Today Apple releases iOS 13.6 with Apple News+ Audio, a Car Key feature, more

Apple is making iOS 13.6 available to all users today. The update brings new features like improved support for downloading and installing system updates, the all-new Apple News+ Audio content, as well as the exciting Car Key feature.

We’ve seen a number of new features/changes over the last few months with iOS 13. Apple launched support for Exposure Notifications (contact tracing) in iOS 13.5 while 13.5.1 brought a patch for the vulnerability that the uncover jailbreak took advantage of.

After that, we got the iOS 13.5.5 beta (renamed to iOS 13.6) that brought along a peek at the Apple News+ Audio content. It brings professionally narrated audio stories curated from the Apple News team to your device. We went hands-on with the Apple News+ Audio feature after uncovering it early.

Apple detailed the new iOS 13.6 feature in a Newsroom post today. In addition to the Audio News+ audio stories (available in the US at launch), Apple is also debuting a new curated local news feature, Car Play support for the News app, and more.

“Apple News showcases such a lot great journalism, and we’re excited to assist bring it to life in new ways with Apple News+ audio stories and a replacement daily news program , Apple News Today,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We also greatly value our many local news partners — our new local news feature highlights their work for readers who live, and have an interest , in those communities.”

Another highly anticipated feature coming with iOS 13.6 is the launch of Car Key. 9to5Mac first discovered this back in February with the iOS 13.4 beta. Apple announced at WWDC that the feature will first arrive with the new BMW 5 Series. This is a digital key that will work for locking, unlocking, and starting supported vehicles. Users will also be able to easily share their digital keys with iMessage and the feature will work for up to five hours after an iPhone runs out of battery.

There is a new option in the Software Update > Automatic Updates section in iOS 13.6. Instead of a single toggle to turn automatic updates on or off that installs the most recent iOS release overnight, iOS and iPadOS 13.6 has two toggles, one to choose if you want to automatically download iOS updates and one to install the updates overnight.

Another change with this release is the ability to track new symptoms in the Health app like headaches, chills, sore throat, and more. Finally, there are some minor tweaks to the News app privacy notices and links that can be found by heading to Settings > News.

iOS 13.6 will be rolling out shortly to all users, check the Software Update section of Settings on your device to see if it’s available.

Apple has also released macOS 10.15.6, tvOS 13.4.8, watchOS 6.2.8, and audioOS 13.4.8 for HomePod to all users today.

Here are the full release notes for iOS 13.6:

iOS 13.6 adds support for digital car keys, introduces audio stories in Apple News+, and contains a replacement symptoms category within the Health app. This release also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Digital car keys

  • Unlock, lock, and begin your compatible car together with your iPhone
  • Securely remove digital keys from a lost device via iCloud
  • Share digital keys easily with iMessage
  • Driver-specific profiles so you'll configure shared keys for full-access or restricted driving
  • Power reserve allows you to unlock and begin your car for up to 5 hours after iPhone runs out of battery

Apple News

  • Audio stories are professionally narrated versions of a number of the simplest reads from Apple News+, selected and produced by the Apple News editors as a part of your Apple News+ subscription
  • Apple News Today may be a new, free audio briefing on the day’s top stories from the Apple News editors, also available within the Podcasts app
  • A new Audio tab makes it easy to seek out Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories
  • CarPlay allows you to concentrate to Apple News Today and Apple News+ audio stories while on the road
  • Local news in your Today feed provides extensive coverage of San Francisco , the Bay Area, l. a. , Houston, and ny City
  • More stories available from local news providers with a subscription to Apple News+
  • Your daily newsletter from Apple News can now be personalized with stories that reflect your interests


  • New category for symptoms within the Health app, including symptoms logged from Cycle Tracking and ECG
  • Ability to log new symptoms, like fever, chills, pharyngitis or coughing, and share them with third-party apps

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

  • Adds a replacement setting to settle on if updates automatically download to your device when on Wi-Fi
  • Addresses a problem that would cause apps to become unresponsive when syncing data from iCloud Drive
  • Fixes a problem that would cause data roaming to seem to be disabled on eSIM albeit it remained active
  • Fixes a problem thats causes some phone calls from Saskatchewan to seem as originating from the us 
  • Addresses a problem that would interrupt audio when making phone calls over Wi-Fi Calling
  • Fixes an issues that prevented some iPhone 6S and iPhone SE devices from registering for Wi-Fi Calling
  • Resolves a problem that would cause the software keyboard to seem unexpectedly when connected to certain third-party hardware keyboards
  • Fixes a problem that would cause Japanese hardware keyboards to be incorrectly mapped as a U.S. keyboard
  • Addresses stability issues when accessing center when Assistive Touch was enabled
  • Provides a mechanism for administrators to specify domains to exclude from traffic carried by always-on VPN connections

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