Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 13.2 update and the firmware is now in beta testing ahead of an official release for iPhone.
Unless Apple decides to release iOS 13.1.3, iOS 13.2 will serve as iOS 13.1.2’s successor. The update will be the second milestone upgrade for the iOS 13 operating system and it will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users.
We don’t have an official iOS 13.2 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the software out right now via the beta.
With the iOS 13.2 update on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next big update for iOS 13.
In this guide to the iOS 13.2 update we’ll take you through iOS 13.2’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.2 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.2 beta, and more.
iOS 13.2 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.2 to arrive, you don’t have to.
Apple’s pushed an iOS 13.2 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 13.2 beta is compatible with all iPhones 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 13.2 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.
You can also downgrade back to an older version of iOS though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.1.2. The downgrade path back to other updates is closed.
In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.1.1 to iOS 13.2 beta or iOS 12.4.1 to iOS 13.2 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you make the move.
Apple is currently on iOS 13.2 beta 2.
iOS 13.2 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 13.2 release date, but it should arrive sometime before the end of the year.
You can expect the iOS 13.2 update to stay in beta testing for a few more weeks while Apple and its testers poke and prod the software for issues.
At this point we expect a release sometime in November.
iOS 13.2 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 13.2 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.
The official version of iOS 13.2 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 13.2 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 13.2 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 or new iOS 13.2 betas right away.
iOS 13.2 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates always feature a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches and iOS 13.2 isn’t any different.
As of right now the iOS 13.2 update includes Apple’s Deep Fusion photography system for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
If you’re unfamiliar, Deep Fusion is an image processing system that utilizes the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic chip and Neural Engine to produce better looking images.
Beta testers have also found a few other changes on board the iOS 13.2 beta including Announce Messages with Siri, a new icon for Volume in Control Center for AirPods and Beats headphones, a new Research option in the Privacy portion of the Settings app, and HomeKit Grouping.
Apple’s also added 60+ new emoji characters to the iOS 13.2 beta.
The Unicode 12 update includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk, and much more.
Testers have also discovered an icon that hints at redesigned AirPods. The icon shows off rubber ear tips that would most likely be needed for a noise canceling feature that’s reportedly coming to the next-generation AirPods.
Apple could choose to add or subtract from iOS 13.2 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 13.2 beta and iOS 13. 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 13.2 beta.
For now, you must remain on iOS 12 if you want to jailbreak your iPhone.
Install iOS 13.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.1.2 update right away.
iOS 13.1.2 itself doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped a previous version of iOS 13, it'll bring the patches from the updates you skipped.
If you missed iOS 13.1.1, it brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.1.2 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.1.2 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 itself 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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