iOS 13 Release Dates: Beta, Public Beta, Final

Jun 9, 2019 - 1 Comment

Release dates for iOS 13 and iPadOS

Many iPhone and iPad users are excited about the upcoming features in iOS 13 and iPadOS (the rebranded iOS for iPad). Of course if you have a developer account, then iOS 13 beta and iPadOS beta are available to you right now, but that’s certainly not everyone. If you’re wondering what the release dates are for iOS 13 final and iPadOS final, along with the expected release dates of the iOS 13 public beta and iPadOS public beta, you’re certainly not alone.

iOS 13 & iPadOS Developer Beta Releases are Available Now

The Developer Beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS was released on June 3 at WWDC 2019.

These can be downloaded now by registered developers, and technically speaking can be installed right now by anyone with the appropriate prerequisites (Xcode 11 beta, or macOS Catalina Beta), but it’s not a good idea to do so if you’re not a developer because early beta system software is often problematic, buggy, unstable, and not supported by apps you use.

Additionally, anyone who is willing to pay the annual $99 Apple Developer fee can access and download the developer releases and install iOS 13 beta and iPadOS beta right now from the Apple Developer website.

Likewise, anyone can access the MacOS Catalina dev beta through the Apple Developer program.

Developer beta builds are much less stable than final releases, or even public beta releases, and thus why they are intended only for developers.

What is the iOS 13 Public Beta Release Date & iPadOS Public Beta Release Date?

According to Apple, the Public Beta for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 is set to be released in July of 2019.

In prior years, Apple released the public beta of system software often just three to four weeks after the initial developer betas.

The exact release date of the public beta for iOS 13 and iPadOS is not yet known (aside from July), but interested users can sign up on the Apple Public Beta website to be notified and sign-up for the beta program when it’s available.

On the Apple Public Beta program website, the splash banner simply says “Coming Soon”, but at the WWDC 2019 conference they gave a more specific timeline saying the public betas would start in July.

Public Beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS coming in July

Anyone can enroll in the public beta testing programs and they are free of charge, but generally speaking they are best reserved for advanced users who can install the beta releases onto non-primary hardware (like an older iPhone or iPad).

The MacOS Catalina 10.15 public beta is expected to follow the same time frame.

What is the iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 release date for final versions?

Apple has stated only that iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 will be released this fall, this information is presented on their preview webpages:

For iOS 13:
IOS 13 release date set for fall 2019

For iPadOS 13:
iPadOS 13 release date set for fall 2019

Thus, there is no precise date known for exactly when the final public versions will be released to everyone.

Fall of 2019 starts on September 23, which is the date of the fall equinox. Therefore it’s very unlikely the final releases of iOS 13 and iPadOS would come out before then, and instead it would almost certainly be released after if the ‘fall’ timeline is to be met.

Historically, the new system software releases often arrive along with the launch of new iPhone hardware in the fall, which usually occurs in late September or early October. Thus it’s reasonable to speculate that the final public release date of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 is roughly around that general timeframe.

Apple has also said that MacOS Catalina (10.15) will also be released in the fall of 2019, which will likely fall on the same date of the iOS 13 release and iPadOS 13 release.

No matter which release of iOS 13 and iPadOS you plan on running, you might want to review a list of iOS 13 compatible iPhones and iPadOS compatible iPads to be sure your devices are eligible.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News

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  1. Jeff Kohl says:

    My best guess is we’ll see iOS 13 on October 4 at 10am PDT, it’s a Friday, and I bet they’ll have the iPhone 11 reveal on the Tuesday before at October 1 2019. This is just a guess based on their past events and iOS and iPhone release dates.

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