Apple launched iOS 13 on September 19th. Since then, there’s already been a slew of recent updates: iOS 13.1 was launched simply 5 days in a while September 24th, adopted by iOS 13.1.1 on the 27th, and 13.1.2 on the 30th. It’s been simply over every week since 13.1.2 launched, making this the longest-lasting model of iOS 13 but.
In my unique evaluation, I famous that iOS 13 felt buggy and unfinished, with lacking options and glitchy software program. Two and a half weeks — and three software program updates — later, how do issues look now?
Well, it’s positively higher. Some glitches I’d seen on the unique launch have been mounted within the subsequent updates. App crashing issues and lack of wi-fi service appear to be patched, as have some visible glitches when coming into textual content in iMessage and unfinished areas of darkish mode. More importantly, Apple has used the updates to patch some vital safety flaws, like a lock display screen exploit that iOS 13 shipped with, in addition to key performance points with iCloud backups.
Also new are among the options that missed iOS 13.0, like Apple Maps’ ETA sharing and automatic Shortcuts, that are good to have, however aren’t precisely must-haves both. Other flashy upgrades, like HomePod music handoff, nonetheless haven’t proven up.
And regardless of the quite a few updates, there are nonetheless points that haven’t gone wherever for me: a glitch within the Apple Music app the place the downloaded music listing gained’t replace, for instance, a bug that I’ve seen in each model of iOS 13 to this point. Some apps nonetheless instantly crash when I attempt to faucet into new notifications, even after three software program updates. Even extra regarding, I’ve additionally run into new bugs since iOS 13.1, like damaged notifications on my essential e mail software, Edison Mail. Despite my finest efforts, I can’t appear to seek out any answer for that, in need of briefly switching apps.
So the place does that every one put you, the iOS 12 buyer deciding whether or not to improve? Unfortunately, seemingly in the identical place that the unique iOS 13 launch did. The present iteration of the software program is certainly higher than it was, however until you actually want the brand new options on provide right here (like when you’re additionally planning to replace to Catalina and don’t need your Reminders app to get wrecked), it’s nonetheless most likely value ready for one more replace or two to iron out a number of extra bugs. Things simply haven’t modified that a lot since iOS 13.0, though the speedy tempo of Apple’s updates hopefully signifies that extra fixes will probably be coming quickly. The firm has already launched a beta model of 13.2 with new options for the iPhone 11, so it appears to be like like that will probably be coming down the pike very quickly.
On the opposite hand, no piece of software program is ever going to be good. iOS 13 will virtually absolutely be higher with the following incremental replace of bug fixes and patches, and there’s finally no proper reply as to which model of iOS 13 is the one which’s best for you. And when you should have the newest and biggest now, iOS 13.1.2 actually isn’t worse than it was at launch. But it nonetheless has loads of room for enchancment.
Correction: AirPod audio sharing launched in iOS 13.1 — this text initially listed it as a nonetheless forthcoming characteristic.