While many new iPhone SE 2 owners are having a good experience on iOS 13.7, others are running into trouble.
If you just picked up Apple’s new iPhone SE, also 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 13.7 which is the most up-to-date version of iOS 13.
iOS 13.7 is a small milestone release with a very short list of changes on board. It brings new features and bug fixes to the iPhone SE 2.
If you’re currently running iOS 13.6.1, you’ll get the smallest version of the update. If you’re running an older version of iOS 13, like iOS 13.5.1, your iOS 13.7 update will be bigger. That’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked into your upgrade.
While we’ve heard positive things about iOS 13.7’s performance, some iPhone SE 2 owners are running into major 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 further away from the update’s release date.
With all that in mind we want to take you on a quick dive through the iPhone SE 2’s current software. Our walkthrough will take you through what we’ve heard about performance, 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 13.7 update’s changes.
But first, we’ll start with some feedback about iOS 13.7’s performance.
iPhone SE 2 iOS 13.7 Performance
iOS 13.7 is running smoothly on Apple's budget iPhone. 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 iPhone 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 their applications.
If you own an iPhone SE 2 and you're having issues with an app, check for an update. Most developers roll out a consistent stream of updates and they could help.
As of right now, iOS 13.7 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 13.7, check out our list of reasons to, and not to, install the update right now.
You'll also want to have a look at our iOS 13.7 walkthrough.