Update: The iOS 13 beta release date is almost certainly next week, and new Apple leaks about the iPhone and iPad update point us to major software changes. We also explain what iOS 13 means in the wake of the iPod Touch 7th generation announcement.
iOS 13 beta is nearly ready to change up your iPhone, iPad and even iPod Touch with new features starting next Monday, according to the latest Apple’s leaks.
When will iOS 13 launch? That answer ranges from June 3 at Apple’s WWDC 2019keynote if you’re a registered Apple developer willing to try the beta, or September for everyone else. There’s likely a public beta in June, too, as we’ll explain below.
iOS 13 features will likely be headlined by Dark Mode, the long-awaited way to browse apps in a dark theme that’s easier on the eyes. But that’s just the beginning.
We also expect big iOS 13 changes for the iPad: stackable app windows and a long-overdue home screen redesign, according to multiple leaks. Existing apps should get a fresh coat of paint, too.
Apple typically makes dramatic iPad changes every two years, and that means we’re due a tablet-sized software update in 2019. Think: the rumored mouse support and ability to use the tablet as a second screen.
We’ve heard some of these ideas before, but the changes were reportedly scrapped in favor of iOS 12 and iOS 12.3 stability. It’s time for Apple to introduce good news for iPhone and iPad users and help boost the company’s sluggishiPhone sales, especially if iPhone 11 won’t change things much.
Ready for a long list of brand new iOS 13 features? Here’s everything we know in the lead up to the iOS 13 beta on June 3.
iOS 13 release date
- Monday, June 3: Next week, WWDC 2019 keynote is in San Jose, California
- Early June: iOS 13 developer beta meant for paid Apple Developers
- Late June: iOS 13 public beta may launch for adventurous testers
- September 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with new 2019 iPhones
The iOS 13 reveal date is next Monday, June 3, as TechRadar correctly predicted months ago. We already have our WWDC invite, and know that Apple has historically unveiled its new software at its WWDC 2019 keynote in San Jose and it’s always the first Monday in June. Last year is was Monday, June 4, 2018, and the year before it was Monday, June 5, 2017. We certainly see a trend here.
iOS 13 developer beta: The first iOS 13 beta will likely arrive at or a few days after the WWDC keynote, but it’s going to be restricted to paid Apple developers. You should probably wait for the public beta, which is always more stable.
iOS 13 public public beta: This is Apple’s way of testing features on a larger scale, and that may happen toward the end of June. It’s typically a more refined version of the iOS developer beta, although it can still be rough and never includes all of the features implemented in the final version of the software.
The official iOS 13 release date: We’ll get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form at the iPhone launch event, what we’re calling the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 XR at the moment. The date? Probably mid-September. We’ll know for sure at the iPhone launch event.