iOS 13 has just launched, but 13.1 and iPadOS are coming in 5 days
Apple has announced that it is moving forward the release day for iOS 13.1 and the new iPadOS by one week from September 30th to September 24th, 2019.
Despite having just released iOS 13 on September 19th, the tech giant has decided to expedite the release of the latest version of their flagship OS's first revision. This comes following some early reviewers for the iPhone 11 series noting that iOS 13.0 has some buggy behavior, such as Apple's Camera failing to start up and the flashlight not always turning on. iOS 13.1 aims to fix these issues.
In addition to bug fixes, 13.1 will also include features that weren't ready in time for the launch of iOS 13.0. These include the likes of sharing your estimated time of arrival with others via the Apple Maps app, as well as implementing automated Siri Shortcuts actions. This is on top of the features that iOS 13.0 introduced, like long-awaited dark mode support and real-time lyrics for songs played in the Apple Music app.
iPadOS, on the other hand, will implement features that are more focused on taking advantage of the increased real estate that the titular iPad tablet provides. These include better multitasking support (such as the ability to use Split View to view the same content in two different apps simultaneously), smaller app icons to fit more apps on each single page of the home screen, and Safari displaying the desktop version of websites by default.
Going forward, iPadOS will be updated separately from iOS, which will now only be for iPhone 6s and up (including the iPhone SE) and the 7th generation iPod touch (the latter of which will only receive iOS 13 after 13.1 releases on September 24th). iPadOS will be available on the iPad Air 2 and up, iPad mini 4 and 5th generation, and all versions of the iPad Pro. This makes iPadOS the fifth full-fledged operating system in Apple's OS ecosystem, following macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.