iOS 13 Dark mode

With iOS 13, we're getting some big new features like Dark mode, Apple Sign-in, a redesigned Photos app, and a whole lot more. iOS is also splitting up with the iPad, which will soon be replaced by iPadOS. Though iOS is a shiny new toy that everyone wants to play with, there are some reasons to consider postponing right away.

Here are a few things to consider before you hit that install button.

Which device do you currently use?

With every new iOS update, Apple adds some under-the-hood changes that can either improve the performance of older iPhones (like better battery life) or possibly slow down system operations, which can be very frustrating if you just want your iPhone to work.

iOS 13 is supported on devices dating all the way back to 2015 with the iPhone 6s. You may find that an older iPhone struggles with the latest technology software. I've been testing iOS 13 in beta on my iPhone SE, however, and have not seen any significant issues.

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These are the iPhone devices that work with iOS 13:

  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod Touch (7th Generation)

Obviously, your mileage will vary depending on an assortment of factors; however, if you're using a much older device, keep in mind that installing an update usually takes a lot of processing power and battery at the beginning. Make sure you don't absolutely need your iPhone to do any heavy lifting while you're installing an update.

What apps do you currently use?

Though many developers already have updates for iOS 13 ready on day-one (check out your app update section in the App Store and see how long that list is), there are still going to be a lot more that haven't made the jump yet. If you have any must-use apps on your iPhone, check to see if there is an update for iOS 13.

If there isn't an update available yet, that doesn't mean the app won't work, however. Apple isn't putting any major restrictions on apps this year (32-bit upgrades, for example), so compatibility should still be the same. Sometimes, an iOS update borks an app, though. It just happens. My suggestion is, for any apps that you can't live without, do a quick hashtag search on Twitter to see if anyone is talking about it not working on iOS 13. You can also contact the developer directly to confirm there isn't an issue.

When in doubt, postpone updating for a few days to make sure your workflow isn't going to be disrupted.

What about iOS 13.1?

You may have heard that iOS 13.1 is already in the works, and should be available for public installing on September 30, the same day that iPadOS 13.1 comes out. There are a few reasons why waiting for iOS 13 might be a better idea, and one of them has to do with the Reminders app.

If you update your iPhone to iOS 13 on the day it comes out, you will have to wait 10 days to update your iPad to the compatible operating system, iPadOS 13. That means some of the new features in iOS 13 won't be available on your iPad until then.

In order to sync your Reminders in iCloud, all devices must be running compatible software, including iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

You can opt out of iCloud syncing for the time being and still use Reminders, but it won't be as convenient as it will be after iPadOS 13.1 and macOS Catalina drip.

Do you rely on Reminders for your daily task management? You should consider holding off on updating your iPhone until iPadOS 13.1 releases on September 30.

Consider your security

While Apple regularly pushes out security updates for older iPhone models and operating systems, the best way to protect yourself against an exploit is to be running the latest version of iOS.

These days, hackers are constantly trying to break into Apple's software, but Apple is also constantly fixing holes in security. The best way to ensure that your iPhone is as secure as possible is to always update your software.

Though we recommend that it may be better to postpone updating for a few days, it is, for this reason, we strongly recommend that, if your iPhone is compatible, you should definitely update your iPhone to the latest software possible.

Are you going to upgrade to the new version of iOS?

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