iOS 13 public release: release date and other details

iOS 13 public release: release date and other details
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Apple showcased the iOS 13 in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Now we are just days away from the iOS 13 final version release date. At the September 10 event, Apple announced that the iOS 13 public release date would be on Thursday, September 19.

iOS 13 final version release date
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iOS 13 final version release date

The iOS public release (on September 19) will be one day ahead of the official iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro release. This means that if you have an old iPhone, you will be able to get the iOS 13 before 2019 iPhones reach the buyers. You will be able to download the update by going to the Settings app, then General and then Software Update.

The iOS 13 will be available for the iPhone 6S and later and the 7th-generation iPod touch. This means the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus won’t get the iOS 13.

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The iOS 13 final version release date is about three months after the release of the first beta. This year’s iOS 13 final version release date is later than usual. Last year, Apple launched the new OS update on the Monday or Tuesday following the iPhone launch event. Nevertheless, if you want to download iOS 13, you can go for the beta version, which is available for download even now.

At the iPhone launch event, Apple also revealed the date of the first update to the iOS 13. This marks the first time Apple did so. According to Apple, it will roll-out the iOS 13.1 on September 30. Not all new features will accompany the iOS 13 public release, rather some will be held back to come with iOS 13.1. On the same day, Apple will also release the iPadOS and the new 7th-generation iPad.

Golden Master – all you need to know

Along with announcing the iOS 13 final version release date, Apple also unveiled the golden master version of the iOS 13. The golden master version will likely allow developers to test the iOS 13 public release version before it is rolled out to the public. It is not the beta version, and there is no surety if it will be the same version that will launch as the iOS 13 public release on September 19.

The golden master comes with many new features, including the dark mode. Further, there is a new photos app that curates favorites in a smarter way. Other new features are a new reminders app and a new mapping feature. Apple’s in-car user interface, CarPlay, also gets a new interface and a redesigned dashboard to help people focus more on the road.

Apart from new features, the golden master also comes with improved performance of the existing features. For instance, the Face ID unlocking is up to 30% faster while apps launch twice as fast as before. Moreover, privacy features have also been ramped up.

Developers can get the golden master by visiting Apple’s developer site. To download the golden master, go to and select “View All” under “iOS 13” and then choose the appropriate option. Next, download the IPSW file and plug your iPhone into the computer. Now hold down the “Option” on Mac or “Shift” on Windows, and then click “Check for Update.” Next navigate to the IPSW file and press confirm.

iOS 13 features exclusive to iPhone 11

Apart from the new features that will be available to all supported iPhones, the iOS 13 will come with a few features exclusive to iPhone 11 phones. Since the 2019 iPhones are all about new cameras, the iOS 13 will come with settings to support it. The new iPhones will feature three cameras (two on iPhone 11). So, to ensure a seamless transition between camera lenses and also to zoom-in and out, there will be quick taps or a wheel.

Additionally, similar to Snapchat and Instagram UI, holding down the shutter button in iOS 13 will start recording video. On any other iPhone, holding down the same shutter button would capture photos.

Further, the front TrueDepth camera on the iPhone 11 phones can take wide-angle selfies when it’s in the landscape orientation. Also, it can record up to 4K60fps video. You will also be able to capture epic-looking slo-mo video from the iPhone 11’s front camera.

Apple’s iOS 13 public release is still a week away, and until then you can pre-order the new iPhones. The phones will be available for pre-order later this week (September 13). The pre-orders will open at 5:01 a.m. PT, but it will be limited to Apple’s own online and physical stores. Apple’s new iPhones will be available at both retailers and carriers from September 20. The new iPhones (iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max) start at $699, $999, and $1,099. The most expensive is the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is priced at $1,449.

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