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5 Things to Know About the iOS 13.1 Update

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Apple’s confirmed an iOS 13.1 update and the firmware is now in beta testing ahead of its official release for the iPhone.

The iOS 13 update is hours old , but Apple’s already confirmed a successor: iOS 13.1. iOS 13.1 will serve as the first milestone upgrade for the upcoming iOS 13 operating system which means it will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches.

We don’t have an official iOS 13.1 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the software out right now.

With the iOS 13.1 update official, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s first big update to iOS 13.

In this guide to the iOS 13.1 update we’ll take you through iOS 13.1’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.1 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.1 beta, and more.

iOS 13.1 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.1 to arrive, you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed an iOS 13.1 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

The iOS 13.1 beta is compatible with all of the iPhones that are compatible with iOS 13, a list that includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone XS, and many others. Remember, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus won’t get iOS 13.

Before you download the iOS 13.1 beta remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple.

Apple is currently on iOS 13.1 beta 4.

iOS 13.1 Release Date

Apple’s confirmed the official iOS 13.1 release date for next week.

Apple was originally planning to release iOS 13.1 on September 30th alongside iPadOS 13 for iPads. That’s changed.

The company’s moved up the iOS 13.1 release, and the iPadOS 13 release, to September 24th. The date appears as a footnote on Apple’s iOS 13 features page.

iOS 13.1 Release Time

We also know exactly when Apple will roll the software out to iPhone users.

The official version of iOS 13.1 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so don’t despair if you don’t see new software right at 10AM.

Apple will also release iOS 13.1 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 13.1 release time in U.S. timezones and countries around the world:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version right away.

iOS 13.1 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always feature a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches and iOS 13.1 won’t be any different.

At this stage, it looks like iOS 13.1 will bring back some features that were removed during the iOS 13 beta testing process. These include the Automations feature in Shortcuts, Share ETA, and a few other changes.

iOS 13.1 also includes tweaks to Dynamic Wallpapers, HEVC improvements, an AirPods Volume Indicator, Mouse Support improvements, new HomeKit icons, and more.

Apple could choose to add or subtract from iOS 13.1 based on beta testing so keep an eye out for changes as we push toward the update’s official release.

iOS 13 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 13 beta and the iOS 13.1. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.

Jailbreak developers have teased iOS 13 jailbreaks, but don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 13 beta or iOS 13.1 beta.

For now, you must remain on iOS 12 if you want to jailbreak your iPhone.

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Install iOS 13 for Better Security

Install iOS 13 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13 update right away.

iOS 13 brings new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website (when they've published). 

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13 update. 

iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.

In addition to those patches, iOS 13 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.

You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.

iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data. 

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