new feature of iOS 13.3 has a serious bug; Apple works on correction

Communication Limits: new feature of iOS 13.3 has a serious bug;  Apple works on correction

This week, we talk here about the new features brought to the feature Usage Time at the iOS 13.3 – in particular, the possibility for parents and guardians to limit the contacts with which their children can communicate through the Phone, Messages and FaceTime apps with the feature Communication Limits. All very good, all very well, if it weren’t a problem: apparently, the whole thing has a good dose of bugs.

THE CNBC noted the flaws in analyzing the new features and realized that, in some cases, children can communicate with unknown contacts even if their guardians have prohibited this type of activity in the Time of Use.

For example, when an unknown number sends a message to your child’s iPhone, they can add you as a new contact to their list, and they can then call or text the person on the other end. This action is not possible only if Sleep (the feature that determines times to be away from the iPhone) is activated.

Bug in the Time of Use feature

There are also problems with the integration of Apple Watch with the new features. If the child asks Siri on the watch to call or text any number or contact, the assistant will do so – regardless of whether the contact in question is approved by the parents.

According to the CNBC, the new Usage Time features also brought bugs to the standard iOS experience. The report noted that, in some cases, certain contacts are blocked from sending messages for no apparent reason; in others, the text box for writing messages is unreadable, with pictures of contacts scattered untidily beneath the text.

In response to the findings, Apple said it is working on fixes for the flaws; temporarily, certain users can mitigate problems by making a small adjustment to their iPhones:

  1. Go in Settings »Contacts;
  2. Open the «Standard Account» option;
  3. Select the «iCloud» option.

The tip above applies to those who have iPhones that sync mainly with another contact service, such as Gmail; by forcing synchronization with iCloud, bugs (or at least some of them) seem to stop happening.

Still, it is clear that Apple launched the feature with many loose ends. Perhaps it could be more forgivable if we were dealing with a less important matter, but when we are talking about the digital security of children, it is healthy for Apple to be more careful. Let’s hope that corrections arrive soon; iOS 13.3.1 on the way ?!

via MacRumors