Apple Ships iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, iPadOS with 10 Comments

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.

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10 responses to “Apple Ships iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1”

  1. rbgaynor

    "so it appears that iPad users have escaped the quality issues that dogged iPhone upgraders this month"

    By "this month" you mean the last 5 days that iOS 13 has been available?

  2. Thom77

    Xbox controller support is the only thing I'm even remotely excited about in IpadOS.

    and by excited, I mean slightly interested.

    NBA 2K20 and GRID might actually be playable now, although I've read that GRIDs gamepad controls are even way worse then the touch screen one.

    But iPad needs more console, full games like Witcher 3, Skyrim, Pro Evolution Soccer, Full fledge Madden, etc

    If they got these games ported, I would buy a iPad Pro tomorrow, maybe even the 12 inch one.

    Oh ... and still no real file system.

  3. wocowboy

    It is a bit of a stretch to say that Apple needed to apologize for bugs in an OS release that was announced the same day as the original release came out. This is a FAR different situation than if some show-stopping bugs had been found in a software release and then Apple had to work overtime to come up with fixes it had no idea about. This is what happens when criticizing something is a requirement of your job and praise for putting out a software update while simultaneously telling customers that a more fully fleshed-out and bug-free release would be coming out 5 days later is simply not an option. I suppose the proper thing for Apple to have done is to not release iOS 13 at all and just wait till 13.1 was ready, but I would be any amount of money that there would have been criticism for Apple taking SO LONG to come out with 13.1 and being "late to the game".

  4. RobertJasiek

    iTunes is as overloaded, buggy and unsecure as ever. Installing iPadOS 13.1 took 31 minutes but updating iTunes took 150 minutes.

    On iPadOS 13.1, file transfer with Syncios on Windows does not work with iOS third party apps any more. Therefore, I must search another file transfer manager.

    Files (the app) shows "Auf meinem iPad" ("On my iPad") for the first time without hacking tricks. This is the only good thing I can say about Files. Otherwise, it is as dysfunctional as ever (partly even worse than before): it does not show most files of my other apps; a file operation in Files hurts the affected files in another app; files with non-mainstream file formats are not handled at all (e.g., downloading in Safari to Files is impossible) so Files is still no general file manager.

    Files is supposed to access USB storage now but currently I cannot test it because I do not have a suitable cable, such as Lightning to USB-A female (to connect a USB stick) or Lightning to micro USB (to connect an external HDD), or adapter, such as USB-A female to USB-A female. I would be surprised if, after purchasing some cable or adapter, Files would work (only for mainstream file formats, of course) for file transfer to a Windows PC at all. A common partitioning format is necessary but which does Files use?

    Files and SMB? How? There is no apparent access to it.

    Split screens: who cares as long as the extremely much more important aspects above do not work?

    Marking text is supposed to be much easier than before but it is as cumbersome as before!

    Hence my experience with iPadOS 13.1 is devastating.

    • RobertJasiek

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      As I have learned now for iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 and later, iTunes backup does not support access to app documents, call history and browser history any longer. Therefore, file manager programs on PCs like Syncios relying on access to app documents cannot access them any more.

      Other file manager programs access app documents differently and might survive their functionality with the iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.1 updates. I have successfully tested access to app documents with iMazing on Windows and the program has a nice, functional GUI, however, iMazing costs EUR 40 and will be valid only for updates to the program version 2, i.e., until there will be a major program update to version 3 some time.

      For every earlier iOS update and previously using Syncios, I had to update iTunes and Syncios because every year Apple changed the behaviour of iTunes and Syncios had to be updated. This year, the change to iTunes WRT access to app documents is fundamental. iPadOS 13.1 is advertised as bringing significant improvements for iPads but this change of abandoing access to app documents is a great degradation.

      The yearly changes of iTunes under the hood create a yearly lottery whether file manager programs continue to work. It can mean extra costs, possibly every year, when one has to change to another file manager program. The reasonable such programs are expensive, as indicated above. Hence, the long-term price for them might be astronomic. Some even charge recurringly and have astronomic prices anyway.

      Buying iMazing is the quick solution but expensive and might, in the long term, become astronomically expensive due to further iTunes updates. Therefore, Files via USB external storage or via SMB seems to become the financially more reasonable alternative. The problems will be the many bugs and limited functionality of Files, and figuring out how it works with USB or SMB, if at all. Needless to say, the iPad manual does not provide guides on that.

  5. dontbeevil

    we're reaching a new low, now also comments that report security issues, are deleted, let's try again:

  6. dontbeevil

    one more news that probably will not see here, or maybe will be labeled as feature:

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