Keep on keeping on: It’s too late to downgrade to iOS 13.3.1 again

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There's no turning back!
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Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.3.1 after the release of iOS 13.4, stopping people who have upgraded to the latest version from going back again.

Every iOS update Apple introduces is designed to be speedier, more stable, and more secure than its predecessor. As a result, Apple blocks downgrades soon after its latest release has rolled out to everyone. This was the turn of iOS 13.3.1 to go to the big software graveyard in the sky!

iOS bug may expose data even while running a VPN

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A consultant has discovered an unpatched security bug in iOS that prevents virtual private networks from encrypting all traffic.

The problem impacts iOS 13.3.1 and later and could lead some internet connections to expose data or leak IP addresses.

There’s no going back: Apple stops signing iOS 13.3

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It's all about iOS 13.3.1 now. And beyond!
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It’s the end of the road for iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3. That’s because Apple has stopped signing both ye olde versions of its operating system. This means that it is no longer possible to download and install them on devices.

Instead, Apple wants to encourage every iPhone and iPad user to join them in the shining wonderland utopia that is mobile software versions 13.3.1.

iOS 13.3.1 is out with crucial fixes for Screen Time

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Screen Time has become an important tool for parents.
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Apple just dumped a truckload of new software updates on customers this morning, including the crucial iOS 13.3.1 update that brings an important fix to Screen Time.

Along with iOS 13.3.1, Apple also released macOS 10.15.3, tvOS 13.3.1, and watchOS 6.1.2. All four of the new updates are fairly minor and mostly focus on under-the-hood improvements.

Second developer betas of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 finally appear

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iPadOS 13.3.1 developer beta 2 is out!
iPadOS 13.3.1, and the nearly-identical iOS version, are coming to fix some problems.
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After a long delay stretched back to before the holiday season, Apple today released iOS 13.3.1 developer beta 2, along with the equivalent pre-release version of iPadOS.

These are a bug-fix updates, meant to remove small problems introduced by software updates for iPhone and iPad in December.

Apple promises fix for iPhone XR issues on UK’s second-largest carrier

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Apple has acknowledged a connectivity issue with iPhone XR units connected to O2, the second-largest carrier in the United Kingdom.

Many users have been unable to make or receive calls or text messages. They have also been stuck without a reliable data connection, which renders most apps unusable without Wi-Fi.

Developers get their hands on first iOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3 betas

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Apple today made its first iOS 13.3.1 and macOS 10.15.3 betas available to developers.

The minor updates don’t have patch notes yet. But they likely fix a serious flaw in Communication Limits, which can allow messages to be received from unauthorized contacts, among other bugs.

New betas are also available for HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV.