Apple’s released another iOS 13 update for the iPhone and the company’s iOS 13.2.3 update comes with new bug fixes for lingering issues with the operating system.
iOS 13.2.3 update is a maintenance release which means it’s focused on fixing issues with iOS 13. It doesn’t come with any new features.
If your phone is running iOS 13.2.2, you get a short list of bug fixes and a fairly small download size. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS, your iOS 13.2.3 update will be larger because the changes from the updates you missed are baked into the firmware.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know about Apple’s iOS 13.2.3 update.
This guide goes over the iOS 13.2.3 update’s performance, the current state of iOS 13.2.3 problems, the best places to look for feedback about iOS 13.2.3’s performance, the iOS 13 jailbreak status, and more.
We’ll start with our impressions of iOS 13.2.3 update’s performance on iPhone.
iOS 13.2.3 Reviews
If you’re moving your device from iOS 13.2.2, you’re looking at a 100 MB download. The iOS 13.2.3 update is a 105.4 MB download for the iPhone X. It’s around the same for other iPhone models.
If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone, you’ll see a larger download size because, again, your iOS 13.2.3 update brings changes from updates you skipped.
If you’re already on iOS 13.2.2, the iOS 13.2.3 installation shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPhone X.
For more on the iOS 13.2.3 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iOS 13.2.3 update on the iPhone for several days now and here’s what we’ve seen from its performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable right now.
- 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 13.2.3 Speed
- iOS 13.2.3 feels as fast as iOS 13.2.2 and iOS 13.2.
If your device is currently struggling on iOS 13.2.2, or another version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 13.2.3 update right now.
If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 13.2.3 update on the iPhone.
iOS 13.2.3 Problems
The iOS 13.2.3 update brings some important bug fixes with it, but the software is also causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS 13.
The current list of iOS 13.2.3 problems includes 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, abnormal battery drain, Exchange issues, and more.
If you run into an issue on iOS 13.2.3, look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems. We’ve also released tips to improve iOS 13 performance and tips to help fix bad iOS 13 battery life.
If you can’t handle iOS 13.2.3’s performance, note that you can no longer downgrade to a previous version of iOS 13.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 13.2.2 which means you can no longer drop back down in an effort to improve your iPhone’s performance. Apple’s also closed off the downgrade path to older versions of iOS.
That said, if you really want to get off iOS 13.2.3, you can try moving your phone to the iOS 13.3 beta if you think that might help.
iOS 13.2.3 Update: What’s New
iOS 13.2.3 is a maintenance upgrade with a short list of bug fixes on board:
- Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work
- Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view
- Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background
- Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts
The iOS 13.2.3 update doesn’t bring any new security patches to the iPhone.
iOS 13.2.3 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your device, note that there’s an iOS 13 jailbreak tool out, but that it’s currently in beta testing.
The semi-tethered tool, dubbed checkra1n, works with iOS 12.3-iOS 13.2.3 and it’s compatible with iPhones ranging from iPhone 5s to iPhone X.
It’s an option if you’re desperate, but some of you might want to wait for it to leave beta before making a move.
Apple’s confirmed a new milestone upgrade for iOS 13 and the iOS 13.3 update is in beta testing right now. We don’t have a release date yet, but we expect it to arrive before the end of the year.
Milestone upgrades (x.x) always include more than just bug fixes and security patches and iOS 13.3 will carry new features including upgrades to Screen Time.
If you can’t wait for the official release, you can try the iOS 13.3 update on your iPhone right now via one of Apple’s beta programs.
If you’re interested in iOS 13.3, please take a look at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 13.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.7 update.
iOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iOS 13.6 or an older version of iOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
iOS 13.6 had more than 20 patches for security issues on board which made it an extremely important update. If you skipped iOS 13.6, you get the patches with iOS 13.7.
If you want to learn more about iOS 13.6's security patches, head on over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you skipped iOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade to iOS 13.7. You can read more about it on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.7 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 13.7.
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 13.7. 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 13.7 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 13.7. 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 13.7 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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