Today, Apple quietly released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1, its implicit apologies for the buggy initial release of iOS 13. The firm originally scheduled the fixes for September 30, but bumped up the release to meet the ship date for the new 10.2-inch iPad. I’m sure that kind of thing has never bit anyone in the butt.
Apple’s iOS 13.1 introduces numerous bug and stability fixes, of course, but it also brings new features, including audio sharing over AirPods, ETA sharing in Apple Maps, improvements to Shortcuts, and a new enterprise feature called User Enrollment for BYOD users that partitions a device’s storage to separate personal and corporate data.
Meanwhile, iPadOS 13.1 is the first public release of this “new” platform, so it appears that iPad users have escaped the quality issues that dogged iPhone upgraders this month. Basically, iPadOS is iOS with a desktop-class version of the Safari app and a minor change to the home screen that lets you display widgets next to icons. I’m sure the next version will be more impressive.
Feeling lucky? You can get the updates now over the air.