iOS 13 release date and time

  • iOS 13 release date: Thursday, September 19 (usually after 10am PST)
  • iOS 13 golden master version: It’s out now for beta testers
  • iPadOS comes out later: Monday, September 30
  • You can still download the iOS 13 beta right now

iOS 13

The official iOS 13 release date is Thursday, September 19, a little over three months after the first beta in which we got to test out the software early.

The iOS 13 release date is later than usual. Apple has previously launched its mobile operating update on the Monday or Tuesday following its new iPhone launch event.

But you don’t have to wait until then, technically – the iOS 13 public beta is still out there and has been through a few iterations after launching on June 24. It’s technically up to iOS 13.1… iOS 13 has been through a lot already, in fact.

Here’s the iOS 13 timeline as we saw it:

1. iOS 13 developer beta: First launched at WWDC  2019, this a version restricted to paid Apple developers, and initially required Xcode or macOS 10.15 to install. The second developer beta fixed that with an over-the-air (OTA) update. Simply put, it was not meant for average consumers, but for serious app developers.

2. iOS 13 public beta: Apple’s larger-scale features test began on June 24, and has gone through 8 versions, culminating, oddly, with a beta for iOS 13.1 (before iOS 13 is even out). The public beta is the version to download if you’re curious – it’s often 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.

3. iOS 13 golden master: Out now, this is the final version of the iOS 13 software for beta testers. It has launched one week early and is very stable. it gives app makers nine days to adapt before the final software launches to the masses.

4. The official iOS 13 release date and time: Apple will launch the iOS 13 software in its final, stable form on Thursday, September 19. That’s just 24 hours ahead of the iPhone 11 delivery date.

5. What time will iOS 13 launch? Apple likes to time its new software updates for 10am PST (its local time in Cupertino), but that sometimes gets a bit delayed (see last year by 90 minutes), and it can slowly roll out to people, as everyone is trying to download it at once. Apples servers get jammed.

By Muthali Ganesh

I am an engineer wih a masters in business administration from Chennai, India. I love discovering and sharing hacks.