Apple's iOS 13.1 is now available for your iPhone and iPod touch

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in General Discussion edited September 2019
You should still wait a few days before downloading it, but the new update does fix problems with iOS 13 and adds more of the features Apple promised, such as Shortcuts Automation.

If you haven't already used Shortcuts, you will with iOS 13.1
If you haven't already used Shortcuts, you will with iOS 13.1


Having originally promised iOS 13.1 for September 30, Apple has now released it early for iPhone, and iPod touch, and it is a more significant update than usual. Alongside the bug fixes that are normal for a first update to a major release, this one also restores features that Apple had promised for iOS 13 but then removed.

Even so, the most important element of iOS 13.1 is that it does fix at least the majority of problems that were present in iOS 13. As such, it's a compelling upgrade, but you should still avoid installing it for at least a short while.

As with iOS 13 itself, there may be problems that were not uncovered until the software went out to millions of users. This is not unique to Apple or iOS, and with any release you should wait before installing it on a device you rely on.

What you get

When you do install iOS 13.1, you will see a range of improvements starting with fonts and other visual items. As of iOS 13.1, fonts can be downloaded from the App Store, though it may take some time before there are many available.






There are also revised dynamic wallpapers, and the new volume control image gets an icon showing what device you're lowering the volume on.

Maps ETA

While you're following directions in Apple Maps, you can now tap to send your arrival details to anyone you choose.

Tap that Share ETA button, and Apple Maps now offers you a list of regular contacts. Or you can choose from anyone in your address book.
Tap that Share ETA button, and Apple Maps now offers you a list of regular contacts. Or you can choose from anyone in your address book.


Underneath the Apple Maps pane that lists details such as your arrival time, there is now a Share ETA button.

Tap that and a sheet appears with suggested contacts that you frequently call. Tap on one of them or, if the person you want isn't shown, tap Contacts to see your entire address book.

When you've selected someone, they immediately get a text saying where you're going and when you expect to get there. If your journey time changes by more than a couple of minutes -- whether because of traffic or your choosing to stop somewhere en route -- they will be texted with an update.

Each of the messages in blue bubbles was created and sent automatically by iOS 13.1's Share ETA function.
Each of the messages in blue bubbles was created and sent automatically by iOS 13.1's Share ETA function.

Shortcuts Automations

With iOS 13, Apple's Shortcuts app became part of everyone's iPhone or iPod touch. Instead of being an app that you had to download separately, it's become more mainstream -- but it really needed this iOS 13.1 update to make that transition.

For now, alongside the improvements to editing and creating shortcuts that came in the main iOS 13 release, you also get a whole new section called Shortcuts Automations.

Using this, you can set up your iPhone to, for instance, turn off your den's lights when you launch Fortnite.

Shortcut Automations can be routines that only your iPhone uses, or they can be ones that are shared by your whole household.

Unusual releases

It's not unusual for Apple to rapidly follow up a major iOS release with an update. However, it is unusual for the company to announce the specifics, including dates, of these releases.

Whatever happened to make Apple decide it had to postpone certain features, iOS 13.1 is arguably the update that iOS 13 should have been.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 34
    No, not yet. 
    mwhiteairnerdwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 34
    Getting it now :) I kept trying to get it until it came up.
    edited September 2019 watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 34
    Dont see it... rolling roll-out?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 34
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,320administrator
    macapfel said:
    No, not yet. 
    We don't publish until at least one staffer sees it on a device. As you're aware, the rollout takes some time, and is CDN and caching-dependent.
    edited September 2019 StrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 34
    Downloaded, installing now.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 34
    Does any one think Share ETA is the most creepiest features in iOS 13? Who would need a constant notification about your arrival. Except of course, insecure husband or controlling wife or your probation officer? I get there when I get there, damn it! 
    viclauyyczroger73
  • Reply 7 of 34
    "Preparing update"
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 34
    Installing it now on my new iPhone 11 Pro Max!

    Can't wait to leave 13.0 behind, it has been painful for me so far, even on this new iPhone!
    wlym
  • Reply 9 of 34
    sergioz said:
    Does any one think Share ETA is the most creepiest features in iOS 13? Who would need a constant notification about your arrival. Except of course, insecure husband or controlling wife or your probation officer? I get there when I get there, damn it! 
    How many kids do you have??? We have 3 boys and are constantly playing tag team with school and activities.... we message ETAs every day, and update them as they change... (Seattle traffic crazy...)
    n2itivguymike1razorpitmuthuk_vanalingamviclauyycStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 34
    “Install now” - greyed out

    “iPhone will try to install this update later tonight”
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 34
    sergioz said:
    Does any one think Share ETA is the most creepiest features in iOS 13? Who would need a constant notification about your arrival. Except of course, insecure husband or controlling wife or your probation officer? I get there when I get there, damn it! 
    I guess you've never had someone on the other end who's a really good cook and takes pride in putting a hot meal on the table when family/guests walk through the door (without having to microwave it). 
    Deelronn2itivguymike1razorpitStrangeDaysgregoriusmwatto_cobrabakedbananas
  • Reply 12 of 34
    dank4ak said:
    “Install now” - greyed out

    “iPhone will try to install this update later tonight”
    Is your battery below 50%? Connect to power, and try installing again. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 34
    dank4ak said:
    “Install now” - greyed out

    “iPhone will try to install this update later tonight”
    Is your iPhone plugged in? Or does it have at least 50% battery? Is it on WiFi?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 34
    The Beta version was 13.1 (17A5844a). What is Apple pushing out as the final for iOS 13.1?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 34
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,320administrator
    mobird said:
    The Beta version was 13.1 (17A5844a). What is Apple pushing out as the final for iOS 13.1?
    17A844, consistent with 17A5844a for the GM.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 34
    dank4ak said:
    “Install now” - greyed out

    “iPhone will try to install this update later tonight”
    Is your iPhone plugged in? Or does it have at least 50% battery? Is it on WiFi?
    I have the same issue. I am on Wi-Fi(although it is downloaded already) and I am at 81% battery and on the wireless charging stand. 

    Update: I just went in and closed all apps and now the update is running. Something in the background was apparently keeping it from updating. I am not sure what it was, I had things like Waze running and so maybe that? But it is fixed after closing all other apps anyways.
    edited September 2019 watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 34
    Installed! 😊👏🏻
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 34
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,435member
    Downloading... "10 hours remaining!"  :s
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 34
    wlymwlym Posts: 102member
    I hope this update comes with an update for Watch OS 6 that has ruined my Series 4 experience for me. Apple tech support have been useless in this matter.
  • Reply 20 of 34
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,808member
    sergioz said:
    Does any one think Share ETA is the most creepiest features in iOS 13? Who would need a constant notification about your arrival. Except of course, insecure husband or controlling wife or your probation officer? I get there when I get there, damn it! 
    A tad narrow minded on the potential use cases.
    StrangeDayswatto_cobra
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