iOS 12.3.2 released, Apple’s former general counsel discusses Google deal

While Apple fans are eagerly waiting for iOS 13 after last week’s WWDC, the company hasn’t stopped refining the previous version of iOS 12 yet. Yesterday, it released 12.3.2, which at this stage doesn’t seem to be much more than a bug fix for specific iPhone 8 Plus owners who have been experiencing problems with depth effects in Portrait mode.

With only a couple of months to go before the launch of iOS 13 in the autumn of 2019, it appears highly likely that iOS 12.4 – and any possible future 12.4 sub-releases – will be the last that we see of this particular iOS version.

A number of 12.4 beta versions have already been rolled out, and apart from offering support for the Apple Card, there doesn’t seem to be any other notable changes.

If your device is compatible with iOS 12.3.2 and you want to upgrade, you can go to Settings and select General, Software Update. At the bottom of the page will be an option to Download and Install – tap that. You can also apply the latest update via iTunes by connecting your device to a computer.

In other Apple news, the company has never divulged how much Google pays it to be the default browser search engine on Mac computers and iPhones. Court documents, however, this week showed that Google paid Apple $1bn in 2014. A recent Goldman Sachs estimate placed the amount for 2018 at $9.5bn.

A deal like that takes ages to hammer out. In an interview with Columbia University legal students, Apple’s former general counsel Bruce Sewell this week revealed exactly how hard senior management at both firms worked to finalise the fine print. He said: “The Google negotiation for example, between Apple and Google over search, probably took us four months.”

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