Availability and Release of iOS 13

Install today via the Apple Beta Software Program

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The next major software update to iPhone is iOS 13, the successor to the current release of iOS 12. iOS 13 brings updates to many of the built-in apps and services millions use everyday. Along with a new Dark Mode, privacy controls, performance enhancements, and much more.

At the time of writing iOS 13 has not yet been released. But in this article I am going to discuss when it will be released, but how you can install it now via a public beta. And which iPhone models are compatible with the new operating system.

Release Date

In Australia, iOS 13 will be released as a free software update during Spring, 2019. The exact date and time of release have not yet been announced, but historically it is around mid-late September. Apple has revealed iOS 13 will be released in Australia from September 20th, 2019. This is the same day the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are released. Then on September 30th, Apple will release a major update to iOS 13 with the release of iOS 13.1.

September is when Apple usually releases new software for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the Mac. This year’s updates will also include iPadOS, watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

Apple Beta Software Program

If you don’t want to wait until Spring there is some good news. It is possible to install iOS 13 on compatible iPhone models now via the Apple Beta Software Program. The program allows anyone to install the new update (and other software) for testing and providing feedback prior to release.

I have it currently installed on my iPhone and have found it to be quite stable – but not perfect. You should be aware there can be issues during the public beta process. From glitches, App compatibility issues, crashes, and more.

The Apple Beta Software Program is free to join and can be done by visiting: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

Compatible Models

In addition to current generation iPhone models such as the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, iOS 13 will be compatible with a large number of previous generations. All iPhone models available for purchase today from Apple’s online store will, of course, be compatible. Including the new iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Full list of compatible models are as follows:

  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR and iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

You can learn more about iOS 13 and its features at Apple’s iOS 13 Preview website.

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