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7 Things to Know About the iPhone SE 2 iOS 13.5.1 Update



While many new iPhone SE 2 owners are having a good experience on iOS 13.5.1, others are running into trouble.

If you just picked up Apple’s new iPhone SE, known as iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2, your phone might be running an older version of iOS 13 out of the box. If that’s the case, you’ll be prompted to upgrade to iOS 13.5.1 which is the most up-to-date version of iOS 13.

The iOS 13.5.1 update is a small maintenance release with a short list of changes on board. It doesn’t bring any new features to the iPhone SE 2.


If you’re currently running iOS 13.5.1, you’ll see the smallest version of the update. If you’re running an older version of iOS 13, like iOS 13.4.1, your iOS 13.5.1 will be bigger. That’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked into your upgrade.

iOS 13.5.1 is a tiny update, but some iPhone SE 2 owners are running into issues with the firmware. Some of these issues are minor while others, like extreme battery drain, are far more problematic. We expect the list of problems to grow as we push away from the update’s release date.

With that in mind we want to take you on a quick dive through the iPhone SE 2’s current software. Our walkthrough will bring you through what we’ve heard about the device’s current software, some of the problems iPhone SE 2 users are facing right now, what you need to know about the iOS 13 downgrade, and the iOS 13.5.1 update’s contents. We’ll also fill you in on the future for the iPhone SE 2.

But first, we’ll start with some feedback about iOS 13.5.1’s performance.

iPhone SE 2 iOS 13.5.1 Performance

iPhone SE 2 iOS 13.5.1 Performance

The iPhone SE 2 has been out for a few months now and we've been gathering feedback from early adopters. Fortunately, most of the feedback we've seen has been good. 


iOS 13.5.1 is reportedly running smoothly on Apple's new budget model. This doesn't come as much of a surprise given that the device is powered by the same processor that's in the iPhone 11. 

Areas where users often see lag (Control Center, Notification Center, keyboard) don't seem like they're giving iPhone SE 2 users much trouble. 

We haven't heard about any widespread issues with connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth), but we have heard about two performance issues that are potentially related to iOS.

Some iPhone SE 2 users are running into battery life problems and some users are running into problems with one or more of their applications. 

If you own an iPhone SE 2 and you're having issues with an application, check for an update. Most developers roll out a constant stream of updates and they could help. 

As of right now, iOS 13.5.1 looks like it's performing pretty well on most devices. We haven't seen any widespread performance issues yet.

If you need more feedback about iOS 13.5.1, check out our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 13.5.1 update right now.

You'll also want to have a look at our iOS 13.5.1 walkthrough.

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