iOS 13.3 update to bring more peace for users

The new iOS version is available now.

Apple has released iOS 13.3 today, the third major release for iOS 13.

The tech giant also has launched iPadOS 13.3 for iPad, watchOS 6.1.1 for Watch, tvOS 13.3 for Apple TV and updates for HomePod to all users today.

The trend of delivering considerably more instantaneous updates this year than usual continues. As iOS 13.3 comes a few weeks after 13.2.3 (released on Nov 18), and 44 days after iOS 13.2 (released on Oct 28).

iOS 13.3 had four beta releases for developers before releasing the stable version today. 

What’s new in iOS 13.3

iOS 13.3 brings general improvements, like the creation of a new video clip when trimming a video, and bug fixes. 

Fixes include problems in the Mail app downloading new messages, and support for NFC, USB and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari. 

Issues reported by users regarding slow wireless charging is fixed as well.

The most significant change is additional parental controls for Screen Time. Parents can now restrict the usage of apps like Messages and FaceTime. Furthermore, parents can manage their child’s contact list.

According to Apple, here is the full list of changes released in iOS 13.3.

Screen Time

  • New parental controls provide more communication limits over who their children can call, FaceTime, or Message
  • Contact list for children lets parents manage the contacts that appear on their children’s devices

Apple News

  • New layout for Apple News+ stories from The Wall Street Journal and other leading newspapers
  • Easily like or dislike stories with a tap


  • Stories from Apple News are now available in Canada in English and French
  • Continue reading with links to related stories or more stories from the same publication
  • “Breaking” and “Developing” labels for Top Stories

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:

  • Enables the creation of a new video clip when trimming a video in Photos
  • Adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari
  • Fixes issues in Mail that may prevent downloading new messages
  • Addresses an issue that prevented deleting messages in Gmail accounts
  • Resolves issues that could cause incorrect characters to display in messages and duplication of sent messages in Exchange accounts
  • Fixes an issue where the cursor may not move after long pressing on the space bar
  • Addresses an issue that may cause screenshots to appear blurry when sent via Messages
  • Resolves an issue where cropping or using Markup on screenshots may not save to Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not be able to be shared with other audio apps
  • Addresses an issue where the missed call badge on the Phone app may not clear
  • Resolves an issue where the Cellular Data setting may incorrectly show as off
  • Fixes an issue that prevented turning off Dark Mode when Smart Invert was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where some wireless chargers may charge more slowly than expected

Installing the iOS 13.3 update

The size of the update is around 872 MB. The iOS 13.3 update can be installed under this pathway: Settings > General > Software Update.

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