iOS 13.6 supports digital car keys and closes security holes

Unlock digital car keys and start a vehicle. The function also supports driver-specific profiles and key deletion via iCloud. Patches for 29 security holes prevent, among other things, the execution of malicious code with system rights.

Apple has released another update for iOS 13. Version 13.6 supports digital car keys. The Health app also has new functions. In addition, Apple corrects several errors and improves details that, for example, simplify downloads.

iOS 13 (Image: Apple)Digital car keys allow a compatible vehicle to be locked and unlocked via iPhone and also started. The keys can be shared via iMessage. In addition, users can create driver-specific profiles for configuring shared keys. If a user loses their iPhone, a digital car key stored on it can be safely removed via iCloud, according to Apple.

The Health app offers a new category “Symptoms” after the update to iOS 13.6. This also includes symptoms that were recorded using the cycle log and the ECG function. Symptoms such as cough, sore throat, fever, and chills can also be shared with third-party apps.

Also new is a setting that allows automatic downloads with an active WLAN connection. The developers also fixed a problem that occurred when syncing data with iCloud Drive. It should now also be possible to deactivate the data roaming of an eSIM. In the end it remained active, although it was switched off.

Audio problems with WLAN calls are said to be a thing of the past. Another bug meant that some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE could not be registered for WiFi calls. Apple has a list of all bug fixes that also affect iPadOS 13.6 in the release notes.

With OS version 13.6, iPhones and iPads also receive patches for 29 security holes. They are found in components such as audio, Bluetooth, GeoServices, kernel, mail, messages, Safari, WebKit and WiFi. The WLAN function can be used, for example, for denial-of-service attacks or trigger a system crash.

The more serious are the kernel gaps, which, among other things, promote the infiltration and execution of malicious code with system rights or the security of VPN-Compromise connections. IPhones and iPads may also reveal location information. Bluetooth connections are also susceptible to denial of service.

As usual, Apple distributes the updates for iOS and iPadOS over-the-air. In Windows, the update is also available in the iTunes software.


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