Apple’s released an iOS 13.2.2 update for iPhone and the firmware with some important bug fixes for lingering iOS 13 issues.
The iOS 13.2.2 update is another maintenance release for the iOS 13 operating system. Unlike the previous version of iOS 13 (iOS 13.2), iOS 13.2.2 doesn’t bring any new features. It’s comprised of bug fixes.
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 13.2, you get the shortest list of changes and the smallest download size. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13, your iOS 13.2.2 update will be more substantial because the changes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know right now about Apple’s iOS 13.2.2 update for the iPhone.
Our walkthrough goes over the iOS 13.2.2 update’s performance, iOS 13.2.2 problems, the best places to look for feedback about iOS 13.2.2’s performance, the iOS 13 jailbreak status, and more.
We’ll begin with our quick impressions of iOS 13.2.2 update’s performance.
iOS 13.2.2 Reviews
If you’re moving up from iOS 13.2, you’re looking at an 100+ MB download. The iOS 13.2.2 update is a 117.8 MB download for the iPhone X and it’s around the same size for other iPhone models.
If you’re currently running an older version of iOS, you might see a much larger download size because, again, your iOS 13.2.2 update brings changes from any update you skipped.
If you’re already on iOS 13.2, the iOS 13.2.2 installation should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPhone X.
For more on the iOS 13.2.2 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iOS 13.2.2 update on the iPhone for a several days now and here’s what we’ve gleaned thus far:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all stable.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are working fine.
- iOS 13.2.2 feels as fast as iOS 13.2 and iOS 13.1.3.
If your iPhone’s performance is struggling on iOS 13.2, or another version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 13.2.2 update right now.
If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 13.2.2 update on your iPhone.
iOS 13.2.2 Problems
iOS 13.2.2 brings some important bug fixes with it, but the software is also causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of the problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS.
The current list of iOS 13.2.2 problems includes some common issues including installation problems, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, issues with first and third-party apps, syncing issues when using the Notes application, UI lag, random reboots, and more.
If you run into an issue on iOS 13.2.2, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems. We’ve also released some tips to help improve iOS 13 performance and tips to help fix bad iOS 13 battery life.
If you can’t handle iOS 13.2.2’s performance, note that you can no longer downgrade to a previous version of iOS 13. Apple’s closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 13.2. Apple’s also closed off the downgrade to older versions of iOS.
You can, however, try moving your phone to the iOS 13.3 beta if your performance is really struggling.
iOS 13.2.2 Update: What’s New
iOS 13.2.2 is a maintenance upgrade with six bug fixes for the iPhone. Here are those changes:
- Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background
- Resolves an issue where iPhone may temporarily lose cellular service after a call
- Addresses an issue where cellular data may temporarily not be available
- Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable
- Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt
- Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories
If you’re dealing with any of these issues (lots of people were complaining about the background refresh issue while on iOS 13.2), you should probably download iOS 13.2.2.
Note that iOS 13.2.2 doesn’t bring any new security patches to the iPhone.
iOS 13.2.2 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPhone, make sure you avoid the iOS 13.2.2 update and iOS 13. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running Apple’s iOS 12 operating system.
Jailbreak developers have teased iOS 13 jailbreak tools, but we don’t know when the first iOS 13 jailbreak tool will arrive for the general public.
For now, you must remain on iOS 12 if you want to jailbreak your iPhone.
Apple’s confirmed a new milestone upgrade for iOS 13 and the iOS 13.3 update is in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for the iPhone.
Because it’s a milestone upgrade (x.x), iOS 13.3 will carry new features in addition to bug fixes and security patches.
Again, if you’re really struggling on iOS 13.2.2, iOS 13.2, or an older version of iOS, you might want to download the iOS 13.3 beta. It could have a positive impact on your iPhone’s overall performance.
If you’re interested in iOS 13.3, please take a look at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 13.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 13.5.1 brings one security to iOS 13-powered iPhone models which you can read about on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.5.1 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested.
Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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