Major iOS updates generally come as clockwork, but this year— well, it's been a little strange this year. Apple officially announced iOS 13 for iPhones, iPod touches and the like earlier this month, and all of its new iPhones came with the mostly installed software.
The company launched iOS 13.1 and iPadOS less than a week later, though, updates that buckled another trend by shipping a few days ahead of schedule. As a consequence, many people who probably — hopefully — have installed the first iOS 13 release build are no longer using it.
We say "hopefully" even though the standard launch of iOS 13 has been a... a little mess. While testing the iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max, we ran into a handful of bugs that, while hardly dealbreakers, seemed seriously out of place for such a big release. Sometimes it wouldn't start the camera app properly.
Occasionally when it wasn't, iOS thought the flashlight was on. Others have faced more significant problems, so it's no wonder that Apple wanted to launch theiOS 13.1 update ahead of schedule to fix these issues.
That left us in the peculiar position of deciding which version to review officially: the launch that triggered all this thing, or the launch that most people would actually use. Due to the timing of Apple, we finally decided to wait for 13.1 for the sake of completeness.
13.1 has mostly done the trick from what we have been able to tell over the past couple of days. There were ironed out the bugs we ran into during my iPhone 11 testing, plus a bunch of others we were lucky enough to avoid.
Just test out this change log: Apple made no fewer than 24 bug fixes, enough to make you question if the company's 11 ship dates would have been better off pushing back the iPhone. Between the core features ofiOS 13 and the fixes and additions of 13.1, the new smartphone software from Apple is finally ready to embrace — though no one can blame you for being cautious.