iOS 13 release date and time [UPDATE: Out now!]

Chris Burns - Sep 19, 2019, 1:22pm CDT
iOS 13 release date and time [UPDATE: Out now!]

On September 19, 2019, Apple will release iOS 13 to the public. This will bring a wide variety of modifications and improvements to the iOS system for all devices capable of running the software. This will be one day before the launch of the new iPhone 11 collection of smartphones in Apple Stores across the United States. Apple will also release iOS 13.1 on September 24*, 2019 for all iPhones capable of running iOS 13.

UPDATE: iOS 13 is now out in the wild for all devices capable of running the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR should all see this update in their Settings now. On your iPhone open Settings, General, then Software Update, and see!

This new iOS 13 update is obsessed with iPhone speed and app size. It’s largely about improving not only the newest iPhones, but the devices that’ve been out in the wild for weeks or months already. And there’s that whole Dark Mode thing, too – the darkness has arrived at last!

Users will find that Apple Arcade may already be active – as it was active early for some iOS 13 beta testers back on September 16. A new version of iOS – the equivalent of iOS 13 for iPad – will be available on September 24*. This is the same software that’s active in the new iPad 10.2 we saw back on September 10.

*UPDATE: The first release of iPadOS was scheduled to begin on September 30, but today was re-scheduled for September 24, 2019. Read more about reasons for the bump if you do so desire.

If you’re itching to see more on the newest iPhone collection – to see how that new iOS 13 looks on Apple’s newest devices VS your own – have a peek at our iPhone 11 hands-on now. Or see the difference between 11 and Pro before you move on up.

*In early press releases about the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple suggested that “additional software features will be available on September 30 with iOS 13.1.” As of today it would appear that Apple’s estimation for release for this software update is September 24.

[Updated to correct the list of iOS 13-compatible devices]

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