Apple releases iOS 12.4 and WatchOS 5.3 with Walkie Talkie app fixes
The latest iOS update adds wireless data migration and enhances Apple News Plus.
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12.4 on Monday. The update for its mobile operating system introduces "iPhone migration to directly transfer data from an old
to a new iPhone" during setup. Users can also expect enhancements to Apple News Plus and security improvements.
Apple News Plus will allow downloaded issues in My Magazine available on and offline, according to Apple's support page. All the publications will be available at the top of the News Plus feed and it'll be easier to clear downloaded magazine issues. Just select History > Clear > Clear All.
The tech giant also released
5.3, which includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on the watch and reenables functionality. The new WatchOS is a free download through the
app (General > Software update). Make sure your watch has at least 50% battery, currently charging and in range of your iPhone, according to MacRumors.
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