Apple’s finally released its long-awaited iOS 13 update and today we want to take you through everything we know about Apple’s new operating system.
After months of testing, iOS 13 is out of beta for the iPhone and it’s a huge upgrade for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
If your phone is currently running iOS 12.4.1, you get the shortest list of changes. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 12, your iOS 13 update will be even bigger because you’ll get the features and fixes from any updates you skipped.
Now that the operating system is out we want to provide you with a broad outline of the iOS 13 update’s key components which include performance, the devices getting iOS 13, and the update’s features.
iOS 13 Reviews
iOS 13 requires a pretty sizable download if you’re currently running iOS 12.4.1.
If you’re moving from iOS 12.4.1, you’re looking at a 2GB download. The iOS 13 update is a 2.04GB download for the iPhone X and it’s around the same for other iPhone models.
If you’re running an older version of iOS 12, you’ll see a larger download size because, again, your iOS 13 update brings the features and fixes from updates you missed.
If you’re currently running iOS 12.4.1, the iOS 13 installation could take 10 minutes or longer. It took about eight minutes to install on our iPhone X.
For more on the iOS 13 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iOS 13 update on the iPhone for a short time and here’s what we’ve found:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all working normally at the moment.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also working fine.
- iOS 13 feels as fast as iOS 12.
If you’re dealing with bugs or performance issues on iOS 12.4.1 or another version of iOS 12, you might want to install iOS 13 right now.
If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 13 update on your iPhone right now.
iOS 13 Problems
iOS 13 users are already reporting bugs and performance issues.
The current list of iOS 13 problems includes the usual suspects: installation issues, abnormal battery drain, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, issues with first and third-party apps, lag, random reboots, and more.
If you run into an issue on iOS 13 have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS problems. We’ve also released tips to help improve iOS 13 performance and tips to help improve battery life.
If you can’t handle iOS 13’s performance on your device, you can try downgrading.
Apple is currently signing on the iOS 12.4.1 update which means you can use a loophole to downgrade to the previous version of iOS. This option will only be open for a short time.
Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 12.4.1. Apple’s closed up the downgrade path to older versions of iOS 12.
iOS 13 Update: What’s New
There are a ton of new features available to iPhone users in the iOS 13 update. They include Dark Mode, a new swipe keyboard called Quick Path, Low Data Mode, performance upgrades, and more.
Apple’s also made some huge performance enhancements to iOS 13. Downloads are 50 percent smaller, Face ID is now 30 percent faster, updates are 60 percent smaller, and apps launch twice as fast as they do on iOS 12.
Apple’s already confirmed iOS 13.1 and the software is in beta testing ahead of a release later this month.
The current version of iOS 13.1 includes some features that Apple removed from the iOS 13 beta in the months since WWDC 2019. Unfortunately, iOS 13.1 doesn’t include new emojis at the moment.
To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple previewed the emoji characters coming to compatible iPhone models in the fall.
The Unicode 12 update includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, and new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk.
The new emojis aren’t available in iOS 13.0 or iOS 13.1 beta though we expect Apple to bring them to the iPhone inside of a x.x milestone software update, probably iOS 13.2, later this year.
For more on iOS 13’s features, please take a look at our guide.
iOS 13 Jailbreak
Earlier this year jailbreak developers teased an iOS 13 jailbreak. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a public release and probably won’t see one until well after iOS 13’s launch.
That said, if you’re interested in jailbreaking your device, you’ll want to keep an eye out for iOS 13 jailbreak news as we push away from the official release.
The next version of iOS 13 arrives next week.
Apple probably won’t roll out iOS 13.0.1. Instead, the company is preparing to deliver a milestone iOS 13.1 update alongside iPadOS 13 on September 24th.
iOS 13.1 is set to deliver bug fixes for some of the initial problems plaguing iOS 13. It will also bring features Apple pulled during beta testing over the summer.
If you’re feeling leery about the move to iOS 13.0, you might want to wait for iOS 13.1 to arrive. It should be more stable than the first version of the operating system.
Install iOS 13.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.7 update.
iOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iOS 13.6 or an older version of iOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
iOS 13.6 had more than 20 patches for security issues on board which made it an extremely important update. If you skipped iOS 13.6, you get the patches with iOS 13.7.
If you want to learn more about iOS 13.6's security patches, head on over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you skipped iOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade to iOS 13.7. You can read more about it on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.7 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested.
Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.7.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.7. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
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 13.7 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 13.7. 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 13.7 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update 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.