difference is the iOS version also adds a fix for a bug that caused iPhones to lose cellular service after a call. To install iOS 13.2.2 and the iPadOS equivalent, go to the Software Update section in the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

iOS 13.2.2 release notes:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background
  • Resolves an issue where iPhone may temporarily lose cellular service after a call
  • Addresses an issue where cellular data may temporarily not be available
  • Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable
  • Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt
  • Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories

iPadOS 13.2.2 release notes:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background
  • Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable
  • Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt
  • Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories