• Apple has released a new iOS update
  • The update deals with iOS 13.4 problems related to FaceTime
  • The update also brings a few fixes for issues with the Settings app

Apple has released iOS 13.4.1, an update primarily aimed at fixing problems that the earlier iOS version had regarding FaceTime and the Settings app. The new update, which came as a surprise, is actually what the company promised after reports of the issues started popping up on the internet.

Previously, those who updated to iOS 13.4 reported that they were having trouble making FaceTime calls to those using older Apple devices running on iOS 9. These devices, which include the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, third-generation iPad, the first-generation iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch were unable to make and take FaceTime calls to and from iOS 13.4-run iDevices.

This caused a lot of concern for iPhone users, particularly those who depended on FaceTime to contact their loved ones and friends amid the shelter-in-place order due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Apple took notice of this concern and admitted that it has “received reports” pertaining to the issue, and has promised to work on it as soon as possible.

Now, about a week after the reports started popping up, Cupertino made good on its promise to release a fix. The new update also includes fixes to iOS 13.4-run devices not being able to contact Macs running on OS X El Capitan.

“iOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone,” Apple said about the update, which “Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.”

The new update also includes fixes that deals with a bug in the Settings app. Previously, choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home Screen on an iOS 13.4-run device would fail. The update fixes this.

Apple Insider noted that the iOS 13.4.1 update also includes a fix for a third bug that could cause problems with the flashlight on new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. According to the tech site, the bug causes the flashlight to not turn on even after the flashlight button in the Lock Screen or Control Center is pressed.

Group FaceTime. Elijah Nouvelage