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I see Apple Music as active in Background Activity. How do I turn it off? I don't use Music on my phone (iphone SE).
I too have had Apple Music heavily discharging my battery on my iPhone 7 (as I previously reported). I deleted Apple Music (despite having a subscription). The battery discharge rate, during idle times such as overnight, changed to normal [expectations] according to the histogram in Battery setting. It is now a deletable Apple application.

A few days later I reloaded the Apple Music app from the App Store. My battery still shows normal discharge behavior with the newly loaded Music app—with no background activity during idle times for the phone.

So one cause for fast battery discharge seems to be the Music app as delivered in the 13.x updates.
 


... It's amazing that iOS 13 was released almost exactly two months ago, and we're already on version 13.2.3. My initial impression is that in a world less driven by Apple's seemingly arbitrary and aggressive marketing deadlines, iOS 13.2.3 would have been the proper initial release of iOS 13, or perhaps it would have been the first incremental bug fix release, i.e. 13.0.1 in that alternate universe.
I am on the third (I think) beta of IOS 13.3.
 



So one cause for fast battery discharge seems to be the Music app as delivered in the 13.x updates.
i don't think I've experienced abnormally high battery discharge with the Music App, but there has been fixes and regressions for the same bugs since the first version shipped in iOS 13.0 that is downright ridiculous.

Some bugs would be fixed in the following update and then regressed in the subsequent update. You'd think that Apple would keep their bug fixes consistent in newer releases.

Examples of things not working properly:

1. Bluetooth playback via car stereo would forget the last played song when shutting off the engine, reset to some default playlist when I return to the car later in the day (playing the same song from the first playlist on resume). This was fixed in 13.2.2 and reverted in 13.2.3.​

2. Playlist icons are incorrect. This first crept in with iOS 13.0, I think. Subsequent releases never fixed it correctly. In iOS 13.2.3, a playlist would acquire a random icon each time I scrolled through the playlists.​

I would've thought that the Music app is used so widely that such problems would be detected and fixed immediately, but apparently not.

#applequality
 


I am having numerous freezes (crashes) with the Books app and possibly others. Swiping out the Books app does not fix it - it just does not open up my current book. I have to reboot to get it working again. Anybody else seeing stuff like this?
 


Ric Ford

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I am having numerous freezes (crashes) with the Books app and possibly others. Swiping out the Books app does not fix it - it just does not open up my current book. I have to reboot to get it working again. Anybody else seeing stuff like this?
I haven't used Apple Books at all, really, but I opened it up on an iPhone X, running iOS 13.2.3 and looked at some "books" I had previously downloaded – iOS and OS X "Human Interface Guidelines" and an iPhone User Guide. Not a good experience – the User Guide was positively ancient (iOS 6?), and the "Human Interface Guidelines" for OS X were Yosemite-era. I couldn't figure out how to update them, so I tried deleting them, but the delete trashcan icon apparently "Hides" them, not deletes them. I really don't know what's going on with all that, and I don't have time to spend trying to figure it out.

I didn't experience the Books app quitting, and I quit the app in the usual way when I was finished.

But later, some strange and bad things happened... I tried to send a photo from an iMessage chat with a friend I often communicate with, and this failed for unknown reasons without any error messages. After trying a couple of things and still confused about what was happening, I simply gave up and went on to other things. Quite a bit later, I tried to send him a simple text message, but iMessage was locked up. I quit iMessage in the usual way, but it was locked up again when I re-opened it. I tried this several more times (and there were few, if any, other apps open) before finally taking the extreme and rare action of powering off the iPhone for a hard restart. This at least got iMessage working again, so I could send the text message.

I don't know if this is all down to Apple Books bugs, but I have not had this problem before, and this is the only time that I have used Apple Books in a long time. I don't have time at the moment to do more debugging, and I guess this is just more...
#applequality
 


i don't think I've experienced abnormally high battery discharge with the Music App, but there has been fixes and regressions for the same bugs since the first version shipped in iOS 13.0 that is downright ridiculous. Some bugs would be fixed in the following update and then regressed in the subsequent update. You'd think that Apple would keep their bug fixes consistent in newer releases.
Examples of things not working properly:
1. Bluetooth playback via car stereo would forget the last played song when shutting off the engine, reset to some default playlist when I return to the car later in the day (playing the same song from the first playlist on resume). This was fixed in 13.2.2 and reverted in 13.2.3.​
2. Playlist icons are incorrect. This first crept in with iOS 13.0, I think. Subsequent releases never fixed it correctly. In iOS 13.2.3, a playlist would acquire a random icon each time I scrolled through the playlists.​
I would've thought that the Music app is used so widely that such problems would be detected and fixed immediately, but apparently not.
Regardless, deleting the app and reinstalling it fixed the battery issue for me. I can leave a fully charged iPhone 7 on the nightstand, and battery decays about 12% instead of 70% or more overnight. Neither Siri nor Music show any background activity now. I’ve not noticed any other issues attributable to Music/iOS13.3 beta, other than a stutter when switching to Maps or between Maps and Waze on CarPlay.
 


Regardless, deleting the app and reinstalling it fixed the battery issue for me. I can leave a fully charged iPhone 7 on the nightstand, and battery decays about 12% instead of 70% or more overnight. Neither Siri nor Music show any background activity now. I’ve not noticed any other issues attributable to Music/iOS13.3 beta, other than a stutter when switching to Maps or between Maps and Waze on CarPlay.
I installed the latest iOS, 13.2.3, the other night. Everything his working fine, but battery use is not as good as it was with 13.2.2 on an iPhone SE – possibly (?) because I turned on the feature to upload photos to iCloud (pretty much had to do it to save space on the phone, which only (!) has 16 GB of storage capacity (a surprising amount of which is occupied by the system).
 


Regardless, deleting the app and reinstalling it fixed the battery issue for me. I can leave a fully charged iPhone 7 on the nightstand, and battery decays about 12% instead of 70% or more overnight. Neither Siri nor Music show any background activity now. I’ve not noticed any other issues attributable to Music/iOS13.3 beta, other than a stutter when switching to Maps or between Maps and Waze on CarPlay.
I don't know for certain, but this sounds like you had a corrupt music database or configuration somewhere. Anyway, glad that reinstalling it fixed the problem (deleting the app will delete the data as well).
 


I stumbled across this fairly detailed article covering Voice Control in iOS 13. As a physically disabled user, the thought of not having a home button on my iPhone terrified me, because some of the new gestures would be problematic for me. This article made it clear to me that Voice Control will go a long way towards easing those potential difficulties.

While I still plan to make my next iPhone an 8 Plus, thanks to this article it will be for budgetary reasons rather than accessibility reasons. And so I happily share it with anyone else who might find it useful:


#accessibility
 


I was just wondering if it's finally a good time to upgrade my iPhone 7 to iOS 13. It's currently running the latest version of iOS 12 for this device (12.1.4). Experiences welcome, thanks.
 


Ric Ford

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I was just wondering if it's finally a good time to upgrade my iPhone 7 to iOS 13. It's currently running the latest version of iOS 12 for this device (12.1.4). Experiences welcome, thanks.
iOS 13 has been the worst iOS I can remember. Even on the latest version, I've had random app freezes that I can't remember ever experiencing before, for no reason, with very few apps running, and I've had to actually power down the iPhone to get it working right. It's not too frequent, and the iPhone is generally usable, but it's a shocking decline from previous rock-solid operation. In addition, battery life seems to be worse for me, despite jumping through many, many hoops over many weeks.

Bottom line, I regret updating from iOS 12 to iOS 13 and would revert, except Apple won't let us. And I haven't yet updated people I support.

Obviously, there's the issue of security updates not being supplied by Apple for pre-iOS 13 versions, but I haven't heard of active exploitations mandating updates, so far.

#applequality
 


I was just wondering if it's finally a good time to upgrade my iPhone 7 to iOS 13. It's currently running the latest version of iOS 12 for this device (12.1.4). Experiences welcome, thanks.
I wish I'd skipped iOS/iPadOS 13. For my main iPad usage, email and web fora. iOS 13 is the worst regression I've ever seen.

Auto-capitalization is random, and usually inappropriate; I had to turn it off, and years of habit have become a clumsy obstacle. Text selection is a Keystone Cops disaster... or maybe like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: you never know what you'll get. The new cursor gestures would be hilarious as a prank to play on an unsuspecting friend. Autocompletion suggestions vary from not-even-close to MIA. I suspect Apple wants everyone to buy its expensive keyboard-case, which pretty much defeats the simplicity of a tablet. Whatever conspiracy theory tickles your fancy, poking the onscreen keyboard has become a miserable chore with unpredictable results. Everything takes at least twice as long, and requires careful proofreading.

Instead of working hard to hide half the useful buttons under unfamiliar icons or deep within new submenus, Apple should have given us a forward-delete key and cursor arrows. Yes, some third-party keyboards have these, but they also add so much kitchen-sink clutter that the keys are too small.

Also, background operation of many apps is actually quit-and-relaunch. Reselect a "running" app, and instead of resuming from where you left it, the app often reverts to its opening state; I can't tell, but perhaps the apps are actually crashing off-screen.

Stick with iOS 12. iOS 13 has no useful new features, just half-baked change for change's sake.
 


Obviously, there's the issue of security updates not being supplied by Apple for pre-iOS 13 versions...
Fortunately for those of us who can't "upgrade" to iOS 13, Apple did release a couple of 12.4.x updates. I can't remember them doing that in recent memory, at least on the iOS side of things. Still, the Apple-knows-best attitude annoys me. They should leave it up to the user.

Hassle or not, I'm glad it's still possible on the Mac.

As a side note, I wonder if the iOS 13 experience is any better on a device that ships with it from the factory, especially now that several updates have been released? Not that I have the money to find out...
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Fortunately for those of us who can't "upgrade" to iOS 13, Apple did release a couple of 12.4.x updates.
If you have a device capable of running iOS 13, Apple will not let you get those iOS 12 updates, instead forcing you to iOS 13.
As a side note, I wonder if the iOS 13 experience is any better on a device that ships with it from the factory, especially now that several updates have been released?
It shouldn't make any difference whether iOS 13 is installed at the factory or installed later. Devices with larger RAM capacity (e.g. iMac Pros) might have fewer problems, but I can't say for sure. I've experienced terrible behavior with an iPhone X that's used fairly lightly and poor behavior on an iPhone SE that's barely used at all but has had battery life problems and audio drop-outs on calls. (I haven't been able to test on a different carrier to see if that's a factor, though.)
 


My iPhone 8 (latest iOS 13.2.3) has been acting up lately. And I don't know if it's carrier-related or internal antenna/OS. (I suspect the latter but...)

So I send a picture to a friend in Messages. He's on Verizon, I'm on ATT. The 3-human-hairs thick progress line slows at 5mm from the right of screen. Waiting. Waiting. Then a "failed to send" error.

I have WiFi Calling and cell service (the weaker of the two). If I toggle off the cell service, I can't do "visual voicemail" and some other services. But I can talk, text, etc. I tried sending it five more times, and finally, it worked only when I decided to go outside and try on cell service (not WiFi).

Before I rule out my own ignorance (having some house-wide blocking via Pi-hole), this also happened to another friend the next day, and his carrier is T-Mobile.
Either ATT is culpable, the iOS update did something, or something else.

I'm just putting this out there, as I have had some failures to send in the past but not this frequent and not while having decent signal.

Oh, and Apple, your iPhone GUI is deplorable. Having tiny progress bars that hide under previous messages, of the same color, fails user accessibility....
 


I was just wondering if it's finally a good time to upgrade my iPhone 7 to iOS 13. It's currently running the latest version of iOS 12 for this device (12.1.4). Experiences welcome, thanks.
Assuming you've read Ric's regrets that he upgraded, as a counterpoint, I don't particularly find much issue with iOS 13 - but I did wait until it seemed most of the early upgrade chaff was past. Dark Mode is nice, but it's not the game changer - mostly makes it easier to check your phone in the middle of the night without blinding yourself.

I run it (okay, technically iPadOS) on an iPad Mini 3rd gen and an iPhone X. My son runs it on his iPhone 11. I haven't particularly noticed any more substantial battery usage. Honestly, I'd be hard pressed to tell you what's changed since iOS 12.

My usage is definitely a bit on the casual side - Mail.app, Discord, Slack, Calendar, phone and contacts, Safari, various travel apps, a very occasional game.
 


iOS 13 has been the worst iOS I can remember.
Ditto for iPadOS 13 on my iPad 6.

1. Apparent memory management problems that have persisted to some degree with each successive minor update, that manifest in such symptoms as Safari coming up with blank pages during extended periods of use and Google Drive crashing in the middle of photo slideshows. Reboot for a time resumes normal behavior, but having to reboot once or twice a day??​
2. And a lot of minor annoyances, following what was previously uneventful operation, including:​
  • entry of passcode on reboot frequently failing several times, as my automatic reflex entry of the code seems to miss some very small sweet spot on some number (and don't say use Touch ID - my old and abused fingers have never worked well).
  • on startup, screen often doesn't automatically orient properly, and I have to rotate 90° and then back again to get it right.
These aren't big deals in and of themselves, but enough to make me wonder what is going on with Apple software quality control.

#applequality
 


And iOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3 updates are out... so now that is a lot of updates since iOS 13 came out...
 


I'm drawing a blank here, and wasn't able to quickly find an answer online… I have an iPhone X running on iOS 12.4.1, and would like to update it to 12.4.4. The iOS Software Update panel only gives me the option of iOS 13.3 (which I do not want), as does iTunes. I can option-click the iTunes update button to select a different iOS updater, but cannot find 12.4.4 as a direct download from Apple. Is this still possible?

... I see Ric replied above that Apple will not allow me to do any updates other than to 13.x. If anyone knows of another option, please pipe in.
 


I'm drawing a blank here, and wasn't able to quickly find an answer online… I have an iPhone X running on iOS 12.4.1, and would like to update it to 12.4.4. The iOS Software Update panel only gives me the option of iOS 13.3 (which I do not want), as does iTunes. I can option-click the iTunes update button to select a different iOS updater, but cannot find 12.4.4 as a direct download from Apple. Is this still possible?
... I see Ric replied above that Apple will not allow me to do any updates other than to 13.x. If anyone knows of another option, please pipe in.
I think that iOS 12.4.4 is only Over The Air for your model, and that Apple lists only:
"Phone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation" as compatible.

You might see if anyone with an iPhone X was at iOS 12.4.4 and did update/backup to iTunes of the IPSW file. Otherwise, I can't find 12.4.4 IPSW for your model 10,3. I did find restore IPSW files for other model phones. (Although there are jailbreak IPSW files up to 12.4, they are unsigned and I'm not linking to them.)

This link is an IT-Blogger.net in German, but the links on that page appear to be from cdn.apple.com for other restore files (if one were to do clean restore... maybe the links are useful to someone?).
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I have suspected that radios / modems / cell strength, and related firmware, might be involved here (and I did all the updates I could find to do, along with power off/on, etc., etc., trying to make sure I had the latest carrier settings). But I see that a modem firmware upate occurred at some point during my updates to iOS 13.2 and the arduous erase/rebuild procedure (from Settings > General > About):
Oct. 26iOS 13.1.3Modem Firmware 9.00.01
Oct. 31iOS 13.2Modem Firmware 9.11.01
(after erase and rebuild)
So far, battery life has been better since the rebuild, though I'll need to judge over more days of use, and I wonder if this is related to the modem firmware update.

(On the other hand, I'm still experiencing odd, brief dropouts in phone conversations, which I have also been trying unsuccessfully for weeks and weeks to isolate and resolve.)
After the iOS 13.3 update today, modem firmware on the iPhone SE shows an updated version number:

9.30.02

and I just had a phone call without obnoxious short droputs for a change. I hope that lasts. Nothing about this was mentioned in Apple's release notes.
 


I think that iOS 12.4.4 is only Over The Air for your model, and that Apple lists only:"Phone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation" as compatible.
… Otherwise, I can't find 12.4.4 IPSW for your model 10,3. I did find restore IPSW files for other model phones. (Although there are jailbreak IPSW files up to 12.4, they are unsigned and I'm not linking to them.)
Yep, it looks like I'm stuck at iOS 12.4.1 (not interested in jailbreaking) unless Apple releases an update for folks staying on iOS 12 (unlikely). I did upgrade my workshop/music-only iPad Mini 4 to iOS 13... and find it even less user friendly (more 'user hostile') than iOS 12 for the way I use my mobile devices.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
FYI:
TechCrunch said:
An iOS bug let anyone ‘lock-up’ nearby iPhones – TechCrunch
Apple has fixed a bug in iOS 13.3, out today, which let anyone temporarily lock users out of their iPhones and iPads by forcing their devices into an inescapable loop.
Kishan Bagaria found a bug in AirDrop, which allows users to share files between iOS devices. He found the bug let him repeatedly send files to all devices able to accept files within wireless range of an attacker.

... Apple fixed the bug by adding a rate-limit that prevents a barrage of requests over a short period of time. But because the bug wasn’t strictly a security vulnerability, Apple said it would not issue a common vulnerability and exposure (CVE) score, typically associated with security-related issues, instead “publicly acknowledge” Bagaria’s findings in the security advisory.
 


I did upgrade my workshop/music-only iPad Mini 4 to iOS 13... and find it even less user friendly (more 'user hostile') than iOS 12 for the way I use my mobile devices.
Perhaps you could be more specific in your dislike for iOS 13? How is it "less user friendly" and how is it "(more user hostile)"?

I have been a long time reader of MacInTouch for the help, insights and remedies that the readers supply.
 



Perhaps you could be more specific in your dislike for iOS 13? How is it "less user friendly" and how is it "(more user hostile)"?
For context, I use the iPad Mini as a music player in my shop and as a surrogate head unit on long road trips, as my OEM unit does not support CarPlay – I secure the Mini to the dash in front of my built-in screen, so I can use it hands/free. I am of an age where I must wear bifocal readers or sunglasses while driving, as I cannot focus on close objects without them - far vision is still fine.

Without running out to the shop to play with it more, the two things I remember from a recent long road trip were that the new Maps app was almost unusable due to lower contrast imagery and text, and I found it difficult to select playlists or specific music on the fly. I gave up after a short while and went back to my iPhone X (still on iOS 12) for the duration of that trip.

Some of the usability issues are, of course, related to it being "new," but on the whole (for me – your milage may vary, of course), I feel they made it "work less."
 


How do I get automatic update to actually update? My iPad (2018 model, a few months old) is running iPadOS 13.2.3, and automatic updates are on. Software Update says it will try to install the update later tonight. But I had it plugged in and charging and connected to WiFi all night, and it didn't update. I had to enter my passcode this morning as it said that I needed to after a restart, but I'm still at 13.2.3. What else do I need to do?
 


I was just wondering if it's finally a good time to upgrade my iPhone 7 to iOS 13. It's currently running the latest version of iOS 12 for this device (12.1.4). Experiences welcome, thanks.
I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. Based on the response, I think I'll wait a little longer to update.
 



I wonder how this new Apple "artificial intelligence" compares with real human intelligence....
I got the first notification (that I remember) the other day that Optimized Battery Charging was enabled on my iPhone XS, after upgrading to 13.3. Since (1) I have Do Not Disturb set for about ten hours a day, ending when I normally wake up and (2) as far as I know, I don't point and click in my sleep (though after eight years of iOS, who knows?), I've never seen a notification of the form "Scheduled to finish charging by...." Instead, I just see the 100% charged reading I always saw. If it extends battery life, as Apple claims, to go from 80% to 100% as slowly as possible, it's fine by me.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I've never seen a notification of the form "Scheduled to finish charging by...."
I haven't seen that, either, but results will obviously differ depending on individual sleep/charging patterns.

(A dig down through settings on my phone shows the "optimization" enabled.)
 


I tried to install the iOS 13.3 update manually, and it failed silently a few times, so I restarted the iPad and got it through the "preparing update" phase. Then I left it plugged in overnight again, and still no update. But when I woke it up this morning, it told me that it would install now. Since I wanted to use it, I tapped on "later", at which point it asked for my passcode and said it would install tonight between 2:00 and 4:00. What's automatic about this update?
 



I'm a little confused by this... Had you turned off the option to automatically update?
No, I just tapped on the "Download and install" button, which downloaded it more than once and failed in the preparation phase. After the restart it downloaded and prepared and the button changed to "Install now", and I did not tap on that. I'll report in the morning if it actually does install successfully.
 



I have a question for those of you who have upgraded to 13.3 on an iPhone SE; what is your verdict now on that version after living with it for a few weeks? Learning to live with it? Hate it? I’m particularly interested in whether or not the battery life issues reported for the early versions of 13.x are still present.
Thanks in advance!
 


I have a question for those of you who have upgraded to 13.3 on an iPhone SE; what is your verdict now on that version after living with it for a few weeks? Learning to live with it? Hate it? I’m particularly interested in whether or not the battery life issues reported for the early versions of 13.x are still present.
Thanks in advance!
My iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 13.3 still drains battery much faster than with iOS 12. I haven't changed the apps I use with one exception (Apollo to read Reddit). Yesterday after a restart (and not using Apollo) I listened to music via Bluetooth for 6 hours, it was down to 40%. In the same scenario iOS 12 would go down to 60%.

I found a way to not drain battery: don't use the iPhone! One day I just carried it around without using it. That night it was only down to 80%, the same level it was down to after a typical day of use in iOS 12.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I have a question for those of you who have upgraded to 13.3 on an iPhone SE; what is your verdict now on that version after living with it for a few weeks? Learning to live with it? Hate it? I’m particularly interested in whether or not the battery life issues reported for the early versions of 13.x are still present.
As I mentioned in the batteries and charging thread, I found my battery life improved in iOS 13.3 after updating a bunch of apps that had pending updates. Although it seemed quite odd, it was also consistent with Settings > Battery reports that showed App Store drain even though App Store wasn't (apparently) running. This happened with both an iPhone SE and an iPhone X.

On the other hand, iOS 13 quality still seems wretched to me. One app or another will freeze every so often, and even quitting apps doesn't help. The last time, it was Apple's own Safari app. Quitting and relaunching the app didn't help, so I had to again resort to restarting the whole phone, a troubleshooting step I hadn't had to perform for years prior to iOS 13. (My guess is that Apple screwed up memory/app management in iOS 13, but I don't have any hard data to back that up.)

#applequality
 


On the other hand, iOS 13 quality still seems wretched to me. One app or another will freeze every so often, and even quitting apps doesn't help. The last time, it was Apple's own Safari app. Quitting and relaunching the app didn't help, so I had to again resort to restarting the whole phone, a troubleshooting step I hadn't had to perform for years prior to iOS 13. (My guess is that Apple screwed up memory/app management in iOS 13, but I don't have any hard data to back that up.)
My iPad 6 has had this problem since iPadOS 13 first came out. The frequency has varied a bit with various subreleases, but with iPadOS 13.3 I'm still restarting at least a couple of times a day. I have filed a bug report, but no idea if that actually does any good.
 


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