iOS 13, Apple’s Latest iPhone Update, Is Out—Just Be Cautious

par Featured articles licensed from The Wall Street Journal | le 20 September 2019


One suggestion: Wait until next week, when bug fixes are expected

By Joanna Stern – The Wall Street Journal


Apple released its next big iPhone software update, iOS 13, as a free download Thursday. It includes lots of welcome new features, bound to improve your daily iPhone experience.

But one thing isn’t quite ready: The exterminator to kill the bugs that come with it.

The new software, which I have been testing, supports the iPhone 6s and later iPhones, including the little iPhone SE. While the iPhone’s interface didn’t change drastically, there are some significant developments, such as Dark Mode, intended to make the whole operating system easier on your eyes, along with new photo and video editing options, Memoji stickers and new parental controls. It also supports Sign in with Apple, a new privacy minded way to log in to websites and apps. This is the first year where Apple has broken out the iPad’s software: The more dramatically updated iPadOS will be released next Tuesday.

The software update arrives just before the new iPhones themselves hit the Apple store and other retailers in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries, according to the company. In addition to the $699 iPhone 11, a follow-up to last year’s iPhone XR, there are the $999-and-up 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which I reviewed this week.


Throughout the past week, using iOS 13 on the new phones and an older XR, I’ve encountered minor but frequent bugs. The Messages app will sometimes flicker and the cursor can often get stuck; the Camera app periodically opens to a black screen and gets sluggish; apps—including those developed by Apple—have crashed unexpectedly.

Apple has acknowledged the bugs and says that it will release iOS 13.1 next Tuesday. This will include some additional features, such as the previously announced AirPod audio sharing, ETA-sharing in Maps, and improvements to AirDrop, and will also include bug fixes. It’s always good not to rush into an OS update. In this case, unless you don’t mind some bumps in the road, I suggest waiting until next week to do the download.

If you have automatic software updates turned on, you can turn it off by going to Settings > General > Software update and turning off Automatic Updates.

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