Apple has released iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 as the latest software updates for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. One of the most notable changes in iOS 13.3.1 is the ability to disable the location tracking feature of the U1 Ultra wideband chip. A special workaround is available to disable location tracking. The latest iOS update also fixes the issue related to Deep Fusion mode, which is limited to iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. There are also various other fixes that are designed for both iPhone and iPad models and are compatible with the latest software updates.
What's new in iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1
According to the changelog provided by Apple, the iOS 13.3.1 update provides a setting that allows users to control the use of location services by the U1 Ultra wideband chip. The chip has so far been limited to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max and is used for an improved AirDrop experience. It is also believed to be used for AirTags shipment trackers, which Apple may launch later this year to defeat Bluetooth tracker maker Tile. In the meantime, there has been some debate about how the U1 chip should always be ready to track the position of users in the background.
The U1 chip works with ultra wideband radio technology (UWB) to enable precise location and spatial perception. However, since it collects user location data in the background, it has generated criticism.
With iOS 13.3.1, Apple attempted to address current concerns about the U1 chip and provided a setting to disable location tracking. All you have to do is visit the the settings app and then go to privacy > location services > system services > Network & wireless Possibility. There you will find a switch that you can disable to disable the use of location services by the U1 chip on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro model.
It should be noted that disabling the U1 chip's location tracking feature disables the use of location services to improve Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections on your iPhone. You won't get the improved AirDrop experience that Apple brought with the iOS 13.1 update in September 2019.
In addition to a setting to limit the U1 chip, the iOS 13.3.1 update resolves an issue related to communication restrictions that could allow adding a contact without entering the screen time passcode. The new software update also fixes the issue that may cause a temporary delay when editing a Deep Fusion photo on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The update also resolves the Mail app issue that may cause remote images to load even if the remote image loading setting is disabled.
The iOS update also improves calling with FaceTime by addressing the issue that could cause the rear-facing ultra-wide camera to be used instead of the wide camera. Apple has also fixed an issue related to push notifications and fixed the CarPlay issue, which can cause sound distortion in phone calls. In addition, the update provides support for Indian-English Siri voices for the HomePod, which will soon come to India at a price of Rs. 19,900.
Just like iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1 also includes bug fixes related to communication restrictions, push notifications, and the mail app. The iPad-focused update also fixes the problem that can cause multiple undo dialog boxes to appear in the Mail app. There is also support for Indian-English Siri voices for the HomePod.
The security content contained in the new iOS and iPadOS updates has been described in detail on a special support page. There are fixes for various vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities.
Download iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1
IOS 13.3.1 is available for all iOS 13 compatible iPhone and iPod touch models. IPadOS 13.3.1 is also compatible with iPad devices that are compatible with iPadOS 13.
You can check the availability of the latest iOS or iPadOS update on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad device at the settings > General > Software Update, Make sure your device has a sufficient battery and is connected to a Wi-Fi network.