iOS 13 made its official debut on Sept. 19 to an enthusiastic response from fans and the press alike. New features like Dark Mode, video cropping, and improved speed were supposed to improve the iPhone experience for millions of users — which helped build the release's hype to a fever pitch.
But all that excitement came crashing down once users actually got a hold of the update. A number of bugs, slowdowns and crashes have left iPhone owners stumped, and a new security issue has even prompted the Department of Defense to advise their staff not to download.
If you've been thinking about downloading the iOS 13 update, you might want to hold off for now. If you've already taken the plunge, here are some of the issues you're up against, as well as when a fix will be available to patch the worst of the bugs.
Unlucky number 13
According to multiple negative reports across social media and in publications like Forbes, you should probably wait on updating your iPhone to iOS 13 if you haven't already.
A number of downloaders are reporting issues with app compatibility, as well as frequent crashes, signal drops and slow camera speeds. Most notably, users are finding issues with iCloud syncing, with developers reportedly describing the situation as a "mess."
The issues are severe enough, in fact, to warrant the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to step in and issue a warning to its staff and contractors. In the emailed statement, obtained by Inc., the agency said “DOD Mobility strongly encourages you to NOT update... to avoid known Apple iOS 13 bugs,” and added “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."
This comes as a shock to many users, who had recently become impressed with Apple's string of solid updates prior to iOS 13.
Even still, we should have seen it coming based on previous reports of a major security flaw that allows people to bypass the screen lock using FaceTime. Apparently, Apple was not able to patch the issue in time for the official release of iOS 13, but the company has stated that the fix will be implemented in an upcoming update.
Hope on the horizon
Thankfully, as the DOD eloquently put it, Apple is expected to release an update to iOS 13 at the end of September. This is the same update that we reported had been pushed up an entire week to Sept. 24. Most likely, this was to allow users to try out iOS 13 and find any undiscovered bugs without leaving them hanging for too long.
If reports are true, however, and the update actually fixes the glitches found in iOS 13, there are absolutely zero reasons to update now as opposed to next week. While we commonly advise users to stay as current as possible with their operating systems for security reasons, there's no reason to do so if the update actually makes you less safe.
For now, hang on to iOS 12 if you haven't downloaded the new update. Your phone experience will be a lot less buggy.
If you're already on iOS 13, you'll only have to wait another week before things are more stable. In the meantime, make sure you aren't leaving your phone around anyone you don't trust 100%. The security flaw makes the whole phone prone to snooping — and that's something nobody wants.
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