The long wait for the next version of iOS is finally over. Apple just released the upgrade to iOS 13 to iPhone users, bringing Dark Mode, a better version of Safari, and lots more improvements.
iPad users won’t get their version until next week. And even iPhone owners might consider holding off until that same time.
What’s new in iOS 13
iOS 13 also brings a Swype-like keyboard, more Memoji, a redesigned Photos app, new options for editing photos and videos, and many other changes.
Apple unveiled this new version back in June, and released beta versions all summer, so there aren‘t any surprises today. Be sure to read Cult of Mac’s guide to Everything you need to know about iOS 13.
How to install this new version
Upgrading an iPhone is just as easy as it has been for many years. One option is to connect the handset to a computer running iTunes.
The other option is to do an over-the-air update directly to phone. It’s as simple as opening the Settings app then going to General > Software Update > Download and Install.
According to Apple, the following handsets can all be upgraded to iOS 13:
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Why you might skip iOS 13
There’s an odd twist to the release of this new version: Apple has already announced when iOS 13.1 will be available, and its debut is less than a week from today. This update comes with some additional features, including Shortcuts Automations and the ability to share your ETA from Apple Maps. It’ll also bring more bug fixes.
Those who don’t want to bother with two operating system upgrades in a week might consider holding off until September 24, the date version 13.1 is scheduled to launch. Previously, it was coming out Sept 30, but Apple just moved up the release.
iPad users don’t get a choice because iPadOS 13 is not being released today. Apple says it will become available on Sept. 24. As that’s also the date iOS 13.1 will hit Apple’s servers, it seems likely this company’s tablets are going straight to iPadOS 13.1.
There’s a wrinkle in this: Apple Arcade just launched and it requires iOS 13. Anyone who just can’t wait to try Apple’s new gaming service needs to upgrade ASAP.