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Don't update to iOS 13 just yet — wait for iOS 13.1

Despite months of beta testing, the new version of iOS has some problems —but that's no surprise and you should always wait at least a couple of days before updating. This time, we can even tell you exactly when to press that Install button.

Apple's new iOS 13 is very nice, but there are problems.

Apple's new iOS 13 is very nice, but there are problems.


Apple's new iOS 13 has been officially released and it's come with bugs. That is despite being in multiple rounds of public and developer testing, however it's also far from unexpected. Once a release goes out to the very many millions of users who never try beta test versions, the sheer scale of use always uncovers issues.

That's why in every single case, whether it's iOS, macOS or now also iPadOS, the AppleInsider advice is that you should always wait at least a few days.

Normally, though, this is because the moment the flood of people start using the new system and finding the problems, you can assume that Apple is working on fixing them. Usually, you can bet anything you like that there will be an update released very soon afterwards.

This one time, though, there's no guesswork involved, at all. Apple has already fixed at least some of these bugs, and it has already announced when the update will be released.

While it's unlikely to fix everything, and will itself have new bugs that are only found on general release, iOS 13.1 is coming out on September 24.

If it's unusual that Apple announced the date of this 13.1 release before 13.0 shipped, then it's peculiar that they've also pulled the date forward. It was originally going to be September 30.

Bringing it forward a week does give us confidence that it's ready. It also hints that Apple must've suspected that 13.0 would have problems, and needed to be rushed out the door —and we won't speculate specifically as to why, beyond the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro were going to ship before iOS 13.1 was ready. What's supposed to have happened is that Apple knew it couldn't include all of its promised features in the very first release of iOS 13, so it moved some to the next version and made sure we knew about it.

Nonetheless, as understandable as initial bugs are when you're an experience Apple user, or familiar with any computing technology, it's still disappointing when the much-vaunted new release causes you problems.

Currently the most typically reported bugs include one in Mail where the name of whoever sent a message is replaced by the words "No Sender." That one can usually be fixed by restarting your iOS device, however.

There are also reports of apps crashing on launch, though, AirDrop working sporadically, and even phone cell signal problems.

AppleInsider, though, can at least report that we're experiencing none of these issues on our devices using the beta version of iOS 13.1