I read an iPhone Changelog and I liked it. Nearly every new version of macOS or iOS or whatever OS comes with something called a Changelog. Sometimes they’re short and to the point; occasionally so short they’re non-existent.
Other times, a Changelog can be lengthy and a good way to get your geek on if you’re curious about what is going on and why an update or upgrade requires half a gigabyte or a full gig or sometimes more.
A changelog is a log or record of all notable changes made to a project. The project is often a website or software project, and the changelog usually includes records of changes such as bug fixes, new features, etc. Some open-source projects include a changelog as one of the top-level files in their distribution.
See? Geeky. There’s more.
A changelog has historically included all changes made to a project. The “Keep a Changelog” site instead advocates that a changelog not include all changes, but that it should instead contain “a curated, chronologically ordered list of notable changes for each version of a project” and should not be a “dump” of a git log “because this helps nobody”
Last week Apple introduced iOS 13 for iPhone. Usually, within a week or two, there’s a .01 release to fix any critical bugs. So, that would mean iPhone 13 would get an update to 13.01.
This year is different. iOS 13 already had a beta release at 13.1 and that arrived this week. Why such a big jump in iOS so soon after the last release? What changed? Well, I read a Changelog and I liked it.
● Ability to select who you want to AirDrop to by pointing from one iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max to another using the new U1 chip with Ultra Wideband technology for spatial awareness
● Suggested automations in the Gallery personalized to your daily routine
● Personal and home automations for automatically running shortcuts based on triggers
● Home app support for shortcuts as advanced actions in the Automation tab
● Share ETA to send your estimated time of arrival while your route is in progress
● Optimized battery charging to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged
● Performance management feature for iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs
● Notifications for when Battery Health is unable to verify if a new, genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and later
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:
● Adds a link to the Me tab in Find My to allow a guest to sign in and locate a missing device
● Includes notifications for when the display on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple display in iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
● Addresses issues in Mail that could cause incorrect download counts, missing senders and subjects, difficulty selecting or flagging threads, duplicate notifications or overlapping fields
● Fixes an issue in Mail that may prevent background downloading of email messages
● Addresses an issue that could prevent Memoji from correctly tracking facial expressions in Messages
● Fixes an issue where photos might not display in the Messages details view
● Fixes an issue in Reminders that prevented some users from sharing iCloud lists
● Resolves an issue in Notes where Exchange notes may not show up in search results
● Addresses an issue in Calendar where birthday events could appear multiple times
● Addresses an issue that could prevent third-party sign in screens from appearing in the Files app
● Fixes an issue that could cause Camera orientation to appear rotated when swiping to it from the Lock screen
● Addresses an issue that could cause the display to sleep while interacting with the Lock screen
● Resolves issues where app icons could appear as blank or as a different app on the Home screen
● Resolves an issue that could prevent supported wallpapers from switching appearances when changing between Light and Dark modes
● Addresses stability issues when signing out of iCloud from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
● Fixes an issue where signing in to update Apple ID settings could fail repeatedly
● Fixes an issue that could prevent the device from vibrating when connecting to a charger
● Addresses an issue that could cause people and groups in the Share Sheet to appear blurred
● Fixes an issue that could prevent alternate words from displaying when tapping on a misspelled word
● Resolves an issue where multilingual typing could stop working
● Addresses an issue that could prevent switching back to the QuickType keyboard after using a third-party keyboard
● Fixes an issue that could prevent the edit menu from appearing when selecting text
● Fixes an issue where Siri may not read Messages in CarPlay
● Addresses an issue that could prevent sending a message using third party messaging apps in CarPlay
What does all that mean?
Apple was working overtime and iOS 13 was not really quite ready for prime time but had to ship anyway because iPhone 11 models were backing up at the dock in China. That necessitated a big 13.1 release.
The forces that be in Apple tech said iOS 13 was buggy, though it installed and worked OK on our iPhones before upgrading to new iPhone 11 models on Friday. That quick upgrade to 13.1 should tell you how close Apple gets to the wire these days.