iOS Users: Don’t Upgrade to 13… Just Yet!

 SMU iOS users can update to iOS 13. This news item was published in September 2019, is now outdated, and is preserved for historical reference only.

Just wait on iOS 13The newest version of iOS 13 is out now, and it looks like the number 13 might not be a lucky number for Apple. According to Inc., the Department of Defense (DOD) sent an email last night “strongly encouraging” both its employees and contractors not to upgrade their iPhones to iOS 13, but rather to wait for the next release, iOS 13.1, to update their devices.

“DOD Mobility strongly encourages you to NOT update [their caps], to avoid known Apple iOS 13 bugs,” as stated by the DOD email shared with Inc. “Apple is expected to release iOS 13.1 at the end of September 2019 to address bugs. DMUC users can expect follow-on messaging within the next two weeks with updated guidance.” I would take the DOD’s advice, as it is usually a good measure to wait for the .1 release of any new OS to allow for the bugs to be fixed.

Also, there is still the security bug discovered by security researcher Jose Rodriguez that allows one to bypass the lock screen to gain access to contact information. While he shared the original video with Apple on July 17, 2019, the bug has yet to be fixed in the latest iOS release.

Apple has confirmed to several news sources that it is accelerated the launch of iOS 13.1 to be released on September 24, as opposed to its original date of September 30, 2019. This should not be too much of an issue as users in Apple’s Developer and Public Beta programs are already using 13.1.


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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.