There are bug fix updates for every type of Apple device out Monday, including Mac and iPhone. Safe to say, if it has an Apple operating system, there’s an update. Don’t go looking for new features though. These are bug fix updates, including tweaks to iCloud, Siri and Crash Detection.
Nevertheless, the new versions are recommended for all users.
Bug fixes for everyone
The full list of Apple operating system updates that just became available is iOS 16.3.1, macOS Ventura 13.2.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, watchOS 9.3.1 and tvOS 16.3.2.
The release notes for macOS Ventura 13.2.1 state, “This update provides important bug fixes and security updates for your Mac.”
The compete iOS 16.3.1 release notes have more specific details. They say:
This update provides important bug fixes and security updates for your iPhone including:
- iCloud settings may be unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud
- Siri requests for Find My may not work
- Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
Apple’s full release notes for iPadOS 16.3.1 very nearly mirror the iOS ones. They start by saying, “This update provides important bug fixes and security updates for your iPad,” then mention the same iCloud and Find My fixes. There’s no reference to Crash Detection, of course — no iPad has this feature.
But the notes on the tvOS 16.3.2 update for Apple TV are vague. They say only, “This update includes general performance and stability improvements.”
These bug fix updates come several weeks after the debut of iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 and watchOS 9.3 which came out in January. tvOS was updated less than a week ago.
How to install iOS 16.3.1, macOS 13.2.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, watchOS 9.3.1 and tvOS 16.3.2
iPhone and iPad users can install the new iOS and iPadOS versions directly by by opening the Settings app and going to General > Software Update. Alternatively, the update can also be accomplished by connecting the device to a Mac, or to a PC running iTunes.
To download the macOS Ventura update, go to Apple menu > About This Mac. Then click Software Update. Alternatively, you can install the new version from the App Store. (Note: At the time of this writing, Apple had not yet updated the version of macOS in the App Store. But it should happen soon.)
The watchOS update can be installed directly onto an Apple Watch, as long as the wearable is connected to Wi-Fi. From the Settings app just navigate to General > Software Update. Alternatively, it can be installed from an iPhone by opening the Apple Watch app and going to My Watch > General > Software Update.
Those eager to get the tvOS 16.3.2 update immediately can do so by navigating to the Settings app on Apple TV. Then click through to System, then click on Software Updates, then click on Update Software.