Apple has acknowledged issues with the Personal Hotspot feature on iPhone and iPad within iOS 13, and it’s said that the next software update may be able to fix this problem. They also confirmed iOS 13.4 will be coming on Tuesday, March 24, and it’s set to be a fairly big update to your iPhone. Your iPad will also get an update to iPadOS 13.4 if it’s compatible.
Many users have reported the Personal Hotspot feature is temperamental in the iOS 13 update, as it keeps disconnecting regularly. An easy fix is to turn the feature off and on again, but that doesn’t solve the problem for good and it has been leaving users very frustrated. Now, an internal document from Apple has been sent to the company’s Authorized Service Providers (and it was found by MacRumors). The note says that Apple is aware of the disconnect issue for the Personal Hotspot feature. It offers a variety of fixes while the company works on an official fix. There’s no confirmation that this will be tackled within iOS 13.4, but it was acknowledged by Apple ahead of a new software update, which may mean that the upgrade will come with a bug fix. While that’s still not officially confirmed, the latest iOS 13.4 update looks set to bring an option to unlock your NFC-compatible car with your iPhone, along with new Memoji stickers, iCloud folder sharing, and even combined app purchases across iPhone and Mac. iPadOS is arguably getting even bigger updates, with mouse and trackpad support set to land within the tablet software.
Why is it important to update your software?
Getting that notification that it’s time to update your phone once again never ceases to be annoying. You think your phone works fine just the way it is, and you typically put off the software update until another day. As irritating as they are, software updates are important, and we should start getting in the habit of following through on those notifications. Here’s why:
The most important reason to keep your phone and computer up to date is security. There are flaws with any software system — and it’s just a matter of time before someone discovers them. Companies such as Apple and Google, as well as major apps, all have employees whose job is to try to hack into their own product. Their goal is to discover and fix flaws before malicious hackers can take an advantage of them. It’s like a constant cat-and-mouse game. Hopefully, the security researchers (the aforementioned white hat hackers) figure out the issues first, but occasionally criminals get creative or identify a security hole first. Even if an app update doesn’t introduce many new features, and is just “improvements and bug fixes,” it’s still worth a download; it could prevent your phone from being hacked, and prevent your data from being shared with the world.
Cool New Features
Developers work hard to come up with cool new features that will make your life easier, and if you don’t update, you won’t be able to take advantage of those. Over the years updates have brought the ability to stream live video, split-screen mode on the iPad, so you can watch video while working on something else, and Night Shift mode you can switch on that makes your phone screen a warmer, more sleep-friendly hue once the sun goes down, among a bucket full of other features.
Luckily for apps, you can turn on automatic downloads so you never have to think about updating an app again — they’ll update on their own . And with iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, you can have your device update automatically.
To turn on automatic updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then tap Automatic Updates. Your device will automatically update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Some updates might need to be installed manually.