Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 13.3.1 update and the firmware is in beta testing ahead of its release for iPhone.
iOS 13.3.1 will serve as iOS 13.3’s successor and the point update should bring a short list of bug fixes for issues caused by the previous version of iOS 13.
The iOS 13.3.1 update is a point release (x.x.x) which means it probably won’t have any new features on board. The company typically saves new features for milestone upgrades (x.x).
We don’t have an official iOS 13.3.1 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the update out right now via one of Apple’s beta programs.
With iOS 13.3.1 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next update for iPhone and iOS 13.
In this guide to the iOS 13.3.1 update we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.3.1 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.3.1 beta, and more.
iOS 13.3.1 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.3.1 to arrive, you don’t have to.
Apple’s iOS 13.3.1 beta is now available to developers. The company’s also pushed iOS 13.3.1 to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
The iOS 13.3.1 beta is compatible with all iPhones compatible with iOS 13, a list that includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone XS, and many others.
The company is currently on iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 for both the public and developers betas.
Before you download the iOS 13.3.1 beta onto your phone 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 a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the final version of the update.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to an older version of iOS 13 though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.3. The downgrade path back to other updates is closed.
In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.1.3 to iOS 13.3.1 beta or iOS 12.4.1 to iOS 13.3.1 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you move.
iOS 13.3.1 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 13.3.1 release date for iPhone, but given that it fixes some serious bugs, there’s a good chance it rolls out in early 2020.
iOS 13.3.1 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 13.3.1 release date to share yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.
The official version of iOS 13.3.1 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.
Apple will also release iOS 13.3.1 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.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 13.3.1, or new iOS 13.3.1 betas, right away.
iOS 13.3.1 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x.x updates always bring under-the-hood improvements and iOS 13.3.1 won’t be any different.
We don’t have a full change log yet, but you can expect the software to bring fixes for bugs impacting the new Screen Time features that arrived inside iOS 13.3. Apple recently promised to fix them in an upcoming software update and we suspect this is the one.
Security company Elcomsoft has also discovered an exploit present in iOS 12-iOS 13.3 that allows people to extract email user names and passwords from locked iPhones. Don’t be surprised if iOS 13.3.1 patches this issue up as well.
iOS 13.3.1 beta testers have also discovered a new toggle that lets disable Ultra Wideband. The toggle is found inside the Settings app. Users must head to Privacy then Location Services then System Services. There, users can now toggle off the “Networking & Wireless” option.
Apple added this toggle after users discovered the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max would continue to track a user’s location even when the device’s location services were toggled off. The company claims this was due to the devices Ultra Wideband chip.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 13.3.1 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.
iOS 13 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 13.3.1 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 13 or iOS 12.
We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 13.3.1 beta.
Install iOS 13.3 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.3 update right away.
iOS 13.3 brings 12 new security patches to your iPhone. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you skipped a previous version of iOS 13, you'll get security patches from the updates you missed in your iOS 13.3 update.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 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 13.3 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 to iOS 13.3. 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 13.3 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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