iOS 13 is available to 11 older iPhone models, but you shouldn’t download it

Apple has released the iOS 13 update. This version of Apple’s mobile operating system first debuted on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, all announced a week ago and shipping today. And now, owners of 11 older iPhone models can have it too.

The older iPhone models that are getting the iOS 13 update are:

  1. iPhone XS
  2. iPhone XS Max
  3. iPhone XR
  4. iPhone X
  5. iPhone 8
  6. iPhone 8 Plus
  7. iPhone 7
  8. iPhone 7 Plus
  9. iPhone 6s
  10. iPhone 6s Plus
  11. iPhone SE

The key features of iOS 13 include: a system-wide Dark Mode, new Maps and Photos apps, Apple Arcade, new Memoji customization, faster Face ID, swipe typing, and more.

If you own one of the eligible Apple iPhone models, you can check for the update on your phone by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Reports from early adopters say that the OS is buggy and you may want to hold off from installing the update for now. Apple says iOS 13.1 will be out in a few days with bug fixes.

Which leaves us wondering, why push out iOS 13 on the 20th, knowing that it is buggy and knowing that the bugs could be ironed out in les than a week? Why not hold on to iOS 13 for a week and release it when you have ironed them out? Questions, questions.

PS: It isn’t just us. The US Department of Defence (DoD) is also ‘strongly encouraging’ its employees and contractors to wait for iOS 13.1.

That motivated, gadget-loving geeky chic who tries to stay on top of things.

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