The iOS 13.0 release date was much speculated, until Apple finally unveiled when the latest version of its operating system for the iPhone will be launched. That being the case, the iOS 13.0 was released for iPhones globally, on September 19, 2019. This iteration of the iOS comes preloaded on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

On the other hand, there are still expectations for the iOS 13.1, a revamped version of the iOS 13.0. There's also the possibility for more releases in the near future. This is why we've outlined simple steps on how to download the iOS 13 irrespective of these iterations. Here's an overview of the iOS 13, as well as the devices it currently supports.

Features of the iOS 13

Some features of the iOS 13 which makes it unique from the iOS 11, iOS 12, and other versions of this operating system include:

  • Location data limits
  • System Wide Dark Mode
  • Look Around view in Maps
  • Option to sign in with Apple
  • A new image editing interface
  • QuickPath, a new swype-style keyboard
  • Improved Photos app, Apple Maps, and Reminders
  • Siri feature to enable users reply messages instantly

How to Download the iOS 13

Before getting the iOS 13, be informed that it is only compatible with newer versions of the iPhone. This means that iPhone models older than the iPhone 6S or later (devices with 1GB RAM or less) are unsupported for this upgrade.

Here's a breakdown of the iPhone versions that are unsupported for iOS 13:

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus

The iOS 13.0 compatible devices are:

  • iPod touch (seventh generation)
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

That being cleared, you can follow these steps to get the iOS 13 on your iPhone:

1. Backup Your Smartphone:

There's a possibility that you could lose your data while trying to upgrade to iOS 13. This is because if errors occur during the update, you may have to reset to factory settings.

2. Download iOS 13:

You might get a notification prompt to upgrade to iOS 13, but if you do not, follow these steps to install iOS 13 on your compatible iPhone device:

  • Connect to a WiFi source
  • Navigate to Settings
  • Go to Settings > General
  • Select Software Update

Your download will begin, and depending on the speed of your network, it could take about 15 - 30 minutes for the process to be completed.

Upcoming Releases of the iOS 13

After the release of the iOS 13.0 in mid-September, Apple announced that there would be a version 13.1. However, the American technology company had slated the update for September 30 2019, before changing it to September 24 2019. Listed below are what's expected of the iOS 13.1?

  • General bug fixes on iOS 13.0
  • Share ETA feature of App maps
  • Automated Siri shortcut actions
  • Data separation for enterprise devices
  • Bug fixes for lock screen bypass exploit on iOS 13

On the other hand, some features of the iOS 13.0 will be left aside on the iOS 13.1. According to Apple, these set-aside features will be integrated later this fall. They include:

  • AirPod sharing
  • HomeKit Secure Video
  • HomeKit-enabled routers
  • Drive folder sharing on iCloud Drive
  • HomePod and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers integration

In line with that, the iPadOS 13 will also be launched on September 24, 2019, alongside the iOS 13.1. However, iPadOS 13 will only support the following iPads:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Unsupported devices for the upgrade are:

  • iPad mini
  • mini 2
  • mini 3
  • Original iPad Air
  • New iPad mini 4

Previous Releases of the iOS 13

Before the launch of the iOS 13, there were beta versions of the software. The first version was launched in June 2019, but updates were later made to tackle its bugs. Here's a look at the prior releases:

1. iOS 13 developer beta: The iOS 13 developer beta was launched at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2019). Nonetheless, only paid Apple developers could use it, and as such, it was unavailable to the average consumer.

2. iOS 13 public beta: A public beta of iOS 13 for advanced users was launched shortly after a series of test with the iOS 13 developer beta.

3. iOS 13 golden master: This was the final beta version of the iOS 13, and unlike the previous version, it was more stable. iOS 13 golden master was also launched early September 2019.

4. iOS 13: The iOS 13 was finally released on September 19, 2019, and it is accessible to iPhone users globally.


The iOS 13 has gone through several stages of testing to ensure that the final software is free of bugs and provide seamless performance. Thus, if you want to take advantage of these benefits, it begins by downloading and installing the iOS 13 on your iPhone.

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