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iOS 13 has improved, but there is still a long way to go

Apple released iOS 13 on September 19. Since then, there have already been a series of new updates: iOS 13.1 was released only five days later, on September 24, followed by iOS 13.1.1 on 27 and 13.1.2 on 30. A little over a week ago it was released 13.1.2, so this is the most durable version of iOS 13 to date.

In my original review, I noticed that iOS 13 felt faulty and unfinished, with missing features and failed software. Two and a half weeks, and three software updates, later, how do things look now?

Well, it is definitely better. Some failures I had seen in the original release have been fixed in subsequent updates. The problems of blocking the application and the loss of the wireless service seem to have been corrected, as well as some visual problems when entering text in iMessage and unfinished areas of the dark mode. More importantly, Apple has used the updates to correct some critical security flaws, such as a screen lock exploit with which iOS 13 was distributed, as well as key functionality issues with iCloud backups.

Also new are some of the features that omitted iOS 13.0, such as the sharing of ETA from Apple Maps and automatic shortcuts, which are nice to have, but are not exactly essential either. No other flashy updates have yet been submitted, such as AirPod audio sharing or HomePod music transfer.

I have also encountered new errors from iOS 13.1

And despite the numerous updates, there are still problems that have not gone anywhere: a failure in the Apple Music application where the list of downloaded songs will not be updated, for example, an error that I have seen in all versions of iOS 13 so far. Some applications are still blocked immediately when I try to access new notifications, even after three software updates. Even more worrisome, I have also encountered new Errors from iOS 13.1, such as broken notifications in my main email application, Edison Mail. Despite my best efforts, I can't seem to find any solution for that, except temporarily change the application.

So where does all this put it, the iOS 12 client that decides if you want to upgrade? Unfortunately, probably in the same place as the original version of iOS 13. The current version of the software is undoubtedly better than it was, but unless you really need the new features offered here (as if you also plan to upgrade to Catalina and she doesn't want her Reminders application to be ruined), it's probably worth waiting for another update or two to fix some more errors. Things have not changed so much since iOS 13.0, although the rapid pace of Apple updates, hopefully, indicates that soon there will be more solutions. The company has already released a beta version of 13.2 with new features for the iPhone 11, so it seems that it will come very soon.

On the other hand, no piece of software is perfect. iOS 13 will surely be better with the next incremental update of bug fixes and patches, and finally there is no correct answer as to which version of iOS 13 is right for you. And if you should have the latest and the best now, iOS 13.1.2 is certainly not worst than it was at launch. But it still has a lot of room for improvement.