During its WWDC keynote, Apple showcased numerous new features and improvements coming with iOS 13, including a systemwide Dark Mode, new photo and camera capabilities, enhanced privacy settings including a secure login option for apps called Sign In with Apple, a redesigned Reminders app, new Apple Maps features like street-level view, and much more.
The company also unveiled iPadOS – a software update specially designed for iPads with larger displays. iPadOS will incorporate several features that recognize the tablet's function as a potential computer replacement, including a new Home screen, an updated Split View to enhance multitasking, improved Apple Pencil support, and additional keyboard shortcuts for use with physical keyboards.
Immediately after the keynote, Apple released beta versions of the new software to developers, and the company plans to provide a publicly available beta in July after some bugs have been fixed. Once the beta testing has finished, Apple says it will officially release iOS 13 to the public as a free software update "in the fall."
Predicting the iOS 13 Release Date
The beta testing period for a new version of iOS typically takes around four months, beginning in June and finishing sometime in September. In recent years, new versions of iOS have gone through anything between eight to 12 betas before Apple pushes out the GM Candidate or "Golden Master," which is usually the final version that goes to official public release.
Apple attempts to time the release of its annual iOS version with the launch of its new iPhone lineup, which usually occurs in September. For example, iOS 11 was released to the public on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, seven days after Apple's iPhone 8/X launch event. Similarly, in 2018 Apple released iOS 12 on Monday, September 17, following its iPhone XS launch event the previous Wednesday, on September 12.
Going on past releases, if Apple sticks with its standard yearly iPhone upgrade cycle, we can confidently predict that iOS 13 will be released in the second or third week of September, 2019.
At that point, iOS 13 will become available to download as a free software update for all iPhone 6s models and later, and iPadOS for iPad Air 2 models and later, as well as all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.
For further details on all the new features coming to iPhones and iPads later in 2019, be sure to check out our dedicated iOS 13 and iPadOS roundups.